Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Evolution of Waikiki

Waikiki is always my first stop when I visit Hawaii on vacation. After living there for a short while and visiting more times than I can count on my fingers and toes, I've seen the area transform itself over the last 8 years. It's been good, and bad, and from my most recent visit I noticed a number of changes. Here's three that really stood out for me:

1. Many retail stores are exclusively for Japanese tourists - the number of nail supply/nail salons has hit an all time high. How many acrylic nails with glitter and sparkles does one need?

2. Eggs 'n' Things is taking over the island - just kidding, but they do have 2 restaurants now in Waikiki and one at Ala Moana Center, which are always full with a line out the door.

3. A lack of good places to get a decent cocktail - I'm shocked that places like the Hilton Hawaiian Village are still serving drinks like the Blue Hawaii and PiƱa Colada for $13 and getting away with it. How about some variety, using local spirits and fresh island produce?

What do you think about Waikiki 2013? Is it better or worse than years gone by?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

What to do on my final vacation day?

After a lovely walk down to the war memorial, it's time to plan my final day here in Waikiki. it's been surprisingly cold this trip so I haven't spent much time in the ocean; I've been hanging out by the pool catching up on my reading.

Today, I'm going to try Fort de Russy beach; it's less rocky than the beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village and often less busy. Don't get me wrong, I'll still get my reading done but ill try to get at least my toes wet too!

Happy Saturday from Hawaii!