Rainy walk to Peace Cafe – Honolulu

IMG_0372IMG_0014 IMG_0015IMG_0373 IMG_0374 IMG_0375It is evidently a myth that it never keeps raining for long in Hawaii – or perhaps that only stands true for the Big Island.  It has been raining constantly here in Honolulu today, but it doesn’t feel terrible as it is not cold.  We took a walk to Peace Cafe http://www.peacecafehawaii.com/  I had the “Popeye” sandwich – miso-tahini spinach & tofu on really hearty bread.  Nick had “Tempting Tempeh” which involved teriyaki tempeh on the same bread.  We want to go back we enjoyed it so much.


Visit to Polynesian Cultural Center

Visit to Polynesian Cultural Center – Pros & Cons
Pros: Beautiful lush environment – Cons: There is so much to see it is overwhelming, and so many people trying to see it.  It rained all day.
Pros: Great entertainment & very helpful staff.  Cons: I wonder if the staff aren’t overworked.  Our tour guide was also doing demonstrations and part of the evening entertainment.
Pros: Bountiful food – the hawaiian rolls and bread pudding are soo tasty.  Cons: They cook a pig and everyone runs to watch them bring it out of the underground oven.
Pros: Lots of talent in the form of dancing, music and humor.  I feel I learned quite a bit about the islands, our our tour bus played a video that really summed up the history well.

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Honolulu – Hilton Luxury

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Mid-day we snacked on fruit drinks at Lanakai Juice – fresh and local.  We’ll definitely be going back throughout our stay.  Our first meal took us back to the CJ New York Style Deli – this time I had one of their most popular items, pancakes with macadamia nuts, coconut flakes, strawberries and coconut cream as topping.
Other observations not related to the consumption of delicious foods: Most of the women strolling through the resort are very stylish.  The beach and lagoon area are very peaceful at night.  There is neat wildlife to be found throughout the resort – birds including ducks and macaws, turtles, penguins, koi fish.  The trees and flowers throughout are beautiful.