The flight went well, though when the plane started landing, I freaked out because I couldn't see any land yet. Urgh. Horrible. But, the crew were wearing Hawaiian clothes, and they were showing a film that takes place in Hawaii so the atmosphere on board the plane was all nice :).
From the airport into Honolulu, you catch a bus called Roberts Hawaii, which costs $9 one-way and $16 return. You have to pay in cash. It doesn't take too long to get to Waikiki, or wherever it is that you're going, from the airport, and soon enough we were at our hotel, White Sands. We had a double room, which wasn't too expensive at all. Most people that arrived in Honolulu on the same bus with us were dropped off at Hilton or some other similar place like that, and sure, it'd be nice if I could afford to stay at expensive hotels, but the fact of the matter is that our hotel had a better location much closer to the beach and everything else as well including the shops and the restaurants, plus for me, what matters is that I'm able to travel at all. So, no hard feelings for those who're better off and stay at more luxurious places of accommodation.
We didn't do much on our first day. We were super hungry and so just ended up having a McDonald's meal after we'd paid for our stay and rested in our room for a bit. What was nice about the McDonald's meal was that you got fresh pineapple with it because Dole Pineapple Plantation is in Oahu . Yum!
Everything's a tad more expensive in Hawaii because they have to pay to import everything there from the mainland. It's not that expensive, though, so no worries :)!
After our meal, we just walked around a bit, went to see Waikiki Beach and also saw Diamond Head in the distance. It was instantly obvious that Honolulu is a very relaxed place. You're supposed to take things as they come and slow your pace, which is something that's difficult for me but I did give it a try. Perhaps a good example of just how bad I am at that is that even on our first day in Hawaii, I started worrying about having to leave in ten days, heh.
|Some of the stuff we always had in our room :).|
|The view from our balcony, where we spent A LOT of time during this trip.|
|Duke Kahanamoku Statue on Kalakaua Avenue. This is the father of modern surfing :). How cool is it that somewhere, a surfer can be considered important enough for a statue!!|
|White pigeons THAT I WASN'T AFRAID OF!! I even stood among them to test it! (I have a pigeon phobia, but apparently it only applies to the grey kind.)|
|Tiina on Waikiki Beach.|
|In the evening, we went to California Pizza Kitchen again. I still prefer it over the Cheesecake Factory, say what you will :).|
|Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.|