I woke up early once again, so i made use of my time to go out for a run along the beach path. I really miss running to the sounds of the ocean, and the absence of traffic lights to slow me down. I even got to see workers smoothing out the sand with a literal sand-boni.

The kids made their way down to the slide pool and swam under the waterfalls, and into the caves. I really enjoyed the different pools on the complex and their process during the covid times. Pool chairs, and beach chairs were on a reservation systems for two hour blocks, and then wiped down after the set times were over. This made it easy for us to get the kids out of the pool when we needed to do other things.

After the morning pool session to packed up the CR-V and headed east to Waikiki. About an hour away we had to make use of our time on this side of the island and get our fill of all the treats. We parked at the new fancy International Marketplace, and was very sad to see how nice, and modern it had become. We walked across the street to get a picture with the Mahalo sign in the courtyard where we took our wedding photo at 12 years ago.

Once we got the pictures with our clean shirts, it was time to feast on some treats. First stop was to pick up some musubi from Musubi Cafe Iyasume. Leela wasn’t much of a fan of the shrimp tempura, but she did like the regular spam one.

Next food stop was lunch at Ramen Nakamura for some oxtail ramen, fried rice and gyoza. The kids probably wanted to Marukame Udon, but the line was too long, and we can get it here in California.

To wash down all that yummy oxtail soup, we drove down the street for more shave ice at Waiola Shave Ice. I still prefer Matsumoto more, but all shave ice is delicious.

To put a cap to our food adventure, we had to get some maladasads from Leonard’s Bakery. We picked up two each of regular, chocolate, and guava. We had to stand outside our car and eat them when they were fresh and hot.

The very last thing we had to do while on this side of the island was to visit the Louis Vuitton because who can say no to that 4% sales tax. It was rough for me to keep the kids under control amidst of the thousand dollar merchandise.

On the way back to our hotel, we stopped by Foodlands to finally pick up some Poke. Did i mention there’s just not enough places to eat in Ko Olina?

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