Waikiki is one of my favourite places under this sun, for real I just love it. And for some reason, landing in Honolulu distinctly feels like coming home to me. I don’t know exactly why, it just does.
Our ship docked in Honolulu early in the morning and the offloading process was crazy! It was comparable to leaving a big festival of some kind, while wrangling all our luggage. Once off the ship we jumped quite a few hurdles to actually make our way to the Avis office. All of that out of the way we picked up our wheels for the day and headed to Waikele Outlets when we divided, conquered, got some big bargains and then we got out. Satisfied with our onslaught we had loose plans to head over to Kailua and spend the afternoon swimming in Lanikai but the weather had taken a significant turn for the worse so we put it off until the following morning made our way to Waikiki Parc Hotel.
We got into our room and it was small, motel like and smoky-smoky-smoky. I am asthmatic so this is even more of an issue for us than just irritation of the nostrils. We had not booked a dive either, it was costing more than US$250 per night. We asked to be moved, begged actually but after showing us an identical room with a matching smoke issue on the floor below the hotel advised they had no other rooms available. We decided to stay in the room for the night and worry about it in the morning. We headed off and ended up having a great night at The Cheesecake Factory complete with very large Blue Hawaiis!
However worry about it in the morning we did. The asthmatic in me arrived at the party and I woke at 4am wheezing, coughing and in what felt like the early stages of an asthma attack. I threw on some clothes, took some preventative medication, grabbed my Ventolin and headed down to the beach for some deep breaths, I tried to leave a note for Todd not wanting to wake him however he woke up and decided to come with me. A little while later I was feeling better but had decided not to sleep another night in the hotel. We walked down to the Hyatt Place Waikiki which was almost fully booked and was so so busy but the staff there were so kind, let us check out a room and we booked on the spot. We returned to the hotel to collect our stuff but with all the drama I was just not up to heading out to Lanikai and we had to return the car that afternoon so we missed out. We really loved our remaining couple of days in Waikiki; relaxing beachside, shopping, climbing Mount Leahi (Diamond Head) and sipping mai tais.