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(Go to) Hawai'i...Honolulu....Waikiki....*

Yes, comrades, has been long time since last post. Now you can see why.

Yr Fthfl Blggr was on travel and could not blg.

To the left is the picture out my hotel window! Pretty amazing, huh?

I had the great fortune to travel for 8 days to Hawai'i. Two and a half days in Honolulu, on Oahu, and the rest of the time in Kapalua, Maui. I did a lot of the tourist stuff you'd normally think of, but I also had a mission to get a ukulele!

The hotel in Honolulu was the Hilton 'Hawaiian Village.' It's a resort of sorts. There are like 9 million rooms and tons of tourists, 3 pools, etc. The hotel is just west of Waikiki beach.

I suspect a lot of folks pretty much spend their time on the 'campus' of the hotel - there are a number of restaurants and stores right there.

Honolulu is a modern city - the population is a shade over 900,000. There is an excellent public transportation system ("The Bus"), and I made use of it as I ventured out.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see much of the rest of Oahu. We spent time right around Waikiki, although we did see some of the northeastern part of the island, as well as Pearl Harbor. I'll have a separate post about that.

Honolulu strikes me as a real tourist trap. And I mean that in a nice way - not in the 'South of the Border' tourist trap way. After all, it's on one of the most amazing natural places in the world. But it's crowded with people, and all the glitzy stores can be found elsewhere in the world, even lowly Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Having said that, it's a good starting point for a first time trip, which this was.

When I travel like this, I always try to do something that the locals might do - something off the beaten path a bit. And, true to form, I did.


And yes, I did bring my little Alvarez guitar to practice on when I found some time (which wasn't a lot).

* Bonus points if you get the reference in the title.


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