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After hiking up Diamond Head, we went to Hanauma Bay. After watching a mandatory horrifyingly politically correct "don't step on the coral" movie, we walked down to the beach for some snorkeling.  Lots of wind made for waves and murky water so we swam only 15 minutes. But long enough for me to whack my knee on some coral and bleed like a stuck pig. It didn't hurt and healed nicely.
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Leonards! We visited this spot every morning we were in Waikiki. 
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Leondards is where you get "malasadas". A malasada is sort of like a doughnut without the hole. It is a fried dough that has Portuguese origins. At Leonards they are fried fresh to order.
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The most we ever had in one day was 3 each. They can be filled with custard or chocolate stuff, but the best ones are plain sugar coated.

These pictures were taken on the road past Makua on the left hand side of the map.

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After we spent an hour body surfing at Makaha, we continued up the coast looking for this road where we could void the car rental agreement.
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The map shows this road as "unimproved". That would be a very generous description.
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I can't believe I didn't get pictures.... but at two places you could see cars down on the rocks and surf. Very voided agreement!.
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Originally, we were hoping to go all the way around this island on this road. But we only made it about a mile.
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According to the map, the road got worse past the light house.. which we never got to.
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You aren't supposed to take rental cars off of paved roads. But really, why else is someone going to rent a Jeep.
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The following pictures were taken near Pearl City, in a part of town called "Aiea Heights".

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The partial remains of a B-17 that crashed in 1943
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This was a very neat "jungle hike". It wasn't too strenuous, but it was slippery and muddy in places (and this was the end of the dry season). In places the path was quite narrow on steep cliffs. From where I was sitting, I could look down and see the freeway.
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We did the loop backwards so we ended up walking up the steepest part last. Otherwise, it was a great hike.

These shots of Diamond Head the Old Queens Beach were taken not too far from the hotel where we stayed the four days on Oahu.  The jetty we are standing on would be a little to the left of the "18" on this map.

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Classic shot of Diamond Head.
I sometimes wish I had more pictures of the things we did on Oahu -- especially our trips to the beach at Makaha,  Makapuu and Waimea Bay.  But at the time I was there, I just didn't want to always be burdened with a camera.  Those places are fantastic.

You will just have to take my word for it and/or go see for yourself.
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We walked out on to the jetty to get this shot.
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The beach here is "Old Queens Beach". Named because this beach was the favorite of elderly Hawaiian royalty. Now it is a "family" beach. Still lots of queens.
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Still on the jetty, looking the other way at Waikiki
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The pink building is the Royal Hawaiian, one of the first luxury hotels on Waikiki.
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Tivo towel. I'll explain that later on Maui. (We were gone 11 days and didn't miss a single rerun of the Simpson's!)
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We stayed on Oahu for 4 nights: Tuesday through Saturday morning.  Honolulu itself is almost like Los Angeles... lots of traffic, jammed freeways.  We enjoyed stopping by the big hotels for their fancy cocktails on the beach, but we really enjoyed ourselves most when we drove way out of town.  Our favorite beach on Oahu was Makapuu -- lower right corner on the map

We left for Maui on Saturday morning.  Our friends, Greg & Guy, met us there.

Makena Beach


In we stayed at a small hotel on Cartwright Street.  It was one of just a handful of street names we could remember.  (After a while, all the Hawaiian names sound the same.)

 

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