Hello from the Highest Peaks of Honolulu, Hawaii

Beach sunset in Honolulu, Hawaii

During summer vacation, my family always takes one big trip to celebrate adventure and being together. This year we went to paradise. Aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii! It was an incredible experience and I definitely got my share of breathtaking views. I’m already awaiting a return to the island. Of course I took a zillion pictures to capture the sights that surrounded me, so I thought I would share a small piece of my trip with you.

Honolulu, Hawaii
Beautiful scenery at the top of Diamondhead Crater, standing at 761 feet high. It was named a National Natural Landmark in 1968.
At the top, you could see 360 degrees around. OOOO AHHH
At the top, you could see 360 degrees of Hawaii. OOOO AHHH
You don't even know how excited I got upon seeing a beautiful double rainbow brightening up the sky while driving. Made my day!
You don’t even know how excited I got upon seeing a beautiful double rainbow brightening up the sky while driving. Made my day!
You can't go to Hawaii without having refreshing shaved ice! Matsumoto's is a famous one- the line is always long. They have local flavors like lychee, lilikoi (passion fruit), or li hing mui (salty dried plum). And the fun doesn’t end there. You can have ice cream on the bottom and sweetened condensed milk on top for an extra sweet punch.
You can’t go to Hawaii without having refreshing shaved ice! Matsumoto’s is a famous one- the line is always long. They have local flavors like lychee, lilikoi (passion fruit), or li hing mui (salty dried plum). And the fun doesn’t end there. You can have ice cream on the bottom and sweetened condensed milk on top for an extra sweet punch.
The Polynesian Cultural Center was a great experience filled with laughs and excitement. Men climbed very tall palm trees, and I witnessed firsthand how to crack open a coconut. My favorite part was seeing traditional Hawaiian dances. I might've even tried shaking those hips in tune to the music myself.
The Polynesian Cultural Center was a great experience filled with laughs and excitement. Men climbed very tall palm trees, and I witnessed firsthand how to crack open a coconut. My favorite part was seeing traditional Hawaiian dances. I might’ve even tried shaking those hips in tune to the music myself.
A visit to Pearl Harbor was a must-do. This is a picture of the USS Missouri, and it was impressive! We were able to go inside and navigate the huge ship's passages. I couldn’t even fit the massive navy battleship in one picture. The Missouri is most famous for participating in the surrender ceremony that ended World War II.
A visit to Pearl Harbor was a must-do. This is a picture of the USS Missouri, and it was impressive! We were able to go inside and navigate the huge ship’s passages. I couldn’t even fit the massive navy battleship in one picture. The Missouri is most famous for participating in the surrender ceremony that ended World War II.
I readily took on the challenge of ascending Koko Head. To get to the top, I had to climb 1048 steps. Daunting? Yes. But totally worth it. I took well over a dozen pictures trying to accomplish a perfect picture of these steps. If you look closely, you can see the trail leading all the way to the tippy-top.
I readily took on the challenge of ascending Koko Head. To get to the top, I had to climb 1048 steps. Daunting? Yes. But totally worth it. I took well over a dozen pictures trying to accomplish a perfect picture of these steps. If you look closely, you can see the trail leading all the way to the tippy-top.
A scenic hike to a waterfall did prove to be breathtaking, except for the part where we weren't allowed to swim in it because it had rained too much the night before. I felt like I was in Jurassic park, surrounded by gigantic plants. Like for this absolutely stunning and quite large flower.
A scenic hike to a waterfall did prove to be breathtaking, except for the part where we weren’t allowed to swim in it because it had rained too much the night before. I felt like I was in Jurassic park, surrounded by gigantic plants, like this absolutely stunning and quite large flower.
On the way to a lighthouse hike, we stopped at this spot where you can overlook the ocean. It was SO blue and had an awesome green tint to it. I could easily imagine that I was in Bora Bora or the Caribbean. Rumor has it that a movie featuring a mermaid was filmed on the beach where I took my picture.
On the way to a lighthouse hike, we stopped at this spot where you can overlook the ocean. It was SO blue and had an awesome green tint to it. I could easily imagine that I was in Bora Bora or the Caribbean. Rumor has it that a movie featuring a mermaid was filmed on the beach where I took my picture.
We went to the local flea market. This wasn't any ordinary market, as it stretched a whole 1.4 miles around. And we walked the whole thing! I got some very fresh fruit, some Hawaiian jewelry and a great pic of some local delicacies, including sesame anchovy, dried squid, olive cakes, and pickled mango.
We went to the local flea market. This wasn’t any ordinary market, as it stretched a whole 1.4 miles around. And we walked the whole thing! I got some very fresh fruit, some Hawaiian jewelry and a great pic of some local delicacies, including sesame anchovy, dried squid, olive cakes, and pickled mango.
You bet we visited the Dole factory the day we landed! Home of the famous dole whip, which is only served at that plantation at Disneyworld, and at Disneyland. What exactly is dole whip? A kind of ice cream that is fluffy pineapple goodness. Fun fact: a pineapple's ripeness isn't determined by its color.
You bet we visited the Dole factory the day we landed! Home of the famous dole whip, which is only served at that plantation at Disneyworld, and at Disneyland. What exactly is dole whip? A kind of ice cream that is fluffy pineapple goodness. Fun fact: a pineapple’s ripeness isn’t determined by its color.
Oh yes, the beaches! Nothing short of what you would expect: soft sand, refreshing water, the soothing sound of crashing waves. The most phenomenal part was spotting three sea turtles! They didn’t even mind me gawking at them, and I was able to get quite close to these lovely creatures.
Last but not least, the beaches of Hawaii! Nothing short of what you would expect: soft sand, refreshing water, the soothing sound of crashing waves. The most phenomenal part was spotting three sea turtles! They didn’t even mind me gawking at them, and I was able to get quite close to these lovely creatures.