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Aloha…

…from America’s 50th state – Hawaii!!!
For the last 4 days we’ve been strolling around on O’ahu, Hawaii’s main island,
starting with a nice evening chill-out on Waikiki beach, eating a fresh papaya and enjoying the sunset. When Waikiki get’s dark the place to go is the International Market Place where you can buy any hawaiian souvenir you can imagine, try some asian food and watch traditional hula-dance performances. Another place to shop is the Ala Moana Center, the biggest outdoor mall in the United States. Of course this is kinda uncool if it’s raining ;-)
On the third day we went to the highly recommended Hanauma Bay east of Waikiki – and were totally disappointed! It’s not just that tourists pay the highest entrance fee (residents/seniors/children/militaries get discounts) but the so-called “beautiful” coral garden with hundreds of fishes is more likely a dead rocky beach with apparently crossing fish – even the introducing video couldn’t help save the reef!
Now, if you want to explore ancient hawaiian history there are places like the Bishop Museum, which is closed on Tuesdays (what we found out standing in front of it so we’ll do this another day), or the ‘Iolani Palace, the home of Hawaii’s royal family before the United States took over.

So, this is what we’ve done so far…but we got two days left.

- Isabell -

Waikiki Beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Waikiki Beach (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on Waikiki Beach reading a book…something about a guy who travelled around the world in 80 days ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on Waikiki Beach reading a book…something about a guy who travelled around the world in 80 days ;) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Iolani Palace – the palace of Hawaii`s former king (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Iolani Palace – the palace of Hawaii`s former king (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
My sweetheart Isabell :) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
My sweetheart Isabell :) (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Honolulu at night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Honolulu at night (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)