Sunday, April 3, 2011

2009—Feb. solo trip to Waikiki

Feb. 18, 2009 I flew off to Honolulu by myself. I hadn't planned to go off to Hawaii by myself, but an unfortunate circumstance resulted in this oppurtunity. I had picked up a week at the Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk for a friend and her cancer stricken husband, but he ended up too sick to take the trip. So it was loose the whole week and the money I paid, or go by myself and "try" to enjoy myself. The decision wasn't too difficult to make. Ken and I were scheduled to go to Kauai on award travel the following Sunday, so I was able to change my flight to go out on the previous Wed. So I didn't get the whole week there, but did have 4 nights on Waikiki. I left St. Louis at 8:30 am and arrived in Honolulu about 11:30pm (Hawaiian time) with 2 long lay overs in LAX and LIH. Then there was the 1 1/2 hours getting from the airport to the Wyndham. But I finally made it!

The Wyndham is very nice. It is only about 2 blocks from the beach and right across from the new shopping center, Beach Walk. I was in a 1 bedroom unit with full kitchen. The views weren't the greatest, but the insides of the unit were very nice. I also liked that it was near the Fort Derussey end of town.
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Day 1 alone on Waikiki:
This was my 4th trip to Oahu, so I felt pretty comfortable wandering around Waikiki by myself. I liked that I could wander around the streets and beach without being accousted by poverty. Everything was clean and the people are helpful. It was a bit cool this time with temps only about 70 and the winds were pretty high. But it definately beat the 20s and 30s back home. There were spritzes of rain and lots of clouds, but the clouds were the type that made for fabulous sunsets. The first day I spent a lot of time just walking around Waikiki streets and the beach.

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