John and Olivia left the San Francisco Giants in good hands and left for Hawaii on October 24. Hardly out of the plane the spotted an Akamai taxi proving that the company name of Akamai really is Hawaiian (intelligence, wit).
Café Kaila was open for breakfast the next morning. Surprisingly empty without the usual Japanese crowd, but it turned out that the busses were just late, and once John and Olivia left, the place was buzzing like it’s usual self. The drive back included a stop at the Pali lookout although the morning mist made the sights a little less visible than usual. Still, it’s a great place to stop as it gives a good feel for just how compact the island is.
The walking shoes got a good workout throughout the time there. The “Pill Boxes” in Lanikai turned out to be a great little trip up to a couple of fantastic lookouts. Very steep in the beginning but once the vegetation opened a bit, the hills were easier to conquer. Good conversations with other families on top, and some got help with a family photo for this year’s Christmas card.
The lunch was famous coconut shrimp at the Crouching Lion Inn on the North Shore. Very yummy and the fresh + chilled coconut milk was perfect for pairing. Final stop was that the Japanese temple at the Valley of the Temples. Stunning location and building that it’s a bit of a mystery we’ve driven by so many times without visiting.
The following morning a hike around Diamond Head keep the food/exercise balance in check and it was great to head the shore just as the sun made its first appearance.
During the time there John and Olivia also found time to visit the original tiki bar in Honolulu and Mitch’s – a wonderful sushi bar/fish market. We are so lucky to have access to the condo in Diamond Head and given that it’s a fairly short plane ride there, it’s easy to spend a weekend there. There was something to celebrate though: It was 24 month ago the wedding took place in Carmel Valley…
The plane ride back coincided with game seven in the world series, and as it happened the game ended just as the shores of California showed up. Well done Giants!