On my birthday, my dad (Opa) and I went to the Marriott at Ko’Olina, a lovely resort on the Leeward side of Oahu, not too far from our house.
He was impressed by the freshness of the pineapple and papaya. Well yes, this IS Hawai’i.
This restaurant is fun because not only do you eat on the lanai with a view of the pool and then the ocean spread in front of you, but they also have two decorative pools, one with rays (or skates, I don’t know the difference) and one with sharks!!
After lunch, we walked around and took in the views.
Yesterday, we visited Sea Life Park, which is passable except that because of it’s small size, you can get up close and personal, plus, our military rate made general admission very affordable. We got to pet a baby turtle which the kids thought was very cool. The staff appear to be mostly students from the Oceanic Institute next door, so they were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We drove there past Sandy Beach, the Blowhole, Makapu’u Lighthouse (scene of the most complained hike) and then took the long, scenic, way home on the Windward side of the island, (at least up to H3 if you know the area) via Dave’s Ice Cream who’s Coconut Macadamia Nut and Chocolate Macadamia Nut ice creams are now deemed Best Ever!. The dramatic mountainsides impressed Opa as well.
In addition to touristy stuff, we’ve also fixed some sprinklers, hung Christmas lights and shored up the big furniture so the TV and components can live there instead of on the floor where they’ve been since we unpacked. More touristy stuff is planned for next week after the torrential rains predicted for the next two days pass.