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Exploring Waikiki from the Outrigger to Diamond Head to Luaus

After visiting Kona last October for the Ironman World Championship my ideas of Hawaii were cemented. Quiet little towns filled with surfers, fresh seafood and acai bowls at local mom n pop restaurants and gorgeous views of nature.

Arriving in bustling downtown Waikiki was a shock to my system! All of the amazing sunset views, sandy beaches and mountain views remained, but along side high end shopping and a mass of tourists. The good news is that means you have high quality hotels and immediate access to nearly anything that you might need, including tours!

Roll over any photo for description.Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach Christmas IMG_0499But first a look at right around Waikiki…starting of course with the view from our room…sigh.
DSC06039 On day 4 we actually moved to a second Outrigger property called Outrigger on the Reef and I was tearful about leaving our ocean view room until I encountered our new "city view". Which was such an amazing reminder that in so few places can you be next to the ocean with mountain views!Outrigger Reef City View Room

Lucky for me David happens to enjoy exploring on foot nearly as much as I do…so with visions of Diamond Head beckoning to us from the Outrigger Waikiki we set off ready to walk to the infamous climb.Diamond Head at sunriseBeing who we are, we ended up taking a few detours to look at things and walked over 5 miles before reaching the summit!

Even with a marathon just days away it was worth it for the spectacular views.IMG_0541IMG_0623DSC06063

Also on the must see-do list is of course a luau!! Most were at least a 1 hour drive with traffic, so we opted to check out the Hilton Rooftop luau which would have the same performers, but be lacking the roasting pig and beach atmosphere.

It ended up raining on us for the entire show, so we were more than pleased to be within walking distance of our hotel when it finished and found the show to still be wonderful.
Hawaiian LuauHilton Waikiki LuauFire dancersNow of course the rest of our time in Honolulu was spent running 26.2 miles and enjoying everything that the marathon had to offer…which meant lots of pool and beach time to recover.North Shore HawaiiOutrigger Waikiki Pool

We also took a Circle Island Tour and details on that coming up next!

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