November 3, 2015

3 Perfect Days in Oahu, Day 3: Pearl Harbor and Diamondhead

It's been 6 weeks since I came back from Hawaii and I'm finally posting about our last day there. Don't worry, I promise not to wait too long to tell you all about last week's trip to Dubai! Missed my first two posts? Check out Day 1 and Day 2!

Just like that, we had come to our final day in Hawaii. Fortunately, our flight wasn't until almost 10pm so we had the whole day ahead of us to explore.

Once again, we woke up bright and early (jet lag!), and Carolann took us to Pearl Harbor to see the USS Arizona Memorial.

It was an incredibly moving memorial. Pearl Harbor is considered a living memorial, meaning, the physical memorial is essentially a grave site. The soldiers who died in the USS Arizona still rest beneath the Memorial. It is the most moving memorial I have ever been to and was definitely an emotional experience.

After Pearl Harbor, we stopped for breakfast at Bogart's an amazing little place I came across on Yelp. The Pilot had a fried rice breakfast bowl that they're famous for...I had more than  few bites because it was incredible! Carolann and I shared an acai bowl and it was incredible! I had never had one before and I'm definitely a fan!

Bogart's was at the base of Diamond Head, which we had plans to hike to the top of. It was hot and steamy that day which made for a serious workout, but the views from the top (and along the hike) were well worth it!

After hiking back down Diamond Head (the way down is much easier than the way up), we made our way to Waikiki Beach. We spent the afternoon swimming and relaxing by the beach before stopping at Leonard's Bakery for some malasadas. These little sugar coated donuts were heaven...and the ones stuffed with lilikoi (passion fruit) made my heart beat a little faster.

We brought the malasadas back to Carolann's house and stopped by the Kalapawai Market to grab sandwiches for dinner. We enjoyed dinner, malasadas and some ice cold liquid aloha on Carolann's roof top before sadly making our way to the airport.

Everyone told us we were crazy for going to Hawaii for just 3 days but it was well worth it. We had a whirlwind vacation but we were still able to relax, and the trip home was nice and smooth. Would I go back to Hawaii? Absolutely! I would love to explore some other islands! Would I go back to Hawaii for 3 days? Definitely! Short trips seem to be our MO and I love them. You definitely have to cram a lot in, but I think that 3 days is the perfect amount of time to explore any destination!

What's the furthest you've traveled for a weekend getaway?
Have you been to Hawaii? What's your favorite island?

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