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AKLGT 11-17-2010 05:44 PM

My trip to Oahu (pics)
I spent a week in Oahu, all over the place with my best friend. We started off at Turtle Bay for 2 nights and then to Bellows AFS with my family friends. The remainder of the trip, we stayed with them until we left last Weds night. It was so much fun, lots of physical things (I got as much running, hiking, walking, kayaking, etc as I could) but also relaxing. It's been some time since I got to really play with my Nikon D90, so brought it and my other 2 cameras (Fuji WP and Casio Exilim).

We arrive at Turtle Bay Resort

and of course, have to explore the area. I really love how this one turned out... I didn't do any real editing other than add the vignetting

the resort

there are little crabs everywhere!

then hit the beaches! I love sand on my toes!

we probably went to 4 different beaches including Waimea Bay, and ended up body surfing there, then on to some weird point and another beach that you can walk to a little island (when it's low tide).

AKLGT 11-17-2010 05:45 PM

view from our hotel room


Ola's (the restaurant in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall")

stopping on the beach during the end of my morning run, right about mile 6

windmills on North Shore

then we head to Bellows AFS for boogie boarding!

I love this pic! Krista's pants kept falling off from the waves so she constantly had to pull the up. This is why I chose board shorts from my Maui trip in April (I learned this when my bottoms came off and I mooned the camera crew filming our corporate events) LOL!

and a self portrait as I ride waves into shore

Next day was KAYAKING!!!

headed out to a small island that was a bird sanctuary

AKLGT 11-17-2010 05:45 PM

we're going to head out to those two islands next, but have to kayak through lots of waves and coral in the water

and we're off!

we arrive to the next island

Even saw a sea turtle, but we failed at getting our snorkel gear in time and/or the camera!

We made it back to shore and then decided to check out the beach and the area where we had to go through the coral. Krista has issues with "fish" so she wanted to try snorkeling there before we went to Haunama Bay.


I was quite content on the beach, however she informed me she was scared and thus needed an adult.

After that, we got washed up at one of the many public beach areas and headed to town to do some hiking! We got our arm work out done from kayaking and ready for some legs!

Felt like walking into Jurassic Park!

AKLGT 11-17-2010 05:46 PM

we get up to the Falls

Next day was Diamond Head, Waikiki and Paradise Cove luau!

we decided we were going to run up and down as much as we could (aka try not to run over the tourists). Yes, it was extremely hot, sweaty but damn what a great run!

the creepy spiral staircase

then we headed to downtown Waikiki to rinse off and walked to Ala Mona Shopping Center

the tops of my feets be burnt! :sadbanana:

taking a stop through the International Market

then it's LUAU TIME!!!

AKLGT 11-17-2010 05:47 PM

we finally got lei'd

the show was amazing! lots of great dancing from the various Polynesian cultures and well... hey, I can't complain about the eye candy.

and of course the cool fire guy!

really enjoyed the luau

Last morning in Hawaii, we saved the best for last: Haunama Bay!

Ready for snorkeling! GPS/Phone/Tunes: CHECK!

AKLGT 11-17-2010 05:47 PM

drying off in the sun!

yes, there are pics of me on the beach.... a more appropriate one

so sad to leave..

ttnio 11-17-2010 07:18 PM

mahalo nui loa....

AKLGT 11-17-2010 07:34 PM

did I mention it snowed 8" while I was in Hawaii? Weds, boarded the plane at 80 deg and boarded off the plane at 18 deg. :(

Can't wait til I go back! maybe Feb or one of the really cold months here.

SBT 11-17-2010 10:31 PM

Nice pics, looked like a great time.

StoplightAssassin 11-17-2010 10:34 PM

<- jealous!

I was going to make a Forgetting Sarah Marshall comment but you beat me to it.

Eh screw it...

Did you take surfing lessons from Kunu?

AKLGT 11-18-2010 12:40 AM


Originally Posted by StoplightAssassin (Post 3172616)
<- jealous!

I was going to make a Forgetting Sarah Marshall comment but you beat me to it.

Eh screw it...

Did you take surfing lessons from Kunu?

Lolz. No surfing lessons. But the place is amazing!

tsunami 11-18-2010 01:50 PM

looks like a lot of fun! I can't wait to go there when my cousin gets married next year.

808LGT 11-20-2010 06:56 PM

looks like you did everything you could in the time you were here, next time lmk and i'll make a list of places you need to go...sharks cove (better snorkeling than H bay) lani kai (best swimming, running, etc.) boots and kimos (banana pancake w/ mac nut sauce) just to name a few

Btw did you jump off the rock at waimea?

AKLGT 11-22-2010 08:10 PM

OH I don't jump off rocks.. LOL

But I think we went to Lani Kai at some point. I can't remember. We went all over the frickin place.

808LGT 11-23-2010 03:01 AM

then you'll like spitting caves, and why no jumping off rocks? would you jump off a log thats 10 feet above the water?

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