Jun 27, 2014

Hawai'i Photo Diary #3

Hanauma Bay was originally a volcano crater. After years of erosion, water entered this crater and now it is the home of hundreds of fishes and corals. Don't let this photo fool you, I am an experienced swimmer and it was pretty difficult swimming/snorkeling near where the water turns a darker blue. Personally, I don't like to use the snorkel breathing gear, so I just wear goggles and swim with fins.
We went to Germaine's Luau located on a beautiful beach. My "escort" on our bus to the luau site was really annoying, though. &funny story: since the luau was on a beach, I specifically wore flip flops so I could take my shoes off. That's what I thought my brother say. BUT he said don't wear sandals because he read on Yelp that there are mosquitoes or bugs in the sand.
The Kalua pork baked underground for a few hours before being pulled and served.
My last day in paradise, I wander out to Waikiki Beach on my own, one last time. ;(
On our way to the airport, the sky was split between beautiful weather and torrential downpour.
Overall, the climate and buildings of Honolulu resembled that of Hong Kong or Guangzhou! Even my grandma said, feels like China. 
One of the major turn-offs of Hawai'i was the amount of asian tourists visiting. And don't worry, I'm insulting them just as much as I am insulting my own family. If you caught me earlier, I mentioned fobs in one of these posts. If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it but these tourists give asians a bad rep for visiting the local's island. For example, prior to entering Hanauma Bay, we were told various times, do not step on the coral. It damages the coral. Three times I saw, guess who!? Fob asians standing straight up on the coral in the middle of the bay. They could not have stood out more. I'm just saying, if you are going to visit, at least try to respect the culture.
Hawai'i was beautiful! We did much more than what I mentioned, like pick fruit at a ranch, stand-up paddleboard and row a boat at the Polynesian Cultural Center, but you really must visit yourself to have the full experience. I can't wait to visit Maui next!

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