the next morning, i found a note that hotel staff had slipped under the door:
a quick peek downstairs showed that high winds were not a deterrent to the crowds that were already enjoying sun and waves down at the beach. heh.
while the hub and the bean slept in a little more, i placed a mobile order for our island lattes and made my way down to go and pick them up. the daily yoga class had just finished up and i was amused to see that like everything else at this resort, the mats were a bright, beautiful shade of pink.
while that would normally be enough incentive to get me out there for a class, i have to admit that i really don't love yoga. not that it isn't challenging as hell...i just find it boring af. heh.
i picked up our coffees, headed back up to the room to wait for the others to get ready and took mine out on the balcony to enjoy the breeze and the sounds of the ocean. those are the moments i dream about when we're back home and i wanted to take advantage of every chance i got to soak it all in.
outfit of the day - a me-made coverup dress over a bathing suit because you just never know when there might be an opportunity for a nice dip in the water.
and we made sure to grab our floaties too, for the same reason.
the bean was craving some fresh mochi, so we revisited a spot we'd found on a previous trip: nisshodo candy store, serving up delicious japanese confections for 90 years.
the old lady had sent us an instagram reel by someone who had ranked all of the most well-known shave ice spots, and since we were fairly close to one of them we stopped in to give it a try. shimazu shave ice shares a space with a few other food vendors in a little building right next door to rainbow drive-in (which i still have yet to try, maybe next visit?).
the ice was very finely shaved and melted in my mouth instantly, kind of like cotton candy. it was indeed delicious and definitely gives waiola a run for their money.
as we made our way out of the honolulu/waikiki area we finally got a taste of those high winds that we'd been warned about.
it seemed that this was our day to eat all kinds of fun stuff, because our next stop was ono seafood for some delicious poke.
we drove around a little more, just doing some sightseeing from the car and then decided we wanted to go back and take a nap. hahaha! all of those good eats had sent us into a classic food coma and it was time to sleep it off for a bit.
by the time we woke up again, guess what? yup - time to go eat again. this was SO my kinda trip.
this time, we walked across the street and up the elevator to grab a table at liliha bakery. on our last visit to o'ahu we'd hit up liliha on our first day, but since we knew we had one of their newest locations so close to our hotel we hadn't been in a rush to go.
if you only get one thing here, it has to be this basket of warm, toasted buttery rolls served with their delicious housemade jam. this stuff is like crack, i tell you (not that i've ever done crack. i guess that's kind of a stupid description, but you get what i mean).
the rest of our meal was pretty basic - loco moco, steak, breakfast for dinner. and then as the bean and i got comfy in our beds while the hub went downstairs for a cigar and an evening adult beverage, they went into the fridge and busted out the last of the poke as a midnight snack.
what a day, amirite?