Tuesday, 15 September 2009

aloha hawaii

Hawaii was a pretty cool place to be, it's very hot and it's very holiday too...like so many hotels and chain restaurants. I must admit that it was a big shock coming into Honolulu from Fiji, as the two are parallel opposites in terms of what kind of holiday you can have.

Honolulu is very commercial and mostly full of ugly concrete 90s buildings, not many redeeming features. But, there are some definite plus points: the Ala Moana shopping centre, all the top brands you could want to shop at ever (honestly, from Forever 21 to Chanel it has everything!), and fireworks and entertaining on Waikiki Beach.

Go to the north of Oahu however and you will find some really pretty (and not fake) beaches with great surf and a chilled atmosphere. I could totally holiday there. Especially as it's near Fumi's, the amazingly tasty shrimp farm...get the butter and garlic shrimp for $12, its the best takeaway shrimp ever I promise.

Then the East coast is a total movie area...think Jurassic Park and 50 First Dates. There's beaches everywhere and they are so proud of all the locations that films have been shot. Go to the Macadamia Nut Farm and gardens and taste some of the delish macadamia nut coffee, as well as the cinnamon roasted nuts. Mmmmm. And try some noni lotion if you haven't yet...

I was well looking forward to New York at this point, and checking out mainland USA...bring it on!