Taking Stock – The Waikiki Edition

Taking Stock - Waikiki

The last time we were in Waikiki we were on honeymoon and ten years later, we’re back to celebrate double digits of wedded bliss. I had really forgotten how much I loved Hawaii, the place, the people and everything inbetween! I can’t wait to come back!

Flying: Into Honolulu with Hawaiian Airlines – they have all the aloha.

Eating: Loco Moco – a traditional Hawaiian dish of white rice, topped with a burger, fried egg and covered in brown gravy. It sounds so wrong but tastes so right!

Discovering: The edible delights that are Malasadas from Leonard’s Bakery. It takes deep fried doughnuts to the next level!

Taking Stock - Malasadas

Deciding: On which cocktail to order next. Spoiler alert: It’s probably a Mai Tai.

Drinking: Mai Tays for days.

Knowing: That there is such a thing as too many Mai Tais.

Taking stock - Mai Tais

Learning: The Too Many Mai Tai Lesson the hard way.

Exploring: Oahu on a private tour. So much fun!

Marvelling: At the beauty of this incredible island. Check out these views at Hanuama Bay!

Taking Stock - beauty of Oahu

Staying: At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.

Loving: Waking up to an ocean view.

Taking Stock - Hyatt Regency Waikiki

Remembering: The last time we stayed at the Hyatt Regency… 10 years ago on honeymoon.

Relaxing: By the pool.

Caffienating: At Kai Coffee conveniently located on the ground floor of our hotel!

Taking Stock - Kai Coffee

Taking: So many pictures.

Needing: A phone with bigger memory to store all the pictures.

Blissing: Out with a couples massage at the Na’ Ho’ola Spa 

Taking stock - Hyatt Regency Waikiki Spa

Noticing: How much Waikiki has changed in the last 10 years.

Enjoying: All the aloha. The people here are so awesome.

Popping: My shave ice cherry at Matsumoto’s  on the North Shore.

Wearing: My new $5 dress. Bargain!

Taking stock - waikiki bargains

Playing: Pool with David. So much fun apart from…

Getting: Beat at pool by David. He shows me no mercy on the pool table.

Shopping: Up a storm at the Ala Moana Centre.

Coveting: These Kate Spade ballet flats. Too bad I’m a wannabe minimalist.

Ballet flats - Taking Stock

Reading: From Notting Hill to New York… Actually by Ali McNamara. It’s the perfect holiday read.

Attempting: The MAC Daddy Pancake Challenge – 5 pounds of pancakes between two people.

Taking Stock - MAC Daddy Challenge

Failing: The MAC Daddy Pancake Challenge. If I never eat a pancake again, I won’t be sorry.

Wondering: What all these toilet functions are for. Disclaimer: I never used them but only because I didn’t know how!

Taking stock Hawaii - toilet

Requesting: Iz the lift entertainer play all my favourite songs.

Listening: To Iz play all my requests on his ukulele.

Wishing: Holidays could last forever.

Hiking: To the top of Diamond Head… A very sweaty affair.

Taking stock - Diamond Head hike

Knowing: That we won’t wait another 10 years to come back to Hawaii!

Liking: The farmers markets at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.

Taking Stock - Hyatt Regency Farmers Markets

Disliking: People who reserve sun beds with a towel and then disappear for hours.

Seeing: The sunset from the Moana Surfrider Beach Bar.

Running: Along Waikiki Beach. This is what you call a run with a view!

Taking stock - running Waikiki

Buying: More Christmas decorations. They’re the one thing I collect on my travels.

Wanting: To stay here forever.

Watching: Aha’ Aina – the luau at the Royal Hawaiian hotel.

Admiring: The performers at the luau. They are such groovy movers and have abs for days.

Taking stock - luau

Finding: Out that I’m a finalist in the Bupa Blog Awards. Squee!

Feeling: So excited that I could jive with a jelly baby.

Planning: All the things we’re going to do in San Francisco.

Looking forward to: Eating all my favourite foods in San Francisco.

Leaving: On a jet plane.

Have you ever been to Hawaii? Do you collect anything? Found any good bargains lately? Have you ever enjoyed too much of a good thing? Are you a groovy mover? If you were ordering a cocktail, what would it be? Tell me all the things!

Linking up with Kylie for IBOT

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  • Happy anniversary! We hit 7 years yesterday and both forgot, haha! Maybe we should try Hawaii next time!

  • This post is giving me wanderlust! What a fabulous holiday you had in Waikiki!

    Congrats on being named a finalist in the Bupa Blog Awards!


  • I would give just about anything to wake up to a beach view every day for the rest of my life! What is with that pancake, how do they even make it!!! Love your bargain dress. Congratulation on the Bupa Awards, well and truly deserved xx

    • That pancake was something else. Actually it was pancakes plural! There’s something really special about waking up to an ocean view, isn’t there? Thanks for the congrats! xx

  • How lovely! Happy anniversary. Congrats!
    We did Waikiki (Hilton Hawaiian Village) for our 10th year too. Renewed our vows on the beach beside the lagoon.
    It’s our 20th next year. Where shall we go next?

    • We passed the Hawaiian Village and it looked lovely. I love that you renewed your vows, I’m working on hubby to renew our vows at Disneyland. How about that for your 20th? 🙂

  • LydiaCLee

    I didn’t get rambutans in hawaii! Jealous. Congrats on the anniversary. Lovely way to celebrate. I want the Kate Spade shoes but I’m guessing they’re out of my price range.

    • Our anniversary was earlier in the year but we put the celebrations on hold until now to tie in with the rest of the trip. I love those shoes but I wasn’t so keen on the price tag.

  • I’ve been to the airport, does that count haha? I remember to get to a connecting flight you have to actually clear immigration, walk out onto the street and go back in.
    Those pancakes. Woah. That’s like a lifetime supply on one plate.

    • A stop in the airport totally counts, although I can highly recommend exploring the island beyond the airport. As for those pancakes, I think they’ve turned me off pancakes for life, which just goes to show, you really can have too much of a good thing!

  • Loved this and of course your other pics from Hawaii. Now Grace has been too I am so getting ‘wanna go back’ vibes!! I was there in early 2006 and did some of the things you have. I was able to do some things that Mum and Dad had told me about including going to Ala Moana shopping centre in a limo..by myself as it was easier than waiting for the bus. Came home on the bus. Spent a few $US at Macys including a pair of comfier walking shoes as my feet were in agony for all the walking by then!! Congrats on the Bupa finalist award too.

    • I got ‘wanna go back’ vibes before I’d even left the island! We walked to Ala Moana but caught a Lyft (like Uber) back, it was cheaper than getting the bus! We shopped up a storm at Macy’s too – love that store! Thanks for the congrats!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    How fabulous! I love that they did a floral heart on your bed! And all the food in Hawaii is so much fun and delicious too. I like Loco Moco too but my favourite is the shave ice!

  • Wow, Sammie – it looks like you had the best time!!

  • I loveeeeed Waikiki! Such a vibrant place with so much to do and see!

    I totally feel you on the phone memory.

    We went through over 150 GB of memory on our camera and it’s lucky we have new 128GB iPhones because we were pushing that memory level too, haha!

    We also collect Christmas decorations on our travels! And one little trinket (in Bali it was marble elephants and in Hawaii it was a marble, shell and volcanic stone turtle!)

    • When I get a new phone, I’m definitely getting one with a bigger memory! Wasn’t Waikiki fun? I think I might have overdosed on the Christmas decorations but there’s no such things as too many, right?! Your turtle sounds so lovely!

  • merilyn

    helloo lovelies!
    you deserve a beautiful time and it looks like you’ve had a ball!
    much love m:)X

  • It looks like you had an amazing time!

  • Congrats on being a finalist in the Bupa blog awards!

    It sounds like you are having an amazing time in Hawaii. I’d love to visit there one day, the scenery is incredible and the shopping’s pretty good too I’m told. not sure about that loco moco though!

    Hope you are having a really good weekend!

    • Thanks for the congrats! You would love Hawaii but don’t go when you’re on a shopping ban. The shops are crazy good! And I promise the loco moco sounds so wrong, but it really tastes so right 🙂

  • Happy anniversary! Waikiki looks beautiful. I’d love to visit Hawaii, you’re doing a great job of affirming this for me!

    I am almost certain I could manage that pancake challenge. I am a good pancake eater. However I think the chances of finding somewhere that does a gluten free pancake challenge would be slim!

    • You would love Hawaii, it’s just magic! American restaurants in general seemed much more allergy/food intolerance aware. Most places asked us if we had any dietary requirements, so I’d bet you could get GF pancakes. That said, after that pancake challenge, I don’t even want to look at a pancake again, let alone eat one!