Happy New Year, friends! I’m still reminiscing about the sunshine and family time I soaked up in Hawaii just a few weeks ago. Here’s Holiday in Hawaii – December 2020 – Part 3, which covers Day 4 and Day 5 of our trip to visit my parent’s home on the island of Oahu! <3
Day 4 – Hike to the Pink Pillbox, Swimming and Sunset at Secret Beach, Ramen Ya for Dinner
Pink Pillbox Hike
The Pink Pillbox Hike, or Puu O Hulu, is probably one of the most instagrammed spots on Oahu. Therefore, be forewarned of people doing crazy dangerous poses on the edge of the cliffs and pillboxes. Overall, this was a great 1.6-ish mile hike! Until the fourth and final pillbox, where you had to traverse across a ridgeline and basically tight-rope walk over a plummet to the ground hundreds of feet below! (Slight exaggeration maybe.)
It was really neat to see the beautiful artwork people had painted inside the pillboxes. And while the first two pillboxes were covered in art inside and outside, the pink pillbox was left relatively untouched, to bask in all of its pink glory.
This was my favorite beach that we went to during this trip! It’s located near Aulani, the Disney Resort. I have no clue what the actual name for this beach/lagoon is, because my parents just kept calling it “secret beach”. It was a pretty small beach, which meant less people, and that made it perfect for snorkeling and relaxing.
For nearly four hours, we switched back and forth between snorkeling in the water and sun bathing on the beach. We saw so many cool fishies here, including parrot fish, needle fish and Humuhumunukunukuapua`a (Hawaii’s state fish)! We even saw Gill from Nemo (aka a moorish idol)!
AND we even swam with a mama turtle and its baby! WHAT? YES! THAT HAPPENED!!! Turtles sometimes like to swim in really shallow water, so we snorkeled with them in like 2-foot-deep water. It was magical. We kept our distance though, because it’s illegal to touch a turtle in Hawaii and they are protected animals. 🙂
My parents eventually joined us on this beach and we watched another gorgeous island sunset together. I’ll never get tired of watching the sun rise and set over the ocean here in Hawaii. <3
Dinner at Ramen Ya
After a day of hiking and snorkeling, we were ready to feast! We drove to Ramen Ya and I got the katsu chicken ramen with miso broth. It was so delicious and filling after an adventurous day!
Day 5 – Tour Aulani Disney Resort, Snorkeling at Secret Beach, Liliha Bakery, Sunset on Magic Island
Aulani Disney Resort
Disney built a gorgeous resort on Oahu called Aulani. After all the fun we had the previous day at Secret Beach, we wanted to go back again today for more fun! Since Aulani is just down the road, we took a quick tour of the impressive resort.
Someday, I’d love to bring my whole family here to enjoy a week in paradise AND Disney combined! It looks so fun!
Here’s Secret Beach Part 2! Today held more snorkeling with the fish and more napping in the sun. I could get used to this! 😉
Okay, let me tell you the real reason I came to Oahu. Poi mochi donuts from Liliha Bakery. Poi is made of taro, which is a root vegetable, so basically these donuts count as my salad for the day, right? They are so chewy and delicious! If you’ve ever had poi or taro before, it’s not super sweet. And these donuts aren’t tooth-ache sweet either, which makes them dangerous because I want to eat like seventeen thousand of them.
Ala Moana Beach
Ala Moana is a popular spot for swimming, surfing, jogging, sun bathing and shopping. We sat on the Magic Island jetty and watched the magnificent sun fall behind the horizon, while a man nearby was practicing fire dancing.
The area is so lively and full of people taking swimming lessons in the water, jogging on the paths, taking a stroll in the romantic light, and whatever else they felt like doing. There was even a girl in a mermaid skirt playing the clarinet for everyone.
Thanks for reading!!
Check out Part 1 of our trip, when we landed in Oahu and watched the sunset at Sand Island on Day 1. Then on Day 2, hiked to the Lanikai Pillboxes and went on an epic beach tour, ending at Waikiki Beach for a swim in the ocean and sunset with pineapple dole whip.
Check out Part 2 of our trip, when we went snorkeling at Shark’s Cove, devoured shave ice, toured a few more beaches and watched the sunset at Barber’s Point, all on Day 3.