wednesday 5 may

breakfast at lulus
wandered around waikiki a bit, dad looked for a watch
drove to north shore
got organised into house
snorkel with turtles
hang out
go to shops
sit on cool platform built in scrub over beach, watch turtles swimming
outdoor shower
had dinner cooked at home for a change

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wednesday 5 may

tuesday 4 may

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIyI3YwSoUM
early start for shark swim
45 minute drive to north shore, arrived just in time at 6.30am
water was cold, but smooth, is was a terrific experience
breakfast burritos at kolas
drove around to wiamea – shorebreak was too dangerous to go in
drove to sunset beach, then pipepline – walked along beach and played
a few surfers were getting really hot rides
went to look at rich’s holiday house at laniakea
ate lunch at the shrimp van car park
drove back to waikiki
wandered along the beach, rented some boards, did a duke impression on long ride
had something to eat on the way home
went to bed

tuesday 4 may

sunday 2 may

early start agin
had to be at LA airport by 6am
ages getting through security and boarding area
plane landed in hawai’i at lunch time
got taxi to queen kaplioani
went straight to beach for a swim
burger at lulus looking over waikiki
afternoon walk along shore
ended up at ‘house without a key’ halekulani hotel listening to hawaiian band right on the beach
walk home through shops and looked around

sunday 2 may

sunday 25 april

Woke up in HGI, had breakfast and walked to magic mountain theme park where we spent the day on freaky, scary, fast, eye ball re-arranging roller coaster rides. the queues where long but the rides were awesome, especially the the riddlers revenge, tatsu and the gravity defying de ja vu. went back to hotel for a swim, dinner and choclate cake.

sunday 25 april

saturday 24 april

Woke up in best western bakersfield and had breakfast in hotel diner, drove to a place called Lamont were dad wanted to see some old depression buildings and got a milk shake at a frosty king drive in, drove across greenhorn mounts, south sequoia park, past lake Isabella, walker pass, down the red rock canyon through to Mojave and then stopped at Lancaster for afternoon snack, drove through fields of California poppy on the way to Santa Clarita and checked into Hilton gardens inn. swam in the pool with dad, had dinner in the hotel and then waited for my birthday.

saturday 24 april

friday 23 april

Woke up and had breakfast at Yosemite Lodge and then went on a tour of the valley floor and saw famous half dome, el capitan and lots of water falls etc. we also saw a coyote, a wood pecker, deer and squirrels. That night we saw a country band in Bakersfield at the buck owens crystal palace and saw Johnny knoxville’s jackass shoes.

friday 23 april

thursday 22 april

Woke up in San Francisco and had breakfast in café on California Bvld. Headed across the long bay bridge and drove through thick snow to Yosemite and stayed in a bear proof tent at Curry Village. Had dinner in the cafeteria and looked at the huge granite cliffs around us before sleeping in the tent. We had to leave our food and soap and stuff in the bear proof box outside.

thursday 22 april

sunday 18 – wednesday 21 april

In san fran we did lots of stuff, like Alcatraz (liked the most), shopping eating in cafes, saw surfing under the golden gate, riding down Russian hill on the front of a cable car and really enjoyed the exploratium. On our last night in san fran we went to the tonga room at the fairmont hotel where there is a tropical storm every 20 minutes and the band plays on a boat in the pool. I danced with some kids from England and drank a fruit cocktail.

sunday 18 – wednesday 21 april

wednesday 14 april

Woke up in Presidio motel, went to surf shop and saw lots of boards bought Greenough cap, Yater jumper and Yater T, drove to Rincon, lunch at La Super Rica Tacqueria, SB mission, rode bikes to beach jumped onto silly cycles and went to marina rode back to silly cycle shop and rode back to motel on bikes and had pizza for dinner

wednesday 14 april

tuesday 12 april

Woke up in Ho-Jo’s, spent hours in a traffic jam driving to LA, went to Museum of American west, I liked 3 Amigos guns, Buffalo Bill’s saddle, Real 1870 Indian bow and arrow, Real 1870 gatling gun that shot 1500 rounds per minute. Went to Cocos at Silver lake bought old skateboard, cap bomb and presents for you guy’s, drove to Santa Monica, checked into the Seashore motel, had dinner at world café.

tuesday 12 april

monday 12 april

Woke up in Ho-Jo’s, walked to Disneyland, I thought some of the rides were lame and boring because they were slow, not very exiting the rides I liked were Indy Jones, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Haunted House. Sadly the Matterhorn was closed. We left after the fire works over the castle.

monday 12 april

saturday 10 april

Woke up in hacienda hotel, had breakfast at panns again, drove to Hollywood bvld, dumped our bags at the highland gardens, walked down Hollywood bvld, had photo taken with M.J & bumblebee (transformer) and finally Wolverine and saw Commander rex (star wars) and saw famous stars hand and shoe prints, ate dinner at Norms, drove to Silver lake, Bought T shirt and rubbers for friends, had ice cream at a café (yyuuumm).

saturday 10 april

Saturday 8 May Laniakea

up early
quick swing into town to see surf museum and strong current surf shop
home to pack
swim at waimea, jump off rock
check out of rich’s place
drive back to honolulu, via ala moana
excellent bishop museum
snack in museum cafe
check into hotel queen kaplaioni
wander down to beach
rent board tandem with charlie on great wave
a few waves myself
dinner at tiki bar
sunset and walk home
farewell hawaii

Saturday 8 May Laniakea

Wednesday 5 May Waikiki

breakfast at lulus
wander waikiki a bit, look for watch
drive to north shore
settle into house
swim, snorkel with turtles
hang out
go to shops for evening supplies
sit on cool platform perched in scrub over beach, watch turtles and charlie swimming
outdoor shower
first home cooked dinner for a month

Wednesday 5 May Waikiki

Tuesday 4 May Waikiki

early start for shark swim
45 minute drive to north shore, arrive at 6.30am
cool part of ohau, beautiful conditions, terrific experience
breakfast burritos at kolas
drive to wiamea – shorebreak to dangerous for charlie
drive to sunset, pipe – walk along beach absorbing place, swim out to bcd door take off, dive to observe reef and get feel of swell – stoked
6 foot sets coming through left and right – a few surfers getting very deep, hot rides
view rich’s rental shack at laniakea
shrimp van lunch in haleiwa
drive home to waikiki
wander to beach, rent boards, charlie does duke impression – finally stands on third wave, long ride
i get a few nice gentle trimming waves with diamond head to the starboard
something to eat on the way home, night in

Tuesday 4 May Waikiki

Monday 3 May Waikiki

breakfast at lulus
car rental
drive to eastern (windward) coast, stop here and there for swim and gawk
return afternoon
charlie swim in hotel pool – underwater lap comp
do the waikiki wander, end up at jimmy buffet’s ‘welcome to my hawaiian nightmare’ surf-themed restaurant and view surf history collection

Monday 3 May Waikiki

Sunday 2 May West Sunset

early start
airport by 6am
lengthy processing through security and boarding area
plane lands at lunch time
taxi to kaplioani
wander to beach, swim
coffee and burger at lulus overlooking waikiki
afternoon wander along shore
end up at ‘house without a key’ halekulani hotel list to beautiful slack key trio
with waikiki waves lapping at end of garden
walk home through commercial sludge of honolulu

Sunday 2 May West Sunset