Last weekend Logan and I were in Oahu. What to say? The island is crowded, and stunning, and around Waikiki I heard more Japanese than English, and there's a crazy homeless problem on the beaches, and the food is amazing. There's my three-day conclusion!
Well, I also concluded that three days wasn't nearly enough to spend on the island, but that's what we had.
And my gawd, we ate a lot of Japanese food this weekend! It might seem odd that we didn't eat much Hawaiian on Oahu, but I promise there will be plenty of that in the next few days now that we're on the big island. I'm just terrible at passing up Japanese food when it's on offer!
Logan's and my arrivals last week were separated by about three hours, so I had enough time after my 14 hours of travel to go for a good walk and introduce myself to Waikiki.
Here's a couple of views from our room, which was a "city view" at the enormous Hyatt Regency.
The hotel was just fine, with lots of amenities and sixteen ABC stores right in the actual building. And we got it for a great price with Priceline, who have yet to steer us wrong or give us a bum hotel.
But more important than the hotel was the question of what to eat on our first night! I was a little jet-lagged, so my most important consideration after tastiness and novelty had to be closeness to the hotel. Okonomiyaki Chibo fit my parameters nicely - two blocks from the hotel, and serving okonomiyaki, a dish from Osaka I've been wanting to try for YEARS. What, you don't have food obsessions that span decades?