After our tour of Oahu on Friday, we only had two full days left in Hawaii and I was keen for some shopping. Dad and Matt had booked a Pearl Harbour tour on Saturday morning, so Mum and I took the opportunity to head over to Hawaii’s biggest shopping Centre – Ala Moana Center.
Getting to Ala Moana from our hotel was super easy – the bus stop is right outside our hotel and all we had to do was jump on the Pink Line trolley ($2.00 per person) which took us straight to Ala Moana. Ala Moana is huge! It’s the world’s largest outdoor shopping centre with over 290 stores and 70 dining locations. And they’re currently doing construction, so it will be even bigger when it’s finished.
We shopped for a few hours and then we met up with Dad and Matt who had finished seeing Pearl Harbour. I love makeup and beauty so I did go a bit crazy at Sephora and Mac!
We ordered an Uber to take us back to the hotel, where we ended the day with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant – the dinner was cold and disappointing but the manager was understanding, and didn’t charge us for the meal, which was nice.
On Sunday, we headed back over to Duke’s for their breakfast buffet. Oh it was so good – eggs, sausage, bacon, pastries, pancakes, french toast, cereals and the most delicious fresh fruit! It was a great way to start the day. I forgot to take any photos of the food, but I definitely recommend the breakfast buffet to anyone staying in Waikiki.
We were hoping that the sun would come out after breakfast so that we could finally head down to the beach for a swim, but unfortunately, luck was not on our side as it was still pouring down with rain. We headed out to the main shopping road – Kalakaua Ave – to spend the rest of our American dollars. This street is really busy with lots of shoppers, and there are lots of great shops as well.
After tiring ourselves out with shopping, we headed to one of my favourite restaurants to beat the crowds – The Cheesecake Factory. I love the food at the Cheesecake Factory, but had forgotten how huge the meals are. I ordered the Crusted Chicken Romano and I almost died when it came out – it was huge, enough to feed like 3 people! It was absolutely delicious but there was no way I could eat even half of it! I was so full, so had to order my cheesecake to go – I stuck with a regular Strawberry Cheesecake, as all the other flavours sounded too intense after my huge meal!
We woke up on Monday – our last morning in Hawaii – and of course, the sun was shining and it was a beautiful day. We grabbed a quick breakfast from MacDonalds – I love how they serve pineapple with their breakfast meals!
I really enjoyed the 4 nights we spent in Hawaii but I quickly realised that 4 nights is just not enough! I know one day I will definitely be back as there is so much of the state that I still want to see (like Maui) and things I want to do (swim in the ocean and parasailing!)