Hawaii, is the 50th U.S. state, an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. Its islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, tropical foliage and picturesque beaches with gold, red, black and even green sand. Of the 6 main islands, O’ahu has Hawaii’s biggest city and capital on the south shore, Honolulu, home to Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head crater and Pearl Harbor’s WWII memorials.
We visited Hawaii twice, in May 2011, for Sheba’s bestie grad school graduation, and in May 2014, our 2nd honeymoon. We stayed at the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk, Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort and Hilton Waikiki Beach. We explored the island of O’ahu, specifically Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, including swimming with dolphins, jet-skiing, parasailing and rode in the Atlantis Submarines Waikiki. We also hiked Diamond Head and visited the Diamond Head State Monument, the Magic of Polynesia Dinner show, Waimea Falls, Kahuku Land Farms and the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.