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Home Away

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Part of our walking journey yesterday was to visit the various hotels that our guests will be staying in while they’re with us. There’s something exciting about staying in a hotel, about having a new home for just a few days. And having a maid lets one pretend to be a bit important, just for a moment. Of course, we’ll be in our tiny house, and I’ll be doing my own dishes, but I’ll get to visit all these places and imagine I’m on vacation.

We didn’t visit the Queen Kapiolani where my grandmothers are staying, since we’ve been to that hotel before when my father stayed there. It’s right across the street from the zoo, and has a lovely chocolate shop in the lobby where I once took a chocolate-making class and got to sample some of their delicious wares. It’s a lovely hotel with some nice historical artwork. The have a balcony pool with a bar, and a great view of the park.


We snuck into the lobby of the Aqua Surf Hotel first. Our best man and his girlfriend are staying here. It’s just off the Ala Wai and has a small pool. It might not be a luxury resort, but it seems comfortable, clean, and airy. It’s also centrally located, though on the North side of Waikiki. There are plenty of restaurants and interesting shops nearby.


One of the most amusing restaurants we’ve come across is just a block down. It’s a steak and seafood buffet that once had a Hello Kitty theme. It’s called Makitti, so I think it might still be affiliated with Sanrio. There used to be a big stuffed Hello Kitty outside, but I haven’t seen her in a while. I’m not a steak and seafood person myself, so I doubt I’ll ever go there, but I hope Gaz and Laura stop in and tell us all about it. And sneak plenty of photos.


Next we slipped in to the Waikiki Shore, which is a little condo building tucked up between the Outrigger Reef hotel and the Armed Forces museum. This one’s right on the beach. The lobby is sparse, so we didn’t get much of an impression, but it’s just a few steps to Fort DeRussy beach. There didn’t seem to be much in the way of amenities, but it’s right next door to a very upscale place, so it’s just a few steps to shops and restaurants.


The last place we visited was the Ilikai, next door to the Hilton Hawaiian Village and overlooking the yacht harbor. This one wins the fancy award for sure. There are shops and lounge areas in the lobby. There’s a bar overlooking the harbor, and a pool with plenty of privacy. There’s also a ramp to the Hilton Lagoon. And the Hilton Hawaiin village is the biggest resort in Waikiki, so you’ll find just about anything you want there.

I can’t wait to visit these places and maybe jump on a bed or two. I can’t travel, but I can visit my guests and pretend.


First Night

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Okay, I know it’s Thursday morning.  I know you haven’t heard from me since last Thursday evening, but it’s not my fault, I swear.  Since we checked out of our hotel last Friday morning, we haven’t had internet access until about a half an hour ago.  Internet dude was supposed to come on Wednesday, but never showed.  Luckily, he came to us first today, so now I’m connected and ready to go.  But I still owe you a post for every day, so step into my time machine.  Let’s go back to Friday.

We rounded up the last of our stuff from the hotel room, loaded it into my dad’s rental car, and checked out of our first home in Hawaii, the Ewa hotel.  If you ever need a cheap room in Waikiki, this is a great place to stay.  There’s no pool, and the breakfast isn’t exactly gourmet, but the service was friendly, the rooms were clean, and the wifi was relatively reliable.

We had some yummy french toast at the restaurant at the Ohana East hotel with bacon and eggs for five dollars.  It was sweet and crispy on the edges.  There was coconut syrup, too, if you’re into that sort of thing.  From there we took a brief stroll through Waikiki and back to the car before doing some necessary apartment shopping.

After a Costco trip in which I acquired a brand new HD TV for my husband (His prized possession.  What is it with guys and fancy TVs?) and yet another excursion to Walmart where we bought something to put the TV on and some bedding for Emily, amongst other things, it was time to get all of this new stuff set up.

It also happened to be trash day.  We noticed that the big trash can outside our apartment was starting to smell really awful.  It was also attracting quite a number of flies.  When we were finally brave enough to open it, we discovered it was full of drippy oozing trash bags, and a few random bits and bobs just tossed into the bin unbagged.  A lovely little gift left for us by the previous tenants.

Disposing of this trash was one of the most disgusting experiences of my life.  I am outrageously grateful that Geoff was there to deal with the most disgusting bits.  There was some raw fish and a whole package of raw steaks in this bin.  All the bags were crawling with maggots.  Geoff wore rubber dish gloves to pull the bags out and deposit them on the sidewalk with the rest of the trash.  There were a couple times when we both thought we were going to vomit.  I am definitely not cut out to be a CSI.

Geoff had to go in to work again on Saturday morning, so we went to bed early.  The first night sleeping in a new home is always a bit strange, and I slept poorly.  But I was in my own home.  The place where I will be laying down my head to sleep each night for at least a year.  There was still much work to be done, but it could wait.  We were home at last.