Our first stop was Hale'iwa, a charming community filled with cool shops, interesting boutiques and restaurants. Jim was excited to get excellent looks at some of the local birds up close and personal. We were immediately impressed with how nice everyone was, even the other tourists.
We returned almost every day to continue exploring new casual cuisine, tropical trinkets and sumptuous snacks.
On the second morning we set off to explore the area to the east and south of the resort and ended up in La'ie where we had breakfast in a little corner restaurant called the Hukilau Cafe. They are famous for their breakfasts and were referenced in the movie Fifty First Dates. I liked the food way better than Maria did. She couldn't get over the paper plates and plastic utensils. After breakfast we explored more of the area which includes BYU - Hawaii and the LDS Temple.
We decided one day to drive into Honolulu to see things that had been featured in Hawaii-Five-O since we are such aficionados. Unfortunately, it was quite a stormy day and we got drenched several times, adding to the memories! We got to visit the State Capitol, see the King Ha statue and the giant Santa and Mrs. Claus statues.
On Friday we headed over to the Polynesian Cultural Center to participate in the luau and watch the show. The dinner was only mildly interesting :( but the show was more entertaining. We didn't have much time to really explore the center though.