Saturday (Day 1)
Arrived later than expected into Honolulu Airport- it was raining out and generally dreary. Our first impressions of Hawaii at 9:00 pm at night were not very good. As we were driving through the rain on Nimitz Hwy towards our hotel in Waikiki, we first noticed several blocks of buildings covered in graffitti and then at Ala Moana Park, an inordinate number of homeless people, including one lady who was laying out a dirty old mattress along the sidewalk for her night's rest. As I was saying, this wasn't exactly the picturesque first impression of Hawaii that we were expecting.
It was to become a recurring theme for the entire trip- Incredible natural beauty marred by a poorly maintained park system and an incredibly high number of homeless locals living on the beaches and in parks.
Anyhow, we made it to our hotel easily enough and called it a night after getting unpacked.
Sunday (Day 2)
Today we hung around our hotel for the morning and checked out the great resort complex that Hale Koa has- 70 something acres of green space, hotel buildings and three restaurants (Bibas, Koko's and the baref