I love target (for those who dont know, its pronounced Tarjay….lol). i have been miserable without it since i moved here, but in March they opened their 2 new locations on oahu. I went on the day it opened and it was PACKED! Hoards of people flocked to the shopping mecca. We didnt stay long becuase even with their awesome all-plastic carts, you couldnt even maneuver through the isles. We went again today. It was still busy, but much more tolerable. Since i have been without target for almost 8 months, we went on a little bit of a shopping spree….. there just isnt anywhere in hawaii where you can buy cheap home decor stuff…..its either really tacky tropical print or its super fancy and expensive. This is what they really needed in hawaii. There are a few changes they made to custom fit target to this tropical location. The employees wear read Aloha shirts (the Hawaiian flowery print) instead of solid red polos. They have quite a bit of SPAM paraphernalia (hawaii keeps SPAM in business). Needless to say i am thrilled that it is finally open! Here is a picture below…..
Archives for March 2009
Ok, so this blog is really geared toward those that watch “24” on Fox. Even if you don’t watch “24” just listen how the newscaster describes the events that happen at the end of each episode. Only in Hawaii can you find your local evening newscaster act so laid back for a snippet to watch the 10 o’clock news…
There’s 4 quick clips take a look.
So Tuesday morning we decided to go to Kualoa Ranch for the ATV movie tour. since we were the first group at the 8am tour it was just us five and the tour guide. The guide was great probably because it was just a small group. The weather was still a little overcast but it was a good morning to ride. This tour is amazing, the history behind it and the views can’t be taken all in with the pictures but we tried… Some familiar movies that shot here were of course Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, George of the Jungle, 50 First Dates, Godzilla, Windtalkers, Tears of the Sun, and of course Lost. The tour was about an hour but that was so we could stop and take some pictures. After we did the tour we headed back up to the North Shore, stopping at the Dole Plantation along the way. We didn’t take the garden tour or the world’s largest pineapple maze, we just wanted to see their setup and of course the proper way to cut a pineapple.
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I forgot to mention in the previous blogs… On Heather’s last day we went for a LOOOOONG kayak trip to Coconut Island only to get there and realize it was low tide and we couldn’t get out to the coral to go snorkeling so we turned around and headed back to the marina, thinking that it would be easier getting back since we were going into the wind it seemed that the wind shifted and was again going against on the way back… well it was coming to the end for Kasey and Matt so we saved the best for last… not intentionally though. The weather was finally good enough to do the Pillbox Hike so we ventured out to Lanikai to start up the hillside… the morning was getting hot but we finished it under 2 hours… the view was great for the guest and we ended the hike by cooling off at Lanikai Beach. The Last Supper was downtown in Waikiki at the new Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. We continued down to the International Marketplace for some shopping when Matt came across the sound activated shirt. Needless to say he got one or five (for a production at church).
The company was a blast and it was great to see a familiar face but now I have to get back to the work mode, 5am will come early on Monday…
Ok so its actually Friday. Matt and Kasey have already left but I have a little time to now update the blog… Last Friday, we hiked the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike, Heather and I have already blogged about this, it was where we went to go whale watching and of course it was the same outcome this time even though we didn’t look that long… as Heather stayed waiting on our new mattress, I took Matt and Kasey to Kailua Beach to some time in the sun.. we had Mongolian BBQ at the Officer’s Club at the Kaneohe Mareine Base. Before dinner we headed over to the Pyramids to check out the waves that the storm was bringing in and it was a sight to see…. Saturday was an ugly day so we drove to the North shore and stopped at Pipeline, Waimaea Bay, had shaved ice at Matsumoto’s and shopped around Haleiwa. Matt was wanting some Mexican so we ate at the famous Mexican restaurant Cholo’s…Sunday, we attended Grace Baptist Church in Kailua, Kasey and Matt seemed to enjoy it, needless to say it has a different feeling than Churches on the mainland… Monday morning we went to pick up our third guest Jordan, as soon as we arrived we hit the ground running, well, after lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise. Following lunch we hiked the trail at Diamond Head Summit National Park . This was the first time Heather and myself had done this one but it was very impressive. Thought the trail is very narrow and every tourist seems to be on it, it felt as if we were part on the 12 dwarfs whistling while we worked up into the mines…
Day 3 but officially full day number 2. We started with Boots & Kimo’s Pancakes in Kailua. This is Heather’s place but we had a minor “hair” accident in Kasey’s meal. It was compensated and Kasey and Matt still liked the secret Mac Nut Recipe sauce that this place is famous for. Since it was bad weather we made our way to the sunny side of the island and walked through Chinatown. This was the real deal not like New York so we headed back to Kaneohe to the Mac Nut Farm. Here we took our chances with their tour and it was AWESOME. Our guide was hilarious and made the tour worth wild. We saw the building that was used as the cafe in 50 first dates, the school house in lost and more. We ended the night with the luau at the Hale Koa. It was the best one Heather and I have been too and we would recommend it to all…
more pics here
So of course these post aren’t the day of or day after but I’m gathering time to find the words to support the events of the day… The first official full day was Kasey, Matt and myself, heather had to work, so we headed bright and early to the USS Arizona Memorial. we arrived right when it opened and were the second boat to leave for the site, while we waited we took the audio tour of the museum and main lobby area. The total time it took us was about 2 hours. It was very informative but also emotional especially when we saw three of the survivors signing autographs outside the bookstore. After the tour we headed over to the Aloha Bowl to do the famous Swap Meet. At the Swap Meet, Matt and I got our ink but it was only temporary but we still looked hardcore and Kasey found tons of treasure to take back to Orlando. Following the Swap Meet I took them to my work at Ft.Shafter and showed them the historical Palm Circle, which was also a film location for the movie Pearl Harbor. Continuing on towards Waikiki, we stopped at the Palace and strolled the parade grounds. Kasey decided to carve her and Matt’s initials in the big tree with the thousand others, until she was snitched on by a rude lady that went and got security… All he said was, “no carving on the tree, see the sign”… OOOPS… After defacing Hawaiian history I continued to aid and assist the criminal and Matt to Ala Moana Mall and Beach Park before meeting Heather for dinner at the Panya Bistro…
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The Anisley’s arrived Tuesday afternoon from their long day of flying to be greeted by me with leis in hand and video recording. They seemed upbeat and with only one checked in bag we were ready to go… Heather tried hard to meet us at the airport but she had to stay later than expected so she still got off early and meet us at the house. We gave the condo tour (which can be seen on like day 1 of our blog) and then let them get ready for for dinner. We headed back down to Duke’s for a nice sunset dinner down in Waikiki. Appetites were filled and the time finally caught up to our guest but a well nights sleep would be all they need to start the next full day of vacation…