While I struggle to go to the gym, a five week struggle currently if we’re keeping track… I am always up for some beginner mountain (hill) climbing while on vacation. I find you always get the best views, and I get rid of a little of the general vacation guilt I seem to carry around when my only responsibilities are to eat, drink, and sunbathe. As long as crampons aren’t needed, I’m in. We spent the next morning hiking to the top of Diamond Head, a very quick 35 minute climb that gave us some great views of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu. Anyone with a basic level of fitness could handle the walk and get there early if you want to find parking in their lot. After the climb we headed to breakfast at Cream Pot, which turned out to be my favorite meal of the entire trip.
Must order: Souffle Pancakes and Bacon Baked Eggs. If you’re there alone, you’ll have to get both.
You won’t be.
And to work off that breakfast we lounged on the beach for a few hours. While you can’t beat the $5-for-two-chairs-and-an-umbrella deals in Rio de Jainero (and $1 cans of beer in a koozy), it was comforting to know there was a low likelihood we’d be robbed at knife point.
Dinner was at a contemporary Italian small plates restaurant called Town. The portions were huge and unfortunately take-out is less appealing on vacation. I still took my homemade pasta back to the hotel with high hopes for consumption, but left it the next morning when we checked out. I just pretended the cleaning lady was enjoying it with the Kona beers we also left thanks to my absent mindedness.
Diamond Head State Park. Diamond Head Rd. Honolulu, HI.
Cream Pot. 444 Niu Street. Honolulu, HI.
Town. 3435 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI