Following a very enjoyable four days in Hilo, I checked out of my hotel and headed for the airport, flying to Honolulu.
The bus from the airport to Waikiki was full of honeymooners, middle aged couples, widows, and a few would-be surfers like me.
I had booked myself into an apart-hotel called the Waikiki Surf. Because it was four blocks from the beach, it was a real bargain. Best of all, it had an efficiency kitchen, which meant I could stock up on things like bread, fruit, and juice, eating one meal at least in my room every day.
I find it a bit tedious having to get up and go out for breakfast when I'm traveling. It was also a real money-saver! After unpacking, I called my friends. They seemed very distraught, wondering why I hadn't called earlier.
“We've been so worried about you," they said.
"We've rented a car, and we're driving around the island tomorrow. We'd like to take you along. Tell us where you're staying, and we'll pick you up at 9 o'clock.”
To Be Continued
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Copyright: Michael Taylor Pictured: Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii Photo Credit: Tor Johnson Courtesy of the Hawaiian Tourism Authority