Hawaii Travelogue 10 – Last Full Day in Oahu

This day was pretty laid back and uneventful.  Tom & Becky were heading back to CA so they and Bob & Kim spent their morning on Waikiki sunning and trying their hand at paddleboarding (they said it was fun!) while John and I zipped across town to drive the popular scenic loop around Tantalus Mtn.  This was one of the last things I wanted to check out on my Five-O/Angels filming sites list.  I found a great tour narrative online which gave us driving directions and points of interest to check out.  Even if you’re not a Hawaiian TV nut, the Tantalus Mtn drive is worth spending an hour – the scenery and the views are terrific!  The drive is especially popular at sunset when traffic can be a problem.  On a weekday morning, we practically had the drive, the outlooks and the park all to ourselves.

Honolulu and Diamond Head from Tantalus Mtn

Honolulu and Diamond Head from Tantalus Mtn, Round Top Rd side

Honolulu from Uulaka Park on Tantalus Mtn - Charlie's Angels fans should recognize this spot from several episodes.

Honolulu from Puu Ualakaa Park on Tantalus Mtn – Charlie’s Angels fans should recognize this spot from several episodes.

Tanalus Rd.

Tatnalus Drive

The Punchbowl seen from Tantalus

The Punchbowl seen from Tantalus Dr.

This is my least favorite sight on vacation.  What is the world coming to?!

This is my least favorite sight on vacation. What is the world coming to?!

Tom and Becky headed for the airport and we couldn’t pry Kim away from the pool to join us for lunch.  We took the stroll (it is a bit of a hike, you need comfy shoes) down Kalakaua Ave and decided to grab a fairly tasty burger at Cheeseburger in Paradise.  The guys headed back to the hotel and I spent the rest of the afternoon exploring and snapping pix on Kalakaua – yep, more quarry on my filming sites list!

This is the most beautiful hotel on Waikiki, the

This is the most beautiful hotel on Waikiki, the Moana Surfrider

The market was a disappointment - a jillion kiosks selling the same touristy "stuff"

The market was a disappointment – a jillion kiosks selling the same touristy “stuff”

The Duke Kahanamoku statute

The Duke Kahanamoku statute

Waikiki looking North

Waikiki looking north

The landmark Royal Hawaiian - beautiful buildings and ground and a great "luxe" vibe at this property.

The landmark Royal Hawaiian – beautiful buildings and grounds and a great “luxe” vibe at this property.

Waikiki looking south

Waikiki looking south

John and I sat on the beach and enjoyed one last Oahu sunset – we would be leaving the next afternoon.

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