Yup, the hibiscus flowers are this beautiful.
Another reason for my lack of posts last week is because I spent most of the week in Hawaii. I stuck to Oahu (which maintains my excuse to visit the other islands someday), climbed Diamondhead with Daphyn, went to the Dole Plantation (fresh pineapple juice tastes sooo much better), hit the beaches, visited the USS Missouri and USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor, and ate some pretty good food.
Waikiki Beach at night.
I visited Chef Mavro, one of Fodor 2006â€™s â€œTop Ten Restaurants in the World,â€ but found Royâ€™s to be a bit more enjoyable (I guess I just donâ€™t care for the exclusivity of chefâ€™s menus). Also of note was Side Street Inn; the place looks like a dive sports bar, but their Hawaiian cuisine made for some incredible lunches.
The view from atop Diamondhead. Go early and avoid the heat–and the other tourists.