The second half of our trip, we stayed in Waikiki, but we ended up going to the North Shore for two of the days. The other days, we watched the Lantern Floating Ceremony, snorkeled at Hanauma Bay, and on our last day, we had afternoon tea at the Moana Surfrider Hotel.
On Wednesday (the snorkeling day), we decided to have breakfast in the hotel restaurant overlooking the beach.
I had been to Hanauma Bay before, the first time I went to Hawai’i. I was all excited to snorkel, but then when I actually did it, I was very unexcited to see all the fish floating in the water close by to me. It turns out I like to see fish, but not when I am actually in their habitat, so to speak.
Mike had problems getting his mask to adhere due to his beard. I didn’t even try, but I did go out into the water. We both had a hard time at one point not hitting the coral, since the waves were pushing us into it. You are not supposed to touch the coral since that damages it. And it can damage you, too, since it is sharp. We finally managed to float over it to a sandy part and make it back to shore.
That night we went out to take Hawaii sunset photos.
We flew back on Friday night, and before we left, we went over to the Moana Surfrider hotel to have afternoon tea. A wedding party sat down at the large empty table not long after I took this photo. Most of the group had changed into casual wear, but the bride still wore her white silk wedding gown, despite the heat.
After that we sat by the pool back at our hotel until it was time to leave.