I’ve never been a particularly big fan of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. I’ve visited many times and, quite frankly, it has never been very appealing to me. The beach itself isn’t all that great and the crowds regularly grated on me. I’d make the trips for the miles and I came out of it OK, but definitely not my idea of a great vacation destination. On some of my trips in the past few years I’ve managed to find a couple restaurants I enjoy – mostly off the main strip – and I’ve even found a few hotels which meet my budget and style requirements. But it was not until a visit this past week that I finally managed to also find a small slice of the beach life that I reasonably enjoyed.
It turns out that, much like Venice, Italy, Waikiki is a completely different world in the pre-dawn hours. And it just so happens to be during those hours that it is a world I like to be a part of. There are no crowds. Heck, there are barely any people out. It is a quiet, calm, serene environment that is truly relaxing.
I wandered around for about an hour each of the two mornings I was in Waikiki on this trip, with barely another soul to interrupt my day. Sure, there were a few others on the beach. But most of them were either joggers or surfers, headed for a morning set before the day really got started.
There were no crowds hovering around the statue of The Duke.
The beach chairs were all still empty.
And there was a beautiful full moon shining down as the first light of sunrise made its way over the top of Diamond Head.
Finally, as the day really got started, I was able to head over to Eggs-n-things and grab a quick breakfast to ready myself for the rest of the day to come. Awesome pancakes, especially when the chocolate chips are added.
No doubt that the part of Waikiki I like isn’t particularly long-lasting and it certainly isn’t going to be enough to make me really want to go back to the area. But when the fares are right and a deal comes along, at least I know that I can find a decent hour or two on the beach, without the chaos and crazy which fills a typical day there.