Penny's Passion: 2023 Hawaii Trip - Day 2

Monday, February 20, 2023

2023 Hawaii Trip - Day 2

Day 2 in Hawaii did not disappoint!  Our second day was the Sunday of the AFC championship football game.  We knew whatever we did that day, we wanted to be in a spot to catch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Cincinnati Bengals.  

Because of the time difference, we rose early and decided to take a walk.  This view was steps away from the hotel ~

Because of the milder temperature, we decided it would be the perfect day to conquer The Pink Pill Box hike.  On our way out of the resort, look who we spotted - Mickey!  I don't know what it is, but seeing him always makes me giddy!

If you're not familiar with the Hawaii pill boxes, they were defensive bunkers used during World War II.   They are scattered across the island and many have hikes leading to them.  The views looking in, out, and around them are phenomenal!  

Let me just declare this - Eric and I are not experienced hikers!  We occasionally will hike around, but this was a true hike - up the side of a mountain.  Thank goodness we had our trekking sticks because several times I needed them for balance.  The short ridge hike is on the west side of Oahu and overlooks beautiful stretches of beaches.  The terrain is rocky and uneven, but we took it slow and steady and reached the top!  By the time we reached the top, I felt like Rocky did when he ran up all those steps.

The trip down was much faster than the trip up.  We were back at the resort in time for the game and decided we would watch the first half at Off the Hook.  They had outside seating and large televisions.  Perfect!

At halftime, we moved into the infinity hot tub and propped a device up to stream the second half.  It was one of the best places I've ever watched a sporting event!

After enjoying the big win by the Chiefs and our skin being completely shriveled from all the time in the hot tub, we made our way back to our rooms to get ready for dinner.  We had reservations at the Italian restaurant, Noe, in the Four Seasons Hotel next door to Aulani.  I ordered the Noe Signature Tagliatelle (seasonal truffle, mushroom, Parmigiano Reggiano).  It was divine!

When dinner was over, we walked back to our resort and called it a night.  Monday was going to be another big day.  Day Three was taking us to Pearl Harbor.  Post on that coming soon!

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