How to have fun in Hawaii:
1) Wake up as the sun rises; it’s just easier that way. Pull back your shades before you fall asleep and let the natural light trigger your inborn circadian rhythm. Science says so. Therefore it is true.
2) Get breakfast at Cinnamon’s. It’s a bit of a local secret. By that, I mean it’s trashy on the outside, but delicious on the inside. Start of with a cinnamon roll; it’s only natural. Then, order the gava chillion pancakes, with a side of honey butter. If you are feeling particularly adventurous try pouring some coconut syrup on there. Drink a lot of water to wash it down. You have a busy day ahead of you in the hot Hawaiian sun, and you don’t want to ruin it with dehydration or heat exhaustion. (One of the Cats unfortunately was ushered to urgent care early this morning for this, although it is possible he got food poisoning.)
3) Hop in the car, and run by your friend’s house to pick sunscreen, towels, and more water.
4) Find a nature hike. They are everywhere in Hawaii. Ideally, pick one with an awesome waterfall at the end of it. Take the hike, but not to fast. It’s muddy, and you don’t want to miss out on the sheer natural beauty of where you are. Breath in the slightly humid air. When you are faced with a fork in the road, or more accurately a stream with strategically placed rocks or a beaten path, take the stream. Just be careful. Take your shoes off if you would like. The water feels really good, and you get more traction that way.
5) When you arrive at the waterfall, don’t let the frigid water discourage you from wading up to the rock face.
6) Jump off waterfall. At mine, there were three levels where you could jump. Take the first. No need to ruin a perfect day with unnecessary danger. Then, sit with your buddies on top, taking time to appreciate your company and admire the natural beauty.
7) After a while, jump off the waterfall one last time, and pack up for the hike back.
8) Hit up a local sushi place. Get the dynamite sashimi. It is the only tolerable form of raw fish and seaweed.
9) Arrive a Waikiki beach. First, just walk up the shoreline, soak in some rays, look out into the distance, and people watch. Only then should you wade into the water. Hang out in the water for an hour or so, and then get ready for your evening commitment.
10) After a long fun day, head to a Japanese restaurant and order whatever you want. You won’t have to pay for it. Talk and laugh with old and new friends.
11) Head back to a friend’s house, watch some crappy television (Monster Quest is a great choice). Get dropped off a little before midnight, and fall asleep within 10 minutes.
How to not have fun in Hawaii (as observed, not experienced)
1) Chew on a “koo-koo-ee” nut. Lots of swelling, tears, and overall discomfort.
2) Eat octopus tentacles. (Actually, I did fall victim to this.)
3) Get burned to a crisp trying to get tan.