As our plane was approaching Oahu, we were presented with the spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater:
By the time that we got to our hotel, unpacked and were ready to hit the down, it was already dark outside. That was probably only for the better, as many cities look much more attractive during the night. Waikiki Beach with its all fancy hotels and exclusive shops definitely is not an exception from this rule.
My parents seemed to enjoy Waikiki Beach at night, but they said that during the day it was way too crowded, and therefore, not enjoyable. Luckily, there were many other attractions on Oahu and we decided to spend time on them, rather than on lying on the beach. We thought that we would still have plenty of time for that on other islands.
My parents in front of the statue of King Kamehameha:
The next day we went hiking to the top of Diamond Head Crater from where there are absolutely stunning views to Waikiki Beach:
Also there we had a chance to try typical Hawaiian shave-ice. Mniami!