Arrival on Oahu
We decided to try Puka Dog, a place that was on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservation, but when we walked there the entire building was shut down. Just up the street was Da Big Kahuna and we decided to check it out. I had a drink called Lava Flow which had rum, cream, strawberry and few other ingredients. It was quite tasty and easy to drink. I tried Loco Moco which is an egg on top of a burger on top of rice with brown gravy. It was really good. I might have to make something similar when I get home.
After lunch we walked down to Waikiki beach. It was surprisingly not packed. We walked along the beach for awhile until it started to rain, We decided to drive around the island a bit. Unfortunately we got to Diamondhead just before closing so were only able to see the inner valley. The tunnel entrance was amazing.
We then drove to the lookout for the lava tube. That was pretty amazing to see in person. Mostly it was just tiny wisp of water but twice we got a good geyser. I got one decent picture of the waves going through the tube. The rest were just waves crashing.
We then stopped at Hanauma bay overlook. There were mongooses in the bushes and running around. I could not get a good picture of them though; it was getting too dark. I snapped a few of the bay below though.
The lighting wasn’t ideal for picture taking. It was far to overcast but I did the best I could. It seems Oahu will be cloudy and rainy while we are here but Maui will be all sun. I don’t mind the clouds and rain; it just doesn’t make for the best photo composition.
For dinner we went to a place called Jawaiian Irie Jerk. It was so good. It was just this little hole in the wall. If you didn’t know where it was or trust google maps you would never find it. I had the jerk rib eye. The boy had jerk pork. Both came with veggies and some kind of sweet potato cake. Mine also had what they called cornmeal “polenta”. There was also some kind of Jamaican bread with butter, which was infused with jerk seasoning. It was a lot of food but I have no complaints about it. We also ordered dessert. I had a Jamaican Coconut Rum Cream Pie. It was sweet but not too much. It was creamy and delicious. The coconut and rum flavors were the right balance. The boy had Banana Paradise, which was a banana rolled in nuts and served with rum raisin ice cream. Again, very tasty (I had a bite). I would definitely recommend this place.