So Sunday I had wanted to head over to Kaneohe Bay on the eastern side of the island, but we ended up deciding to make our way back down to Waikiki and go to the Honolulu zoo. Of course the parking near the zoo is an absolute madhouse on the weekend. When we were staying at our hotel down here we had purchased a month long parking pass at the hale Koa hotel parking garage ($90 for the entire month!) So we decided to park there again and just walk to the zoo, stopping for lunch along the way.
We stopped for lunch at the Yard house, which I definitely recommend. They have something like 130 different beers on tap. Omar got a 1/2 yard of some local beer, Kona blonde something, I got a pint of a pear cider (yum!). Lunch was good, I got the BBQ chicken salad and it was delicious… avocado, roasted corn, shredded BBQ chicken, can’t wait to go back. Prices were pretty standard for Waikiki and they do have lunch specials.
This is also the point where I realized that I didn’t have my memory card in my camera. I was SO upset! And I didn’t even have my back up point and shoot in my purse like I usually do. So now I get to lug around my DSLR for no reason all day. I did take some crappy cell phone pictures but it’s not the same.
After lunch we keep walking. Maybe this wasn’t the best idea. Omar is getting ready to turn around when I spot the zoo. They have a military and local price so we got in pretty cheap. We only had a couple of hours before the zoo closed so we had to make it fast. The kids really loved the howler monkeys, those suckers are loud! For the most part the exhibits are nice, reminded me a bit of the Norfolk Zoo in some places. The elephants didn’t make an appearance, nor did the lions. I was most bummed about the fact that by the time we made it to the kids area of the zoo they were closing it. That area closes a 1/2 hour before the zoo closes so we only had a couple of minutes to crawl inside the big koi tank, check out the cool guinea pig house and see the goats. The kids liked it so we’ll have to go back.
Loooooong walk back to the car, passing some shops that I really wanted to stop and peek into but everyone else was just done. I keep seeing Hawaiian style quilts and they are just beautiful. They are going on my to buy list for Hawaii!
Also, yesterday we went and stocked up on snorkeling supplies. I can’t wait until my stuff gets here in over a month and Omar needed some of his own. he actually got this really nice mask that I’m a little jealous of, but he couldn’t get a good seal on any of the cheapo ones.
So this weekend we are going to try a new place to snorkel, hopefully one that isn’t as crowded as Shark’s Cove was. It seems like all the best places are going to be crazy crowded. We’ll have to see what we can find.
Hey, we LOVE the zoo. Like, love love. My kids will spend two hours between the petting zoo and the playground, so hit me up if you want to go sometime, we have passes.
Will do! I’d love to go back!
Yard House is the bomb!
For fun snorkeling: There are so many beaches and spots you can check out. But – as a mil family – go to MCBH and go to the Marina. They have a short class that they offer all the time, and for like $20 you can get your boating license. THEN, you can take out all kinds of boats for a crazy good price!
Out in the Bay, along the sandbar, there is some awesome snorkeling! Some of the best I saw in all of Hawaii. The dudes used to always spearfish too!
Even if you don’t want to mess with the license and power boats, they have canoes and kayaks you can take out to go snorkel that way!
Awesome! Will do!
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