Aloha Hawaii: 24 Hours in Waikiki

In February 2006 I moved to American Samoa. Along the way, we had an overnight layover in Honolulu. Most people visit Hawaii for more than a day, but since I only had about 12 waking hours of tourism, I had to make the best of things. Here are some of my favorite photos from a morning in Waikiki.

Also, today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I really wanted to see the wreck of the USS Arizona and the memorial built upon it, but my schedule just wouldn’t allow me to properly see it. Maybe one day.

Penthouse View

Sunrise over Diamond Head

They screwed up our reservation when we arrived, so we ended up getting moved up to the “Oahu Suite”, facing the beach. This was our view.

Another view from our penthouse suite. I like that weird green church off to the right.

Walking Around Waikiki

Perfect water. What else can I say?

There are a lot of highrises in Waikiki. It makes me wonder what happens when a new development tries to block an older highrise’s ocean view.

Kalakaua Avenue runs alongside the beach. Not pictured: a hundred different ABC Stores along the way. Seriously, these convenience stores/souvenir shops are everywhere in Honolulu.

I love banyan trees.

The International Market Place. An eclectic bazaar not far from the beach. I heard they want to shut it down and build a more upscale mall.

Not a natural waterfall. Just a little tourist feature. Still, I love the churning water caught in mid-air in my photo.

No trip to Hawaii is complete without a picture of a hibiscus.

I just liked this view. It’s the reverse of most tourists’.

Around noon, the clouds started to roll in. Here are some beachgoers trying to soak up the last rays of sun.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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