I’ve been dreaming about doing the Haiku Stairs in Oahu for years. I first saw a photo of the stairs on pinterest and from then on I was obsessed with hiking them.
The stairs are amazing. We left Waikiki at 2am and started the hike around 3:40 in the complete dark. They aren’t exactly, um, legal, so that’s why most people make the hike at the unusual hour. Retrieving the car from the valet was an interesting experience. Finding the trailhead without clear instructions was even more interesting, but luckily we connected with a few hikers who showed us the way.
The hike is intense. It’s more than 3900 stairs at almost completely an 80 degree angle all the way up. We made it all the way to the top just as sunrise peaked over the horizon.
Finishing the stairs will always hold a special place in my heart. It will always be one of my greatest accomplishments, though my legs burned for a full week after that day. I also fell so hard for my husband that day. He really pulled through and I know he wanted to give up. That man loves his pillow, and he put up with 3900 stairs, 2 hours of sleep, and lots of sweat because he loves me and wanted to make me happy. Gazing at the top from the Omega Station down to the valleys below was absolutely breathtaking and serene. I could have spent a whole day at the top taking in the beauty, but we had to rush back down so that we could make it to our snorkeling tour.
We managed to grab a quick breakfast and change out of stinky hiking clothes at a restaurant across from the harbor called Big City Diner. I was completely indulgent (rare, I know) and ordered their breakfast bread pudding.
I have decided that bread pudding is the perfect food. It’s wonderful for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and especially breakfast. It was nice to fill our bellies and reflect over the awesome night before. After a delicious meal we headed over for snorkeling. I bought a turtle watching tour for two from Groupon for the Island Magic Catamaran. It was so much fun traveling out on the catamaran. I think it was probably that boat ride that made it really sink in that we were actually IN Hawaii. That it wasn’t a dream after all.
We saw some amazing sea turtles and a tiny octopus. I wanted to box him up and take him home with me and keep him in my bathtub. His name would have been Fred.
But I didn’t. SO CUTE.
Brian didn’t fare so well on the ride back to the dock. Boats and Brian don’t get along too well. So I drove him back to the hotel hoping he could bounce back in time to go surfing, but no luck. He stayed back at the hotel while I went on to get my hang 10 on.
I wasn’t a natural by any means. Surfing is hard, dude. But it was absolute blast. I’m so glad that I could cross that off of my bucket list and I can’t wait to try it again soon. I sliced my foot pretty gnarly on some coral when I wiped out trying to avoid a boogie boarder. I lovingly nicknamed my scar “sharkbite.”
After I was done surfing I walked back through the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center where I famously ran into the sea muse before heading back to the hotel. I finally gave into the exhaustion and took a nap myself. That’s a lot for one day.
That night we had a quiet seafood dinner at a restaurant nearby and sat on the beach again until the hours grew late. We only had half a day left in Oahu and I was already starting to miss it.
The next morning we headed down for breakfast on the hotel balcony. It wasn’t much special, but it was yummy and the view was awesome. More bread pudding for breakfast, so I was a happy girl.
We packed our bags and then headed over for an outrigger canoe trip. Outriggers just seem like the quintessential Hawaiian thing to do. I was glad Brian got a chance to get out on the water since he missed surfing the day before.
We grabbed a snack and a few cocktails on Duke’s Patio (also a bucket list item GONE).
After that we perused the shops to see if we could find anything we wanted to try to stuff into our already full suitcases and then checked out of our hotel. The Oahu Lei Festival was that same day, so we stopped by to check it out before going on to the airport. There was lots of local vendors and and artisans there as well as gorgeous handcrafted leis. The park was decorated with orchids everywhere your eye could see. The park also had several banyan trees with their vines shooting down into the earth below so forcefully it was hard to tell what was tree and what was vine.
Next up we headed to Maui.