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How we did Diamond Head… or ‘More than one way to skin a cat.’

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Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu and known to Hawaiians as Lēʻahi. It was once a military base.

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Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu and known to Hawaiians as Lēʻahi. It was once a military base.

Diamond Head is approximately 300,000 years old and dormant for the last 150,000 years.

The carpark fills quickly so they have a ‘waiting line’. Attendants locate spots for the drivers, rather than drivers randomly driving around. This would be a good idea at shopping centres during Christmas rush – just saying 🥳

The climb is a very long one. There are two stairs, one has 99 steps and a second one has 76 steps.

Brian trudge off on the path ready to tackle the beast. He did the easy ( using the term very loosely) way first but doubled back to use the more difficult staircase. Yes he is a terribly odd man. 😂

Me, I wanted to tackle the beast in my own way. People see the mountain and because it’s there decide to walk it.

I saw the Dole pineapple van and that was my unique way to conquer Diamond Head – with a spoon , while sitting on a well shaded bench.

Not sure why there wasn’t a t-shirt for having conquered the large mountain of Dole Pineapple Whip. Perhaps because they just don’t expect anyone to achieve this 🙂

Funnily enough, for not stepping out of the crater I paid 2 entry fees. The first was to checkout the visitor’s.centre. The second one was to return with trolley travel tickets.

I kindly shared my Dole whip with Brian when he returned. I addicted him. That’s how addicts work!

From Diamond Head we caught another trolley line …this time it was red. We saw cultural stops such as museums, botanical gardens and cemeteries.

We rewarded our hard afternoon of sitting with a pizza dinner. The service we find is fast and that ‘check’ comes as the last crumb is entering your mouth.

On that note, must tell you about the Denny’s restaurant we visited last night. We went there because in our dating years we frequented this diner chain in Parramatta. Through rosy eyes of love we devoured their sandwiches, shakes and sundaes.

There is one right up the street here in Waikiki so we thought what a reminisce. However we learned that looking back isn’t always a good thing.

We sat down and were handed a menu. The waiter literally handed it , took two steps away and spun on his heels and returned to ask if we were ready to order. Did he know we were regulars from long ago and thought we knew the menu off by heart?I hadn’t even opened my bag to find my glasses. I asked for a little more time . Sure that was no problem. This time he walked away probably 5 steps only to spin back to ask again. The restaurant was almost empty so it wasn’t they were trying to turnover customers. I looked around to see if I was on a hidden camera show. After we DID order on his next return the meals were also bought out fast. The plate was put down and again the routine of two steps away and then return dance occurred to see if we were enjoying our meals – which to any observer could be seen to be untouched. By now we just smirked rather than reply.

Brian ate his quickly and was finished but I was a little slower. At this point he asked if we wanted the check. I asked if it would be ok if I finished my (only half eaten so far ) meal first. He shrugged as if this was an odd request 😀

We pushed the issue to have dessert. The whole ‘dance’ routine of the waiter occurred for dessert. Guess he couldn’t be faulted on attentiveness 🙂 Maybe he just wanted the tip so he could have enough money to bid on an eBay product that was nearing its end…or he needed it fast for some other reason 😱

Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children with young families of their own, who always make me proud. I'm a wife and a recently retired teacher and a beginning ukulele player. I love eating great food but am becoming interested in cooking. Love traveling around this great country in which I live and worldwide more recently. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

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