2018 Hawaii (Oahu)
Family Thanksgiving (Nov) in Hawaii: family, friends, and a Jellyfish sting.
I got hit by a box jellyfish on Waikiki. It was a light hit: about 2" long on inner thigh -- very painful for the night, irritated for days. I shaved it with a razor, put on Benadryl, but I didn't have a reaction. (Maybe my Black Widow bite toughened me up?)
We had snapped a flashless picture before they got full and announced "no recording/photography". We honored the request (after that). But the music/singers/praise was incredible. Ella mentioned "any of them could be on the Voice". Just about everyone in the choir solo'd, even the little 80 year old frail looking lady belting gospel music like Aretha Franklin. My brother talked about stepping up their churches game, with the enthusiasm of this place.
Sea Life Park
Of course we went to an obligatory Luau, and to celebrate Mom's Birthday (that was part of why we went to the Sea Life Park).
Really, if you've been to one Luau, you've more or less seen them all. Similar food and things. We've done this one and the Polynesian Cultural Center one (a decade ago): this one wasn't quite as culturally educating, but just kind of more relaxed and fun (and better with family). We had a good time.
Pearl Harbor, Waimea Falls and North Shore
Parade and Fireworks
A local friend suggested we try Side Street Inn: so we took the family.
It was in an office building looking place. We were warned: each serving will feed a Samoan. So we ordered a sampler for 3-4 people -- it fed nine of us, and we had left-overs. I'd describe it as fantastic Asian Fusion. We went back the next night and ordered the same thing, and it was still delicious.