Diamond Head and more

I’m day four in Hawaii and I’m having a really nice time. There have been no earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or tsunamis so far and Ben and the children seem to be managing well without me. A bit too well in fact πŸ™‚

Yesterday we hired cars and drove around part of the island. There was lots of traffic! Heaps of traffic. Even Auckland would have found it hard to compete. But the scenery was lovely and there was swimming in the sea which was nice. Not at this beach though:

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Then we stopped at a place called Matsumoto Shave Ice which I am told is an iconic tourist attraction. They serve shaved ice with syrup which is not something I would normally consume but there were crowds outside this place waiting in the heat and sun to order one of these things, so I had to see what all the fuss was about. I took a photo of the queue outside:

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And here’s mine which was supposedly mango and lychee but for some reason the lychee was bright red:

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It was just as disgusting as I thought it would be: ice coated with a sugary and synthetic-tasting syrup which I couldn’t finish and that gave me a headache.

This morning two of us walked up Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff cone that erupted about 200,000 years ago. There are lots of volcanoes in Auckland but none as big as this one. The crater is huge and the views from the top were spectacular.

We went early to escape the heat and crowds but there was still both of these even at 8am. However I think this is a must-do activity if you come to Honolulu. Here are my pics:

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