After having no real breaks over the past year I decided to take my birthday week off and head to Hawaii for a vacation. I picked Hawaii because I've never been there before and it would allow people from home to potentially join me, which in this case was my parents. I spent Saturday finishing up my packing and then headed to the airport mid-afternoon for my flights to Sydney and then Honolulu. After flying all night I landed in Honolulu around 10 am on Saturday. My day had just begun (again). A couple hours later my parents' flight arrived and I met them in baggage claim. It was really nice to see them again as it had been over a year since my last visit home.
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa, which is pretty nice. After taking a shower I headed out for a walk along Kalakaua Avenue to have a look at Kuhio Beach and Waikiki Beach as well as all the shops along the strip. I didn't really find anything to buy, but did have a peppermint bark ice cream cone from Haagen-Dazs, which was amazing.
I returned to the hotel to get dressed for our dinner at a the very upscale French restaurant Michel's at the Colony Surf. We met up with a friend of my parents who had chosen this place as it's one of his favorites. We had a table overlooking the beach as well as a view of downtown. The food and service were excellent and they had a special menu since it was Valentine's Day weekend. It was a very enjoyable evening and a great finish to our first day in Honolulu.