Waikiki — at last


That’s our room on the 24th floor!
We haven’t moved. Many of you have asked if we’ve relocated to Hawaii. Answer: No, but we kinda wish we had. Our last stop is in Waikiki, where we’re staying at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort. This is easily the most frenetic of the Holiday Inn Resorts we’ve checked into for our Away is Home family travel blog project — and I mean that in a good way. There’s a surfing museum here, a Jimmy Buffett’s (ah, you know we’re in the right place if there’s a Jimmy Buffett’s!) and a magic show.

The Beachcomber is right in the middle of everything in Waikiki. It’s directly across the street from an Apple store, a Ferrari store, and there’s a Macy’s on the first floor. I say again: a Macy’s. On the first floor.

Iden and Aren vs. the shave ice.
The kids have been gorging themselves on shave ice, because you can’t get shave ice like this in Florida. But I’ve been appreciating the other things — catching up with old friends, watching the surfers catch a wave and admiring the stars on a clear night. The Hawaiians I know have asked me why I don’t move here. I’m afraid I’m running out of excuses.

Christopher Elliott

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