Quick exploration of Waikiki Aquarium after a long morning hike

While staying in Waikiki for a couple of nights, one of the places we checked out was the Waikiki Aquarium down the street from our hotel. Not as large as some of the aquariums we’ve been too but still interesting to see nonetheless especially since Hawaii has both fresh and saltwater habitats for aquatic creatures. Went here after hiking up and down Diamond Head State Monument!

Hiking Diamond Head State Monument

First thing the next day of being in Oahu, Hawaii was to get up early and hike Diamond Head State Monument. Thanks to jet lag, getting up early and getting a parking spot inside the crater was a success!

Starting off the trip to Oahu, Hawaii right in Waikiki!

Waikiki means “spouting fresh water” in Hawaiian. Amanda thought otherwise, until I told her that it’s actually a neighborhood in Hawaii famous for Waikiki Beach! Waikiki also has a special meaning to her and so for our trip to Oahu, Hawaii, I wanted to start things off on the right foot by staying in Waikiki with the beach just across the street!

Red Rock Canyon, the other Red Rock.

This is not that Red Rock. This Red Rock is the Canyon, not the Amphitheatre near Denver, CO. Although, it does have similar rock structures! Spent the day here for our lazy Sunday.

Scorching hot day at the Hoover Dam!

Up bright and early on a Saturday, with our first stop at the Hoover Dam before heading to Valley of Fire. With the temperatures already in the 80s in the morning, thank goodness for air conditioning!