On our second day on the island of Oahu in 2010, we decided to spend most of our day close to the Ala Moana Beach area, which is one beach over from Waikiki Beach.
Since a full day at the beach isn’t really a Jeremy thing, we decided to spice things up a bit with lunch in Chinatown and a nap-time drive up to the North Shore. Just because your kids are toddlers, it doesn’t mean that you have to spend all day, every day locked away in a beach resort. Of course, if that is your thing, enjoy it, but we tend to do much more driving than is strictly necessary.
Ala Moana Beach
Since we were in Hawaii with toddlers, surfing beaches were not on our itinerary. Instead, we focused on beaches with tiny waves, either from natural causes, breakwaters, or the formation of lagoons.
If you are interested in paddle boarding, beaches like this are also a good option.
We spent the morning playing in both the water and the sand.
Lunch in Chinatown
Once the boys had plenty of play time, we took them back to our condo hotel to get them cleaned up, then headed out to Honolulu’s Chinatown for lunch. Yum!
North Shore Nap-time Adventure
When thinking about a much needed toddler nap, and deciding between hanging out in our apartment (without a great view) and doing something else, we decided that a long drive would be a perfect way to ensure that the adults had fun and the kids got adequate rest.
We loaded everyone into the car and set out for the North Shore. With sleeping kids, we couldn’t really stop and take pictures, but we got some lovely views and had fun.
Upon our return, we decided to take a walking tour of the Ala Moana area. Beyond just lovely views of the beach, it contains one of the largest open air shopping centers in the world!
What a fun day!