Morning, Morning!! Monday here - and wow, is it sunny!!
I love when the weeks starts off this way.
Tanya is still boppin' around the Big Island of Hawaii - today is her 7th day and I'm having a blast following her around, chatting in detail about the places she is visiting!
Today will be no different. As my dear Cuz makes her way around Oahu, I'll am here to fill in the blanks on all the information!
But first, let me tell you about the CRAZY two weeks I have ahead!
This week is in full swing for both the Social Studies Fair for Kelsey and a pre-birthday, Afternoon Tea Party Birthday Party for Gianna.
My girl is turning 13 next Tuesday (May 16th) and so this weekend will be full of celebration with her friends at the house.
She was so in love with Afternoon Tea in London, that she wanted to have her own afternoon tea with her friends.
So, mom (me!) has and will continue to get all the necessary supplies to do so.
Yesterday, I paid a visit to Bed, Bath & Beyond for both hot and cold brew tea pots. I found the cutest hot-brew, but there was only one and I need two.
Hot Brew Tea Pot (credit: bedbathbeyond.com)
New Cold Brew pitcher (credit: bedbathbeyond)
So, today, I'll be headed to another Bed, Bath & Beyond to find another. She has invited around 16 kids to this little shindig, which is scheduled for next Saturday, so I figured I'd make two types of hot tea and a third tea that will be iced!
I am going to make finger sandwiches, which will include chicken salad, egg salad, and cream cheese & cucumber. Additionally, we will serve scones and pastries. But, the sweets, just mentioned, I'll purchase from the bakery.
CLICK IMAGE TO READ ALL ABOUT OUR DAY AT THE RUBENS AT THE PALACE - OUR VERY FIRST AFTERNOON TEA TOGETHER IN LONDON LAST MONTH (c) travelincousins.com
I'm going to try my best to re-create a beautiful display of Afternoon Tea delights for Gianna's Birthday party on Satruday! (c) travelincousins.com
Mother's Day is Sunday, which also marks the Third Anniversary of Travelin' Cousins Travel Blog!!!
As we do each year, we will be switching column sides! Just to keep you wonderful peeps on your toes.
Next week starts off with a bang, as Gianna has her Band Concert on Monday night, followed by her actual birthday on Tuesday with a little mini family dinner celebration that evening.
Whew!! What a week!!
I think I'm ready to get back to Hawaii! Today, we are following Tanya as she is currently in Oahu!
As Tanya makes her way around the island of Oahu for the second day, let's start with some fun facts!
17 Fun Facts About Oahu, Hawaii
1. Oahu is part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital, Honolulu.
2. Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” as it is home to the majority of Hawaii's diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people.
3. Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island.
4. Oahu is 44 miles long, 30 miles wide, 112 miles around and is the third-largest island in the Hawaiian chain of 132 islets, atolls and reefs
5. Iolani Palace, located in downtown Honolulu, is the only Royal Palace in the United States.
6. The Moana Surfrider opened for business back in 1901, and it was the first hotel to open its doors along the sands of Waikiki Beach.
Oahu (credit: tripadvisor)
7. Hawaii Standard Time is GMT and is 5 hours behind the US East Coast and 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time as Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
8. Honolulu is the largest city in the world. That is because Hawaii’s State Constitution states that any island not named as belonging to a county belongs to Honolulu. This makes the entire island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located, plus all the other small, uninhabited islands, islets and atolls part of Honolulu.
9. Honolulu is the second most expensive city in the United States. Anchorage, Alaska is the most expensive.
10. Oahu is home to the world’s largest wind generator. The windmill is located on the top of a 20 story tower. It has two blades, each measuring 400 feet in length.
11. Foster Botanical Garden near Iolani Palace was built in 1855, which makes it the oldest garden in Hawaii.
Foster Botanical Garden, Oahu, Hawaii - the oldest garden in Hawaii (credit: discover-oahu.com)
12. In 1884, King Kamehameha V offered to sell a strip of land running from downtown Honolulu to Diamond Head to Eliza Sinclair, a rancher’s widow from New Zealand, for $10,000.00. She looked at the land and turned him down because the land wasn’t fit to raise cattle. This priceless land is now known as Waikiki.
13. Waikiki, located on Oahu, attracts 72,000 visitors each day. That is 44 percent of all visitors on all of the islands.
14. Oahu has a population of nearly 1 million people and combined with visitors trying to get around, the island has areas with traffic that ranks behind only Los Angeles.
15. Paradise Cove Luau, the largest luau in the State of Hawaii, cooks 127.5 tons of kalua pig each year for it’s nightly luaus.
16. Oahu is more populous than Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota and Delaware.
17. The island of Oahu is comprised of two mountain ranges that run from north to south. The Waianae Range is in West Oahu and rises to 4,000 feet, whereas the Ko’olau Mountains in East Oahu top out at 3,150 feet.
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: HAWAII
Mountain Biking in Oahu
Greetings from Oahu!
I finally got to wake up a wee bit later this morning. I woke up at 6:30a rather than 5am, 5:30am or yesterday's 4:15am. UGH
We arrived here in Honolulu bright and early yesterday morning for one purpose and one purpose alone - to finally go back to Kualoa Ranch and go mountain biking!
While that certainly isn't our sole purpose of being here on Oahu it was a BIGGIE and the reason for my early and very long hours yesterday - which in turn caused me to not be able to post my blog. Boo.
Sorry guys, but sometimes these things happen.
And well to be honest if I wasn't the busy bee crazy traveler that I am - there probably wouldn't be much of a blog to write! LOL
Anyhow let me tell you more about this beautiful ride...
This was the same ride that I took 8 years ago when I came to Oahu for the first time with my girl friend Priscilla (another one that the travel bug has bit!) and it was my very first time mountain biking!
My first ever mountain biking experience...Can't you tell?! I'm wearing denim shorts! LOL On Oahu back in 2008 (c) travelincousins.com
It was awesome! I loved it! I went home and bought the same mountain bike that I had used and I've been using that same bike ever since.
I had also been eager to take Dave on this trail as it is one of the most beautiful rides that I have ever been on.
Since then we have been here to Oahu on a number of occasions, but the circumstances have never worked out until this trip.
And the kids (not fans of mountain biking) have pretty much been along on every trip to Hawaii (with the exception of when I hiked/backpacked the Kalalau Trail on the Na'pali coast of Kauai - noted to be:
Another reason for it taking me 9 years to do this trail again is because the schedule for doing it is only on Sundays and Wednesdays. Being that it is on privately owned property, it is required that you go with a guide.
Located on the Kualoa Ranch - a privately owned 4000-acre nature reserve and working cattle ranch, as well as a popular tourist attraction and filming location on the windward coast of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi. In a word (or three) - It is gorgeous.
But instead of reading all about it, I'll let the pictures speak for themseves...