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Day 15: King’s Village, Waikiki – Honolulu, HI

Aloha! Next stop: paradise. Well, mostly paradise. Honolulu, Hawaii has some of the most beautiful landscape in the world. It also has great weather and fantastic beaches. However, Honolulu can’t escape the grasp of mainland America, as it is still plagued by an auto-dominated society. The clash between the rich and the poor is also quite appalling, and might not be what you’d expect to see on your Hawaiian adventure.

I visited Oahu last November with my girlfriend and we had a wonderful time. We stayed in Waikiki not far from where I took this photo. Waikiki has undergone some major streetscaping renovations that has made the walking environment very pleasant. (I have handwritten a critique on my visit to Hawaii and will post this at a later date. The critique has just been sitting on my desk for months!).

This photo is of King’s Village. It’s quite the colorful little development. Just like everywhere else in Honolulu, it has shops and restaurants – especially ethnic restaurants. My personal favorite place we ate there was Tanaka of Tokyo. The food is served teppenyaki-style. I really liked the blue lights in the tree in this photo, and of course, the pedestrians crossing at the crosswalk.

You can see more photos of my visit to Hawaii in the photo gallery. And, despite the negatives I mentioned about Honolulu, I would love to be on Waikiki Beach with a Mai Tai in hand right about now…

This article is a part of the Exploring the Walkability of America in 30 Days photo series.

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