By Braddah Lance
A few weeks ago - before I was sick - Da Wife and I had always talked about cruising Waik's (short for Waikiki for all da non-kama'aina folk).
So Da Wife and I hopped in da car and drove down one lazy Sunday afternoon just to see how it's changed and we were pleasantly surprised.
Besides the transformation of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.... and the rebuild of the "Boardwalk" on Lewers Street.... and the Duty Free fish tank gone.... and the Waikiki Theaters closed down.... and a couple of buildings empty.... it pretty much looked the same.
There's always a certain vibe in Waik's - maybe it's just because we were "playing tourist" or maybe it's because the weather was fantastic but nonetheless, it was actually fun to cruise around on foot. While we mainly stayed around the Kalakaua/Royal Hawaiian area, it certainly felt like we walked a mini-marathon!
We started off on da Ewa end across the street of the Royal Hawaiian at the newly redesigned Lewers Street. It has a ton of stores and restaurants to please tourist and kama'aina alike.
There's even a store with guess who drawn on da window........ BJ Penn!
Da Wife and I
And wat would Waik's be without a street named after one Hawaii's favorite entertainers - the late Don Ho.
No, it is not an obscene carving. It's actually a Harley carved out of wood! Pretty cool... even if I'm not old enough to ride a Harley.
You know wea dis is? If you can't remembah... it's wea the old metal statue of the fisherman throwing spear was at with the waterfall and hula stage. They really opened up da area and it looks much bettah.
Can you spot Da Wife? We took a stroll inside to get a bite to eat. Wea? Read on to find out.
From all da times I've walked in The International Marketplace, I've nevah noticed da "yellow brick road". It actually helps you find your way in, out and about so you don't get lost - how cool is dat!
Is dis a postcard photo op or wat?
Check out da store...... Can you spot Da Wife?
I feel a SOS coming soon.
C'mon.... you can't fo'get about da "magic" pearls. Tap it three times and say it with me........ A-L-O-O-O-O-H-A!
Starving by now so we head to Puka Dog for a quick snack.
It's like da Soup Nazi (ala Seinfeld) wea you order in steps.
Once your bread gets properly toasted.... it goes on "tap"......
Check out all da sauces they have on "tap". Shmall kine nutz yeah?
Just like filling up a draft.......
Was there any doubt which sauce I wanted?
Like the store's name, it's a Puka Dog - literally a dog in a hole. Dis is da top of da hole..... before da big bite!
See, it takes two hands to hold da buggah.
Sorry, dis pictah isn't da prettiest but it surah was onolicious!
Make surah wen da cashier asks you wea you from, you say hea so you get one kama'aina discount..... yeah, it's not a myth.... still get stores dat offer dat.
Walkin' back around and you can see why hotel occupancy is down..... cause no mo' people.
Hey! I used to work hea! In fact, dis very store! Store #54 of uku-million. Ahhh, da memories.
I dunno about you but a Hello Kitty spam musubi keychain?! And hea I thought they were only in manapua's. LOL. I kid I kid! LOL
Now I dunno about you but I was trippin' out dat they were sold out of a brush costing dat much!
Does it help grow hair? Or maybe it gets da white out?
Would you believe they would leave bricks of gold just out in da open?
Don't ask how much it costs.... you'd think you were actually buying a 'real' gold brick!
Damn I look good huh?
Had to stop by and stroll through the "Pink Palace".
In da lobby area, there's a hugemangeous nostalgic looking map of da islands. There were about five tourist admiring it the same time I was.
It doesn't get any more "Waikiki" than dis!
Of course we couldn't leave without getting a slice of cheesecake!!
We stopped by Burger On The Edge again using up the last of our gift certificates and it was ONO! Except, don't get da "Kick Ass Chili Fries"... not so 'kick ass' if you ask me. Stick with da truffle fries and you won't be disappointed. And now they even offer wheat bread! Yum.
So there it is. Waik's enjoyed like a couple of "kama'aina tourist" and I gotta admit it was fun! We got to do a bit of window shopping, people watching and just taking in the sights and sounds of otherwise anoddah part of Hawaii. If you get a chance, DO IT! You deserve to have a little fun and enjoy wat Hawaii has to offer.... unless you're a hermit or a killjoy.
If at da end of da day you're still unhappy, put on dis shirt and make yourself happy.....
If there's anything Waik's has plenty of..... it's beer.
Happy Feel Good Friday everybodies! ......... Lurkahs too.