Honolulu – Day 2

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My only priorities for day 2 in Hawaii were to get to two recommended places; one for sushi and one for a Mai Tai. I elected to cab it around town today to give my knee a break. Charley’s Taxi had gotten me to the Urgent care with no trouble, so immediately after my x-ray, I called them again and had then take me over to Lewers Street.

At Teppan & Sushi KAIWA I ordered The Artists Palette (of course) and it was YUMMY! The photo in the menu was pretty accurate. The only challenge with this item is how to eat the end pieces gracefully!

MenuMenu Pic

Is This One Bite?
Is This One Bite?
The Real Deal
The Real Deal!

After lunch I checked my GPS to locate Rum Fire, the location recommended for a Mai Tai. The tricky thing about Rum Fire is that you can’t just drive there. When I tried to map it on my phone there wasn’t a road directly to it, but I knew it was on the beach, so I decided to walk the beach to find it. Turns out it’s actually at the back of the Sheraton Waikiki complex – so you must be staying at the Sheraton to know about it – or walk the beach.

I did a walk-through to scope the place out, and explored the many shops in the open breezeway that runs through the center of the space. There’s also a Koi pond on the left side of the property, with a row of rocking chairs along the edge for people to take a calming break. (I hung there for a bit while waiting for Charley’s to pick me at the end of my visit.)

Koi PondKoi Pond

The Sheraton was so open that I walked in from the back at Rum Fire, through the shopping area and out to the front loading/unloading area, stopped at the coffee bar to get a latte, and then sat at a table in the front of the complex watching people coming and going…for about an hour…and nobody seemed to care! I was fascinated by the number of wedding parties coming through the lobby. Later, I noticed they have a marriage license registration office inside the Sheraton!

Couple Heading Toward Marriage License Office
Couple Heading Toward Marriage License Office
Turtle Sculpture in Front Lobby
Turtle Sculpture in Front Lobby

Back at Rum Fire, I found a seat on the patio that had a tiny bit of shade. The inside (open air) seating was filled and I wanted a view of the ocean so I was willing to get a little warm.  So I settled in…and ordered my Mai Tai! There are several versions to choose from – I went with the Signature version. It was very good!

Mai Tai Options
Mai Tai Options
Signature Mai Tai
Signature Mai Tai

From my seat on the patio I had a great view of the water where there was no beach, so the water came right up to the walkway in front of the restaurant. As I enjoyed the view, I noticed two turtles swimming in the area right in front of where I was seated! I tried to get a good photo, but they were quick! They’d come up for just a second and then – right back under!

The green sea turtle is called “honu” in Hawaiian. It is considered a symbol of good luck. Legend has it that the green sea turtle lead the original inhabitants of Hawaii to the island. 

Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle, far away
Green Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle, closer

The decor at Rum Fire is really pretty cool. There are lots of areas that are just a little different, like this sitting area near the front entrance:

Rum Fire Flaming Chairs
Rum Fire Flaming Chairs

And then there’s the patio…

Patio Area
Patio Area
Patio Seating
Patio Seating

I managed to kill enough time to be hungry again, and I really wanted a burger. I also decided to move to a shadier place while eating – I can’t enjoy a meal when I’m blazing hot! Based on my waitress Teresa’s recommendation, I ordered the Truffle Burger – excellent choice! Teresa was a sweetheart. She was covering too many tables, but she remained pleasant and even let me take her picture before I left!

Burger Menu
Burger Menu
Live Version of Burger
Live Version of Burger
Dinner Guest
Uninvited dinner guest
My Waitress, Teresa
My Waitress, Teresa

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