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This is What Hawaii is Like in 2023 🌸 Honolulu is NOT what we thought 😮 Exploring Waikiki

this video is brought to you by Aura Health last time on delightful travellers we said  goodbye to the beautiful country of Japan we so enjoyed our time there  and we already can’t wait to go back in this video we arrive in Hawaii for the  very first time we’re on the island of Oahu and we’re so excited to see what this place  is about I’m Anna and this is Trevor in this mini series we’re checking a bucket list item off our Travel list Hawaii  subscribe and click the like button so you don’t miss a single video a huge thanks to  our channel members and patrons for making these videos possible welcome to Hawaii do you guys know how long we have waited to come to Hawaii I wanted to come here ever since I was  a kid me too I think it’s pretty common as a Canadian kid growing up to dream of Hawaii  we are on the island of Oahu and in the city of Honolulu this neighborhood that we are in  right now is called Waikiki you’ve probably heard of it before we are on Waikiki Beach  isn’t that completely stunning actually just in Japan and it’s really nice to be back in  hot weather so this is one of the most famous beaches in the entire world especially in the  USA and I’m a little bit shocked we both are at how very little people are here I thought  this beach would be packed to be honest so in the last little while we spent time in Europe in the  summertime where the beaches are unbelievably packed and then we were in Asia we found lots  of empty and busy beaches there and from the just looking you might think like oh that looks really  busy but when you look closely there’s lots and lots of space and this is probably one of the  busier times of year here we’ve been trying to figure out what this place reminds us of we’ve  only been here for less than 24 hours but it does remind us of two different places kind of meshed  together one being new San Juan in Puerto Rico the buildings in the architecture sure kind of look  like that place a little bit and also Miami and South Beach but except there take away all of the  craziness that happens on Ocean Drive and you get a more laid back chill Island lifestyle here we’re  really digging this yeah in a way that’s really hard to explain this place just has really good  vibe like Trevor said it’s really laid back and it just feels good I think it’s one of those things  you have to become an experience for yourself to totally know what I mean but I want to point out  one thing I’m really liking this beach I haven’t actually had any time to actually spend here but  on this side it’s like maybe you can go have fun like the kids can Splash around in the waves but  then if you want more lagoon style so over here they have it like sort of sectioned off the sea  wall it’s all I come over here this is probably where we would be if we if we had some time to  spend it especially where I would be I think you guys can tell we are absolutely stoked to be here  in Hawaii if you’re excited and if you’re new or not new make sure to hit the Thumbs  Up Button because that will help get the video out there but I’m gonna get off the beach now  see what else it’s kind of down this way so for those of you that follow us week to week you’re  probably now wondering like what are your plans you’re in the United States even though we’re in  Hawaii right now not even close to Mainland USA we do have plans to go there yeah but this is a great  stopover if you are coming between Asia so we just spent like five months in Asia we were just into  just stop over here on our way to Mainland USA hopefully catch up on the Jetlag that’s  that’s why we did it right we’re hoping that it will help with the jet lag but we’ll see  but yeah we’re gonna spend a few days here not nearly enough time but it is quite expensive and  traveling full-time you can’t spend a long time in really expensive places no here for a few days  then we’re flying tickets and we could say sort of like the southwestern U.S so meeting up with  some friends we have some big plans there we’re meeting up some with some friends that you guys  may have seen in a video before and we’re going to be doing some things that we’ve never done in  our lives so get ready for those videos coming up so much fun I cannot wait but right now we’ll  just keep experiencing Honolulu something that we notice like literally when we got off the  plane was just how distinctly unique this place is especially compared to the rest of the US not  the US isn’t overly unique or anything like that but for something that feels really different  really culturally different here I mean they do have this like Polynesian background a lot of  Polynesian culture and you feel it right away it’s really really interesting all that does  have this wondering and we have a question for all of you Americans watching do you think of Hawaii  as your American tropical island I’m sure you do or do some of you think of it as another country  entirely I realize it’s not another country but because it has its own culture its own language is  very unique we’re just curious what the Americans think I mean Canadians just think of it as America  but being here this feels different than Mainland USA well take a look at this incredible tree that  we’ve just come across huh beautiful is that a banyan tree it’s a banyan tree yeah all brand new  trees look like this sometimes they grow certain um maybe certain places it gets um even um bigger  and thicker cooler bigger and thicker are you from here yeah thank you very much I know how bad it is  oh look this one is still young yet this one might still be young yeah yeah thank you for letting us  know we keep saying this but Hawaiians are like some of the nicest people we’ve ever met some of  the the things we wanted to talk about today was actually talk about how nice Hawaiians and people  from like Americans in general sometimes get a bad rep around the world you get here and everybody is  so nice going to a store and people are asking you where you’re from if you’re having a great  time what you’re doing today like everybody’s so nice and talkative and they just stop and answer  questions that you randomly add to the camera before we get any further in this week’s video  we just wanted to say a huge thanks to Aura health for being a sponsor now some of you know that I’ve  dealt with debilitating anxiety in the past and I wish I’d known about the Aura app Aura health  is the all-in-one app for your well-being and sleep it has thousands of meditations stories  and so much more like CBT meditation and coaching aura’s content is created by hundreds of expert  coaches and therapists all around the world when trying to get out of bed in the morning  seems overwhelming than trying to find resources to help seems impossible when I was struggling  with my anxiety I relied on tools like cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation I’m happy to say  both of these are available in the Aura app and you can access these 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back to Hawaii so as we make our way along this like beach walkway we’re also walking  on one of the main roads here in Waikiki key and if you didn’t know it’s basically like the main  tourist area here in Honolulu there is lots of hotels lots of restaurants loads and loads and  loads of shopping it’s coffee shops as well so we have come over to a coffee shop called  Honolulu coffee and we hear a coffee in Hawaii is incredible it’s actually considered some of  the best in the world we have an Americano today it’s an iced Americano and notice it’s black we  don’t want to poison this let’s say with milk or cream or sugar today we really want to just  try it as it is with a little bit of ice to make it nice and cold all right let’s actually try it oh that’s really really good really smooth it’s not too bitter or too sweet it’s kind of like a  perfectly balanced coffee sometimes I find like high quality coffees are often a little bit too  bitter but this one definitely is not so it’s called Kona coffee that’s where it’s grown in  Hawaii Kona apparently it’s very very well known it’s considered one of the top coffees in the  world so if you’re a coffee fan Hawaii is a place you should definitely come to and you’re going to  find places all over at least here in Waikiki I’m sure all over probably all the islands in  Hawaii you’re gonna find various coffee shops that have locally grown coffee we have now come  over to Diamond Head State Monument Park and believe it or not right now we are standing  inside a volcano crater so this is one of the top things to do here in Oahu apparently we’re  gonna hike up for a while I think it maybe takes about 45 minutes we will see and then  we’re gonna have some really fabulous views hope you guys feel like going hiking so just a couple  of logistical things one is that you can’t just show up here and expect to go for a hike you have  to go online first to the state Park’s website book your day and your time and then you come  basically within like an hour increments I think we’re actually going there’s no way you’ll see  this with this camera but maybe I can zoom in a little bit there are some stairs like way way up  there we’re already getting some amazing views here and right now the pavement that we were on  are the concrete is turned into like rocks yeah interesting this is almost like it was once page  and then it kind of like turned on wavy yeah I think by the top we read on the sign back there  that I think all like the concrete and locks go away maybe it’ll be slightly more difficult but  probably about 30 percent of the way a little out of breath so far I’m not gonna lie we’re starting  to get some amazing views and I’m sure it’s only going to get better as we keep going up  and up but you might be wondering why is this place called Diamond Head because I certainly  wondered that myself it seems like an odd name for like a crater or a mountain basically uh British  soldiers arrived here in the 19th century and they looked they were in this area and looked down at  the beach which was covered in crystals and they thought it was diamonds so this area was part of  a series of volcanoes that erupted under the ocean 2.6 million years ago and the crater here happened  because 300 000 years ago it erupted and made this glorious hole in the earth and now it is  quite spectacle to be up here I also have to say the further we get the easier I’m finding it I’m  still huffing and puffing but now I just know the ends inside we got to get to the top so I did a  lot of reading on this like volcanic volcanic area and there’s a lot of facts so I could have them  slightly messed up but hopefully not one was that this crater was actually formed on one erupted but  something I read about it was that it’s a type of volcano that will probably only erupt once in its  lifetime so it already did that I think should be pretty safe yeah just in case our mothers  are watching me like oh my goodness why are you walking up a volcano well we found another look  off point this one looks more official yeah we’re this I think we’re almost to the top it must be up  there somewhere but still another good view yeah yeah you’re pretty excited or what look at this  view it’s insane we started back this way as well so you can kind of see where we’re at so far what  do you think 30 minutes in it feels something like that yeah that was my guess we’re just walking up  some stairs even more out of breath didn’t expect these did we not expect that hopefully this is  the end of it and there’s a big tunnel here looks like we’re going into complete darkness well you  get this is unexpected now that we’re in this little uh Cavern I’m not even trying  to whisper instead of breath there’s no wind so yeah I’m gonna start sweating but there’s  also no light but I swear we’re in here just a word of warning because I didn’t  read anything about this before we came do you have claustrophobia maybe don’t do this  we can certainly say being up here is definitely worth the 45 minute climb honestly it was pretty  easy towards the end the stairs did drain us out a little bit but these panoramic views you get  here of this city and just like all the rolling mountains in the background you can see all these  people’s homes it’s pretty freaking epic I didn’t think it would be this nice up here honestly so  if you guys were thinking about coming here do it don’t know how well you’re gonna be able to  see using this lens but we actually started the video right down there and then made our way up  here and we had I love this view like you can see the whole city I know I didn’t even really  mention the color of the water down here it’s just wild to me that people have homes like right on  the edge of this which one’s ours I don’t know a future one somewhere is down there or maybe one  of those condos on the beach sure I can live with that being up here really makes you appreciate the  true beauty of Hawaii this crater is massive and from the air it is straight up astounding  this is one of those views that we admired as kids and we always look forward to coming to  Hawaii one day to see this well we’ve had a few minutes to enjoy the view cool off a little bit  now we have to get back down and whenever we do stuff like this I always think like going  down is going to be easier and it always ends up being harder and it always kills my legs but what  do you do there’s no other way to get down and I think I see maybe an ice cold beer in my future  we’ve come over to a brewery called Waikiki brewing and we heard a lot about this place  I think it’s safe to say we have earned our drink today after doing that climb this is a  blonde ale and uh luckily for us there is happy hour all day it’s like five dollars  and fifty cents a beer or something like that that’s incredible let’s try it out oh yeah it’s not our first craft beer we had here we had one yesterday but so far we’re learning  quickly Hawaii knows how to do craft beer if you guys don’t know we drink craft beer all  the time but the neighborhood we’re in here is called kakaako kakaaka it’s kind of a fun name  to say I think it’s kakaako but it’s kind of this like Industrial Park area that’s transforming you  can see like little pieces of graffiti around so it’ll be fun to maybe see more of that as we go on  throughout the day so I just noticed the menu says historic Brewing District this area actually came  highly recommended from some locals I don’t think we ever would have known about this by ourselves  but it’s nice to ask people live here and get recommendations and a lot of people said like  this area is really well known for its craft beer apparently there’s a whole bunch of breweries and  tap rooms within like a few blocks of each other lots of Street artists Trevor already said I think  it’s a very local area and not many tourists know about it which is always fun as well and we love  finding craft beer can I just say how nice it is to be back in the U.S and yes we’ve had lots of  craft beer in the past few months when we were in Asia but the US definitely knows how to do a good  craft beer speaking of the U.

This is What Hawaii is Like in 2023 🌸 Honolulu is NOT what we thought 😮 Exploring Waikiki

S and craft beer we were just chatting and the last time we were in  this country was over three years ago like well over three years ago as a Canadian that’s that’s  pretty crazy so it’s been a long time we even looked up like our last video that we filmed  uh in the United States and it was like back in Miami like something like five years ago so  that’s absolutely crazy for us so I hope you guys are excited that we are back we’re super stoked  and we’re not just going to be in Hawaii we’ve got some other areas that we’re going to go to I  think our biggest audience is also people like U.S citizens or U.S people that watch us so hopefully  all you Americans are very excited that we’re here and we’d love to get your recommendations like  where should we go in the United States it’s so big yeah please do let us know because basically  as we already said we are heading to sort of the southwest of the U.S that’s kind of already  planned out a little bit set in stone already however after that we go home for maybe a month  visit some family I don’t even know if we’re gonna film because we have so much of a backlog right  now from being in Japan being in Korea and then all the stuff that we’re about to do we’re gonna  have a lot of videos however after that thinking about coming back to the US maybe again and really  like the opportunity is totally open maybe go to a city that we don’t really know what much about  we could rent an apartment for like a month or so we’re really trying to get into this like living  in a place for a while so I’d love to find some random American city that maybe isn’t even on our  radar that you guys recommend to us it is now the next day and we’re back at our apartment that we  rented so we know you guys like when we show you our accommodation so we thought we would do that  today and it’s just back here getting some water and uh we’re going to give you an official tour  because this is a really nice place we’re staying in except well everything’s a little bit expensive  here so actually this is not the apartment we originally rented we had originally booked a  small little studio apartment it was teeny tiny when we checked in they told us that the pool  was under renovation which was kind of a bummer because we kind of rented it you know just to  have access to a pool although we don’t have that much time to use it and then everything was good  it was the weekend and then on Monday morning they started Drilling and Jack hammering like  early in the morning it was so loud we couldn’t even think we couldn’t work we had a bunch of work  to get done so I sent a message to our host and he was super fast and actually moved us immediately  over to this apartment yeah it worked out really well so this place is Big Anna’s obviously in the  kitchen but we have a desk here big fridge here’s the entryway it’s a huge kitchen here I love all  the windows in here of course we have living room area over here a couple of different couches and  there is a TV of course yeah we’ll show you the patio in just a minute but if we turn this way  here is uh the bedroom which is kind of it’s kind of a one bedroom these pull out to make like a it  does actually close off so it is technically a one bedroom even though it feels like a really  big Studio when you first walk in but there are doors so you have this huge room over here I  feel like they they bought it out really well there’s a desk over there although we’re using  the table for as that right now bed very comfy bed and then over there they actually have a  um set like a bunch of drawers but it’s a perfect I don’t know if they did this on purpose but it’s  perfect to put your suitcases on top and I feel like no one ever thinks of that yeah they did  a good job with the mirrors here too it just reflects all the light then we have a bathroom  this way which certainly certainly does the trick yeah nice and facials in here I’ll take you guys  outside to our patio so it’s a great little uh Great Space you can see we have a table two  chairs there is an air conditioning unit out here as well that’s pretty pretty common you need air  conditioning but yeah we have a pretty nice view we’re 20 floors up so it’s pretty windy I don’t  know if you can hear it now but we have a great view of the the city itself here in Honolulu and  we actually have a view of where we were earlier so that’s the big kind of volcanic uh let’s call  it a hill or a mountain back there and we even have a little bit of a glimpse of the ocean which  is kind of neat so we’re really digging the space here there actually is a really nice pool here I  don’t think we’ll have time to take advantage of it maybe I’ll try to get out there for a couple  hours today but I highly doubt it’s gonna happen there’s so much work to get done you guys are  probably already wondering about price because I know here in Oahu in Hawaii in general things are  really generally really expensive so we were here over a long weekend so I think it was a bit more  expensive and we booked the studio for I think it was about 150 a night so definitely not cheap  it’s one of the most expensive places we’ve stayed in the world that’s US Dollars yeah USD and this  place I think starts so we didn’t actually have to pay a different price for this but I think this  one starts around 150 a night so it probably gets more expensive in like super high season and also  long weekends and stuff like that that’s of course not the only thing that’s expensive around here I  mean in general Hawaii Hawaii can be pricey when it comes to food entertainment I mean all of the  United States is really but I think here might be a little more you guys can let us know but Russell  and Waikiki which ensure is more expensive than some other areas in Honolulu as well yeah we have  managed to find some you know happy hour places if we’re looking for craft beer or something like  that we’re looking for the deals but in general just remember we came from uh southeast Asia we  did spend some time in Japan as well which is also pricey but for the last five months we’ve been in  Southeast Asia yeah we’ve gotten pretty used to those prices I know it’s like we used to be able  to go and eat a full meal like I each have a glass of wine and have like an appetizer and like two  Mains for like thirty dollars yeah that’s here 140 150 bucks so you guys might hear me joke sometimes  but honestly like one week here in Hawaii is like about the price of being in Thailand for a month  and a half and we’re not rich I know people some before we keep saying that to people when many  people will be like I assume that you just have a lot of money because you can travel full-time and  it’s not the case at all so stuff like this like hurts oh it hurts we’re YouTubers it’s  not there’s not a lot of Rich YouTubers yeah definitely and not uh so we just try to make  our money work but the thing is we love the United States and we love coming here we wanted to come  to Hawaii so it has to be done which is still you know getting over the sticker shock let’s  call it that one thing though the food here is so delicious we went out right away when we got here  back to the United States and we couldn’t wait to eat some American food and oh it did it just did  not disappoint him yeah because Asian food is delicious but in general they don’t do Western  food that well and you can find places but most of the time it’s only mediocre as far as Western  food goes so yeah it’s great to be back in the U.S in North America and be having some like delicious  burgers brunch brunch Bloody Mary’s once we get to Canada we’ll get some bloody Caesars better sorry  guys but we’re just stoked to be back I think you guys can tell another thing I wanted to mention  uh just here like walking around the streets of Honolulu at night it’s just so lit up all  the buildings are colorful and it just makes you want to be outside it’s really this is definitely  a place that you want to be out after dark because it really lights up it’s beautiful right we’re so  stoked that we came here we are going to have one more video coming up and uh just in case you’re  new around here it’s Trevor and Anna delightful Travelers hit subscribe and leave us a like that  helps us out heck leave a comment if you’re not new we love that you guys come back each and every  week but I think that’s going to be it for the video today we have to get prepared for the next  video which is coming up tomorrow we have a lot of planning to do yeah by that we have no nothing  damn you’re gonna be I think we’re gonna get out of Honolulu and try to see a little bit  of the island so yeah we need to get on top of that right now yeah no plan also big thanks to  all our channel members and patrons Without You guys probably wouldn’t be here so it’s time to  wrap up all right guys that’s it from Hawaii wishing you delightful travel see you soon

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