I pack one suitcase with a Hawaiian/Caribbean wardrobe, and one with warmer clothing for Europe/Japan. Then you have to consider whether it is summer or winter in South America, where the seasons are the opposite of ours in North America. When I first began flying (many, many years ago) I once misunderstood an assignment and ended up in winter in Dayton, Ohio (not Daytona Beach, Florida) with only a bikini and a sarong. I haven't repeated that mistake!
For my first trip in April, I answered the call, grabbed my smaller suitcase and headed to Honolulu where the weather and surf were perfect for watersports. Today I was too tired to kayak, so I lazily spent the afternoon swimming and playing in the water.
My room this trip was in the back of the hotel, with a view of the mountains, and St. Louis Heights. Some low clouds moved in through the mountains toward evening and it got a bit cooler.
I had stopped briefly at Rock Island Cafe to get a creamy milkshake at their old fashioned soda fountain.
It is a fun place, filled with memorabilia, both on display and for sale. I like to go there for pizza and their
delicious soda fountain items.
It is located in King's Village, whose entrance was just below my balcony. It is a unique shopping center, with many interesting shops and several restaurants. Rock Island Cafe is at the entrance to King's Village, the red roof in the photo below. A statue of Elvis greets you at the door.
There is also a museum of the King's Guard on the ground floor. The King's Guard is a drill team that
preserve the history of the 1800's in Hawaii. Hawaii has the only royal palace on US soil, and the uniforms of the Guard are replicas of those worn by the guards of the palace of King David during that era. Each day at 6:15pm the King's Guard perform a Changing of the Guard and flag lowering ceremony, followed by a drill exhibition at Kings Village.