1. Let the hair do what it wants to do. You can attempt to tame it, but you will lose, every time. Just let it go free, like that wild squirrel you snagged on your bumper and dragged through town on a dusty Sunday until someone pointed out that whumpa whumpa sound wasn't your muffler. You will find your spirit following suit. Ditto makeup. Forget it. It will melt off your face anyway. Behold crazy ocean hair and mascara free face. It made Doug laugh. I love to make Doug laugh.
2. Don't even bother packing a sweater for those "cool days or nights" because there is no such thing as a cool day or night in Waikiki. The most you might need is a light scarf for an air-conditioned room, but I never even pulled mine out of the suitcase. I wore strappy little sundresses in public that I wouldn't even wear in my home. Yes, it's that hot.
3. It's impossible to look goofy in Waikiki because everyone looks goofy. People become a vast sea of goofy - Aloha shirts, cameras, big hats, baggy shorts, bathing suits and bare feet on main street, tattoos. So leave your inner hipster at home and chill, man. Waikiki is built for fun.
4. The ocean, and everything it contains, is wicked cool. Especially wild baby dolphins.
5. Aloha Spirit is real. See this fellow? He's an "Aloha Ambassador" and it says so on his shirt.
6. Those tropical drinks, the ones you see in the movies, with the slice of pineapple and little umbrella? They are like salves to the wounded soul pounded raw by the vagaries and stresses of life. Partake of them whenever the opportunity arises. I had no idea what I've been missing all these years. Behold, The Lava Flow. Coconut rum, strawberry perfection.
And this is not a peace sign. That's me indicating Drink Number Two, The Dig Me Daiquiri.
And I did.
Dig it, I mean.