Did this: Weekend on the West Side

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Like most of you — especially as Monday rears its ugly head — I needed to get away.

But, like most of you, I’m not drowning in cash.

So I decided to get away — at least from my home, office and piles of laundry — by spending the night at the Ihilani, a JW Marriott Hawaii resort just after Kapolei and before Nanakuli.

But I didn’t just want to lounge poolside — though that was tempting, I’ll admit — but I wanted to drive around Oahu’s west side.

Hands down, the Waianae coastline is the most stunning on the island. The water is a color of blue I didn’t think existed. And the entire area has that same look and feel as it did when I was a kid.

Of course, I didn’t get to see everything or do everything I had wanted to. Like hike around Kaena Point, visit Mao Organic Farms and eat at Kaahaaina Cafe in the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. There are a lot of great things happening out there.

Here’s how I spent 24 hours on Oahu’s west side:

Driving to the West Side

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I needed a break — mostly from my daily life. I didn't want to be surrounded by the piles of paperwork at my desk, the growing mound of dirty laundry and the urge to spend my entire Saturday watching reruns of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." So we got into the car and, like adventurers, headed west.

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