The following morning, Wednesday morning, we met just before sunrise in the lobby of the Hale Koa,
Fortunately for us the daily congestion had not yet taken over the streets of Waikiki,
Hanauma Bay is a state park with a $7.50-per-peron entrance fee; however since we arrived before 7 am we didn't have to pay the fee.
And so at 6:30 am we tromped down to the beach, toting our snorkeling gear, which Maria had rented for us the day before from an outfit called Snorkel Bob's in Waikiki.
So I paddled back to shore and handed my snorkeling gear over to Tom so that he could go mingle with the beautiful fish. I then took over sitting on the beach and watching our stuff and letting everybody else enjoy watching the fish, which was fine by me.
When we arrived at Hanauma Bay at 6:30 am there was already a fair number of people on the beach.