I'm staying in a tiny house that's in a row of three tiny houses, surrounded by giant apartment towers. The view isn't very nice, but the tall buildings keep it nice and cool -- it's shady and breezy all day long.
Before turning into Tourist Central, Waikiki was a swamp. Just north of my house is the 'Ala Wai', a drainage canal that runs the whole length of the nighborhood. It's full of fish, and sometimes fishermen (catching bait, it seems) and canoes.
And here's me leaning against a palm tree at the beach... (still 600 pages to go in the Count of Monte Cristo)
And a hilarious bush.