One of our favorite things to do during our visits to Oahu is just relaxing and enjoying a drink in the afternoon.
Sometime after lunch and before dinner we will usually head to one of our favorite haunts and enjoy some yummy drinks. One of my favorite places is at the Pikake Terrace at the Hilton Princess Kuilani where I love their version of the Blue Hawaiian.
We also enjoy going to either at the Plantation Bar at the Hula Grill, the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider, or at the Dukes Canoe Club and Barefoot Bar.
Fondest memory: Sitting back with my babe and enjoying the beautiful weather with a great drink and awesome conversations.
Some of the filming of the current tv series called "Hawaii Five-O" are done on the premises of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The tv series is a "remake" of a popular show which was originally aired from 1968-1980 with the original cast members of of Jack London, Richard Denning, James McArthur and Kam Fong Chun. Most people will remember the catch phrase made famous by Jack London "Book-em Danno"
Throughout the property of the Hilton Hawaiian Village you'll see signs and advertisements about the show, so if you're lucky to be here during taping, you'll get to catch the hottest new cast members, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park.
Fondest memory: Unfortunately, we didn't see any of the cast members during our stay as the hotel was brimming with the upcoming Pro Bowl and I was so busy searching for players.
Maybe next time?!!
If you find yourself in Oahu on a Friday night, try to catch the freee weekly fireworks show on Waikiki beach presented by the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The fireworks show starts about 7:45 pm every Friday night and lasts about 10 minutes. It's a really nice display of fireworks and a good time to enjoy with a loved one.
During our recent stay we were able to enjoy a great display of fireworks from our balcony at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, unfortunately, my camera couldn't quite caption the great display lighting up the skies, hopefully next time I'll caption it as Ferni recently purchased for me a great new camera.
Fondest memory: Hanging out in our balcony enjoying a glass of wine with my babe while overlooking Waikiki Beach and enjoying the sky lighting up with wonderful fireworks display.
I've seen many beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, but you can find many breathtaking sunsets here on the island as well.
One of my favorite times to see a sunset is from the balcony of our hotel room with a nice glass of wine or Champagne.
It lends to the beginning of a wonderful romantic evening.
There are plenty of restaurants along Waikiki Beach that afford wonderful sunsets, as well as the beach itself.
When travelling with a kid in Hawaii, you must remember to have a car seat especially if you are renting a car.
Kapolei is nice and quiet because this is a town where most residents live. It is not touristsy town. If you go to the beaches here, you rarely see tourists. If there are, mostly, visitors visiting their own relatives who live in Kapolei.
The beaches' waves and current here are strong and most of the time, strong swimmers come here. There are warnings on the beaches.
You can rent a hotel in Honololu and just drive in Kapolei. It's not that far.
The Nuuanu Pali Lookout is a scenic lookout offering spectacular views of the Ko'olau mountains and areas of the windward coast including Kailua and Kaneohe. Several placards contain information regarding the history of the area and how the road was built.
To get to the lookout from Honolulu, drive up the Pali Highway (Route 61) and take the Nuuanu Pali Lookout exit on the right. When approaching from the Windward side, the turn-off to the lookout is about half a mile past the tunnels at the top of the hill. You can also include the lookout as one of many stop in a longer drive.
It can be windy at the lookout and temperatures are generally cooler than Honolulu by about 5 - 10 degrees (F), or 2 - 5 degrees (C).
Parking at the lookout is $3.00, payable at a kiosk in the lot.
When exiting the lookout it is important to keep in mind that there are two roads into the parking lot. If you exit on the same road you arrived on, then you will end up continuing the same direction on the Pali Highway. So if your intention is to return from where you came, then be sure to use the other road to exit. If you take the wrong exit, then you'll have to drive quite a way before being able to turn around to correct the error.
Place that I like is this
This unit is in a condo that's facing the ocean, right next to Hilton Hawaiian Village. Plenty of positive review.
If you are nervous of taking chance with individual property owner but want ocean view, you can try Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki ( http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60982-d87011-Reviews-Hawaii_Prince_Hotel-Honolulu_Oahu_Hawaii.html ). Some people complain about old/worn decor and small old CRT TV sets, but all the rooms there have full ocean view. NO such thing as garden/mountain/city view.
Ala Moana Hotel is less than $150/night. It's close to beach, but not on beach.
Ala Moana condo (individual rooms sold as condo to individual buyers) is also an option. Recently renovated. I understand that some rooms of the Ala Moana Hotel building were sold off as condos during the housing boom. The condos (actually rooms) are rented by individual owners, not the Hotel management. This actually turned out to be an issue as only 3 out of 4 property owner/manager never replied to my email inquiries re reservation. One did reply very promptly to my emails. You also need to watch out for room/cleaning service. It's separate from the charge for the room, and you need to order it in advance.
All of the above 3 options (actually 2 buildings) are close to Ala Moana Mall. You can get cheap meals in the food court. List of stores at Ala Moana Mall ( http://www.alamoanacenter.com/Stores/Alphabetical-Listing.aspx ). Longs Drugs (aka CVS) is there.
Also both locations are within walking distance to Hilton Hawaiian Village, which is actually a decent destination in itself. THey have nice gardens, penguins, restaurants that you can check. Driving there will cost you a few bucks due to parking fee.
Look into The Bus for transportation around the island and also the Waikiki Trolley (http://www.waikikitrolley.com/ ) that goes up and down the waikiki area. If you are there for 10 days, you probably can have a rental car for only half of the time? You could rent it when you arrive and than return it half way through. Maybe you (or one of you) can drive to airport to return the car and than take one of the hotel shuttles back to waikiki. Or return to a local place in Waikiki.
Lastly, check out McDonalds while there for breakfast. It's 'different'. :)
Fondest memory: weather. blue ocean
Next time check the internet first :)
A few years ago same thing happened to me, I thought hotel phone calls are just little expensive than regular rates and I was wrong big time. Learned my lesson and now use calling card or VoIP for international calls from Onesuite.
Fondest memory: There is nothing better in my opinion than having a beachfront room with a balcony. First off, the views are spectacular; there is no compare. Second, and my favorite is going to sleep with the balcony doors open with the sounds of the waves hitting the sand. It is truly one of my favorite things being lulled to sleep by the sound of the water. After such blissful sleep it's hard to go home and sleep without the ocean beneath our window.
Fondest memory: There is nothing more spectacular than a Rainbow in the sky. They always amaze me.... During our last visit to Hawaii we had several rainbows appear in the sky. One morning we had a double rainbow over the water as we sat on the veranda to eat breakfast; it made for a beautiful setting.
One of my favorite things during our last trip to Oahu was being able to relax at our hotel; The Moana Surfrider. They really know how to make guests comfortable and relax. ALong the front veranda were several rocking chairs. My wife and I spent some significant amounts of time relaxing here after our early morning beach strolls and after a night out. This peace and calm was perfect. We were able to relax with each other and talk of current and furture plans. I think it's very therapeutic rocking along in a chair in such a beautiful place such as Oahu.
We also enjoyed watching the people walk by and the early morning/late evening happenings.
Favorite thing: Here’s a piece of useless information. In case you’ve spotted large metal rings on the palm trees, all around Honolulu, this is not some kind of a local art (which was my first thought). I was told that this is the way to protect the trees from rats that simply climb up the massive trunk to either eat the fruit or cruelly destroy the wood.
The Islands had 7 Kings and 1 Queen, who also was the last monarch of Hawaii. 6 of therse kings were of Kamehameha lineage.
Kamehameha I - known as Kamehameha the Great was the king that united the Islands. The small exhibit at the Nuuanu Lookout Point tells the story of the last battle after which all the islands were united under one reign. He was also the only Hawaiian king to have children that succeeded him.
Kamehameha II - is mostly remembered for breaking the rules of the ancient “kapu” (taboo), he was the first Hawaiian that allowed men and women to dine in one room. This king’s legacy is depicted in the permanent exhibition at the Ali’iolani Hale in Honolulu.
Kamehameha III - the first Christian monarch of Hawaii he’s responsible for the first constitution of Hawaii and diplomatic relations with other countries. Kamehameha the third had no children, which brought him to the idea of establishing law that would allow kings to be elected!
Kamehameha IV - contributed a lot to education and healthcare, together with his wife – Queen Emma he established the Queen’s Medical Center which is the leading Hospital in Hawaii until nowadays. A lot can be learned about this king while visiting the Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.
Kamehameha V – this king’s name was biblical – Lot, even after he became the fifth Kamehameha he was still referred, by many, as Prince Lot. He’s responsible for building the Royal Hawaiian Hotel (nowadays Hawaii State Art Museum), Ali’iolani Ale, the State court house, and the Royal Mausoleum. Although contributing immensely to the architecture and development he left huge debts!
He didn’t have children, and was never married being separated from the love of his life at a very young age.
Lunalilo I – although part of the dynasty, he was not the direct Kamehameha and therefore was not named the Sixth. Lunalilo was an elected monarch that won his throne over David Kalakaua. He was very popular and known as the People’s King. Lunalilo is one of the two kings that is not buried at the Royal Mausoleum, demanding to find his resting place close to his people. He’s buried at the Kawaiahao Church (located by the Mission Houses). With death of Lunalilo the Kamehameha dynasty came to its end.
You will enjoy this lovely island as it is jammed pack with things to do. When you arrive to Oahu in the baggage claim area you will see many free for the taking brochures of things to do. They all have maps and coupons for your use. This will help you to see what there is to do that hold your interest.
If you go to Pearl Harbor arrive very early to ensure a short wait time to get in and note due to heighten security they do not allow anything in that cannot fit into your pockets.
You can also check out the Trolley system as well as the Bus. The trolley is a great way to get around and the red and blue lines are great for sightseeing and you can get on and off the trolley as much as you wish.
Aloha and enjoy your stay
Fondest memory: I will never forget how it feels off step off the airplane and into that beautiful soft tropical air. I have visited the islands countless times and it is always the same every time I travel to the islands.
Favorite thing: Just in case you're wondering why you have to fill in those agricultural forms when you're flying into Hawaii, it's to protect these fragile islands. Plants and animals introduced from elsewhere have wreaked ecological havoc on Hawaii, whose endemic life leads the world's endagered species lists. Evolving in isolation for nearly a million years, those plants and bird that made it to Hawaii were unchallenged for millenia and lost their adaptations associated with avoiding prey. Hence, the arrival of predacious species has challenged their survival. A perfect example is the nene, a Canadian goose that is now Hawaii's state bird, whose survival is threatened by the mongoose, because the goose no longer instinctively knows how to protect its eggs. In fact, the only island on which the nene population is growing is Kaua'i, which happens to be the only island to which the mongoose was not introduced.
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