Sorry, folks, but it IS a tourist trap. I know this is going to offend a few, but somebody's gotta say it.
It's a rusting hulk, mostly invisible in murky water, or hidden by reflections off the water. If it were not for the huge turret mounts still sticking up out of the water, most of us wouldn't be able to tell that it is a ship at all.
At the end of the monument there is a big slab of stone with a bunch of names in it. Impressive, perhaps, if you're really into masonry or engraving, or if your uncle is listed there, but unimpressive for the average citizen.
And maybe we could send a diver down to plug the leak in the fuel tanks? The living aren't allowed to pollute the environment like that, why should the dead be allowed to do it?
And, last but not least, how about a bathroom on site?
If the old kidneys start acting up you can't just hang it over the side - that would be desecrating a grave. So you've got to wait until everybody is done and the tour boat gets back to the dock.
1000+ guys gave their lives here. It could be done a lot better in their memory.
PS: for you few hyper-patriots who want to send me email to complain about this review: don't bother. I'll just delete them.
The answer to speech that you don't agree with is more speech. If you think it is great, write your own review explaining why. ( And, when doing so, please, tell us why the fuel tank can take more leaks than a living person )
Unique Suggestions: Visit the bathroom before you go.
Fun Alternatives: Just next door is the submarine USS Bowfin. You can go inside and look around. It's fascinating.
Waikiki, and all of Honolulu for that matter, is a tourist trap. Do a half day circle tour of Oahu, and a trip to Pearl and then head for another island for real sights to see and souveniers that are meaningful.
Unique Suggestions: Definitely see Pearl Harbour, and head to the north side of Oahu - not as commercial and populated. In Waikiki, head to Hilton Hawaiian Village for interesting sites and shopping in a relaxing environment.
Fun Alternatives: If you have to have accomodations on Oahu, try to do a day trip or two to neighboring islands.
This is the only place that they want to sell
me a piece of glass for 135.00 and I take a couple steps away from them and the price is down to 100.00 and a few more steps it was 75.00 you get the picture, by the time I was 40 foot away they were chasing to the door telling me 15.00.
Unique Suggestions: try to remember your way out, once you are in there it twist and turns around and you dont
know which way is out.
This place is across from the Honolulu police
Dept (waikiki beach).
Fun Alternatives: learn to read chinese and japanese.
around waikiki almost everything is written
in one or the other.Even though it is in the u.s.a.
Just use your head.
Avoid commercial luaus; the food has been adjusted for the proverbial Mid-Western visitor.
Unique Suggestions: Accept the genre for what it is and just go with the flow. Also be happy that you are providing employment for a lot of local people.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative #1. Check newspapers for fundraiser ones by churches or hula groups. These are a lot more fun, although the food can be challenging.
Alternative #2. Great Hawaiian food is available at Ono's, 726 Kapahulu Avenue (long lines but worth the wait). It is heavy on carbohydrates and enthusiastically unapologetic about meat...be prepared!
Don't buy pot in Maui. I was told this from a kid that I picked up hitch hiking. I had only been in Maui for 1/2 an hour and I met him. He said that the locals don't want people buying or selling pot. He said that if I wanted pot I could find it free everywhere. He was right. If this is the reason you came to Maui you will be very happy to find that everyone on the beach will turn you on as if it were water. Best buzz in the entire world IMO.
Unique Suggestions: I was told that if I had to I could just park the car anywhere and follow my nose. I was also asked to only take what I needed and not more. Most secluded places that I parked I could smell the pungent order of Maui Wowie in the air. Proof that God loves us!
Fun Alternatives: If you are too lazy to go pick your own hang around the airport. I saw lots of people leaving that were just giving away their stash to people that were arriving.
While it may provide some basic pineapple facts, it's really all about getting you to their souvenir shop. There are some really interesting pineapple plants in the back, and real pineapple facts, though many tourists never really make it back there. A pineapple plant yields approximately 3 pineapples in it's life cycle ... one after about 18 months, then another 13 months later, and again 13 or so months later.
Unique Suggestions: If you find yourself at the Dole Plantation, be sure to go in the back to see different types of pineapple that can grow here on the islands. Also, for fun though there is a $5 fee (or 2@$5 if you have a coupon) visit the "maze" to the right of the store. From aerial, the maze is a picture of a pineapple, though there are no pineapples at all in the maze.
Fun Alternatives: If you're really into pineapples, stop by the "pineapple corner" just down the road that has a large variety of other pineapples, all marked where they originated from.
Those ABC stores that are on ever corner, in every hotel and pretty much anywhere it can fit in Hawaii is a big ripoff. Which is pretty much fine with everyone because they're usually in the heart of tourist central and the majority of people visiting are either rich, white people or rich japanese people so either way, they don't care paying $10 for a bag of Oreo's.
Americans are probably aware of this, but for many Europeans Waikiki is still synonymous for south pacific romance on a beautiful unspoilt beach.
Nothing could be further away from the truth. Like its mediterranean counterparts (Torremolinos, Lloret de Mar) Waikiki is a nightmarish beach resort full of ugly condo blocks made of concrete.
The beach must have been beautiful once, but now it´s totally spoilt and has the atmosphere of a public swimming pool.
Avoid this place like the plague!!!!
Unique Suggestions: If you really have to visit Waikiki (out of curiosity), have a cocktail in the beautiful Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the pink building on the beach.
The tour guide had ripped us off for making arrangement for us to travel with style in a limousine. We could see these cars only in Hollywood movies which are a very rare sight in my country. We paid US$25 per head for 2 ways to Hanuama Bay. The luxury car turn out to be no more than an oridinary taxi which can be found every where and charge US$5 per head single way back to town.
Fun Alternatives: Travel free and EZ, that's what America is all about = FREEDOM.
Moanalua Gardens - This 25 acre public garden has 2 streams, a taro patch, and ancient stone carvings.
Punchbowl Crater - In the center of the crater lies the National Cemetery of the Pacific, home to 25,000 victims of WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
Ride Around Horseback - This ranch offers well-trained horses that will take you on a unique tour of rural Oahu that starts at Waimanalo, about 30 minutes from Waikiki.
Sunset Dinner Cruise - Enjoy dinner on a catamaran, a yacht, or a larger ship.
Tiny Bubbles with Don Ho - He's still singing his Hawaiian torch love songs and is surprisingly entertaining. A night with Don is a good way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, or anniversary.
Valley of the Temples - The valley of the Temples is a replica of the Byodo-In temple in Japan. The grounds have peacocks, ponds, and a 9-ft Buddha.
Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet, near the Kualoa Ranch on the windward side of Oahu. Macadamia nuts (same packaged brand) are cheaper in the grocery stores, the macadamia nut candy is cheaper even in Waikiki. No educational or cultural features either, not even a macadamia nut tree.
When you break down the cost of your ticket, you'll find they charged you about $35 for that "mock" of a Hawaiian dinner! Be careful of the "shops" also, you KNOW you can get that same bag at WalMart pretty much cheaper!
Unique Suggestions: Okay okay ... while I think the price is a bit outrageous, I'll admit that some of the money generated from this center goes toward college for students at BYU. GO EARLY, and you'll learn about the cultures that form our old Hawaii. Stay for the night show ... the fire performers are worth it. There is also a canoe pageant and IMAX included on your ticket.
Fun Alternatives: We possess an annual pass, so each time we go, we just pay for dinner. Since I can't see paying $35 for dinner, we just go to McDonald's next door, order a meal, then head back for the show.
Alternative Luau's to go to are Germaine's Luau and Paradise Cove.
Staying in Waikiki all the time. Many tourists spend all their time in this money trap. Sure Waikiki is a great place to have fun, but there is too much more to see. Don't be afraid to branch out. I like to go here to walk around, run at the park, and go to clubs.
Didn't feel sucked in anywhere but aware of fact prices in some shops really expensive. International Marketplace(I loved and spent a lot of time in) but you need to check out lots of them. The ABC stores are great. Check all the car rental co's; if you didn't get a room with a lanai ask for one they will happily move you if they have one free; check out different sunset cruises variable pricing; lots of stalls offering daytrips here and there and depending on how safe you feel on your own, or orientated etc, the bus will take you to the same place for a minimal price.
The Polynesian Cultural Center - It was fun to see the different villages and see the shows throughout the day, and the nighttime show with the dancing and fire batons etc. was really awesome. But the whole place had a kind of cheesy feel to - and it was VERY expensive! The buffet-style luau made me feel like I was in a Hawaiian-themed resort in Vegas. We called the place the 'Luateria' because of the mess hall feel to it. The best part was watching my sister-in-law eat all our tiny plastic cups of poi.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
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