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Hectic Honolulu

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A November 1998 trip to Honolulu by slabeaume

Waikiki Beach Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: Hawaii is a place I use to dream about and think I'd never see! Seemed so far away and almost non-existant, except in dreams. Hard to believe anywhere could be so perfect! But I finally got to go and was not disappointed!

Hectic Honolulu

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Overview

Waikiki Beach Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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My sister and her husband joined us in Honolulu for what ended up being our only sister and husbands joint vacation. They had never been there either. Together we explored Waikiki, toured the island, went to luau, went shopping, snorkeled, dined, saw the Arizona Memorial, had a wonderful time. I'll never forget stepping off the plane and smelling the Plumeria blossoms! It was also the first time I'd been to an open air airport and found that wonderful with the gentle tropical breezes.Quick Tips: If you only have a week or less, spend the whole week on Oahu. Trying to island hop doesn't do any of the islands justice! There's too much to see and do in each one. Oahu is by far the mo...Read More

Maile Sky Court

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Hotel | "Ohana Maile Sky Court"

Maile Sky Court Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This was the hotel that was included in our package deal with TWA on our first trip to Hawaii. We were first struck by the beauty of the open air lobby. We asked at the counter if there were rooms with refridgerators and they offered us a larger room with a kitchenette for $20/night more (a studio style room). We accepted the offer and recommend it. It was not a resort, but we were still pleased with the accommodations. Our room was on the 33 floor facing Diamond Head mountain and we had a fantastic view of Waikiki and Diamond Head. It also had a TGIF restaurant in it which we enjoyed eating at. And, of course, an ABC store right across the street. It was a couple long blocks from Waikiki...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Maile Sky Court
2058 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
808-947-2828

Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk

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Hotel | "Marc Waikiki Royal Suites"

Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This is a small all-suite hotel with a friendly staff. It is an easy 1/2 block walk to the beach near Fort DeRussey Park. It's location is pretty good. It's just north of the main "drag" and has quick access to busses. The 1 bedroom suite consists of a large livingroom/kitchen area, a good sized bedroom with a king bed in it, and a nice sized bathroom with tub/shower combo. The kitchenette is small, but efficient. The bedroom has a sliding door to close it off from the livingroom area or can be left open for a more open layout. It didn't have a table in the room, but there was a deck attached to the livingroom with a plastic table and chair set on it. We brought them into the livingroom...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk
255 Beach Walk
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-3871

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel

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Hotel | "Marc Hawaiian Monarch Hotel"

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Now known as The Castel Hawaiian Monarch Hotel, it overlooks the Ala Wai Canal in Waikiki. The Convention Center is only a short walk along the canal. The Ala Moana Shopping Center, with more than 200 stores and restaurants, is also within walking distance. The rooms are nicely decorated in a tropical theme and offer views of the Pacific Ocean (from a distance), the Ali WAi canal (right below), or the Koolau Mountains (to the east). Our room had 1 queen bed, cable TV, A/C, in-room safe, and mini-refrigerators, as well as a nice bathroom. And there was ample free parking in its attached garage. There is a Denny's right across the street, which was very convenient, as well a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Hawaiian Monarch Hotel
444 NIU STREET
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
808-949-3911

Hale Koa Hotel

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Hotel | "Hale Koa"

Hale Koa Hotel Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Hale Koa is a military built and run hotel. This hotel is for people in, or retired from, or a family member of someone in the military, the Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, or Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or in the U.S. Department of Defense Civilians. Rates are determined by rank and room category -- better the view and higher rank, the more you pay. All the rooms are basically the same -- one king, two queen or two double beds with air-conditioning, the usual assortment of bathroom complimentary items, data ports, and a cooling cabinet for drinks. Most of the rooms also have a lanai. They are comfortable, clean, and nice...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2003

Hale Koa Hotel
2055 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 955-0555

The Imperial Waikiki

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Hotel | "The Imperial of Waikiki Vacation Club"

The Imperial Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Best Things Nearby:For a timeshare in the middle of Waikiki, this one is really nice. Its location is only a block from the beach and about two blocks from the main bus routes. Therefore, it's convenient to get to just about anywhere in Waikiki. Best Things About the Resort:If you're lucky enough to get an upper level koa room, you'll have a wonderful view of the ocean. If you rent a car, they have valet parking for $12 a day. That seemed like a lot, until we got there and checked a couple of the other lots. The owners lounge and spa are more nice features of this timeshare. The lounge is on the 26th floor. It is very large and has two computers in it -...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

The Imperial Waikiki
205 Lewers Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(800) 347-2582

Cheeseburger In Paradise

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Restaurant | "Cheeseburgers in Paradise"

Cheeseburger In Paradise Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Cheeseburger In Paradise is located on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and right accross from the beach. This is a fun, colorful place with great atmosphere. Along with lots of live plants throughout the restaurant, it also has lots of colorful wall hangings, statues with whimsical hats, and other interesting decorations. The background music is "beach-boy" type rock and roll. There's also outside seating. But we chose to sit in the cool, somewhat dim, air conditioned inside seating area. With a name like Cheeseburger in Paradise, you'ld expect there to be lots of different kinds of burgers---and there are. Even a pineapple one! But they also serve traditional breakfasts of eggs and panca...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Cheeseburger In Paradise
2500 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-3731

Bibas

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Restaurant

Bibas Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This large restaurant is on the ground level of the Maile Tower near the lobby of the Hale Koa. It has seating inside and outside. The outside seating area overlooks a large beautiful courtyard. The inside is dimly lit and air-conditioned -- a nice place to get out of the heat and bright sun for a while. Neither area was crowded the two times we ate here. Bibas is only open from 3-10pm and only serves dinner from 5-10pm. But they still have quite a selection of pizzas and sandwiches from 3-5pm. We got the pizza one day and really enjoyed it. The pizza reminded me of a thick crust buttered biscuit with lots of real cheese and fresh ingredients on it -- a rather different taste, but ver...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Bibas
2055 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
(808) 955-0555

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

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Attraction | "Hanauma Bay"

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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THis is where I snorkeled for the first time and absolutely fell in love with it! It's a fascinating and beautiful world underwater. Hanauma Bay Nature Park is one of the more popular recreational swimming, snorkeling and picnicing areas on O`ahu. The bay itself is legally designated as a State Underwater Park and Conservation District. It is home to approximately 420 species of tropical reef fish and is fully manned with City and County Lifeguards. The bay is the result of the ocean's breaching and incursion into two volcano craters. This beautiful place is ideal if you are a new or experienced SCUBA diver or snorkeler; or just for swimming. There are hiking trails with very pretty vistas a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
7455 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
(808) 396-4229

Roberts Hawaii

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Attraction | "Robert's Grand Circle Island Tour"

Roberts Hawaii Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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THis is a 120-mile tour around the island with many short stops along the way. The main stops were: Diamond Head Crater, Pali Lookout (very windy!), Kahala Estates (drive by some spectacular homes), Hanauma Bay (from above--a great look at the reefs through the water), Halona Point (Blow Hole--and beach were Mitzi Gayner washed that guy right out of her hair), Mormon Temple (impressive big white temple), North Shore surfing beaches (with impressive winter waves when we were there), Waimea Bay, Sugar cane & pineapple fields (Dole's old plantation with gift shop and variety of kinds of pineapples), Byodo-Inn (beautiful Buddhist Temple), Helemano Plantation and a no host lunch (at a Jack in the Box ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Roberts Hawaii
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
+1 808 539 9400;+1 8

Germaine's Luau

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Attraction

Germaine's Luau Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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We went here with a tour. The driver and guide made the ride fun with sing-a-longs and stories. Once we got there, there was someone to greet us and give us a shell leie, then take our picture (which they offered to sell to you on the bus ride back to WAikiki). There was about 30 minutes or so of free time then to wonder around before the ceremony of the luau started. Germaine's luau is an American-Hawaiian buffet. It begins with an interesting ceremonial unearthing of the roasted pig and honoring of the ancient Gods. THen, the pork was added to the buffet and everyone helped themselves. Included in the buffet is: the Kalua Pig (Roasted Pig), Poi (Taro Potato), Haupia (Coconut Pudding), Chi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Germaine's Luau
91119 Olai St
Waianae, Hawaii 96707
+1 808 949 6626

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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Attraction | "Pearl Harbor - USS Arizona Memorial"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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I consider this a must if you're in Honolulu. I didn't really want to go, but figured my husband ought to have a choice of something. But it was very moving and informative. Do go!!! The Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship USS Arizona and commemorates the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor where 1,177 crewmen were killed. The Memorial was dedicated in 1962, and became a National Park Service area in 1980. The Memorial consists of a shoreside visitor center (where the tours begin), and the Memorial located in Pearl Harbor. It's open 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week except New Years Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You will have to get a ticket upon arri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 422-0561

Roberts Hawaii

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Attraction | "City Tour and Arizona Memorial with Robert's Tours"

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This tour is suppose to take you to see Pearl Harbor and Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl National Cemetery of the Pacific, Iolani Palace, the State Capitol and Washington Place, King Kamehameha Statue , Kawaiahao Church and Mission Houses. It only stops at the Arizona Memorial and there you're given about 45 minutes to tour the museum and memorial on you own. The bus picks up from in front of various hotels between 6:45-7:05 AM and returns at approximately 11:15 AM. Although we had a great experience on the Robert's Island tour, we had a bad experience with the city/Memorial tour. The guide was not very informative and the bus was old with faulty air conditioning. The ride was so ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Roberts Hawaii
680 Iwilei Road, Suite 700
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
+1 808 539 9400;+1 8

Atlantis Submarines

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Attraction | "Atlantis Adventures Submarine Tour"

Atlantis Submarines Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The tour takes you one mile off-shore on the Atlantis Discovery shuttle-boat which offers sweeping views of Diamond Head and the famous Waikiki coastline. From the shuttle, you board the 64-passenger submarine or one of the two 48-passenger submarines where you will descend up to 100 feet to view coral reefs, marine life, two sunken ships, the remains of two airliners, Japanese artificial reef structures and the University of Hawaii’s reef enhancement project. Select tours provide narration in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. A multi-lingual tape deck is available on all tours. The inside of the submarine is comfortable with bench seats closely facing several windows. We were really amazed at the b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Atlantis Submarines
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 973 9811; +1

Byodo-In Temple

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Attraction | "Byodo-In"

Byodo-In Temple Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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Here is a replica of the 900-year-old Byodo-In Buddhist temple in Uji, Japan. The Temple is beautifully landscaped with traditional Japanese gardens and a 2-acre koi pond between the temple and the parking lot. Behind the temple is the foot of the mountain range. On your walk to the temple from the parking lot, you'll first go over a picturesque bridge. To the left of the bridge is a five foot, three ton brass Peace bell which, when you ring it, is suppose to cleanse your mind of evil and temptation. You're suppose to ring it once before entering the temple. You're also suppose to remove your shoes before you walk through the temple. Inside the temple, you'll find a 9 foot golden Buddha ove...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Byodo-In Temple
Valley of the Temples Memorial Park
Kahaluu, Hawaii 96744
+1 808 239 8811

Waikiki Beach

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Attraction

Waikiki Beach Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The image of Hawaii in many people's minds. It is a fascinating place to be. There is so much going on here that it can be overwhelming at times. But I'd take that to everyday life anytime! Not a pristine seaside paradise, but as one of the world’s greatest resort playgrounds, it’s irresistibly exciting. The summer months bring bigger surf to Waikiki. The water is usually calm and the surf ranges from 1-3 ft. There are occasional 4-6 ft swells. The winter months bring very calm conditions, and the surf is usually smaller; usually not rising above 2ft. A walk along this beach is a must! The views from the beach, piers, water, are all outstanding. You may not even find a reason ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2002

Waikiki Beach
Kalakaua Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 951 4088

Diamond Head State Monument

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Attraction | "Diamond Head Crater Hike"

Diamond Head State Monument Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Diamond Head State Monument is a tuff cone formed by subterranean explosions thousands of years ago. Long ago, Hawaiians used the summit for human sacrifices. In 1908 the United States built the trail to the summit as part of the U.S. Army Coastal Artillery defense system. It was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1968. Now it is open to the public as a hike that ends in an amazing view. If you take a bus there, it will drop you off near the tunnel going into the crater. If you drive in to the parking lot, there's a $5 day use/parking fee. I rated the level of difficulty here as beginner because of the good paths and steps. But there are hundreds of steps near the top that wi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Road And 18th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
808-587-0285