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Oahu - First stop in our 2 weeks Hawaii vacation

A February 2003 trip to Honolulu by vmwoo

Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu More Photos
Quote: Our two weeks Hawaii vacation started in Oahu on Feburary 28, 2003. We spent two full days visiting Polynesian Cultural Center, Pearl Harbour, Diamond Head and Waikiki beach. Then we flew out to Maui for 5 days followed by 7 nights in Kauai. We flew back to Oahu from Kauai on the morning of March 14. Our flight to Toronto was an hour passed midnight. We spent the day at Ala Moana Mall doing last-minute shopping.

Oahu - First stop in our 2 weeks Hawaii vacation


Panaromic  view of Waikiki  Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Oahu is what the Hawaiian called the "Gathering Place" as most visitors flew in from oversea to its Honolulu International Airport. Our two weeks of vacations began and ended in Oahu. We spent three nights in Oahu, flew out to Maui, on to Kauai, and back to Oahu. Our best memories in Oahu include our visit to Polynesian Cultural Center on the north shore, walking along Waikiki beach at dawn, and hiking up the Diamond Head Crater. Quick Tips: There are three attractions to visit in the Pearl Harbor memorial area: the USS Bowfin submarine, USS Missouri battleship, and the Arizona Memorial. The Arizona Memorial is free of admission but not the other two. The most popular is o...Read More

Miramar at Waikiki

Hotel | "Miramar at Waikiki"

Miramar at Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
The hotel was well-situated and only one block away from the famous Waikiki beach. This hotel had a 3-star plus rating. We stayed on the 15th-floor. The room had 2 double beds, a generous sitting area, a big bathroom, and a balcony where we can see the Waikiki beach from a distance. The room was very clean and well-appointed. This hotel was probably the only one in Waikiki area that offers free breakfast. Surprisingly, the buffet type breakfast was very good with many selections. It had a typical American choices like bacon, eggs, sausages, and pancakes to Asian choices like noodles, rice, and congees. It also had lot of different variety of pastries and fresh fruits. We stron...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2003

Miramar at Waikiki
2345 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-2077

Polynesian Cultural Center

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Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu
The Polynesian Cultural Center offered 4 admission packages. Each package included admission and a buffet dinner. The difference between them were some with guide services and the buffet that it included. We brought the ALi'i Luau package which was the most popular. In addition, we brought the transportation between our hotel to the center. Visiting the center was a whole day excursion. It is open from noon to 9pm. There were 7 villages to visit. Each village had a daily scheduled show, spread throughout the afternoon. There was a spectacle "Canoe Pageant" in the midday. The Ali'i Luau dinner was at 5:30pm, then we attended the Horizons show at 7pm. The coach pick-up location was ri...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 22, 2003

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, Hawaii 96762
(808) 293-3333