Oahu Journals

Dreams of Oahu

A November 2002 trip to Oahu by bgarver

Quote: The continuing adventures of friends who escaped a drab Pennsylvania winter for warm, wonderful Hawaii. Please read my journal, "Dreams of the Big Island" first, to understand the characters involved in our adventures. Our first week was spent on the Big Island, and the second on Oahu.
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The accommodations were comfortable and clean. It wasn't a luxury hotel, but it had everything we needed: a nice room that fit three of us comfortably, a rooftop swimming pool, and convenient laundry facilities. Parking was available at the hotel for our rental car. The staff was very friendly. The location was great - very short walk to the beach and to restaurants and other Waikiki activities.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Waikiki Parkside
1850 Ala Moana Boulevard
Oahu, Hawaii
(800) 715-7666

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Well, I may be slightly prejudiced, because I am a big Don Ho fan. However, my traveling companions, who are not quite as obsessive as I am, absolutely loved the place, too. We ate there for dinner and/or lunch about four times over the course of the week. The prices were very reasonable, so we could afford to go there, and the food was FABULOUS! They have steak, seafood, Hawaiian cuisine, and everything else you can think of. They managed to satisfy the cravings of two vegetarians and one confirmed carnivore. You can sit at a table on the harbor and watch the boats go by, as you sip the amazing Suck 'Em Up Mai Tai's. The Tiny Bubbles Bar (located within the restaurant) is a great place ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 18, 2003

Don Ho's Island Grill
Aloha Tower Market Place
Oahu, Hawaii
(808) 528-0807

November 9, 2002

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We packed up in the morning, washed the car again, and drove to the airport. I was as sorry to say goodbye to the Lincoln as to the Big Island. The flight to Oahu was thankfully short, since there was a very smelly man sitting right in front of Lori. We arrived in Honolulu without incident, but were stymied briefly when we couldn’t remember which airline our friend Linda was coming in on. It was Lori’s turn to rent the car, so she chose a Subaru 4WD, a poor replacement for the gallant Lincoln. We finally figured out that Linda was arriving via Hawaiian Air. We picked her up and drove to the Waikiki Parkside. The hotel was clean and was undergoing renovations, which probably accounted for t...Read More

November 10, 2002

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I was in charge of creating the itinerary for the Oahu leg of the trip, so naturally, Sunday had to be Don Ho Day. Lori and I were up early, but Linda was a little difficult to get out of bed. Linda is definitely not a morning person. In college on weekends, I frequently had to wait until noon or 1:00 PM, if I wanted to go to breakfast with Linda. But we finally got her up, and she decided to go for a run. Lori went for a walk. I waited patiently for them to return. We were doing enough walking over the course of the day, without wasting time walking nowhere in particular just for the sake of walking. We went to breakfast at the Wailana Coffee Shop around the corner. It has the atmosphere of ...Read More

November 11, 2002

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This was Polynesian Day. Linda slept until 8:30am, and Lori and I went to Wailana’s without her. We returned and got her out of bed. Then Linda ran, while Lori walked, and I gave my fingers an extensive workout by checking my e-mail. We did a very brief drive-by of Senator Fong’s plantation. That is to say, Linda and I did the drive-by, while Lori wandered through the parking lot on a conference call. I don’t think I’ve mentioned how Lori didn’t actually leave her work at home, did I? The work calls for her frequently started before 6am, and continued off and on throughout the day until about 2 or 3pm. We drove on to Laie and got to the Polynesian Cultural Center just as it was opening ...Read More

November 12, 2002

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We began the day, as the others: trying to get Linda out of bed at a decent hour, followed by Linda and Lori engaging in physical exercise, then breakfast at Wailana’s. I can still taste the pancakes with the coconut syrup. Yum. Then we began Patriot’s Day and drove to Pearl Harbor. Linda wasn’t really thrilled about the prospect – she was more interested in beach time and relaxation. Lori and I told her that we had scheduled in free time for her between 2 and 3am each morning. If she chose to sleep at that time, that was certainly her prerogative. I told her it was her duty as an American to see Pearl Harbor, and that she could not leave Hawaii until she had. I wonder if Linda will wa...Read More

November 13, 2002

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This was Linda’s last day, and Lori and I didn’t want her to miss any of her remaining time in Hawaii. In a fit of brilliance, Lori turned the alarm clock ahead one hour. Instead of 7am, the clock read 8am. It worked like a charm. We woke Linda and simply pointed at the clock. She jumped out of bed with a big smile. She and Lori went for their morning walk/run, and she commented to Lori about how it seemed darker that morning! Lori responded with a nonsensical remark about tropical climates. Linda was oblivious. We went out to breakfast, then returned to the hotel and discussed our plans for the morning. It was then that we broke the news to Linda that we had an extra hour that day. She lau...Read More

November 14, 2002

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Lori and I were nearing the end of our vacation, the end of my money, and the end of our energy, so we christened this Slug Day. We ate breakfast and lunch at McDonald’s. In the morning, we drove to Waimea Falls Adventure Park, and walked around enjoying the flora and fauna. Lori thought the place was too manufactured and commercialized, but it was nothing like the Hilton Waikaloa (on the Big Island), so I don’t know what she was thinking! The park had a reconstruction of an ancient Hawaiian village, and it was there that I learned the ancient Hawaiians liked to eat young dog. Very disconcerting, but I’m sure that item was not on the menu at Don Ho’s Island Grill. From there, we took the long wa...Read More

November 15, 2002

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Friday was our Farewell to Lori Day. We had breakfast at Wailana’s so she could have coconut syrup for the last time. Lori wanted to go back to the perfect beach, but the weather was not great. It rained most of the day. And besides, there were still places we hadn’t been. At my insistence, we returned to Pearl Harbor and toured the U.S.S. Bowfin, a submarine with quarters so cramped, that I’m sure neither Lori nor I could live in it without killing someone. After that, we visited the Battleship Missouri, where the Japanese surrender was signed. It was pretty impressive. ...Read More

November 16, 2002

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Pool Day. I ate breakfast by myself at Wailana’s, got the rest of my film developed, washed clothes and read a Nelson DeMille book at the hotel pool. I managed to acquire a little bit of a tan without getting fried, and my last day in Hawaii passed quickly and quietly. I took the limousine service to the airport, and tried not to cry out in agony when I got on the plane. We took off and I watched the shoreline of Oahu get smaller and smaller as we soared through a perfect sunset. I was blessed with no one in the seat next to me, and managed to sleep for about an hour or so. Nine hours later, we landed in Chicago in 20-degree weather and on snow-covered runways, and I’ve been freezing cold ever s...Read More