Honolulu Journals

Honolulu Gateway to Hawaii

A May 2001 trip to Honolulu by AndrewL

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: I’ve visited Honolulu a number of times over the years, always at the start or end of a longer stay somewhere else in Hawaii. Despite never being my primary destination, I feel that there is quite a bit to see and do in Honolulu.

Honolulu Gateway to Hawaii

Overview

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Honolulu is the only place in Hawaii that has the big city feel, which is very different from what you will experience in the rest of Hawaii. From my standpoint, you go to Hawaii to escape the big city. Despite this Honolulu still has a quite to offer. There are quite a few beautiful beaches to enjoy. The most famous of these is Waikiki, which is right in the heart of Honolulu and is the center of activity. Even though it is quite crowded with tourists it is must visit. If you want to escape the crowds of the Waikiki there are a number of other less crowded and still beautiful beaches on other parts of Oahu. Just down the coast from Waikiki is the famous outline of Diamond Head. It is just a short dri...Read More

The Royal Hawaiian

Hotel | "Royal Hawaiian"

The Royal Hawaiian Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Royal Hawaiian is one of the oldest hotels in Hawaii. Despite its age, it is quite well maintained. It is also known as 'The Pink Palace' because it is painted entirely pink. The Royal Hawaiian is a nice contrast to some of the large resort hotels on Oahu. The Royal Hawaiian is by no means a small hotel, but it feels much more personalized than some of the other very large hotels in Waikiki. The hotel offers a sense of tranquility from the frantic pace of all the comings and goings in Waikiki. This is despite the fact that the hotel is right in the heart of Waikiki. The fact that you can still be in center Waikiki, but quickly escape to a place that feels like it is in Hawaii of a past era is the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

The Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-7311

Duke's Waikiki

Restaurant | "Duke's Canoe Club"

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I’ve actually eaten at a number of Duke’s restaurants in Hawaii and in Southern California. The Canoe Club in Waikiki is by far my favorite location. This is due primarily to the locations and atmosphere of this one. Duke’s Canoe Club is located is located right in the heart of Waikiki. You can actually walk right off the beach in to the bar. When we visited there was live music playing all day long and Duke’s was actually the center of attention, people spilling out from the bar on to the beach. All of this creates a fun beach party atmosphere during the day at Dukes. As the day turned to night the atmosphere turned a little more sedate, but still very fun. In addition the fun atmosph...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

Duke's Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Avenue At The Outrigger Waikiki
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-2268

The Royal Hawaiian

Hotel | "Sunday Brunch at the Royal Hawaiian"

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The Royal Hawaiian offers a fantastic spread for Sunday brunch, served on the patio over looking the beach. All of the food was fantastic and there was a wide variety to choose from. However, for me the view is equally impressive. You are practically on right on the beach. There is nothing quite as relaxing as sitting on the beach enjoying a great meal over looking one of the most famous beach view in the world.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

The Royal Hawaiian
2259 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-7311

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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Attraction | "Arizona Memorial"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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In my opinion, the Arizona Monument is a must stop on a visit to Honolulu. The again I am a bit of history buff. Still I think most people will find the trip here quite moving. Tickets are free on a first come first serve basis. So it is recommended that you arrive early. You will pick up your ticket from the front desk and be assigned a time to begin the tour. The later in the day the longer the waits usually until tickets run out for the day. After you begin the tour you see a short film on Pearl Harbor and World War II. After the film you board a boat to ride out to the memorial. The memorial is floating in the harbor above where the Arizona sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor. You can act...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 13, 2003

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