Honolulu Journals

Fast Week in Honolulu

A July 2003 trip to Honolulu by Lorandi

Paradise Cove Luau Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: We had a frenzied but exciting trip to Honolulu, compliments of Burger King and AAFES.

Fast Week in Honolulu

Overview

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We spent 6 days on the glorious island of Oahu, and can't wait to return. The best way to see the island up close and personal is to rent a car and drive the perimeter. The car rental agencies give you a magazine with your car rental that has great maps for navigating the island, with point-of-interest stops as you go. Be prepared to spend, at the very least, one whole day, if not more, discovering Oahu. If you rent a convertible, be prepared to slather on the sunscreen, as the sun is fierce, even on cloudy days. We saw many a person with severe sunburns from driving about in convertibles. We made the mistake of having made reservations for a show the evening that we drove around the island. T...Read More

Hilton Hawaiian Village

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Hotel

Hilton Hawaiian Village Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a wonderful resort. They welcome you at check-in with a delicious pineapple beverage as you wait in line to register. Although the lines were long, they were very quick, efficient, and friendly when getting everyone their rooms. One hint: if you have Hilton Honors, you will get faster service. We know that now. They make your wait in line pleasurable at the very least. Very gracious staff and housekeeping. We had a room in the Tapa Tower that was wonderful and spacious. The room was listed as partial ocean view, but we considered it a lot of ocean view, along with a lot of city view. No matter which way we looked, we could see ocean or city. The hotel has several...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2003

Hilton Hawaiian Village
2005 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu 96815
(808) 949-4321

Wailana Coffee House

Restaurant | "Wailana's Cafe"

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This is the place to go if you are on a tight budget and want to experience Hawaiian coconut syrup. What a great way to start a day--pancakes or waffles with strawberries and coconut syrup. The place is open 24 hours and stays busy all the time, so be prepared to wait in line at times for a seat, although wait times never seemed to be for more than a few minutes. Great waitstaff and fast service.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2003

Wailana Coffee House
1860 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 955 1764

Paradise Cove Luau

Attraction

Paradise Cove Luau Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Luau was picture perfect. We could not have asked for a better first time Luau. The food was great and plentiful; the before-show entertainment was a lot of fun and most relaxing. The beach was beautiful, almost like heaven. The drinks at the entrance were much better than the ones at the bar, so be sure to ask your server to fix them the same way. There are a couple of different seatings and prices--as far as we are concerned, the most expensive, in the Royal Box, is the way to go. The view from the box is much better than the floor seats, and the perks are better. We signed up for the tour with Hawaii Activities.com, and they did a great job of entertaining us on the bus out and back. If...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2003

Paradise Cove Luau
92-1089 Ali'inui Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96707
(808) 842-5911

Don Ho Show

Attraction

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Although Don is getting up in age, it has in no way diminished his appeal to the crowd. We went for a dinner and show package that, although very nice, served food that was not that great. But I do have to say that Don more than made up for the not-so-good dinner. He put on a wonderful show that lasted a couple of hours, with a lot of his hits included. There was a very pretty hula dancer that joined him for a couple of songs, and several guests from the audience were called up, with quite a few of them being kids that had come to the show with family. It was a great way to spend an evening.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2003

Don Ho Show
2330 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 923 3981; +1

Society of Seven

Attraction | "Society of Seven Show"

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What a fantastic show. This was one great dinner and show combo that is a must to see. These young men have put together a variety show that is both funny and entertaining. If you go, get the dinner and show package that has the buffet at the hotel where they are performing--it has the best seats. And be sure and get there early enough so that you can get a good seat. The buffet is great, with enough variety to satisfy everyone.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2003

Society of Seven
2335 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-0711

Getting Married in Hawaii

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While we were on this Fast Week in Hawaii, we took the oportunity to get married. And we could not have found a better or more beautiful place to do it. Before we left for the trip we contacted, after searches on the internet, Affordable Weddings of Hawaii and the Dept. of Health. The folks at Affordable Weddings, were more than helpful and made everything seem effortless for us. They arranged everything, from the location that we picked out on down to the flowers. We decided to have the ceremony at Diamond Head State Park and it was the perfect setting with the ocean in the foreground and Diamond Head in the back. We went down to the Dept. of Health in person and with ju...Read More

About the Writer

Lorandi

Lorandi
Hemphill, Texas