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A January 1985 trip to Honolulu by panda2

Polynesian Sunset Dinner Cruise Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
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HNL

Overview

Queen Kapiolani Garden Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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All the following places are accessible via TheBus: Ala Moana Shopping Center, Aloha Stadium and Flea Market, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Chinatown and Chinatown Cultural Plaza Shopping Center, Dole Cannery Square, Dole Plantation, Hilo Hattie Fashion Center, Kahala Mall Shopping Center, Kam Super Swap Meet, Maui Divers' Jewelry Design Center, Pearlridge Center and Pearl Kai Shopping Center, RainBowTique - University of Hawaii, Reyn's, Victoria Ward Center, Waikele Center and Waikele Premium Outlets, Windward Mall, International Marketplace, Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial, Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii Children's Discovery Center, Hawaiian Waters Ad...Read More

YMCA Branch Ala Moana Hotel

Hotel | "YMCA - Central Branch"

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YMCA - Central Branchoffers alternative accommodations on a walk-in basis, and they don’t take reservations. It’s best to show up at 10am to get a room as people check out or pay to extend their stay. Rooms are without air conditioning, available for both women and men. There is an outside pool, four racquetball courts, a sauna, and a gym. Single room with a shared shower for men only is $35/night while a single room with a private shower is $59/night. Inquire about a weekly rate for a better price.The room was pretty bare, with a twin bed with springs that squeaked and a TV. There were shower facilities down the hallw...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

YMCA Branch Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 944-6823

Ala Moana Hotel

Hotel | "Ala Moana Hotel and Condomediums"

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Ala Moana Hotel, the room is decent, though upon a closer look, you can see the rust on the air conditioner was painted over, the bathroom door at the bottom was breaking apart due to the moisture. The bed was soft but supportive and comfortable to get a good night's sleep.Mini-coffee maker, iron, ironing board, data port, air conditioning has no thermostat control-only off, low, medium, high settings, mini fridge, small desk area, tv, clock radio, $0.75 for local calls, wi-fi access in lobby $6.95 for a 24 hour period, $24.95 for one month, internet kiosks $0.15/minute, $9/hour, $0.35 per printed page, digital room safe for use will incur a $3.50 d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2005

Ala Moana Hotel
410 Atkinson Dr.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 955-4811

Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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We found this bargain place through Lodging.com but probably won't be using their booking service again. I got confused getting an email from Loding.com from a booking I had already made months ago and thought I had made another booking, as the email didn't state the original booking date. It took some research to find this out. Plus, Lodging.com now has removed the search feature by nearby landmarks, making it less useful. We were issued card keys that didn't work, then the entrance lock was converted and changed, so we had to go back to the desk to get new card keys issued. The room was decent and clean, but it was d...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 20, 2005

Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki
175 Paoakalani Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
808-922-4671

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Patti's Chinese Kitchen is a popular Chinese food restaurant with fast table service. Queue up, get your food and pay, and then sit and eat.


It is located on the street level of the Ala Moana Shopping Center inside the Food Court.


Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

Patti's Chinese Kitchen
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 946-5002

Glowing Dragon

Restaurant

Glowing Dragon Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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We came by this Chinatown restaurant place by chance glimpsing through the window filled with Chinese customers in the evening about 7:30pm but were on our way the the symphony. We returned the following day for lunch, and it wasn't very busy at all. We ordered a shredded sharkfin with crabmeat soup $5.95, egg rolls $4.95, a beef dish prepared French style $9.95, steamed flounder with scallions and ginger $14.95, mango pudding $1.50. These were all choices spotted off the restaurant wall with the exception of the egg rolls and mango pudding. The soup and eggrolls were good; the beef dish my partner liked, but I found it way too salty, the fish a little overdone, but otherwise very go...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2005

Glowing Dragon
1023 Maunakea St
Honolulu, Hawaii
808/521-4492

Polynesian Sunset Dinner Cruise Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Polynesian Sunset Dinner Cruise offers a dinner cruise into the sunset. We purchased the Orchid package on board the Starlet for a three-course dinner with local entertainment.A Mai Tai (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) drink is included, as well as a taro root roll, which was stale; beef; chicken; mahimahi; vegetables; and rice in a small but satisfying portion. The entertainment was satisfying, as well.The Orchid Package was a good value for what we received: a decent meal with some good Polynesian local entertainment. I don't know if I would've been any happier spending more for a dinner cruise. I was quite pleased for the money and time spe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2006

Polynesian Sunset Dinner Cruise
Aloha Tower Marketplace
Honolulu, Hawaii
(907) 983-7827

Jose's Restaurante Mexicana and Cantina

Restaurant | "Jose's Cafe & Cantina"

Jose's Restaurante Mexicana and Cantina Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Jose's Cafe & Cantina is just one of several places to dine on Restaurant Row, where the inexpensive $1 movie house shows older movies. Some of the other places were booked or more expensive.

The Mahi Mahi De Le Cruz $16, the fish was fresh and flavorful, was simply tasty and delicious and our best choice of anything else ordered here, worth a trip over here just to taste this dish. The Sopa was too peppery and crab burrito were alright but not great. Atmosphere and service were alright, outdoor seating available. Credit cards accepted.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Jose's Restaurante Mexicana and Cantina
500 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
+1 808 528 3859

Eggs 'N Things

Restaurant

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Eggs 'n Things is a busy breakfast restaurant with a very sizable Japanese clientele. There's also a menu printed in Japanese. When there's a wait out the door, which was frequent, give your name at the counter and you're given a pager, which will alert you when your table is ready. The coffee was so awful my partner asked that it be taken away, and it was removed from the bill. I had ordered a omelet off of the white board without the green onions and asked for mozzarella cheese. The order had no onions but had a different cheese than what I had ordered. It took a long time for the orde...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Eggs 'N Things
1911 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 949-0820

Cheeseburger Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Cheeseburger Waikiki is a 24-hour burger joint where some of the staff wears a grass skirts. The cheesburger here was all right but not outstanding, as they would like you to believe. There's outdoor seating, weather permitting. One of the menu choices is a cheeseburger and a T-shirt for $20.

There was a T-shirt design they had on display that I wanted to purchase, but I was told a new shipment would be there in a couple of days. So I went back to get one, but none was in stock, and they were hesitant to ship me one, as they didn't know when or if they would get restocked, so they refunded my money.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

Cheeseburger Waikiki
1945 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 941-2400

Assaggio's

Restaurant

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Assaggio's, an Italian restaurant, is one of the finer restaurants, with a white-tablecloth atmosphere. The special of the day was good and the Italian sausage & peppers with potato, the fresh fruit with rum sauce and whip cream, and the fresh hot bread provided at the table were excellent. It is spacious, though can get loud with a full crowd, and the service mostly good. It's a great place to take a date or for special occasions, business meal, or just to splurge a little. They also will sell deli items to take home: homemade bread, rigatoni, homemade Italian sausage $8/pd or meatballs, marinara meatless tomato sauce, fettuccine, and linguine. Credit cards are accepted. Their sausage ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Assaggio's
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
+1 808 942 3446

Wolfgang Puck Express Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Wolfgang Puck Express has a more limited menu from their regular larger restaurant chain. The breakfast pizza included choices with salmon or applewood smoked bacon. A pager is given to signal when your order is ready. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Credit cards are accepted. The food quality is good, but the quantity left us satisfied but not feeling full, wanting more elsewhere.

Breakfast 8am-10:30am, regular menu 10:30am-10pm

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Wolfgang Puck Express
2570 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 931-6226

Lulu’s Surf Club

Restaurant

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Lulu’s Surf Club is a 24-hour restaurant with breakfast from 2am to 11am and a lunch and dinner menu from 11am to 2am. We came here on a sponsored event, and the drinks and food here were very good. They serve American and local dishes here. Items like eggs Benedict or a fresh fish omelet are available for breakfast, and an order of ribs is available after 5pm.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Lulu’s Surf Club
2589 Kalakaua
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 926-5222

Hula's Bar and Lei Stand Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Hula's Bar and Lei Stand, a once popular gay disco at Kalaimoku Street and Kuhio Avenue, had a large dance floor and outdoor area. It closed and reopened at its current location, which is all enclosed, with views of Kapiolani Park, Diamond Head, and the Pacific Ocean. The windows are removed during the daytime so winds can circulate around the bar. My partner likes their local beer Mehana. I visited its new location, it's better going there in the daytime where the music is more pleasant and low keyed, at night I didn't care for the loud music selection, there were unappealing second rate male strippers that would have been better if they didn't even...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

Hula's Bar and Lei Stand
134 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-0669

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International Market Place has shops and artisan stands in an open-air setting. There is an International Food Court that has a variety of local and international cuisine and free Hawaiian entertainment 5 nights per week.


My last most recent visit was at night and it was too fake for me, a tourist trap. After being there for about fifteen minutes, I couldn't wait to get out of there fast enough.


Daily 10am to 10:30pm, 2330 Kalakaua Ave., next to Waikiki Town Center

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 971-2080

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Ala Moana Shopping Center is a commercially successful, popular, busy mall for the tourist as well as the local. Local attractions include the Visitor Information center, lockers, department stores, shops, services, the food court, and restaurants. This location also serves as one of the major bus transfer points so a lot of people go through here. A wi-fi freespot is located by the Apple store on the second level. Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 9pm, Sunday 10am to 7pm The bus: from Waikiki, nos. 8, 19, 20, 42 or 58; from North Shore, no. 52; and from the international airport, nos. 19 or 20. Take the Ala Moana Sh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 955-9517

Kodak Hula Show

Attraction

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The Kodak Huala Show had been going on since 1937. Photography was encouraged to promote film usage, but since digital photography is the norm, it's been discontinued. The performance was outdoors and by Hawaiian local dancers.

Performances were done Tuesday through Thursday at 10am, weather permitting, and lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

Kodak Hula Show
Waikiki Shell
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Polynesian Cultural Center

Attraction | "Polynesian Cultural Centre"

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The Polynesian Cultural Centre, very successfully ran by the Mormons, has over a hundred performances from 7 to 9pm. It is open Monday to Saturday except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and certain holidays. The parking lot opens at 9am; box office is open from 9am to 8pm; the Gateway Luncheon Buffet opens 11am; and island tours and cultural presentations begin at 12:30pm and close 6:30pm. Show-only (starting at $50) seating is farthest away from the stage, and you don’t get dinner. Dining options included the most popular Alii Luau (adult starting at $80, arrive by 5pm) and the Ambassador Menu Dinner served from 5 to 7pm. The Kamaaina Annual Pass, $29...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

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

Steam Works

Attraction

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Steam Works, now closed, was a gay men's bath sauna, with lockers or small cubicle rooms to rent and a dark play area. If I didn't have lodging, this would be a place to go (open 24 hours). It was a place where I could have fun, go out, have some food or see some scenery, come back to play, sleep, and shower.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2004

Steam Works
307 Lewers Street at Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii

Sea Life Park

Attraction

Sea Life Park Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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Sea Life Park is 15 miles from Waikiki, off Highway 72. It's a tourist attraction that includes a show performance of dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. People sitting near the front rows of the performance will get wet. There are various sea life areas in the park, including a reef tank, a sea turtle feeding area, and a penguin area. People may pay to participate in the feeding of penguins or in a underwater photo shoot. We were glad we didn't pay to feed the penguins. A gift shop and a restaurant are available. Daily 9am-5pm, credit cards accepted. Accessible by car or bus no...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Sea Life Park
41-202 Kalanianaole Highway
Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
(808) 259-2500

Bishop Museum

Attraction

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Bishop Museum offers a glimpse into Hawaiian history. We started very late and only covered Polynesian Hall, Hawaiian Hall, and Kāhili Room during our visit. You should start early, as this is a very large place. Visitors with mobility issues may be limited on what they may see. There is a planetarium with shows available.

Daily 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day. Credit cards accepted. Phone (808) 848-4148 or 847-3511. Adult $14.95.

Accessible by car or bus no. 2, 10- to 15-minute service, and allow about 45 minutes travel time. We came by taxi, which cost almost $20 during rush hour.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street
Oahu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 847-3511

Hawaii State Art Museum

Attraction | "Hawai'i State Art Museum"

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Hawai'i State Art Museum, located on the second floor, is funded by a 1% tax to provide the public with the arts. There are three galleries: the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, and the Sculpture Gallery. There was a screening of three short films shown continuously on DVD: I Scream, Floats & Sundays (2002), Kamea (2004), and Summer of the Serpent (2004). A T-shirt is available for a $20 donation.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm, free admission

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Hawaii State Art Museum
250 South Hotel St.
Honolulu, Hawaii
(808) 586-0900

Blaisdell Center

Attraction | "Blaisdell Center & Concert Hall"

Blaisdell Center Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Blaisdell Center & Concert Hall had an 8pm evening concert. We managed to get the cheapest tickets for the upper balcony walking up to the box office just minutes before the start of the performance.

Bus nos. 2 and 13, Route B

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Blaisdell Center
Department of Enterprise Services
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
+808 527-5400

Dole Cannery Signature Theatres

Attraction | "Dole Cannery Signature Theatres-18-Plex"

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Dole Cannery Signature Theatres-18-Plex has a nice setting (the old Dole Cannery was once here). Just the entrance setting sets the mind for a fun, enjoyable experience. Ventilation was very poor when someone badly burnt something and the lobby was extremely smoky as we were exiting from our movie. Costco and K-Mart are nearby should you be early for your feature. We arrived early so we went over to Costco to eat some of their food, browse and shop, and came back in time for the start of the movie.

Telephone: (808) 526-3456

TheBus nos. 19 or 20.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

Dole Cannery Signature Theatres
735B Iwilei Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii
+808-526-3456

Diamond Head State Monument Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Diamond Head State Monument, Hawaii's most famous landmark, got its name from early sailors of the late 1700s or early 1800s who  mistakenly thought that the glistening calcite crystals inside the tuff rocks were diamonds.This military property is opened to the public to enjoy the scenic view. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this hike. Bring a bottle of water, wear hiking boots or appropriate footwear, and do the hike either very early or in the late afternoon, especially on an overcast day, as it gets hot and there's no shade to rest along the trail.Use the restroom at the comfort station at the trailhead before you st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2006

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

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Aloha Tower Marketplace has its beginnings from September 1926, when the Aloha Clock Tower was completed as a lasting impression for arriving and departing passengers when travel was done entirely by sea, and mostly by stately liners of its day then. Housing the made in Germany largest clock in Hawaii, kept very accurate time. There's an observation deck for a view of the harbor open daily 9am-5pm, packages subject to a security search. Today it has shopping, entertainment, dining. I feel this has less foot traffic and a more subdued energy than the more commercially successful Ala Moana Shopping Center. It's a li...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Aloha Tower Marketplace
One Aloha Tower Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 528-5700

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Max's Gym/Men's Club is a place where men cruise each other, if it happens at all. There's a membership fee for 1 time or 6 months plus admission fee for a locker or a room (variable room rates), good for 6 hours. There's showers, steam area, sauna, lockers, an inaccurate weight scale by the lockers, private rooms without a locker or any way to secure any valuables, two video viewing areas, one for regular movies, the other is porn.

I've visited here but wouldn't recommend it. The facility was clean enough, but there was not much else going on. Save your money or come and get fleeced.

Open 24 hours, credit cards accepted, phone 808/951-8232

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 8, 2006

Kapiolani Park

Attraction | "Queen Kapiolani Garden"

Kapiolani Park Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Queen Kapiolani Garden, established in 1972 behind the Honolulu Zoo, was something we just came across during our walk to Diamond Head. We stopped here for a little bit to admire the scenery. There are some beautiful flowers here to admire, along with a few picnic tables. The Lokelani is native to Hawai'i.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2006

Kapiolani Park
Between the Zoo and Diamond Head
Honolulu, Hawaii

Makapuu Beach Park

Attraction | "Makapu'u Beach Park"

Makapuu Beach Park Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Makapu'u Beach Park has beautiful scenery that's good for bodysurfing, but check with a lifeguard on ocean conditions before going in. A fierce shore break, high surf, and strong undertow often occur in the winter months, which is dangerous for swimming.

Accessible by car or bus nos. 22 or 58.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 7, 2006

Makapuu Beach Park
Windward side of the Island
Honolulu, Hawaii

Michelangelo’s

Attraction

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Michelangelo’s has no cover. It's a gay men’s bar with a pool table, booths, a large TV, soft drinks for $2, well drinks, house wine, bottled premium beer for $3.75, bottled domestic beer for $3.25, somewhat smoky environment, and an older crowd.

Telephone: (808) 951-0008

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 5, 2006

Michelangelo’s
Eaton Square, 438 Hobron Ln.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
808-951-0008

Shirokiya

Attraction

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Shirokiya is a Japanese department store now locally owned after Japan's recent economy collapse forced them to change hands. There are things you can browse and purchase here from Japan, other than the electronics available elsewhere. Food stuffs can be seen freshly prepared, just as if you're in shops in Japan, with ingredients that may not be so readily available elsewhere. There's a Japanese buffet available here that isn't an all you can eat for a single price, it's charged by the items you placed on your tray. You pay at the cashier and find some seating in the dining area. It's a tiny little bit of Japanese commercial cu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Shirokiya
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
+1 808 973 9111

Napoleon's Bakery

Hotel | "Napoleon's"

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Napoleon's is a bakery that makes a coconut turnover I'd chase after, and it's best when it's fresh. They have other turnover flavors and desserts as well. These are available at their own small retail outlet right after entering Sears, on the street level near the post office, or at Foodland.
Their main location is 94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd., Waipahu, HI 96797, Telephone: (808)677-7710

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Napoleon's Bakery
94-1068 Ka Uka Blvd.
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
(808) 677-7710

P10A

Attraction

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P10A, a gay/bi men’s cruise place, $10 member, $15 non-member, three video screens, couches, stalls with plastic patio chairs, no shower facilities. It's not worth the time or money.

Monday-Thursday 6pm-6am, weekends 24 hours, Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

(808)942-8536

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Angles Waikiki

Attraction

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Angles Waikiki is a gay men's bar and pub that serves food and drinks. You see some transgender people here in the evening. No cover. Meet Sundays 11am for a catamaran cruise. They had some male strippers perform here and then mingle in the crowd afterwards for tips.

Daily 10am-2am

Information (808)923-1130, bar (808)926-9766

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Angles Waikiki
2256 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-1130

Fusion Waikiki

Attraction

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Fusion Waikiki is a gay establishment with dancing, shows, and a live disc jockey. Monday and Tuesday, karaoke, no cover, 10:30pm-1:30am; Fridays, drag show, Gender Bender Lip Gloss Revue at 9:30pm, and male strippers at midnight, $5 cover; Saturdays, drag show, Paper Doll Revue at 9:30pm, and male strippers at midnight, $5 cover.

Sunday-Thursday 10pm-4am, Friday-Saturday 8pm-4am

Telephone (808)924-2422

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Fusion Waikiki
2260 Kuhio Avenue, 2nd Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 924-2422

Ward Centre

Attraction

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Ward Centre is a four-block shopping complex with shops, restaurants, farmer's market, and a 16-screen cineplex. We came by here in the evening to browse.

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.

Management informationconference room booking: phone (808)591-8411, or fax (808)596-4919

security/lost items: (808)597-1172.

email vwardinfo@generalgrowth.com.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 591-8411

Ward Centre

Attraction | "Ward 16"

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Ward 16 is a 16-screen cineplex, part of the Ward Centre. Go up some stairs and an escalator to reach its entrance.

Telephone (808)593-3000

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Ward Centre
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 591-8411

Iolani Palace

Attraction

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Iolani Palace offers a glimpse through the residence of the last two monarchs of Hawai'i, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili`uokalani. You must wear booties over your shoes to protect the finished wood floors prior to entering the escorted tour. We were briefed by our guide as we walked through the palace. At one point he told us about the sadness of the queen at being placed in house arrest after her failed attempt to restore power to the Hawai'ian monarch from the big business interests of the day, much like what's happening of the world's citizens with large corporate interests of today, as our fate awa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Iolani Palace
364 South King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96804
(808) 522-0822

Costco

Attraction | "Costco Iwilei # 687"

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Iwilei Costco Iwelei is a membership warehouse shopping place within a 5-minute walk of the Dole Cannery Signature Theatre. We learned about this place from a security guard after inquiring about a place to eat nearby. At this particular location the food court is placed just outside of the membership warehouse, so anyone can queue-up the line to buy their food items there including pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, and soft drinks. I like it that we come here for some Costco food to eat, browse, and shop before the movie, and can take in the movie a short walk away. And browsing throu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 6, 2006

Costco
525 Alakawa Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(808) 526-6103

TheBus

Story/Tip

TheBus Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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TheBus is Honolulu's public bus transportation around the island. From the airport, take a # 19 or 20 to Waikiki. The last bus to Waikiki leaves the airport at 11:45pm on weekdays and at 11:15pm on weekends. Buses run about 20 minutes apart during the day and 30 minutes apart in the evenings, and the ride duration is about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The fare is $2 one way, and a transfer is issued at time the cash fare is paid, which is good for 2 hours. It is good for one use and must be handed in when boarding.There's also a 4-day pass for visitors for $20, which is available at ABC stores in Waikiki, the Ala Moana Shopping Cente...Read More
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HNL HonoluluInternational Airport consists of the Main Overseas Terminal, which serves most of the traffic, with shops, restaurants, a bank, and an ATM. This terminal serves gates 6-34; Makai Pier serves Gates 49-53; Interisland terminal serves gates 54-66 and has some shops, food, and an ATM; and the Commuter Terminal serves gates 71-80. There were shower and sleeping facilities available at the airport. My partner used them before continuing on with your flight. These services were eliminated due to security c...Read More
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The Dole
Pineapple Cannery Tour
allowed the public to observe the cannery operations and taste the pineapples being processed until the plant closing in 1993 and was converted to a retail and office complex. Exhibits and memorabilia in the shops help tell the Dole pineapple story.

The Shops at Dole Cannery, 650 Iwilei Rd, Honolulu, HI 96817, (808) 548-3711

Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm



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Hawai'i Convention Center located 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu serves as a draw for large business meetings. The place is quite impressive unless somethings go wrong, like running out of food for lunch attendees, or a keynote speaker started talking on the 1st floor and the overflow space to listen is on the fourth floor while an escalator fails and hundreds of the audience is backed up trying to reach the other floor. It was not a pretty sight.If you're attending an event here, a suggestion to stay at either the Ala Moana Hotel or the YMCA Central, both an easy, short five-minute walk, else you may have to deal with shuttle buses to get you to/fr...Read More

Chinatown

Story/Tip

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Chinatown looks roughly about the same passing through on a bus as I remembered it from years ago. This last time I actually stopped, walked around, shopped, and even visited a head shop and ate at a restaurant. It doesn't appear to be unsafe, as I thought it might be, though it still looks rather run down as it did years ago. It appears that not a lot of money has ever been invested here in this part of town. I couldn't choose which Chinese restaurant to try until after glancing in one restaurant filled with Chinese/Asian customers, then I knew it was the one I wanted to try. It was called Glowing Dragon.

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