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Ideagirl Does the Pro Bowl

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A February 2005 trip to Honolulu by ideagirl

Waikiki from the air Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: What better way to wind down a chilly northern California winter than with a long weekend in Hawaii? Even football widows will get a kick out of this crowd—there is enough happening both in and out of the stadium to entertain even the most apathetic road warrior.

Ideagirl Does the Pro Bowl

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Overview

Waikiki from the air Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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I have known countless first-timers to Hawaii who head over to spend a long weekend and go to the Pro Bowl. Inevitably, they try to cram too many activities into a couple of days. Instead of relaxing and enjoying the aloha, they end up frazzled and sunburned and can't remember anything about that Pearl Harbor tour they took because they got up at 5am to squeeze it into their already overbooked itinerary. If you only have 2 or 3 days here, you'll have a lot more fun if you pick one or two things you want to see over the weekend and save the rest for next year. My favorite way to spend Pro Bowl weekend is just hanging around Waikiki beach. There are tons of activities, from movies on the beach to s...Read More

Park Shore Waikiki

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Hotel

Park Shore Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Ideally located across from world-famous Waikiki Beach on one side, and Honolulu Zoo on the other, the Park Shore has one of the only unobstructed views of Diamond Head on the hotel strip. It is also, in my opinion, the best deal in Waikiki. Having stayed here several times, I can only assume that the people who rate this hotel poorly are expecting a full-service resort for the price of a budget inn. Folks, that ain't gonna happen. The staff is friendly, the property is neatly kept, and the pool is beautiful. Yes, the rooms are smaller than other hotels on the beach. If a small room is going to bother you, then hike your fanny one block over to the Marriott and pay $400, because you won't be happy...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Park Shore Waikiki
2586 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-0411

Buffet

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Restaurant | "Buffet at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel"

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I'm not sure how to classify this dinner - it was a buffet in the sense that food was set out in a central location, and we were expected to fill our own plates, but that is pretty much where the similarities stopped. We waited 10 minutes for clean plates. Staff were huddled around the edges of the room with their phasers on "invisibility" (Note to staff: We could still see you). The combination of foods was nonsensical, as if someone's crazy aunt cleaned out her fridge. There were mashed potatoes, but with that weird crust buffet spuds get when they've sat out. There was no gravy, but there were random, bizarre vegetables that everyone pointedly avoided. The salad was brown and limp; toppings include...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Buffet
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-1941

NFL Pro Bowl

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Attraction | "The Pro Bowl 2005"

NFL Pro Bowl Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Sports fans will love doin' it island style - nobody, and I mean no sports fan in the country, tailgates like the Hawaiians do. These people have tailgate parties that come complete with costumes, full buffet lunches, live music, and commemorative T-shirts. The parking lot parties are more fun than the game, so get there early and make sure you wander around and join in the aloha spirit. If you drive, and want to participate, plan on bringing plenty of food and cold beer. Nobody is going to stop you from drinking it. Chairs are a good idea, too, unless you want to stand in the sun for two hours. Don't be surprised if your parking lot neighbor offers you a plate of grilled shrimp or a cold one - the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

NFL Pro Bowl
99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
+1 808 486 9555

Honolulu harbor Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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We rented a car the first time we stayed in Waikiki. It was a nice convenience, but when we started budgeting for our next trip to the area we realized there were very few things we really used the car for. The fact is, we used it more than we would have in another location because we had so much of our precious travel budget invested in it. In addition, rental agency insurance is an absolute must if you will be driving in Honolulu, which adds ten dollars a day to your bill. After you factor in parking fees of $10 - $20 a night, you have an investment of $400 or more for a seven day vacation. A friend of mine tried to cut the costs by omitting the insurance. She was hit by a driver who ran a red l...Read More
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Before we left on our most recent trip to Oahu, my favorite aunt told me, "This time you have to have a mai tai at the Royal Hawaiian. And don't drive - trust me, take a cab. And only have one! You'll be sorry if you have two!" She has mentioned the Mai Tai Bar to me before, and I always smiled politely and ignored her advice because I'm just not a mai tai kind of girl. In the soft air of the tropics, I prefer to imbibe Kona lager, or at worst, a cold Coors heavy. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is easy to miss if you never get off of Kalakaua Avenue. Now owned by Sheraton, the glorious pink landmark has been swallowed by construction that has completely hidden it from the street. New buildings ha...Read More