A February 2005 trip
to Honolulu by Beauchemin
Quote: We had been planning this trip for many years. We decided last year to take the step and take our dream vacation. We booked our accommodations a year in advance and were looking forward with great anticipation to our "Dream". Oahu and Maui were all we dreamed they would be.
A must is a trip to the Arizona, Pearl Harbor Memorial. It is a very somber place, and the people at the memorial are very helpful.
Take a walk to the Ala Moana Mall. They have a wonderful food court--very inexpensive and healthy food, as well as a lounge in the center of it. The shopping isn't too bad either! GREAT STORES!
Another place we enjoyed was a ride up to the Pipeline and seeing the tremendous waves. Another must is checking out all the beautiful beaches and the different-colored sand at each one.
Also, the sunsets are absolutely beautiful, so take the time to enjoy them!
Also, be sure to get the local newspaper--it is full of things to see and do!
The size of the room was acceptable, and storage space was abundant in the first room tower we were in. After being moved to the Rainbow Tower because we complained about the room, we couldn't even unpack all our clothes because there is little storage space.
They charge $3.25 for the coffee in the room, $20 for each lounge chair, and $10 for a beach umbrella you want to use on the beach in front of the resort.
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 16, 2005
Hilton Hawaiian Village
2005 Kalia Rd.
Restaurant | "The Shorebird Broiler"
Then there is a huge salad bar with everything you can think of on it, including Hawaiian traditional food such as poi, etc.
Hawaiian music was playing in the background by a trio that got right into the festive atmosphere of the restaurant.
The food was very good (how can it not be, you cook it yourself), and the restaurant is right on Waikiki Beach, so the view of the sunset is just beyond description!
All in all, our experience here was A-1!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2005
Shore Bird Beach Broiler
2169 Kalia Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 922 2887
Restaurant | "Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab"
This restaurant has specials every day, and they are worth taking advantage of. I feasted on 1 1/2 pounds of snow crab legs and enjoyed every morsel! It was worth the work because the meat of the crablegs was sweat and needed no butter at all. The cost was $19.95, but you can get 1 lb. for $16.95.
My husband had the misoyaki salmon for $17.95, which is grilled fresh salmon marinated in their own miso teriyaki sauce. His meal was just as delicious as mine. We each had a Blue Hawaiian before dinner, and the bill, with tax, tip and appetizer, came to well under $100.
One of the things we noticed about this restaurant were the smiles on the faces of all who work there. They seem to truly enjoy their positions, and that comes across to the patrons! Everyone we spoke with seemed to be extremely satisfied with their meals and had the same impression of the restaurant and atmosphere that we did.
If you go to Oahu, this place is a must!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2005
Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab
580 North Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Restaurant | "Ala Moana Food Court"
I know this sounds a bit bizarre; however, the choices from the different areas ranged from curry to deli to ramen to traditional Hawaiian food and roast pork, chicken, or a mixed plate. All included two sides and were plentiful for less than $9 with a water or soda.
Also, there is a lounge in the center of the food court, and you can just sit there and have a drink and "people-watch". Each time we went to the mall, we made it a point to stop and eat at the food court--and there were times when we went there just to eat.
Also, they have a delicious ice cream stand and another stand that sells the most delicious warm macadamia nut cookies you can imagine.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2005
1585 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
+1 808 941 0555
We walked into the Pizza Round, and the relaxed "Pizza Parlor" atmosphere was refreshing. We ordered a Polynesian salad and a small Maui Waui Pizza, and they were both fantastic. The salad had different types of salad greens, together with pineapple, coconut, and a very nice Polynesian dressing--very light. The salad was very large also--enough for two to split.
The pizza had pineapple, onions, fresh tomatoes, and fresh vegetables. It, too, was large (even though we ordered a small one), and we had leftovers. The waitstaff is friendly, helpful, and always smiling the whole time we were there.
The whole check, along with tip and tax, came to approximately $28. This included a beer each!
This little place is a must and very highly recommended!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2005
Pizza Round Table
Hilton Hawaiian Village
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
North Providence, Rhode Island