Honolulu Journals

Conference in Honolulu

An August 2005 trip to Honolulu by budgettravels1

Quote: August 2005 Conference to Hawaii: Time limited to pre- and post-conference activities, but as this was my first trip to Hawaii, I wanted to make the best of it!

Waikiki Gateway Hotel

Hotel | "Waikiki Gateway"

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In its current state, the hotel is nothing fancy - better than most super cheap mainland hotels. Rennovations are in progress and the 3rd floor's free business center is very nice (free Internet, pay for printing). If the rest of the hotel is to look like the 3rd floor, this will be a very nice place in terms of room quality when the rennovations are finished. The front desk staff was very friendly. Centrally located to shopping and restaurants around the corner and to the beach (just a few blocks away). There's about a 12-minute walk to the convention center allowing time for crossing the streets - less time if you walked faster or wanted to climb the stairs on the canal side of the convention c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2005

Waikiki Gateway Hotel
2070 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu 96815
(808) 955-3741

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial"

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Hint: Go as EARLY in the morning as you can! The bus stop is just outside the door of my hotel, but I never saw any bus schedules, so I waited a few minutes for bus no. 42 (at about 7:30am) - you need exact change for the $2 adult fare. After many stops and about an hour (now 8:30am), we arrived at the Arizona Memorial. The line was long, but it moved quickly. Hint: Take as little as possible with you, or plan to check your bags for $3 each - they are currently allowing nothing that could be concealing inside, and even small purses and camera bags are not allowed in. Cameras and water can go in. I was in group no. 15 and got my free ticket at about 9am for 11:15am tou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2005

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

Iolani Palace

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Attraction

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For me, it was a nice stop after the Arizona Memorial. There are several busses that stop just across the street - when I boarded the bus at the Arizona Memorial I asked for a transfer since I did not expect to spend that much time at the Palace. I did not make a reservation for the guided tour ($20), and the next tour was, of course, sold out. I did take the self-guided option ($6). I find the culture of Hawaii fascinating, as, being from the Midwest, we did not get that much exposure to it in school. The palace museum is very nicely put together and showcases events and lifestyles of the monarchy. The benefit of the guided tour is that you can see the interior of the palace and get the hist...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2005

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

Ala Moana Shopping Center

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Attraction

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I had been using "the bus" for my destinations this day and had no problems following the numbers and destinations, until I got to the shopping center. I needed to pick up a few things as gifts, and if I happened to find something for myself, even better. I found the shopping center confusing - as a veteran mall-goer, it was disconcerting. There is a staffed post office, so I was able to send a postcard to my mom with a local postmark (she likes these things). From the directory, I could not figure where the people could walk - it is one thing to figure out where the store is, but another to figure out how to get there. The mall felt dirty and dark to me. I really only found one store I came for...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 13, 2005

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

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