Honolulu Journals

Hawaiian Interlude in Honolulu

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A March 2004 trip to Honolulu by SarahQSpano

Sailboat in Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: Honolulu in just two days--can it be done? We say yes, even if jetlag does get the better of you. Honolulu is a perfect spot to spend a few days getting into the Pacific groove.

Hawaiian Interlude in Honolulu

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Overview

Sailboat in Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Quite unfortunately for us, Hawaii was more of a stopover for us than a true destination (we were on our way to Australia), but we packed in as much in our 2 full days in Honolulu/Waikiki as we could!*** Slightly off-topic side note: Should you ever find yourself flying to the other side of the world, Hawaii is an excellent stopover point, and it often won't even cost you extra (as far as your flight is concerned, anyway) to spend a few days. It's a great way to break up a long flight, and an excellent way to justify a Hawaiian vacation! ***We spent a full afternoon/evening at the Polynesian Cultural Centre (North Shore, Oahu) and the rest of our time in and around Waikiki and ...Read More

Radisson Hotel Waikiki

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Hotel | "Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio"

Radisson Hotel Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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We stayed at the Radisson Prince Kuhio for 2 nights, and although the hotel itself is of average/good quality, the location is excellent, and we found that it was a good value.The Radisson Prince Kuhio is located in the heart of Waikiki, close to all the area attractions and just a couple of blocks from the beach. At first glance, it's just another giant, unattractive, boxy concrete hotel, typical of the Waikiki strip; inside, though, it's quite elegant, with a lovely lobby and public areas (which have been newly renovated since our stay!). The gardens on the hotel grounds are also quite nice, and provide a little haven from the "concrete jungle" feeling of the area.The hotel was q...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Radisson Hotel Waikiki
2500 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+808-922-0811

Cheeseburger In Paradise

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Restaurant

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Cheeseburger in Paradise definitely has one thing going for it - awesome location! Located across the street from Waikiki Beach, it has great laid-back rock n' roll atmosphere, but that's probably the last time you'll see the word great in this particular review. First, the particulars. Cheeseburger in Paradise (no longer owned by Jimmy Buffet, as the mainland versions of this restaurant are) is located on Kalakaua Avenue, between the Sheraton Moana Surfrider and Outrigger Waikiki.Cheeseburger In Paradise is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a full-service bar serving tropical drinks and ice-cold beer. Can't vouch for the bar, as we didn't have alcohol ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Cheeseburger In Paradise
2500 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-3731

Hilo Hattie Nimitz Flagship Store

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Attraction | "Hilo Hattie's"

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I can honestly say that Hilo Hatties was like no other store I've ever shopped in - truly, a one-of-a-kind experience. Their website (at www.hilohatties.com) touts it as "the largest retail source for Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle products." They aren't kidding.There are a number of locations on the various islands - two are located in Honolulu. There is a smaller "boutique" store in the Ala Moana Shopping Centre, and then the flagship store and manufacturing facility, which we spent a goodly portion of time exploring.If you're looking for Hawaiian...well, anything...this is the place to be. Souvenir shopping? Hilo Hatties can be your on...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

Hilo Hattie Nimitz Flagship Store
700 Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(615) 514-4456

Polynesian Cultural Center

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Attraction

Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu
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The Polynesian Cultural Centre is a strange but intriguing concept and is touted as Hawaii's most popular paid attraction.It was founded in the '60s by the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who also found a nearby university, Bringham Young Hawaii. The Centre is almost like a theme park, with seven mock ‘villages’ set on 42 acres of lush landscaped parkland. About 80% of the employees of the Centre are from one of the seven Polynesian cultures represented (Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Tahitian, Marquesan, and Maori) and are working at the park to subsidize their schooling at the university.We took a bus tour from Waikiki to the PCC (on the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2006

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

Waikiki Beach/Sunset

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Waikiki Beach is truly beautiful...and truly overrun with tourists; however, it is still worth spending some time enjoying the fantastic ocean view and taking it one of the spectacular sunsets.We spent a few hours on the beach during the afternoons: getting a little bit of sun, enjoying the view of Diamond Head, and watching the surfers catch waves. While it can feel cramped and crowded on the beach at times, there are many amenities available and lots of opportunities for eating and shopping close by. A stroll down Kalakaua Avenue (which runs parallel to the beach) will turn up many surf shops, restaurants, boutiques, and interesting places to take a break from the heat of a sunny afternoon...Read More