Oahu Journals

Oahu on a True Budget

A December 2005 trip to Oahu by Wahine7_11

Makapuu Beach Photo, More Photos
Quote: How to enjoy enjoy Oahu on a true budget. Enjoying the sites and eating great food.

Oahu on a True Budget

Overview

Sea Life Park Photo,
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Oahu on a true budget... First of all, don't stay in a hotel; rent a vacation rental. Check out VRBO.com for rentals all around the island, not just Waikiki. Many condos in Waikiki also include parking during your stay making it worthwhile to rent a car, even if it's just for a few days to see more of this beautiful island. Take a drive to the West side of the island and check out the beautiful bays of the Ko Olina Resort. The next day take a drive to the North Shore of the island and enjoy the Sun, Surf And Turtles. Have lunch in Kahuku at one of the great Shrimp Trucks, but be prepared to stay in line for awhile. Then take a leisurely drive to the East shore, Windward Coast. Take in the beautiful sc...Read More

Marine Surf Waikiki Hotel

Hotel | "Marine Surf, Waikiki View Condos"

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Waikiki View Condos, Condo no. 1410 in the Marine Surf was fantastic, nicely decorated and in a great location. The best thing was the price. There was no way a hotel could have been as great a deal as this. The condo was well appointed with everything we needed: beach towels, chairs, and a kitchenette.As the condo was on one of the upper floors, it helped to keep the street noises at bay, but do remember you are in the city. Pick up a healthy breakfast at the fruit stand next door and enjoy a coffee from Starbucks only a block away or just make your own, in your great kitchenette. Don't worry about paying for expensive parking, it's included with unit. Enjoy your evenings knowing all the great r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Marine Surf Waikiki Hotel
364 Seaside Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
808-931-2422

Hula Grill

Restaurant

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The Hula Grill in Waikiki, at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel, has a fantastic deal every night of the week, from 4 to 6pm in their lounge. The deal is half price Mai Tai's and other Tropical cocktails, as well as half price appetizers and other meals. We have frequented this restaurant often over past few years, and always had great food and great service. We love to sit down enjoy Hawaii's best Mai Tai, with some great pupu's (appetizers/snacks), and a beautiful Waikiki sunset.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

Hula Grill
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Hotel
Oahu, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-6636

Polynesian Cultural Center

Attraction | "Polynesian Cultural Centre"

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If you must be a tacky tourist, then you may have to visit the Polynesian Cultural Centre. I myself have been there twice, once many years ago and again recently. I personally don't think it's worth the money to buy one of their overpriced Show & Meal packages. You are better off visiting in the afternoon and looking around, then finding your own delicious restaurant to eat at, or, better yet, go to one of the Shrimp Trucks up the road and then see a Polynesian dance show for free on the beach boardwalk in Waikiki.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

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

International Market Place

Attraction | "KV Jewelry, International Market Place"

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If you want to buy some beautiful Hawaiian inspired jewelry, stop by KV Jewelry stand in the International Marketplace. I have been a customer there for 10 years, and have always had great service and found quality merchandise. Take home a beautiful Hawaiian Heirloom piece of jewelry and treasure it forever or just pick up some Puka Shell necklaces to give to friends. Shopping in the Marketplace is a gem in itself, enjoy the experience, it may not be around much longer.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 16, 2006

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

Makapu'u Beach Photo,
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Everyone always asks me why I love Oahu so much, and why do you want to go to Waikiki? Well, first thing, just because I'm going to Oahu doesn't mean that I am going to Waikiki. I have often visited the island without staying in Waikiki, but if you want to have many dining, accomodation, and transportation options, it might be your best bet. I personally would rather stay there for a few days, then move to another part of the island. Some things you shouldn't miss when going:1. Aloha Stadium Flea Market, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. The most amazing bang for the buck, do not buy anything until you've been there first.2. Hula Grill, Happy hour from 4 to 6pm, Fantastic Mai Tai's ...Read More