Oahu Journals

Diamonds & Pearls - Oahu, Hawaii

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A February 2006 trip to Oahu by jenandfrank

Arizona Memorial Photo, More Photos
Quote: This island should not be discounted as a stop-over. Come see the sights, enjoy the culture, and ask yourself why you didn't come here sooner.

Pearl Harbor

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Arizona Memorial Photo,
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Pearl Harbor - (808)422-0561 or http://pearlharborsurvivorsonline.org/This is a remarkable memorial. It is the final resting place for over 1000 Americans who lost their lives when the US was attacked by Japan in 1941. Located on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base and maintained by the National Park Service, entrance into the facility is free. The museum/memorial maintains its structures by donations only. After entering, you are handed a number and are encouraged to walk around, take pictures and enjoy the calm setting that the museum has created for guests. When your (group) number is called the line moves into a movie theater where a short film (23 minutes) is shown. The film is narrated by Stocka...Read More

Halekulani Hotel

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Halekulani pool  Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Halekulani—2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, (808)923-2311, or www.halekulani.com.Halekulani or "House Benefiting Heaven" is located on Waikiki beach and has been open since 1984. This Leading Hotel of the World is nothing short of excellent. The front of this hotel is somewhat understated and located at the end of a very busy city street replete with noise, traffic and tourists. However, upon entering Halekulani you are transported to a world of beauty and tranquility. A few steps and the contrast is hard to believe. It almost seems like magic! The staff is attentive and helpful from the minute you pull up to the valet. The front has a covered...Read More

Fine Dining - Oahu

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Alan Wong's Dessert Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Orchids – 2199 Kalia Rd (Halekulani Hotel) Honolulu, (808) 923-2311Located in an open space within the Halekulani Hotel, towards the back (with ocean views). The tables are set apart allowing private conversation in a very tropical yet upscale environment. Everything is crisp white with views of Diamond Head. We were immediately greeted by last name and sat as if they had nothing to do that evening but serve us. We received a pumpkin cream cheese spread with bread flats and rolls as soon as we ordered. Orchids offers a 4 course chef selection; salad, soup of the day, a choice of filet mignon or onaga and a dessert. The cost of the chef selection is $53.00. This is a great value consider...Read More

Casual Dining - Oahu

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Kyoya Photo,
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Kyo-Ya—2057 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, (808)947-3911Located 5 minutes from Waikiki Beach/The Halekulani Hotel. Kyo-yo is widely considered the best Japanese restaurant (Tokyo style) in Honolulu. Chef Shizuo Tsubata has been in the kitchen 30 of the restaurant’s 32 years and has taught many of Honolulu’s other top Japanese chefs. The menu is extensive with many Kaikeke dinner options (complete dinner with many courses). All selections were listed in Japanese and English. However, unless you are an aficionado you will need some sort of an explanation because nothing had a description below it. Needless to say we became best friends with the waitress; we really needed her help. This was not B...Read More

Notes & Thoughts—Oahu

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Views of Honolulu Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Notes and Thoughts–OahuNorth Shore:Definitely worth a drive if for nothing else than a nice way to spend the afternoon. I highly recommend you pack water shoes and sneakers. Our main purpose for driving to the north shore was to see the crazy waves, the pipeline and maybe some talented surfers if we got lucky. We wore sandals and if that wasn’t stupid enough we left them in the car – assuming the walk would be all sand. IT’S NOT!! Its broken coral, broken shells, twigs, rocks, glass, etc.. and the closer you get to the better waves, the worse the ground gets. At one point I questioned if I even cared about the waves - that’s how much it hurt just walking there. Bottled water and sunta...Read More