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Two Tickets to Paradise

A June 2006 trip to Honolulu by travellingdave

Kuhio Village Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: Summer trip to Hawaii, relaxing in Waikiki.

Two Tickets to Paradise

Overview

Honolulu Zoo Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Swimming in the beautiful, shielded swimming area of Kuhio Beach Park on Waikiki Beach, directly across from Jack in the Box. Free nightly Hula shows at 6:30pm. On certain days in the afternoon, the Royal Hawaiian Orchestra plays at Kuhio Beach Park for free, which can be a very entertaining show.Pearl Harbor is one of the United States' most meaningful and amazing sights. Plan to spend an afternoon here, at least.The Honolulu Zoo can be a welcome respite from the crowds, but can be claustrophobic and in reality is a bit too expensive for what you get.Quick Tips: Avoid peddlers trying to sell you free luau tickets and the like in exchange for a timeshare me...Read More

Kuhio Village

Hotel | "Aqua Kuhio Continental"

Kuhio Village Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Fairly standard Hawaiian budget accommodations, comfortable enough for their purposes. As this is Hawaii, don't expect too much from your hotel, as they are over-used and over-worn. Instead, just use the hotel to sleep and to store your luggage, spending as little time as possible in it.The building had some severe wear and tear in that the paint in the corridors was peeling, and wallpaper was peeling in the rooms. The walls had visible cracks and scuff marks in the corridors, and there was some denting in the doors from what appear to be kicks to the doors. The elevator was in disrepair, and smelled of urine. The rooms were generally in good shape with working AC and comfortable beds....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 10, 2006

Kuhio Village
2463 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 791-7171

Waikiki Resort Hotel Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This Korean Airlines-owned hotel does the job with large, spacious rooms and pleasant balconies with ocean view. Balconies include chairs to lounge on while enjoying the views. Rooms are clean and comfortable, with satellite television and ironing boards.The downside is that this hotel is all-smoking, and has no amenities other than a frigid rooftop pool. The pool was so cold I had to immediately retreat from it in fear I would catch a cold (it was less than 5 degrees Celsius). The hotel is frequented by prostitutes, but the management is cracking down on this. It is generally safe, however.Free bag was provided with stay, courtesy of Expedia Travel. Staff were friendly, but sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2006

Waikiki Resort Hotel
130 Liliuokalani Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-4911

Seaside Hawaiian Hostel

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Hotel

Seaside Hawaiian Hostel Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Seaside Hawaiian Hostel is a great little hostel located in the bustling center of Waikiki, only two blocks from the Pacific Ocean. Unlike the Lemon Road chain-of-hostels on Waikiki's eastern flanks, the Seaside Hostel caters to a more civilized, mature crowd (but still plenty young). While the other hostels may have the reputation of being somewhat rowdy, unclean, and drug-addled, this hostel has none of the above - it's a place for young people to get a comfortable night's sleep, be treated well, and have a ton of things to look forward to with each passing day of their stay.I spent three nights at this hostel, and was pleased to see the quality of their dorm rooms. The bunk beds, al...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 31, 2007

Seaside Hawaiian Hostel
419 Seaside Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 924-3303

Perry's Smorgy

Restaurant

Perry's Smorgy Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Perry's Smorgy is Honolulu's most famous budget buffet, serving up American specialties like carved turkey, prime rib, and roast beef, along with Hawaiian-Asian fusion dishes like Pineapple chow main and teryaki beef. All the papaya you-can-eat, along with dozens of other fruits, compliment the extensive salad bar. The dessert tray is equally as impressive, with endless arrays of ice cream choices, pastries, and even bear's claws.Drinks are bottomless, too. Drinks vary from typical soft drinks to exotic fruit mixtures. Try the iced tea here, it is especially good.Lunch prices start at $7.95 including drink, and go as high as $10.95 on evenings.The restau...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2006

Perry's Smorgy
250 Lewers St
Honolulu, 96815
+1 808 922 8814

Ezogiku Noodle Cafe

Restaurant | "Ezogiku"

Ezogiku Noodle Cafe Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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One of Honolulu's best Japanese ramen houses, serving up bowlfuls of hot, fresh noodles. Once you enter this establishment, it is as though you have entered another world. In typical Japanese fashion, small tables line the walls of the restaurant, with some stool seating near the windows, and a huge bar in the center, complete with stools around it. The chef stands behind the bar, filling your drink order and yelling your food order to the kitchen. Dozens of ramens are available, and all come with complimentary gyozas (Japanese dumplings). The food is excellent and the service even better. For my lunch, I had the wonton ramen, which was excellent, garnished with a piece of imitation crabmeat. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2006

Ezogiku Noodle Cafe
2146 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 926 8616

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Restaurant | "L&L Hawaiian Barbecue"

L&L Hawaiian BBQ Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Hawaii's premier Hawaiian fast food chain is the L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. This greasy Asian-infused fast food chain is very popular in Hawaii, and is now being expanded across the western United States.The menu is varied and enticing. With everything from poi (mashed taro root) to barbecue platters, to roasted pork, the menu has something for everyone. I ate here for the first time while recovering from food poisoning, so my stomach was pretty weak. The food was horrible. I ordered a barbecue platter. The plate consisted of tough strips of jerky covered in a sweet teriyaki sauce, served with rice and macaroni salad. I decided to give it another try a few days later - big mist...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
2280 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 924-7888

Honolulu Zoo

Attraction

Honolulu Zoo Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Honolulu's zoo is located east of Waikiki Beach in beautiful Kapiolani Park. This small zoo is home to many of Hawaii's indigenous animals, as well as some traditional zoo favorites like elephants and tigers.Although it isn't the best zoo in the country by any means, it does showcase a variety of local animals and does bide your time well if you are needing something to do. The zoo is best explored using the free map distributed by the visitor's center. Admission is $6 per person, including seniors. It's steep admission fee is hardly worth the admission, though, so be warned.Once you enter the zoo, begin your day by exploring the circle route, which will take you al...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 10, 2006

Honolulu Zoo
151 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 971-7171

Waikiki Beach

Attraction

Waikiki Beach Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Waikiki beach is one of Hawaii's most recognizable names, and is possibly the most famous beach in the world (to Americans).Stretching around 1.5 miles along the Pacific Ocean, Honolulu's treasure is a sight not to be missed, and an experience not to be squandered.Begin your visit by heading into any one of Honolulu's hundreds of ABC stores to pick up 1) beverages ($1), 2) a straw mat ($0.99), and 3) Pineapple slices ($2). The three necessities to a good day at the beach. Then, head over to Kalakaua Blvd. and walk along the beach until you find my vote for the best beach on Waikiki - Kuhio Beach Park.Once you enter Kuhio Beach Park, lay down your mat, get undressed, and jump in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2007

Waikiki Beach
Kalakaua Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 951 4088