Hawaii Journals

Oahu for Two

A January 2007 trip to Hawaii by britalo

Aloha! Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: My husband and I took a trip to Hawaii's Oahu to relax, rejuvenate, and spend some time away from diapers and sippy cups!

Oahu for Two

Overview

Aloha! Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
This trip was one in a million! It had everything we wanted: romance, adventure, sunshine, beaches, and good food. The surprise was what we weren't expecting...Aloha! We are familiar with the spirit of aloha because my husbands family is Hawaiian. We were not expecting to feel it in such a tourist hot spot though! We met a few locals and they were so helpful in giving us suggestions on where to go and eat and our hotel front desk was great too. We came home already planning our next trip back!Quick Tips: Find out things like sunrise and sunset times before you go. That way you'll be able to plan to catch great views from beautiful places. Have cash on hand...many places do not take credit car...Read More
Quote:
The hotel was under new management and was still getting small details worked out. Because it was newly re-opened we got a great deal online.The best thing about this hotel was the customer service. The people at the front desk were really helpful and excited about the places we were headed off to. They recognized us when we were coming and going and gave us "insider" tips on places to go and see. They were also really helpful in printing off directions for us each day.The hotel is old but we just wanted a safe and clean place to sleep and shower because we spent most of our time exploring Oahu. Each room has a private little balcony with chairs and we had a great view of some firework...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Aqua Waikiki Wave
2299 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 922-1262

Quote:
We went here our last night because my husband was craving a good hamburger and we knew Hard Rock would be good. It wasn't very crowded and the staff was nice. It was really familiar though so if you're looking for something authentic don't go here.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu
1837 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 955-7383

Ted's Bakery

Restaurant

Quote:
If you go, get the Hiapea Pie and the Carrot Cake! The Hiapea Pie is chocolaty and has a hint of coconut but just the flavor, no flakes. It is sooooo good!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Ted's Bakery
59-024 Kamehameha Highway
Sunset Beach, Haleiwa 96712
(808) 638-8207

Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
The restaurant is right on Sans Souci Beach and has a beautiful view of the ocean. If you get an early reservation (5:30pm) you will have a great view of the sunset. The food was really good but the atmosphere makes it a place to go. You dine outside under the branches of a Hau Tree. At dust they light tiki torches for added ambiance.

I suggest taking a light jacket. I get cold easily and the ocean breezes really chilled me!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant
2863 Kalakaua Ave at The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 921-7066

Ono's

Restaurant

Quote:
This is a sandwich shop on Kuhio that is open 24/7. It specializes in Philly Cheesesteaks. Don't eat here. The sandwiches had no flavor and were put together so fast that one end had no cheese and the other had too much. The bread wasn't very good either. It reminded me of a cheap hot dog bun. We took the sandwiches back to our hotel before we ate them or else we probably would have taken them back.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Ono's
2310 Kuhio Avenue #100
Waikiki, HI 96813

Kailua Beach Park

Attraction

Kailua Beach Park Photo, Kailua, Hawaii
Quote:
The sand was my favorite part about Kailua. It is powdery soft, white, and beautiful. It is so fine that is sticks all over you but it feels like flour! The water is your typical tropical paradise color...and the views up and down the coast are breath-taking. We were there during the high tourist season but we didn't think that it was overly crowded. There were also some kayaks and paddle boats to rent.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Kailua Beach Park
450 Kailua Road
East O'ahu, Kailua, Hawaii 96734
(808) 266-7652

Diamond Head State Monument

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Diamond Head State Monument Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
On our first morning on Oahu we took advantage of the 3 hour time difference and woke up early to hike Diamond Head before sunrise.I looked up the sunrise schedule before we got to Hawaii and we made sure to give ourselves enough time to hike to the top before the sunrise. The hike was not too difficult (we rarely hike) but there were a lot of stairs! The trail is paved and there are handrails were the stairs are.The very top was already crowded when we got up there, but we were able to see the sun come up over some other islands. There was a guided tour group and we stopped to listen for a few minutes to the guide talk about the views from the top.Definitely take a water bottl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Road And 18th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
808-587-0285

Sea Life Park

Attraction

Sea Life Park Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
Quote:
Sea Life Park has lots of local sea life: dolphins, seals, penguins, sea birds, turtles, etc.The park is located right on the ocean, and you have great views of Rabbit Island. We were there in January which is when the whales are migrating. We were able to see them out in the distance blowing water and splashing! It was really great!The park is great for families and there are places for little kids to play if they get bored waiting for shows to start. The animals put on great shows and the trainers are kind and funny.You can purchase packages that include interacting with some of the animals, although my husband and I did not. You can get in the water with stingrays as well as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Sea Life Park
41-202 Kalanianaole Highway
Waimanalo, Hawaii 96795
(808) 259-2500

Manoa Falls

Attraction

Manoa Falls Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
Quote:
We loved hiking to Manoa Falls! This is a rain forest area and the canopy of trees above your head is so beautiful. We felt like we had been dropped off the middle of Jungle Book! There is so much growth here and you can hear birds and animals up in the trees. Bamboo grows all over and there are flowers and vines everywhere!The hike is slippery so wear good sturdy shoes. Also, take water because you'll get thirsty climbing up to the waterfall.We weren't very impressed with the waterfall at the end of the trail, but the hike up there was amazing. We had hiked Diamond Head earlier in our trip and loved the contrast between the two. The hike isn't difficult and if you go early you probabl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Manoa Falls
end of Manoa Rd
Oahu, Hawaii 96822
(808) 988-0456

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
If you go to Oahu you have to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay! The bay is protected from large waves and the reef is just a few feet from the water's edge. The water here is shallow and crystal clear.There is a required informational movie that you view before you are allowed to snorkel. It tells you about how the bay was formed and about how to protect the fish and wildlife that you might see.You can rent snorkel gear of take your own. If you are new to snorkeling they suggest renting a "dry set" for $9 a person. They do not take credit cards so make sure you take enough cash. The nearest ATM is in Hawaii Kai, a few minutes drive from Hanauma Bay. You can also rent a locker fo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
7455 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
(808) 396-4229

Polynesian Cultural Center

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu
Quote:
This is an amazing place! The center is made up of smaller villages that represent the different islands of Polynesia. They include Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, New Zealand (Maori), Tonga, Fiji, and Tahiti. Each village has presentations and activities that teach about the life and culture of the people from there. For example, in the Hawaiian village you can learn to Hula, eat poi, and learn about the history of Hawaii.There is also a pageant that takes place on the river in the middle of the center. Each village is represented and dancers perform on the boats as they go by to live music.There is a luau that is included in some of the admission packages. Guests are given a fresh lei and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

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

Halona Blowhole

Attraction

Halona Blow Hole Photo, Hawaii, United States
Quote:
There is a hole in the rocks where the waves crash into. The water sprays up in the air and it looks like a whale blowing water out of it's blowhole. It is right off the highway and can be really crowded. This is a great spot to whale-watch in the winter.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2007

Halona Blowhole

Oahu, Hawaii

Sunset Beach Park

Attraction

Luke at Sunset Beach Photo, Hawaii, United States
Quote:
We got to the North Shore in the early evening but we were able to see some surfers just after a surf competition. There were lots of big waves! We went again on another day because a storm had blown through and we heard the waves were even bigger...they were, and we were amazed at how powerful they were. As we drove up the coast the waves became more and more intense!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

Sunset Beach Park
59-104 Kamehameha Highway
Oahu, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "USS Arizona Memorial"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
The morning that we went to Pearl Harbor was really somber. It was raining lightly which really added to the serious nature of the Memorial. We arrived early and were in the second group to go out the the USS Arizona.I was most surprised by how emotional I was during that morning. I have learned about the bombing before but it was so powerful to be there and to see survivors working there. The museum and kiosks tell stories about the men and women who were there and it was heartbreaking to read letters they sent to their loved ones. It was also very interesting to see their belongings and to compare them with the things we have today. The memorial is beautiful. It is very crowded but it is alw...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 15, 2007

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