Hawaii Journals

Hawaii in Style

A May 2007 trip to Hawaii by Phil P

Kahala Hotel & Resort Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: Honeymoon in Hawaii. Went all out for this one but well worth it!

Hawaii in Style

Overview

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My wife and I decided to go to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We wanted a place that offered both relaxation and adventure so we picked Hawaii. We visited the islands of Oahu (4 nights), Maui (4 nights) and the Big Island (3 nights). Since this was our honeymoon, we decided to go all out and get Ocean View Rooms at the Kahala Hotel on Oahu, the Four Seasons in Maui and the Four Seasons on the Big Island. Each island offered a different experience, each amazing yet unique. On our first day on each island, we usually just randomly drove around the island to take in the beauty without the pressures of time. This allowed us to truly see the islands and what they are like (A rental car is a must in Hawa...Read More

Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu

Hotel | "Four Seasons Hotel and Resort "

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This is an amazingly beautiful place to stay. The rooms are all bungalow style so you pretty much have your own apartment by the water. The grounds are beautiful and it includes a golf course. Our bungalow-style apartment was between the ocean and the 18th hole!

Everything on the resort is spaced out so you get to walk through the grounds to get to the lobby, or to the beach or restaurants.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Four Seasons Hualalai at Historic Ka'upulehu
72-100 Ka`upulehu Drive
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 325-8000

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Hotel | "Four Seasons Resort"

Four Seasons Maui Pool at Sunset Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Four Seasons Resort is located in Wailea, which is an area filled with luxury resorts, stores, and golf courses. The Four Seasons is a beautiful hotel where the lobby area is open aired, giving everyone access to the stunning pool area and the beach. Of the three hotels I stayed in while in Hawaii, I saw more of the other guests in this one. There were more people at the pool and beach. I guess many just stay at the resort, which offers everything you need for a great stay. There are some great restaurants there which over look the pool and beach. Among these are Spago, a Wolfgang Puck Restaurant and Ferraro's, which are great!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
3900 Wailea Alanui Drive
Maui, Hawaii 96753
(808) 874-8000

Kahala Hotel & Resort

Hotel | "The Kahala Hotel and Resort"

Kahala Hotel & Resort Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This hotel was, without a question, the best hotel where I have ever stayed. A truly magical experience. The staff were amazingly friendly, and they made us feel like royalty. The concierge had cards with driving directions to virtually everything on the island so that was super helpful. Our ocean-view room overlooked the Pacific Ocean. The pool included Dolphin Quest, where one could spend an hour playing with the dolphins, which live in the hotel's lagoon. The hotel's beach was great, exclusive to hotel guests so you feel like it's your own. Every morning, we had breakfast buffet at the hotel restaurant the Plumeria Beach House ($30 per person) which included some of the fr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Kahala Hotel & Resort
5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-5498
(808) 739-8853

Kahala Hotel & Resort Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Plumeria Beach House, located in the Kahala Hotel, provided some amazing beachside meals. We basically had breakfast there every morning before heading out. There is a buffet ($30), which includes omelettes, fruit, muffins, waffles, suasages, and many other breakfast foods in a beautiful relaxed setting. This was the perfect way to start our days on Oahu.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Plumeria Beach House
Kahala Hotel & Resort , 5000 Kahala Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
(808) 739-8888

Atlantis Adventures

Attraction | "Atlantis Submarine"

Atlantis Adventures Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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For those who don't want to scuba, the Atlantis Sub will take you to see the coral reefs out past Waikiki Beach. There are two subs which seat about 50-60 people. One is a little bigger than the other but go to the same place. You will take a 15-minute ferry ride from the pier outside the Hilton to the spot where the subs are. This ferry ride will allow to take some great shots of Waikiki beach as well as Diamond Head. After entering the subs, you sit in seats and facing a row of windows and head down 100 feet and the driver will take you past some coral reefs. We saw many fish, as well as sea turtles and even some sharks. Wear a shirt with red on it for some cool effects. You will be able to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Atlantis Adventures
1600 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(671) 649-5050

Diamond Head State Monument

Attraction | "Diamond Head"

Diamond Head State Monument Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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One morning, we decided to take the 45 minute (each way) hike up to the top of Diamond Head Crater. We parked the car for $5 at the entrance on Diamond Head Road and started to walk. The early part of the walk is a winding dirt path up the side of the mountain. The walk is not that steep but your are going in a constant incline so you may want to stop a few times on the way up. There are two steep staircases towards the top as well as some narrow corridors through the rock itself but the view at the top is completely worth it. You can see all of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach on one side and Koko Crater, which is 9 miles away.Our guidebook said you gain about 600 feet over 1 mile and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

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

La'ie Point Photo,
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On our first day in Hawaii, we decided to take our rented convertible and drive around the Island to take in what it had to offer. We did not have any particular destinations in mind but stopped at many places along the way as we passed them and read about them in our Oahu Revealed guide book. Since we were staying at the Kahala, which is on the south east tip of the island, we headed up the east coast along route 72 to 83 and then westward once we got to the North shore. We got to see many beautiful beaches as well as where people on Oahu live. We stopped at many lookout points along the way as well as the Polyneisan Cultural Center (which is basically a Polynesian Epcot Center) and t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Mauna Kea-Summit/Observatories

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Attraction | "Mauna Kea Summit Ride"

Mauna Kea-Summit/Observatories Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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This tour takes you to the top of Mauna Kea, 14,000 feet above sea level, where you enjoy the most amazing sunset you'll ever see. You are way above the clouds. This 8 hour trip was one of the highlights of the trip for me. We signed up for the tour and got picked up around 3pm near our hotel. The drive to the peak took about 3 hours with our guide, Shane, describing everything we passed from a military base to many large ranches located at the base of the mountain.At 9,000 feet, we stopped at a rest area for a half hour to have dinner, get our heavy winter jackets (it is about 30 degrees Farnheit at the peak) and gloves and get used to the elevation. Once this was done, we resumed to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Mauna Kea-Summit/Observatories
Saddle Road
Kona, Hawaii

Old Lahaina Luau

Attraction

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Being in Hawaii we had to do a Lu'au so we reserved a spot at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui. The town of Lahaina is in West Maui, about a half hour from the resorts in Wailea.

At the Luau, we got to experience Polynesian food (including a pig cooked underground), and a great performance of traditional Hawaiian dance and culture. Drinks are included in the admission.

The grounds are right off the shore so you have a beautiful view of the sea as you enjoy the festivities. The event is about 3 hours long and starts around sunset.

I would recommend getting to Lahaina a few hours before the Luau because Lahaina is a beautiful little seaside town with lots of art galleries and stores.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Old Lahaina Luau
1251 Front St.
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
(808) 667-1998

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Bowfin "

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This was an intense thing to see. Being on Oahu, we couldn't miss this. We get to Pearl Harbour and had to get a number since the memorial can only handle one tour at a time. Our tour was in about 45 minutes so we sat on some benches by the Harbour and waited. Once our tour number was called, we were taken into a theater and were shown a 20-minute video on the attack on Pearl Harbour before we were loaded onto a boat and taken to the memorial. The memorial was very powerful! It is the final resting place of 1000+ soldiers killed in the attack and you can see the USS Arizona in the water below you. A wall has the names of all the dead inscribed in it.Lots has already been written about ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

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

Road to Hana

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Attraction

Road to Hana Photo, Maui, Hawaii
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As we were planning our honeymoon, someone suggested we rent a convertible for Maui and definitely do the Road to Hana, and I am so glad we did! The Road to Hana is about a 60 mile drive through some of the most spectacular nature sights you will ever see. The windy (I read somewhere there are about 600 curves on the road) road takes you past amazing waterfalls, lush forestry and cliffside roads with some amazing views of the coast. It takes 3-4 hours to do the drive as you will want to stop many times along the way to see a waterfall or take a photo. Our blue guidebook, Maui Revealed, gave us great suggestion of places to stop along the way and take little trails to some amazing waterfalls th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 13, 2007

Road to Hana
Hana Highway
Maui, Hawaii