Honolulu Journals

Hawaii - Oahu and the Big Island, September 2007

A September 2007 trip to Honolulu by Karen and Terry

Quote: We visited both the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu and Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hotel | "Lagoon Tower in Waikiki and Bay Club at Waikoloa"

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The Lagoon Tower was very nice, new, clean, with a nice lobby with a small convenience store, decent prices for the location. Washer and dryer on your floor, no coins required. The pool was great, but very crowded, the walk to the beach was short, the beach was very nice.

The Bay Club at Waikoloa Village was also very nice, a little bit older, but well maintained. Washer and dryer in the condo was great. Pools were a bit small, but not crowded at all. The shuttle around the grounds was nice, it's very dark to walk around at night. The beach is a little ways away, but very nice also.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2007

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at Hilton Hawaiian Village
2003 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 949-4321

Ono Hawaiian Foods

Restaurant

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This place was recommended by the sushi chef at the Hilton Hawaiian Village when my husband asked about a truly local dining experience. It is just that. It is Hawaiian food, served by Hawaiian folks. Order the combination plate, don't be afraid to say your a tourist, they know you are, and they will show you how to eat the meal, explain the food, etc. It was delicious, and the $14 combo plate was enough for me and my husband for lunch after snorkeling that morning. We weren't drinking at that point, so I honestly don't recall if they served any alcohol or not.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2007

Ono Hawaiian Foods
726 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
(808) 737-2275

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Excursions / Tommy's Tours

Attraction | "Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay"

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Very nice beach, great reef, protected snorkeling, decent visibility. Highly recommended. Get there early before it's too crowded. If you are there before 7am, it's free, otherwise, it's $5 person. The walk down is fairly steep but not too bad, they do have a little shuttle, but we didn't ride it.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 19, 2007

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Excursions / Tommy's Tours
Hanauma Bay
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
+1 808 373 5060

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Drive north up the Kona side on Hwy 19, and get on Hwy 270. Continue north through Hawi, stop for coffee or ice cream or lunch or something in that cute town, then take Hwy 270 to the very end. Park in the lot, and hike down to the most beautiful beach you have ever seen. Black sand, nice big waves... Wear Tevas or Keens or some decent footwear as the trail is rocky, not too step but rocky for sure. Pick up a walking stick if you see one. Pack a lunch down, and stay for a while. No restrooms. On the way back, stop at the next beach park, not too far on the right, it started with a K. They have showers and restrooms.