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Oahu - Enjoying Our Return

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An August 2009 trip to Oahu by MilwVon

Enjoying Island Beverages at Moose McGillicuddys Photo, Oahu, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: Oahu is the most developed of the Hawaiian Islands, with a real urban vibe. You don't need to go far, however, to enjoy the tropical paradise of sun and beaches. This was our first trip back since 12/05 using the timeshare that we own on Waikiki, as the perfect homebase.

Lots To See and Do

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Snorkeling at Sharks Cove Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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During our week on Oahu we enjoyed many activities, most of which I have written a review in this journal for. In addition to those fun things, I wanted to be sure to point out a couple of other things that you might want to do while visiting Honolulu and/or Waikiki.Of course, you cannot come to Hawaii and not take in at least a beach or two! On this trip we spent three or four afternoons at the beach. There are many different varieties of beaches, however, so you need to know what you want to get out of the experience.To get away from it all and to just relax, I would suggest the beaches around the four lagoons at Ko'Olina. Each of the four lagoons are a bit different with...Read More

Polynesian Cultural Center

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Attraction | "Mixed Feelings on This Top Hawaiian Attraction"

Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu
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The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is often on the "must do" lists when you come to Hawaii, and especially for Honolulu and/or Oahu. Having been to this island a couple of times in the past and having never done it, we felt we owed it to ourselves to plan a day around exploring the PCC.Without wanting to sound like a Hawaiian tourist snob, I must say that having been to Hawaii some six or eight times over the past decade, we felt this "top attraction" fell short of our expectations given all the hype it gets. It took me a while to figure out why, but once I did, it seemed more rationale than writing them off as just another tourist trap.They will tell you that first and for...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 1, 2009

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

Ali'i Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise

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Attraction | "Decent Evening Dinner and Entertainment"

Ali'i Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Roberts Hawaii is the largest provider of tours and activities on the Hawaiian Islands. On Oahu they offer several including day trips to the Polynesian Cultural Center (see http://www.igougo.com/review-r1364787-Mixed_Feelings_on_This_Top_Hawaiian_Attraction.html), Circle Island (road) trips and this "booze cruise" dining cruise aboard the Ali'i Kai Catamaran. While they like to promote this as the party boat and a "booze cruise" I will forewarn you that for your admission price ($74 adults/ $44 children ages 4 to 11), you will only receive one coupon and that is only good for draught beer, house wine, rail brand cocktails, soft drinks and/or juice. If you want to upgrade to a more trad...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 4, 2009

Ali'i Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise
Honolulu Harbor, Pier 5
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 539-9495

Chart House Honolulu

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Restaurant | "Billed as Hawaii's Finest Steaks & Seafood"

Chart House Honolulu Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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I don't know if they are "the finest" but they are certainly outstanding! Located right at the Ala Moana Marina, the open-air ambience is pleasant and inviting. We arrived just as the sun was setting and enjoyed our table that was in the middle of the restaurant, the second row from the large open windows. We were close enough to enjoy the tropical breeze without having our dining experience adversely affected.Their menu is a nice assortment of prime cuts of beef including prime rib and filet mignon. They also offer pork chops and chicken. But when you're in Hawaii, I think most would expect you look to the seafood that is available fresh on a daily basis. For us, coming to Hawaii is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

Chart House Honolulu
1765 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 941-6669

Kobe Japanese Steak House

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Restaurant | "Great Meal - Entertaining Too!"

Kobe Japanese Steak House Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Located near the tourist district of Waikiki, Kobe Steak House is a good dining choice for those looking for a nice meal with a wonderful atmosphere. We have done the tappanyaki style Japanese dining before, Benihana's being perhaps the most well known in the United States. Kobe's is true to the tradition and frankly, of all of them that we've enjoyed, it is difficult to really tell one from another. (Fujiyama's back home in Milwaukee is a local fave!)Patrons are seated in groups of eight around a flat grill "stage" where the chef will perform his magic as he prepares your meal. Wielding sharp knives as he slices and dices, the quality of the experience is largely dependent on how engag...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2009

Kobe Japanese Steak House
1841 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 941-4444

Moose McGillycuddy's Waikiki

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Restaurant | "Wonderful Value - Dining (and Drinking) Specials Daily"

Moose McGillycuddy's Waikiki Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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While in Waikiki, you cannot do better than Moose McGillycuddy's!!! (NOTE the correct spelling of the restaurant's name. I couldn't fix/change the auto fill on the template once I realized it was wrong.)After a long day at the beach, neither of us felt much like going out to dinner. After combing the discounts we brought with us, and all of the local tourist guides, we decided a burger and cocktail would be perfect . . . if only we could find something close to our timeshare. Moose's fit the bill perfectly.We had previously seen their coupons for buy one, get one free breakfast but didn't realize just how much promoting they did for dinner and happy hour. Happy hour here i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 3, 2009

Moose McGillycuddy's Waikiki
310 Lewers Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-0751

Lifetime in Hawaii

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Hotel | "Wonderful Location in the Heart of the Action"

Lifetime in Hawaii Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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If you are visiting Oahu and want to really emerge in the vibe of Waikiki, Lifetime in Hawaii is a great location. Admittedly not for everyone, especially if you're looking to get out of your normal city life and relax in the peaceful Hawaiian way of life. Here on Oahu, however, there is definitely a big city, urban feel.As you arrive at the Honolulu Airport, you will see the sky scrapers in the distance. You will know that this is a place of millions of people pretty quickly as you exit the airport whether by rental car, taxi or public transportation. Waikiki is probably about 10 miles from the airport but took a good 45 minutes to make the drive along on of Oahu's most fashionable s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 31, 2009

Lifetime in Hawaii
2240 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-5309