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Oahu in Seven Full Days

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A May 2013 trip to Oahu by two cruisers

Sunset on Waikiki Photo, Oahu, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: This is our seventh trip to Oahu. Previously we did a lot of sampling of places to go and things to do. This trip we were showing our friend a mix of the best and none of the worst. We kept a good pace, but left time for individual preferences.

Worthy Repeats on Oahu-III

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Iolani Palace front lanai Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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This was my third trip to the Iolani Palace. Same old, same old? No! Each visit I have found that the preservationists have found more objects, restored more places and things to look like the era the Hawaiian Royalty lived here. King David Kalakaua built this version of the Iolani Palace after a smaller version started to crumble from decay. King David aka the "Merry Monarch" and his wife Queen Kapiolani lived here until his death. His sister Queen Lili’uokalani succeeded him. During her reign the monarchy was overthrown. She was forced to abdicate. The papers were signed in the Blue Room. After an uprising to restore her to the throne failed, Lili’uokalani was held prisoner in one of the upstairs b...Read More

Worthy Reapeats on Oahu-II

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Honolulu Museum of Art Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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The Honolulu Museum of Art, formerly the Honolulu Academy of Art, is a wonderful art gallery is located at 900 S, Beretania Street. Parking can sometimes be found on the streets surrounding and in a small parking lot. We got lucky and found a metered spot first in line on the side street. However, that meant Bill’s job became meter monitor while Marilyn and I went on a tour. He ran out of coins before we returned and barely let us get in the car before he was moving out into traffic. Consider parking a few blocks away at the Blaisdale Center, using the Bus system or hiring a cab. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 4:30. On Sunday it is open 1 to 5. Admission is $10 for adults and free f...Read More

Worthy Repeats on Oahu-I

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Chinese Society Building Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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There are five places we visited that were all new to Marilyn but repeat visits for Bill and MS. They are not on the usual list of tourist spots. I found them by reading magazines and searching the web. I hope this tip will help you find a new treasure on Oahu. They are worthy repeats for us. I will divide this unto three parts.Hawaiian Plantation Village is off the beaten path. At 94-695 Waipahu Street in the town of Waipahu. It helps to have a GPS system to find it, however they do have good signage once you get off the main highway. This town is on the west side of Pearl Harbor. We drove through industrial areas and some residential areas to get here. You aren’t in Waikiki anymore, that...Read More

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hang in there Gordon"

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This is one of the few ‘store fronts’ still open in the Aloha Tower Marketplace and it has been here since the beginning. Whenever we visited the Marketplace before there would be a lively crowd and a waiting line at Gordon’s. It still is a lively and crowded place. Most of the patrons want to sit outside with a view of the harbor. We sat inside and since we were out of the tropical sun I ordered a Mai Tai with my stir-fry for lunch. Bill and Marilyn had pop and burgers. They missed a good bet. Actually there were several items on the menu that tempted me such as Filet Mignon Sliders, Jambalaya, steaks and sandwiches and lighter fare, too. This is a chain restaurant, so if you can’t find it at the M...Read More

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Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
1 Aloha Tower Drive #1123
Honolulu, Oahu $zip
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Comparative Shopping at Oahu Malls

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The Aloha Tower Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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For years I have been advising friends headed to Oahu to by pass the Ala Moana Shopping Center in favor of the Aloha Tower Marketplace. My theory was based in part because the Marketplace has a terrific view of the harbor and for a free thrill you can take the elevator up the Aloha Tower for a panoramic view of Honolulu. Well those parts are still there, but many of the shops and restaurants we have patronized over the years are closed. The only good restaurant still in operation is Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. The shops that remain open are sad looking, and there aren’t many shoppers. We did pick up a real bargain on a koa wood and parchment lamp with honu design at 50% off. Perhaps you should...Read More

Another Fine Mix

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The Bishop Museum Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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On one day we did a combination of old and new experiences. (They were all new to Marilyn.) To start we arrived at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum just as they were opening, at 9:00 am. There is a lot to offer here and I do believe we could have stayed till closing at 5:00 pm. Admission was $20 for Adults, $17 for seniors and $15 for children 4-12. The building is at 1525 Bernice Street and was a little tricky for us to find even though we had been here before. I suspect our rented Garmin took us on an indirect root. Bernice Pauahi was the last remaining heir to the Kamehameha the Great. Besides an impressive portfolio of real estate holdings, she also inherited precious Ali’i possessions such as fea...Read More

A Sunday Walk along Kapiolani Park

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Banyan Trees Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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One of the joys of staying at Diamondhead side of Waikiki is Kapiolani Park. We planned a day of appreciation of what it offered there. We started out with a walk on the sea-walk along Queens Beach. It was a little early for sunbathers, but there were some folks practicing yoga, others securing picnic tables for family gatherings. We love to watch the ocean, and being from Iowa we don’t get many chances to do that. So we walked and chatted, watched the ocean and enjoyed the inland view of the banyan trees and other trees in the park. My friend had not heard of the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial. We stopped to check out this building on the National Register of Historic Places. It has fallen into di...Read More

Old Spaghetti Factory

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Restaurant | "Worth the wait."

Old Spaghetti Factory Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Finding a place to eat after 6:00pm one a Honolulu Saturday night is a challenge. We were tired from a long day of sightseeing. The three of us took a vote after shopping at the Ward Centers and Old Spaghetti Factory won. This is a chain of restaurants and we have eaten at the one in Minneapolis, so it was a know commodity. Located in the Ward Warehouse section on the second floor at 1050 Ala Moana Blvd, this restaurant is accessible by escalator, elevator or stairs. We arrived through the beautiful leaded glass entry doors to find the lobby full. We had a 45-minute wait to be seated. We were too tired and hungry to move on to another place. They suggested we wait at a table in the bar one floor up. ...Read More

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Old Spaghetti Factory
1050 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
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Circle Island Tour

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Koko Head Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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The drive is worth the time even if you don’t stop anywhere. Oahu’s scenery changes along the route from lush suburban neighborhoods to the stark barren slopes of Koko Head; from the cactus growing roadsides to mist shrouded Pali; from beautifully calm Kaneohe Bay to the high surf of Haniela; and from the huge pineapple fields flanked by two mountain chains to the congestion of the city.We always stop along the way. This trip we decided to pull off at an overlook East of Hawaii Kai. Kai is Hawaiian for sea. This bedroom community for Honolulu does embrace a long stretch of seashore and crawls up the palis. From the overlook we could also see the backside of Koko Head. This is the last acti...Read More

What to do on your first day.

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Aloha Suite bed and desk Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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If you have never been to Oahu, that first day is almost overwhelming. I advise that you don’t pre-book any tours or entertainments for that day. Usually we arrive by air to Honolulu in time for lunch. After picking up our rental car we opted for a fast food McDonalds’ stop on the way to Waikiki. I recommend you get a meal out of the way because the excitement of checking into the hotel and settling in can disrupt your blood sugar levels enormously. Don’t make yourself sick on your first day. If you jet lag going west it is important to immediately get on Hawaii time. Force yourself to stay up till your normal bedtime. Otherwise at 2:00 am….BINGO…your eyes snap open and that’s it for the night....Read More