December 12, 2004
The room was pretty bare, with a twin bed with springs that squeaked and a TV. There were shower facilities down the hallway. There was a restaurant that served breakfast, and I would order papaya each morning along with my breakfast – the papaya made it a more complete experience - tropical fruit in a tropical location setting.
I've revisited the restaurant where the ownership changed. I was able to get burnt eggs, Portugese sausage and rice for $3.50 plus tax from 8:30am-11am from a Vietnamese woman with an attitude, and no papaya, but frowns are free. This place is opened Monday-Saturday 8:30am-9:30pm or whenever she shows up. I thought she opened at 8am, the business card printed open 8:30am, It was open one day at 8:17am, another I waited till 8:45am before she showed up.
It's not exactly an ideal place to stay, but it is next to Ala Moana Shopping Center, five minute walk from the Hawai'i Convention Center, close enough to Waikiki and has a place to shower, sleep, and have a meal. It also offers a pool, gym, and sauna, free wifi in the lobby. Above all, for one person, it's easy on the pocketbook, and that's the bottom line.
TheBus # 19 or 20 will take you directly to here from the airport.
From journal HNL