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Dusty, since we are unable to do Diamond Head, where do you think we would get the best view and how is access? Round top or National Cemetery? Or are they both fairly easy and different enough that we should do both?

Hoping to do some sight seeing before the PCC. 2 Questions

There is a $88 package and a $120 package at the PCC. The more expensive one, I believe comes with a guide and better seats. Do you know if it is really worth this difference and if there is a time with the more expensive one that you have to be there by?

We'll leave the Hilton early hoping to see a few sights on the way. Which of the sites would be the most convenient to hit on this day? My thinking was, Round top dr/tantalus, National Cemetary or both, blow holes? Byodo Temple and see a beach or two.

Could you suggest the best timely way to include some sights on the way?

I was thinking of arriving at PCC about 12noon.

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1. Re: Question for Dusty

OP,

My sister paid the extra for the guided tour and found it AWEFUL. She said the guide was pushy and never let them truely soak in the sights and sounds.

The food was the same either way.

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2. Re: Question for Dusty

I've heard something similar in the past and wondering if it is true? So, trying to gain a little more insight.

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she was there dec 09

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4. Re: Question for Dusty

We were at Nat'l Cemetery & Roundtop both this last January. I was overwhelmed visiting the Nat'l Cemetery, but the view is by far the best from Roundtop, IHMO!

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The lookout from National Cemetery is nice. It is an easy walk up a sidewalk about 1 block from the parking area.

The lookout at Pu'u Ualakaa State Wayside off Round Top Drive (Tantalus) is as nice as the view from atop Diamond Head. Only 100 feet or so from the parking area.

Do both. Though somewhat similar they are different enough to stop at both. The one at the national cemetery is closer to downtown Honolulu. The one on Round Top is farther away from downtown Honolulu, but has a better view.

Other good lookouts:

Aloha Tower 8th floor observation deck (free)

Diamond Head lookouts on Diamond Head Road. Walk back to Diamond Head Lighthouse from there.

Hanauma Bay - Even if you decide not to snorkel there, you can walk up to a couple of nice lookouts overlooking the bay. You don't need to pay the entrance fee to do that. It will cost $1 for parking. You can get that back if you leave within 15 minutes.

Lanai Lookout - This is the first lookout past Hanauma Bay

Halona Blowhole & Halona Cove (same parking lot). Halona Cove is also called "From Here To Eternity Beach" as it was a love scene in that movie.

Makapuu Lookout

Pali Lookout

Laie Point

Waimea Bay - As you leave the parking area & go toward Haleiwa, stop at the top of the hill.

All of those will be easy .

The $88 Ali'i Luau Package is a good one to get.

www.polynesia.com/content/ticketpackages.php

If you want to save some $$, buy an Entertainment Book. Right now they are about $20 including shipping.

Coupon for PCC is for $45. So it will more than pay for the book. To use the coupon you have to call rather than book online. Tell them you are using an Entertainment Book coupon. You don't need to have the book when you make reservations, but you will need the coupon when you get there.

PCC phone #: 800-367-7060

www.entertainment.com

When we took my mother to PCC, she used a wheelchair as she could not walk distances.

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6. Re: Question for Dusty

Thanks so much Dusty. Were those areas recs for the am before the PCC? We are planing a wheelchair. Without a doubt we will need it here. Are there paved sidewalks?

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Laie Point is very close to PCC. Waimea Bay is on the North Shore. If you take H-2 to the North shore you can stop at Dole Pineapple, Laniakea Beach (turtles), Waimea Bay, Pupukea/Shark's Cove, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) & Laie Point.

Many of the lookouts I mentioned are on the south/east loop.

The rest are in Honolulu.

PCC is easy with a wheelchair. Everything is paved.

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It really sounds as if no one is recommending the PCC guided tour. I am good with that. I only wondered about the upgraded seating, and if it was worth it?

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9. Re: Question for Dusty

We did the guided tour about 3 weeks ago and loved it. We did not do the luau dinner though, we did prime rib package and the food was pretty good. We ate right at 5PM and then had time to do the IMAX film at 6 PM, which the folks that do the luau are not able to do at that time. We stopped at Turtle bay, and the shrimp trucks before lunch before arriving PCC at 11:50AM. Any more questions, you can PM me.

Edited: 10 March 2010, 12:47
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10. Re: Question for Dusty

kisswell,

I will comment on PCC only. As Dusty stated, go pick up one entertainment book (offers 25% off admission, up to four people) to get into the PCC grounds.

When purchasing your tickets to enter, kindly ask the person at the box office, what the upgrade cost will be with a guide. If you plan to stay for the "HA" evening show with dinner, ask about that also.

Looks like you are traveling with a wheelchair. With that, a guided tour will probably be the best way to go around the grounds of the PCC. The guides will be of utmost service to you and the wheelchair. They will escort you and the group to all the villages and know exactly what village is next and each village will have reserve seating for you, while, the others scramble for seats. I would pay the extra for the guided tour. Don't know how the others mentioned that it was not worth it. I find it very reasonable and enjoyable to get around the grounds. I will be doing it again this month, only, to go check out "HA", which, I did not enjoy the first time around.

My suggestion if you are going to visit the PCC and do the villages during the day lite hours and do the evening dinner and show, that you do all of this as one event for the day.

You can do Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, Makapu'u Lookout, Byodo Temple, Chinaman's Hat and go around the North Shore on another day where you can spend a full day sightseeing. Of course don't forget Haleiwa Town and a stop at Dole's Plantation before returning back to Waikiki.

With a car, the next day can be devoted to Pali Lookout, Punchbowl, Round Top Drive and other things to do around Honolulu and Waikiki.

Hope this helps ............