Day 1 & 2
Left Pittsburgh airport at 6 am and 11 flight hours later, arrived at HNL at 1 pm. Ah, I was told to smell as soon as I got off the plane! Beautiful palm trees, smell the breeze, I AM IN HAWAII !
My husband, me, my daughter and her husband.
Got the rental and we were starved so my son in law took us to Nicos where I had fried swordfish for the first time. DELICIOUS! loved it and the place. Then headed to Waikiki to check into the Outrigger Waikiki. We had a really nice partial ocean view room. sitting on the lanai, had a beautiful view! Nice hotel, but my daughter said she actually like the Outrigger Reef on the beach better. We did go there for breakfast one morning and it is a prettier lobby and stores area. She said the location of Outrigger Waikiki is better, but the beach and hotel of Reef is nicer in her opinion. I had to agree. But regardless, we got three nights from Orbitz at only $530 total, so I'm not complaining any!
Since we had such a long flight and everyone was tired, we just had a quiet evening, turned in early.
We had a Pearl Harbor/City tour in the morning from Royal Hawaiian Tour. It was well worth the money, especially at the price we got it $33/person. They picked us up right at the hotel and took us to Pearl Harbor first. We did not have alot of time for the museums (I knew this ahead of time) but just seeing it all was very moving. We even got to meet one of the survivors from that dreadful day. Amazing man. Then we drove around Honolulu. Our tour driver was very informative and gave alot of city information. We drove through Punchbowl cemetery and around different neighborhoods. My husband was so excited because he got to get out of the van and pose with King Kamehameha. He kept saying "book em Danno". Obviously he's a Hawaii 5-0 fan! We were returned back to our hotel around 1 pm.
Rob and I walked down to the Duke statue and stood on Waikiki beach! Never thought I'd ever get to do that!
That evening we ate at Dukes restaurant in our hotel. My husband got the steak and it was garnished with an orchid. I asked the waitress if that was for decoration only or if you could eat it, she said both. She said many people eat the orchids, but she never has. Well, my husband had to eat it! he said it tasted like any greens salad, not much flavor. But this became a really big joke for us later. You'll have to follow my trip report to Maui, day 3 to get the full humor.