Things we loved:
Kids program at Aunty's Beach (allows parents to enjoy time to themselves) House and Pua Hana room (Ukelele lesson n Menehune trail--interactive fun for kids up to age 10, do either at 10 am or 5 PM when not so hot)
Customer Service was exceptional.
Valet parking (same cost as self parking)
Concierge's assistance with planning trips considered traffic and highway closures, very helpful.
Great entertainment--pools, shows, nice variety of restaurants n stores
Drinking water stations were convenient.
Photographers everywhere (buy all ur pics for only $99 at the end so take a lot!)
Costco is near by so can buy local food at a cheaper price (eg, POG juice, snacks, poke, papaya, rice) n get ur gas so bring ur membership card.
Character Breakfast is a must do at least once; found out Marriott next door offers a buffet brunch for $10, wish I had known.
Paradise Cove luau is next door, but we enjoyed Polynesian Cultural Center's, too.
Waiting in line to make Aunty's Beach House reservations; people start lining up at 7am n it doesn't open until 8am! Do it on the days u don't have to do early morning excursions. If u don't make it by 7:30ish, the popular programs fill up fast, but they r offered on other days n sometimes twice a day. Activities schedule published the night before n doesn't match online schedule so plan then.
Eating local food is high in sodium; nice to have Aloha Salads near by, near Costco n Target. We had a little cooler so packed it with salads n had an evening picnic while we watched the popular hula show.
Only one laundromat per tower. Try to bring ur own detergent n drier sheets BC the dispenser was usually broken; Front desk gave me free ones for the inconvenience, but it truly was an inconvenience.
Standard rooms don't come with microwave, but u may request for one n hopefully u will get it.
If I were to plan it differently, I'd stay in Waikiki area for 2-3 days n then spend the rest of my vacation at Aulani so we wouldn't have to go back n forth for sightseeing in DT Honolulu/Waikiki area or even southern area.
$18 for drinking mug; worth the investment if u drink a lot of soda or coffee. I wish I hadn't BC we mostly drank water n there r water stations throughout the pool area n in the valet area (that one is infused with citrus slices n mints-very refreshing).
Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial--get in line by 6:30 or ur tour time will be close to moon or later!
Boots and Kimo pancakes! Across the way is a wonderful nature preserve u can check out before they open, but the line gets long fast even on a weekday!
Waimea Falls--wonderful hiking (moderate) adventure. Sometimes they allow swimming at the falls at the end but don't swallow the water. They have a shuttle u can pay for, one way or both. Be prepared with a poncho.
Lyon Arboretum was a lovely walk n free unless u want to do a tour.
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