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“Very clean beautiful City”
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
35 helpful votes
“Very clean beautiful City”
Reviewed 29 May 2011

It was our first visit to OAHU/Hawaii, we visited Honolulu a few times,the ALOHA TOWER is a nice Gem you can go up the Elevator and have a great view,we walked thru town,went up to Punchbowl Cemetery a nice place to see and of course Pearl Harbor a must see.Also we never seen a Wal Mart down town with a huge parking garage,the Mc Donalds we ate at was very pricey with no public restrooms but at least you got a free small cup of pineapple with you Meal.

Thank Marion G
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
11 helpful votes
“Trip Report April 14-24, 2011”
Reviewed 12 May 2011

Trip Report April 14-24/11
Thanks to all the advice and help we received from this forum, we had a fantastic time.
Our trip started off on a high note with ABC Limousine picking us up in the limo, complete with leis, chocolate macadamia nuts and drinks for the ride. Melvin (the driver) was very informative and accommodating.
We stayed in a 1 bedroom premiere suite at the Grand Waikikian in Hilton Hawaiian Village and the room and view were truly awesome. We even had perfect viewing of the fireworks on Friday from our balcony.
We ate at The Tropics Bar and Grill at the Hilton on arrival day and several times after because of the view, food, and music. It was soooo romantic our first night to sit and look at the ocean, drink a bottle of wine, eat great food, listen to wonderful, wonderful music and watch the sunset. The service was unbelievably good.
Next day for lunch we went to Dukes (we had reserved the table by the rail close to the water before we left home) and had a wonderful burger and drinks.
Next day we had lunch at Bubba Gumps and that was the only experience that was not great. Our shrimp came uncooked and our drinks were not carbonated properly – all in all I don’t think we will go back.
That evening we went to The Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai Bar to try a Mai Tai. We really lucked out and got a table ocean-side once again. We loved the Mai Tai and the seafood medley pizza – once again a very romantic experience.
Sunday we went to orchids at the Halekulani for brunch. It is awesome in every way. My husband said they even have orchids in the men’s room. We had reserved our table months ahead and were seated ocean-side. The staff could not possibly have been more attentive and the food was to die for.
Later that evening we went to the Sheraton Rumfire for a drink and a nibble. It was a very nice experience and prices, comparatively, were very good.
Monday we went to see the Missouri (we had pre-booked the Battle Stations Tour). As advised, we took the city bus there and back with no trouble and enjoyed the tour very, very much. Because there are so few (7 of us) we got to go in a lot of restricted areas that most people never see like the engine room and propeller shaft and inside the turret. It was well worth the money.
Tuesday we went on the Blue Hawaii Island Tour. I was terrified as were two other passengers out of the 6 they take at a time. It was only maybe 10 seconds after liftoff that I relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the very informative and beautiful tour. The pilot was wonderful and when we saw whales breaching in the water he flew right to them so we could see them closer up. We would highly, highly recommend this tour even if you are scared – it is not near as scary as taking off and landing in a plane. We bought the video of our tour for $25.00 which we thought was a fantastic keepsake and have shown others how beautiful Oahu is. If you do take this tour I would recommend you take it early in your trip to acquaint yourself with the island so you know where and what you want to see and do.
Other days we walked and shopped and just enjoyed the wonderful weather and ocean. We had drinks and dinner at House Without a Key at the Halekulane and it also was a remarkably romantic experience. Our table was close to the music and the dancer and the service was outstanding.
We bought some 100% Kona Coffee from Kona Mountain Coffee Company to take home and in our opinion it is the best we have ever had. We drink it only on the week-ends as a special treat as it was expensive.
We ate twice at The Cheesecake Factory and thoroughly enjoyed our visits.
The night before we left we went to one of our favorite places for a farewell dinner at Bali’s Steakhouse at the Hilton. Here again we got a fantastic table by the rail close to the ocean. The food was great and the service was first class.
I have noticed on this forum that some people were worried about staying at Hilton Hawaiian Village because of a lot of children and noise. We did not find that, as long as you don’t want to be at the pool with the waterslides for children. There were not many young children around the lagoon or the super pool that we saw, and certainly not at the pool at the Kalia.
Thanks again to all who helped us with our trip.

2 Thank pmcaton
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Portland, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
2 helpful votes
“big, busy city on Oahu”
Reviewed 27 April 2011

We went April, 2011 for our honeymoon for 1 week. We stayed on Waikiki Beach and had a fantastic view of the ocean and beach. For those looking for nightlife and shopping, this city has it all.

The best things to do are wake up early and go explore, or even hit up the beaches before it gets really busy. Then walk around some of the international shops, where you can buy cheap gifts and souvenirs. There are plenty of tours or renting a scooter/motorcycle is a great way to get around town quickly.

Then at night, walking down Kuhio and Kalakaua Ave you will find a never ending shopping, dining, drinking holes, and street performers.

It is a very large city, so straying away from the main strip can get you turned around and there are a lot of dirty/rundown areas. Also lots of homeless people.

Make sure to see the historic downtown, beach, Ala Maona Mall(the 3rd and 4th floor have a very authentic japanese department store and food mart), and the night scene.

Thank ataguchi
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
19 helpful votes
“Just Returned From Honolulu / Waikiki”
Reviewed 24 April 2011

Had a great week here, a few things we did...

Did an all day tour of Pearl Harbor, Surf Beaches, Dole, Polynesian Cultural Center. Left hotel at 7 am, returned at 10 pm. Did the movie at PH and Arizona Memorial, time to shop/look around some. Very touching place. Dole was short stop but worth it. Get in line and have a Dole whip cone, so good. Stopped at a few beaches, just for pictures. Stopped at a shrimp stand along the road for lunch (you pay), fresh shrimp, so good! Spent most of the afternoon and evening at the PCC. Lots to see and do, great canoe show. Ate at the Gateway buffet before the HA show (price included in tour). Show was fantastic, buffet was ok but nothing great. There is another buffet choice (more traditional luau) for more money. Very nice place and well worth the visit. Booked this at our hotel with E Noa Sightseeing, cost $136.00 per person.

On Tu, Th, Sat & Sun (6:30) there is a free hula show on Waikiki beach, it is near a stutue, Duke the surfer, I believe. Very traditional show and music, great history of the dance. Go to it if you get a chance, while we were there the sun set, great pictures!

Ate at Duke's, named for the famous surfer. Thought it was very good and great beach atmosphere.

Stayed at Hilton Waikiki and loved it, I wrote a separate review for it.

If you shop at the International Market Place do barter, they will give you a deal.

If you use the trolleys, take Hilo Hattie's, its free. Hilo Hattie's store is very nice but expensive. Best part is they will drop you at the mall. If you take the pink shopping trolley it is $2.00 each way to the mall. Not a bad deal but you can get there for free.

Rented 2 chairs and umbrella at the beach for $10.00 an hour from Star Beach Boys. Lots of people buy chairs, umbrellas at Walmart but it can get windy and those tend to blow over easily. Mats are cheap at ABC if you want to go that route.

If you have a bird phobia, this is not the best place for you. Lots of birds, everywhere. I had read this in another review and it is accurate. After a while you do not notice them as much but they are around, in restaurants and the beach. Mostly just walking through looking for scraps.

No matter what you do, it is Paradise. Warm, sunny and sooo relaxing. Enjoy!

2 Thank George16
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San Diego, CA
1 review
“Amazing Hawaii”
Reviewed 23 February 2011

I went with a group of friends to Hawaii and it was amazing. The culture was so rich and the luau that we attended was unbelivialble

Thank saladin190
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