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Jan 23, 2009“September getaway in Hawaii with teenagers.”
based on 3 votes
I went with my sister (17) and my parents to Hawaii (from Australia) for a week in September 2008. We are not touristy people, but we do like to have activities to do. It was a getaway mid-semester break.
This had to be my second favourite part of the holiday (after the surfing). We were flown to The Big Island. On another tour (I'll find the name soon), we were taken to the Macadamia farm - that was really fun; but after about six hours we finally got to the volcanoes and the lava rock field. Wear sunburn cream! Take water! This is an experience that everyone should have - standing on lava rock and watching a volcano spurt sulphar into the water and air. Unbelievable day! Close to that, there is a black sand beach which just blew our minds. Have a picnic on the beach if you have time. Oh, and then the lava tube in the forest! The BIg Island is for exploring, that's for sure.
My sister and I loved Waikiki Beach. Yes it is crowed, but on the beach, immediately as you walk onto the sand, there is a hut and they give surfing lessons. My sister and I got a great teacher and were even standing up at the end of the first lesson! At night there is live music, bright lights (it makes you feel very safe) and artists who set up along the esplanade so tourists can watch them work.
The trolley was fantastic (even if the drivers aren't so nice). It takes you around to the other hotels and the big-brand mall. Well worth taking the trip just to see Waikiki. (It takes you past the Hilton Hotel, which is one of the prettiest I've ever seen!)
We were taken to Pearl Harbor on a tour (I'll find the tour name shortly). As a teenager, and a fan of the movie... I didn't really see the excitement. It is great when they take you out to the memorial, but not much of the boat can be seen and... I don't know, I think I expected more. Basically it's a grave site, go there to remember the men that served and died.
The hotel was fine. There was absolutely nothing wrong with it. Free towels, which we took to the beach, and returned. It just isn't a hotel that you'd use if you want to spend a heap of time there. It is for sleeping and changing. Which is what we wanted. It's not too far from the beach - walk through the international markets across the street and the beach is on the other side - and there are many restuarants around (Subway, Denny's, a grill bar). Outside the front door, the Trolley is available - which comes in handy to get to the mall; or just for a ride. It's a great pop-in, pop-out hotel.
As a family, we did not do too much looking around Honolulu. It is very much like any other city. However, as Australians, it is interesting to watch the American way of life - driving on the other side of the road, the speed limit signs, the accents. :D