Day 1 - We arrived into HNL at 1:30pm and headed to Thrifty to pick up our rental and to the Sheraton where we would be staying for 3 nights. Upon checkin we asked for a Diamonhead/Oceanview room. No problem! Gorgeous, postcard view! The room was ok. Very sparse furnishings and small bathroom, but we were only there for 3 days and for the price we paid, we were very happy. We were hungry by then and headed to Puka Dog for lunch. This was one of our favorites throughout the islands. It was quick and casual. I had the hot/starfruit/lilikoi combo and DH had banana and coconut. We split a shave ice which was some of the best of both islands we visited. We spent the rest of the time shopping at Waikiki. For dinner we ventured to the food court at the Waikiki Shopping Plaza (?) across from the Royal Hawaiian and had ramen. It was very good and authentic, as evident from all the Japanese patrons.
Day 2 - Up by 5 and headed to Dillingham Field for our powered hangliding w/ Paradise Air. This is a small company owned by husband and wife team of Tom and Denise. They were both wonderful and knowledgable about the island. I would say this is a must do. You get truly a birds eye view of the entire North Shore and get to fly it if you wish. I was too chicken but DH flew it right from the start. We both purchased the dvd and pics afterward. We decided to circle the island and explore the entire North Shore and most of the East Shore. We stopped of a Matsumoto's for shave ice. It was ok. The shave ice at Puka Dog was actually better and much finer shave. Great views but we did not go swimming. On our way back to town we stopped off at Liliha Bakery for cocoa puffs to go. They were truly amazing. My favorite was the green tea! For dinner we ate at Dukes. Nothing special. I had the fish and chips and they were ok. I actually had better at a food court in Maui.
Day 3 - Pearl Harbor Day. We spent nearly the entire day at the sites, starting off at USS Arizona Memorial and then heading off to the Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri, then the Air Museum. This is a definate must do in Oahu, to pay homage for those who lost their lives that day. The USS Arizona was very sobering. I was slightly annoyed at a group of obnoxious girls who seemed they were only there to gather pictures for their facebook pages. They were loud and in my opinion very inappropriate. We didn't return to our hotel until about 4pm so grabbed a quick bite and rested up for the night. We ventured out at around 8pm to the Hale Koa for their cheap drinks then back to our area for more bar hopping. We had a late dinner at Denny's which hit the spot w/ the eggs and spam breakfast!
Day 4 - We went back to Puka Dog one last time, did some shopping and headed to the airport. Very short, but fun trip to Oahu. With how busy Waikiki is as compared to Maui, I think 3 nights was enough.