Better late than never. Hope this helps others on this forum as past reviews helped us.
This is my trip report on a last minute visit to Oahu for 4 full days. We were there to unwind and wander so it felt like a one week stay..This was our 2nd visit so we felt more comfortable getting around. Found a great deal online for airfare/hotel. We reserved a shuttle (VIP) for $11 each way from the airport to hotel. They were professional and well organized even meeting us at the baggage claim. We checked in at the Hyatt (2nd time) and they upgraded us for free from city view to ocean view deluxe suite with an amazing view. Clean, Quiet and spacious room and bathroom. Comfortable beds. Great attentive staff. Right across the street from the beach. Worth every cent staying there. Has an Aloha feel throughout.
Make sure to visit the healing boulders. It is a gated area across the street from the Hyatt next to the police station. They emit a healing/balancing high magnetic field which did wonders for my husband who felt nauseous after the plane ride. Interesting story on there. I think more of the Japanese tourist took interest at these boulders while we were there. But for anyone in the healing arts or sensitive to subtle energy it is worth to experience them & check it out. Everyday we spent some time at the beach walked around the shops and as foodies had a few interesting meals. We didn't snorkel this time as their were surf advisories for most beaches.
We booked an excursion (2nd time) with Oahu Nature Tours to the North Shore (6 hours) which made a few stops along the way and had lunch (prior shrimp truck stop) at Bonzai Pipeline and watched the massive waves make their presence known this time of year. That was a highlight. Visit at the old Dole Plantation among other stops that made it worthwhile at a very reasonable price with a small group and cheerful knowledgeable tour guide. If you stop by the Dole Plantation be sure to try the Apple Bananas out front vendor. Those were the tastiest bananas we have ever tried.
For anyone interested here is a list of restaurants during our short jaunt:
We went to Oridoko Japanese restaurant (On Koa St. behind the Hyatt) for their authentic reasonable Japanese food and sushi. Busy at dinner but lunch it is pretty quiet. Tried the sashimi, sushi plates, great udon noodles, buttered grilled clams , salmon were great too. We have gone there many times and have not been disappointed. Love a glass of Sapporo beer with the meal.
Chiro Restaurant has great Japanese Food (a little more pricey) but their sushi/sashimi boat tray to share is why we have gone there.
Fri, Sat & Sun at the Prince Hotel (Hakone Restaurant) has all you can eat authentic Japanese Buffet has great selection of favorites (old world traditional for adventurous foodies) including sashimi, sushi,
sabu sabu, miso, some amazing stews, appetizers, oden, and a array of tasty desserts including the freshest mochi we have ever had. Reservations is a must. It was busy.
Ok, ok, we were here for the Japanese food for obvious reasons but all 3 restaurants we tried, 98% of their patrons were from Japan and everyone was enjoying their meal including ourselves.
Hula Grill for drinks and appetizers during happy hour till 9 pm has wonderful performances by locals singing classic Hawaiian tunes A+++. Great atmosphere.
At the International Market we tried a Korean BBQ thumbs up.
Checked out the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Lounge with A+++ performers of traditional songs nightly.
Across from the Hyatt on the beach there is the Beach Hyatt where we grabbed a snack. The fries were perfect. Did try the Spam and Eggs for the first time and it was pretty tasty.
As far as shops we found knick knacks on the main drag. Took the trolley to the Ala Moana Mall. A little shop called the Aloha Store on Koa St behind the Hyatt had nice quality T-shirts over other stores in the area and they negotiated a price for a few which was nice of them. There is also a 50's style restaurant/shop on Koa St that has great ice cream too. The Hyatt has a good restaurant for a decent breakfast and great coffee.
We also did Starbucks for coffee/bagel for a quick bite. Until next time.