A little bit about us. Me (40), husband (43), son (9), son (6).
I am a stay at home Mum and a plan a holic. We love to travel and have travelled extensively before children and since having the kids we have mainly travelled to very family orientated areas. This is to be the biggest trip with the kids as it’s usually a couple of weeks to Fiji or New Zealand etc and this trip is for just over 4 weeks.
I booked the flights a year in advance using Frequent Flyer Points and spent 12 months researching. Tripadvisor is my best friend so thank you to all the people who take the time to answer the forum posts. I didn’t need to ask many questions as I could usually find the answers to my questions somewhere in there.
My husband works very long hours and leaves all travel planning to me…..he had no idea what I had planned and if he was asked his response was “Hawaii, Disneyland & I think we’re doing a cruise somewhere”.
This is part one of our adventure!
Tuesday 14 September
We arrived at HNL at 7.40am on an overnight Jetstar flight from Sydney. Quickly cleared customs and immigration and walked out to the Taxi rank and within minutes we were in an old stretch limo – now being used as a Taxi. We had a good old giggle – the kids thought I had arranged it.
We got to the Outrigger Reef on the Beach at about 9am and were given our room straight away. Wow, I wasn’t expecting that so I was very impressed. Room 1437 was a Partial Ocean view on Level 14. Lovely views of the pool and ocean. The ocean view wasn’t important to us, we just didn’t want a view of a brick wall which is why I booked partial ocean view. Our room was nice and the all the staff at the hotel were fabulous. I highly recommend this hotel and will do a review when I get a chance.
We unpacked a few things – 4 of us so it’s bit tight but manageable.
We walked along the beach to HHV for a look see and grabbed some sandwiches and fruit from ABC for our lunch.
We were all starting to fade quickly and jet lag was hitting us so we had a 2 hour nap then set out to explore some more.
We needed to grab a couple of prepaid phones so we took a taxi to Walmart to sort that out and had our first wander around the Ala Moana Centre.
We had dinner at Bubba Gumps and then took a taxi back to our hotel for a big sleep. Zzzzz.
Wednesday 15 September
We slept in and got woken at 10.30am when housekeeping was knocking on the door! Ooops. We spent the rest of the morning hanging out at the pool and lunch at the poolside restaurant and my first Mai Tai. Very nice.
We spent the afternoon walking around Waikiki and the shops and then walked back along the beach from the Duke statue back to our hotel.
We had a late afternoon/early evening swim at the beach and then went out again for the evening. We had dinner and did a little bit of shopping at the International Market Place until about 10.30pm.