Ok, this is the first time I've ever done an official trip report.....I'm kinda nervous! It was our first time and it was myself, my husband, our 13 yr. old son, and our 23 yr. old daughter. I didn't really make a plan ahead of time as far as things we were doing. We just kinda did whatever....
We arrived Friday 10/8 in the early afternoon. We rented a car from Alamo (Jeep Compass) and headed off to find the Ko Olina.
We found it pretty easily and we were impressed right away.
Everyone we dealt with there was amazingly kind and helpful.
We checked in, ate at their poolside grill (expensive, and the food is just "ok" but it has a great view, and it's a perfect spot to relax). We ventured out to Target in Kapolei to get a few things we needed and some snacks, went for a little drive then called it a night.
Slept in just a little. Got up and went to Waikiki.
We went to the International Marketplace, wandered around there for a loonnnnnng time. They had live music in the food court it was a lot of fun. We ate at Puka Dog while we were there based on a recommendation I saw here on the boards. It's awesome!!!! We also stopped at a little stand there and got fresh coconut and pineapple.
After we had enough of shopping, we wandered along the beach for awhile. We stopped and had drinks at Shorebird.
The drinks were good, the food we got was mediocre, and the service was sooooooo sloooooowwwwww. I wans't in a rush, but it was super slow.
When we had enough of Waikiki in general we went back to the Ko Olina and relaxed in the lagoon and pool :)
Got up early, went to the Aloha Stadium Swapmeet. It was fun, and they have great deals, but it gets pretty redundant after awhile.
Left there, had lunch at KOA Pancake House in Aleia Heights. I had practically my favorite meal here.....Fried rice, 1 egg, and spam, and it was delish!
We decided to just venture around for awhile from here.
We went to Punchbowl Cemetery. Worth the visit if you're nearby. It's beautiful, and serene.
From there we did a strange transition and drove to the Dole Plantation. The gardens were pretty but I guess this was my least favorite thing to do. We did of course get Dole Whip and it was yummy and refreshing.
After that we ventured up the highway and went to the North Shore. It was so pretty!!
We stopped at Matsumoto's for shave ice. I got mine with ice cream and beans in the bottom. It was SO good even though my daughter was the only other one who would taste it LOL (she liked it too!)
Back to the hotel after there for relaxing.
Lunch at Zippy's in Kapolei. Food was good, prices were decent, what more can ya ask for? :) I had their chili and rice. My daughter had the chicken and chili combo. My son had spaghetti and meat sauce, and my husband had a club sandwich. Then we got a couple of desserts to share.
Drove to the Byodo-In Temple.
This may have been one of my favorite things that we did. The setting is just beautiful.
We all took turns ringing the bell. We took off our shoes and went in the temple for a bit, then we just spent time walking around the grounds there.
Back to the Ko'Olina
Up early to go to Pearl Harbor. We got there about 8:15 in the morning and we got tickets to the 9:30 ferry to the Arizona. We also toured the Bowfin and the USS Missouri. The whole experience was amazing. I cannot still get over the size of the Missouri! We walked and walked and walked and walked. I couldn't believe we were still on the same ship!
I'm so glad we went. This is the one thing I really didn't want to miss.
Ate lunch at L & L BBQ. Just ok. I would have rather gone back to the KOA Pancake House which was right next door practically.
Back to the Ko Olina. Put my daughter in charge of dinner.
This landed us back in Waikiki.
We ate at Gyu Kaku on Lewar's in Waikiki. It was so good! We didn't get one of the premade "courses". We picked everything ala carte then cooked it at our table. It was really laid back and fun! For the 4 of us for dinner we spent about $70 and left stuffed!!
Up early and to the front of the hotel for a sailing/snorkeling tour on the Ko Olina Cat catamaran. It was from 9-noon.
It was $110 per person, and they guarantee that if you don't see dolphins you will get a refund.
Off we went.
I loved this whole experience but just for reference.....When you go at 9:00 breakfast is included. Breakfast consists of muffins, croissants, fruit, and snack bars. I'm not a huge breakfast eater so it wasn't that big of deal, but it's definitely not a "real" meal.
We sailed, ate and drank, snorkled for about an hour, then sailed back.
The snorkeling was so fun. I couldn't get over the color and clarity of the water.
We saw several turtles and amazing fish.
Alas, no dolphins.
I had a great time and I wasn't going to embarass myself asking for a refund.
The crew hudled everyone together and noted that we didn't see dolphins and passed out vouchers for another sail good for 2 years!!! I thought that was excellent customer service!! I will hopefully have the opportunity to use it.
I wanted to go back for the afternoon sail (we could have) but no one else was on board.
That night we attended the Ko Olinas Luau called Fia-Fia. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I thought it was great. The dancing and stories and jokes were always entertaining. The all-you-can-eat buffet was yummy too!
It is held out on the grand lawn between the Ko Olina and the beach, and there was a beautiful sunset that night as well....perfect!
We never left the resort and I'm not sure if we changed out of our swimsuits all day.
Packed that night :(
One more drink on the beach.
To bed for our Friday departure.
Soooooo sad to be leaving.....already!!!!!
I hope this trip report was bearable to read since it was my first. I just wanted to put some info out there since I learned so much here before we went.
I really want to go back next October! I'm open to ideas of specials, places to stay, etc.