Thursday...we moved to the Hyatt Place, near the zoo. As much as I raved about the Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk...I must put the Hyatt Place on the same level as the Regency...for comfort. We had a huge room with 2 queen size beds, a pull out couch, desk area with ocean view, nice lanai, and huge bathroom. Now if only I could relocate the Hyatt Place to Lewers St or Beachwalk, I'd be set :+). We spent the afternoon strolling Kalakaua and went to dinner and show at Moana Terrace for the Keawe Ohana show, which was excellent. Happily, it was across the street from our hotel and was easily accessible...returning home around 10:30.
Friday, we got up early for the "free" breakfast at our hotel. It had 2 types ofhot sandwiches: scrambled eggs and bacon and the same with mushrooms,french toast, pastres, toast and bagels, pineapple, cantaloupe, hneydew, and all the juices you could think of...along with coffee and Tazo Teas. Very tasty...and the pool deck where it is served was pleasant with a nice breeze.
From breakfast we went to Chinatown and had lunch at the Little Village Noodle Shop. Food was tasty- swervice friendly - but all in all, I think we would remove this stop from our itinerary. This is the 3rd trip over time to Chinatown, and it has only deteriorated in my humble opinion.
Back to the hotel and pool, and at 6 p.m we went to meet and greet Wyland at his gallery. We were there quite a while, talking to him, watching him paint, and telling us about the origins of his newest pieces. We were invied to enjo some shrimp with cocktail sauce, fruits and cheeses, and other delicious sweets and beverages. What a total thrill this evening had become.
awakened early - had breakfast on the pool deck (these free breakfasts are literally saving hundreds of dollars...what a great deal) over 4 days. We finished up some souvenir shopping for friends and family, and slowly moved along back to the HHV where we would see Kapons show. It was excellent!
I must tell you this one aside about the "turtle episode". I myself have never been much on souvenirs...for myself that is, I prefer photos, postcards, etc. However, when we first arrived at the HHV, I spotted a Honu carved out of coconut shell and wood, at the Rainbow Bazaar. It would look perfect for the wall next to my lanai door. My furnishing throughout my home are vry "Key West" sty;e. which is very close to Hawaiian style and the Honu was perfect for my home. I didn't however think it was worth $25.00 which they charged. Well, today, my DGD went into the Ukelele store in Kalia Tower, and found the very same Honu for $15.00. Of course I bought it at that price. Later on, we were at the International Marketplace, where we saw it once more for $29.95. Lesson to be learned..check round before jumping into those souvenirs...not all stores are as honest with their pricing as they should be. We went to Hard Rock for dinner, My DGD loved the various drums and guitars hanging on the walls and ceilings. Food and service was good...but we found it quite noisy...could not really carry on a conversation.
Sunday...we awakened early...had our breakfast and went to church at St. Augustine by the Sea (a block from the hotel). An ArchBishop was guesting there from Poland, and on passing us he bestowed a special blessing onmself and my family.
We did some final shopping, and went to Kapiolani Park for the Royal Hawaiian Band performance...but when we got there, we were told it was moved up to the morning and followed by Na Hula Festival, which we stayed for. We had stpped at Blue Water Shrimp for take-out dinners of excellent garlic shrimp, rice, salad and pineapple...to eat in the park. The young Hula dancers were excellent and the colors of their outfits were so beautiful. Afterwards, we went to Honolulu Cookies Company Which probably accounts for any small weight gain we might have experienced while here, to get some cookies for our neighbor who is taking care of our palm trees while we are gone.. Well, we went down by Kuhio Beach earlier today to see the waves and the surfers once more, as tomorrow we leave. Melvin Kim will be picking us up from our hotel after 4p.m. so our remaining time on Oahu is limited. It is with sadness that we leave, but with renewed happiness when we are thinking about and planning our next trip to Hawaii. Thank you to all of you for your kind comments and regards...as always, will stay in touch via Trip Advisor....Aloha and Mahalo