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A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

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A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

A few notes from my trip 20 - 28 May, will add more detail as I think of it...

Wow, it all happened so fast and has given me lovely memories of my trip to Oahu -8 nights was not enough. Where to start, perhaps, with all the papaya, mangoes, malaasadas, and pineapple I ate. Or all the shops I looked at returning again and again. Then, the E Noa Circle Island Tour vistas of the beaches and the steep craggy volcano sides. Or wandering around getting lost sometimes where distances seem a bit further on the ground than on the map. Highlights include The Doris Duke House Tour from the Art Museum and the Murals in the Warehouse District around Clarke Street. Wherever I went I felt safe and comfortable asking for directions. I have written reviews of the Royal Grove Hotel / The Murals / E Noa Circle Tour / with more to follow.

Perhaps w' a few random thoughts:

Don't be tempted to jay walk - it's dangerous and they may well book you. You are on holiday, wait 10 seconds till the walk light turns green. If you happen to quickly look the wrong way and get hit by a car you will really spoil your holiday. There is no beeping sound when it does turn green, so the first few times I missed it as I was looking around and then I realised how much I relied on the beep to remind me to cross.

TheBus is very useful, always ask for a transfer. They will give you between 1- 4 hours, although it's supposed to be 2 hours (if they offer you 1 hour asked nicely for 2 hours). Some are lenient on this and a few are strict. The bus drivers are very helpful, but not always reliable on info. I went for a ride that was to be 30 mins and ended up being 1/8 way round the Island for 2.5 hours. This interesting impromptu tour around the east beaches and houses was actually very interesting. Another time, a couple thinking they were going to the airport had a mad dash to get off and get on the correct bus after input from half a dozen passengers after wrong info from the driver. Apparently they have 7 million rides a month. The drivers are 99% friendly and helpful, but do double check if going outside the straight Waikiki to Ala Moana Route. You must have correct change of 2.50 as they handle no money.

The closest thing Starbucks can do for a flat white is a small latte and hold your fingers 10-12 cm / 4-5" apart, and ask for with low foam. It's vaguely drinkable, and there's free wifi whilst sitting in a comfortable armchair.

I carried a small empty water bottle to fill up at the water fountains near the 'rest rooms' chugalug it every time you see the opportunity and put empty bottle back in bag.

Have a look at the Uggs Australia Store in Waikiki and smile at the furry thongs (flip flops), made in China. Ross Dress for Less in Waikiki is on Sunset St.

I saw Asian brides in big fluffy white dresses all over the place being photographed everywhere, they all looked completely unselfconscious and enjoying it immensely. The grooms seemed to be a bit equivocal about the whole thing though. Big white limos featured heavily.

I spent more time than I intended at the Apple Stores at Ala Moana and Waikiki as I brought the wrong adaptor.

I spent time shopping and I specialised in sale items at: Crew on the Island, Macy's, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less, etc/ Macy's sales are terrific where I got top quality cotton items for less than Big W at home.

I preordered and paid on line for a shuttle w' Roberts and they were there to meet and and exactly on time for my return shuttle to the airport. The trip back in the early morning the day after Memorial Day was very scary though when I could see the driver continually closing his eyes. I started coughing loudly and clapping my hands to keep him awake, he was so tired that he didn't even notice me doing it.

The markets are great for buying fruit and some takeaways. I got a bit of an upset tummy at the end, so next time instead of buying cut up pieces, I will get uncut fruit, wash the skin and cut it up myself for breakfast. One night I went to eat something I have not eaten for many years - Tony Roma's ribs and they werer pretty yummy with fries and cole slaw.

One day when I felt a bit tired and wanted to stay close 'to home', I did a self guided tour of all the 5 star hotel foyers to see how the others spent their money. The apparently most expensive hotel in town, Trump hotel foyer on the 5th floor is strangely underwhelming, and it not even on the beach. But loved the Westin. Looking over at The Embassy Suites roof pool from the 5th floor of the Trump, I could see the Embassy was jumping with lots and lots of kids and families seemingly having a wonderful time at dusk.

At the end of most days I walked in the water along the shore to massage my tired feet and calves and it was so resfreshing.

And, in all my holiday I did not need an umbrella.

Edited: 8:17 am, June 03, 2013
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1. Re: A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

Sounds like you had a fun and full trip.

I agree with you totally about the Trump. We did not like it either and it just did not give the same feel of Hawaii as the other good hotels like the Moana, Royal Hawaiian and others.

Enjoyed your report and thanks for posting.

Aloha

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I have secretly been planning a tour of hotel lobbies! :) I don't quite understand though. The Trump lobby is on the 5th floor? Does that not negate the purpose of a lobby? ;) I will have to google this more. Then again, I don't understand a lot of Trump!

I am looking forward to the reviews, they have not shown up on the site yet but I will keep checking.

I agree = 8 nights is not enough. For me, it has to be a minimum of 10, and hopefully more. :) How were the flights? Who did you fly with?

Would love more detailed shopping infos, of course. There is no helping it, I am an addict.

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3. Re: A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

beedoo - you mean you can't find reviews on TA about the Trump? There are 910 currently posted.

Maybe I am misunderstanding what you said.

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4. Re: A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

I've not looked much into the Trump hotel - I had no idea the lobby was on the 5th floor, this seems like a crazy concept to me, almost as crazy as Donald Trumps hairdo. :) Wouldn't it be best to have the lobby down on the ground floor, where people arrive?

A lot of the units are for sale according to HIcondos - more than any of the other condo towers I have looked at..

hicondos.com/hawaii-Condos/Trump-Tower-Waiki…

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5. Re: A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

Thanks for the report, sweetiedarling1, I really enjoyed reading it. I'm assuming the murals you are talking about are the one's in Kakaako. They are so cool!!

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6. Re: A sort of trip report for 20 - 28 May

Thanks for the TR sounds like you shopped till you dropped I would expect nothing less from an Aussie LOL.

Did you like the Royal Grove? We have stayed there three times and for us it's great.

My daughter and I did the Shangri La tour in 2009 we loved it. My daughter wanted to go again but it worked out that we're only going to Maui this time on our trip later this month.

Next trip you should fit in a visit to the Bishop Museum.

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beedoo, I went over w' Jetstar which is an overnight flt departing SYD at 6 pm. As I always set my watch on my destination time it was effectively certainly my bed time in HNL. So, as soon as the meal was served, I took half a sleeping tab, and got ready for bed. I had two seats so spread myself out as comfortable as possible on the A330.

I slept for about 3 hours then got up had a little walk, lots of water and another half a sleeping tab and went back to bed for another 3 hours. I felt a little tired but after the htl chk in and a cuppa coffee I went straight through till about 9pm going to the Ward Centre, Ala Moana ending up in the Kings Village for fruit and malasadas.

The flight back on the other hand was a different kettle of fish. Departing at 9am ish it was full of screeching screaming little darlings. I had my Bose noise cancelling headphones and I really felt for those that did not. The flt was pretty full.

I did hear someone else say that when they went over on Hawaiian, they had 3 seats each to them selves. I'd certainly investigate that.

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All our other trips we have travelled Jetstar, this next one will be Hawaiian. It is considerably more $$, so I will like to compare the fullness of the planes. The last two Jetstar trips we travelled in starclass and that was packed both times, both ways. But I am not sure how many people paid for being there, and how many people were just staff or given starclass for free..

Did you like Ward Warehouse? I loved it there. What were your thoughts on Ala Moana? Kings village?

Did you fall in love, will you be going back? ;)

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beedoo, I found Wards a bit too spread out and the map a bit hard to interpret. It was a hot day too on my first day and I just kept walking back and forth trying to find Patagonia where I had a warm jacket to pick up. I did manage to buy a swimsuit in Sports Authority, and another one much more reduced in Ross. The 2nd one is for the surf, and the first one is for chlorine use.

Kings Village I just went to for the lovely tropical fruit and little takeaways as my hotel was only about 100 mtrs away.

Every time I went to Ala Moana, I found something else. After the first visit I took home a layout map and marked off all the places I need to go back to. I'm not a huge shopper, but I did enjoy the t shirts on sale at Crew on the Island; Macys reduced Ralph Lauren and had lunch a few times at Shirokiya, incl seaweed and grilled salmon and some very nice little things straight from the fryer.

I will go back one day that's for sure.

My next trip though is to Japan, Turkey, Bangkok and Dubai. Well, actually, after I go to MONA at Hobart.

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