Day 1 - We woke up at 3:30 a.m. to catch a 6 a.m. flight out of DFW (with a layover in Phoenix) on U.S. Air. No problems with flight. We even arrived to Honolulu a bit earlier. We landed at 11a.m. And picked up our bag and rental car (we rented through Discount Hawaii car rentals, thx to everyone's recommendations). We were on the road by noon. We stopped at Nico's Pier 38 for lunch. Was crowded, but we did find a table. Husband had fish of the day, I had fish/chips, my 10 year old had a pizza, and our 14 yrar old a burger. We had 2 soft drinks, 2 waters. Total was $54. Food was great and had some nice live music! We wrapped up lunch and decided to do the Tantalus/Punchbowl drive with a stop at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Girls were a little tired, but we had time to kill before check in and this was a wonderful way to spend our time. Amazing views. So glad we took this drive!! We spent about an hour and a half, and could have stayed at the cemetery much longer, but we were all getting tired. We are staying at a home in Lanikai, so we made our way there. Stopped at a Safeway on the way to load up on essentials. We stayed up until about 8:30 - great first day!
Day 2 - Purchased tickets in March for our June 9 visit to Pearl Harbor. We chose the 9:30 tour of the USS Arizona Memorial and arrived at 8:15. We knew not to bring purses/backpacks, so we each just had our cell phones. There were folks in line when we arrived looking for tickets, but they were told all tickets were sold out for the day. We decided to purchase the audio tour at $7.50/each. Our 10 and 14 year olds really enjoyed the narration of the museum and main sites. Well worth it in our opinion. The audio tour was about an hour. Perfect timing to head to the movie portion of our tour. The movie is about half an hour and is a great summary of the events leading up to and of the Dec 7 attack. We boarded for the memorial. We were on the memorial about 30 minutes before heading back. Very moving. After heading back, we browsed the gift shop briefly. We were hungry by this point (11a.m.) and decided to head to brunch at Hula Grill. Since we are not staying in Waikiki, we were not sure where to park, but we were able to valet park in the Outrigger for $5 for three hours. Brunch was great! $55 for the four of us. Afterwards, we strolled the beach and various hotel grounds. We drove back to our 'home' in Lanikai. After an afternoon of enjoying the views from our lanai, we walked down to Lanikai beach. It was crowded, but we found a nice spot. Girls had a great time building sand castles.
Day 3 - We spent the morning at Lanikai beach - beautiful weather; had lunch at Teddy's burgers in Kailua and then we headed to Kualoa Ranch for a Lost Tour - we took the 2 hour tour with Kos Hummer tours and had a fabulous time! - the Ranch was breathtaking and the various movie and TV show stops along the way were fun. We headed back home and enjoyed the hot tub on our lanai - after dinner at home, we called it a night!
Day 4 - We started the day with breakfast at Cinnamons in Kailua before driving around the island - we stopped at various points along our way to Haleiwa (including Turtle Bay Resort). Was a gorgeous drive. Loved the scenery. We enjoyed lunch at Haleiwa and some shopping. We headed home about 2 p.m. Headed back to Lanikai beach that evening for one last visit.
We absolutely loved Oahua - thank you to everyone on here for helping us plan this trip - just some thoughts; we only packed about 5 outfits each for a 10 night stay, and that was probably still too much clothes! (we did have a washer/dryer) - you really do only need a couple bathing suits, couple shorts/shirts, flip flops and either tennis shoes or keen/teva type shoes. We only ate 1 meal out per day - and for the 4 of us, the most expensive meal was around $60 - you don't have to spend a fortune if you don't want to on meals. Do check out items that are in your condo/house before heading to the grocery store - we found that the owner stocked up on many items that we didn't think she would have; finally, get out and drive around Oahu - it is breathtaking - we absolutely loved it and the book Driving and DIscovering Hawaii: Oahu, Honolulu, and Waikiki by Richard Sullivan was a must for us! Thank you again!