This will be a low key trip report for you all compared to the Aussie's. I'm 7 months pregnant and had to get some sunshine before I wasn't allowed to fly! I came here with my 13yo daughter. This is our 3rd time to Waikiki in 8 years. Previously I had been here in March of 2008.
This time we stayed at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Beautiful oceanfront view and location, but I think I will stay somewhere else next time.
We hit the beach every day. On the last day we were there, the jellyfish warning signs were up but we didn't see any.
We went to the Waikele Outlet stores and caught a $13 shuttle with Rabbi.
We went to the Sea Life Park and my daughter swam with the dolphins. Expensive but worth it.
The zoo was great as always, but I was a bit dissapointed with the aquarium.
The highlight of the trip was a 6 hour kayak/snorkel excursion with Twogoodkayaks in Kailua. Beautiful and nice to get away from the hoardes of people for a day!
I didn't rent a car this time as I always do and it wasn't bad. We just took our time and walked everywhere.
I would suggest skipping Wolfgang Puck's take out at the street level of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Tried it a few times and it was flavorless. Subway was much better.
Also beware of the Maui Divers jewelry in the Int'l Market. They want you to crack an oyster open for a pearl and then try to sell you a $300+ necklace!
The coconut cookies at Honolulu Cookie Co are the bomb! Wish I would have brought some back to AK!