1.5 days in Honolulu

Old Nov 6, 10, 3:17 am
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1.5 days in Honolulu

I have a free stopover reward in Honolulu. I'll get there around 1:30pm on a Thursday. Leaving 11am on Saturday. The last time I was there was in the late 70s so consider me a first-timer. Will be staying in the Waikiki Beach area and am traveling solo.

Looking to do a sight or two, and eat in some interesting restaurants.

Help me with my itinerary!!!
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Old Nov 6, 10, 6:50 am
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A couple of quick thoughts. Iím sure others will follow. There is a lot of info in this forum. For example:

For us, number one is The Arizona Memorial:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hawai...r-waikiki.html

The evening buffet at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani provides Hawaiian and contemporary entertainment. http://www.princess-kaiulani.com/pdf...l2010brief.pdf Its no Luau, but the food is good and you get some Hawaiian entertainment flavor. A lot of other info on this thread.:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hawai...s-what-do.html

Aloha! Ken
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Old Nov 7, 10, 9:37 pm
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The choices are probably endless. I've often stopped through Hawaii on long layovers or for a few days. Here's what I would recommend. First day, after checking in, wander around Waikiki and have dinner on the beach (Dukes would be fun). Next morning, rent a car from a local Waikiki location and go early to Pearl Harbor. After that, drive around the island (clockwise from Pearl). Have lunch in Haleiwa (funky surf town) or further up the road at a shrimp truck. Continue around and end up back in Waikiki that night and return the car, then dinner, whatever. Next morning, up early for a walk on the beach and then to the airport.

Note. I live overseas, so driving in the US is pleasurable. On the other hand, by driving around the island you get to see a wide variety. For me, it's refreshing.
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Old Nov 8, 10, 2:44 am
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Originally Posted by nishimark
The choices are probably endless. I've often stopped through Hawaii on long layovers or for a few days. Here's what I would recommend. First day, after checking in, wander around Waikiki and have dinner on the beach (Dukes would be fun). Next morning, rent a car from a local Waikiki location and go early to Pearl Harbor. After that, drive around the island (clockwise from Pearl). Have lunch in Haleiwa (funky surf town) or further up the road at a shrimp truck. Continue around and end up back in Waikiki that night and return the car, then dinner, whatever. Next morning, up early for a walk on the beach and then to the airport.

Note. I live overseas, so driving in the US is pleasurable. On the other hand, by driving around the island you get to see a wide variety. For me, it's refreshing.
Very good suggestion. Getting out of Waikiki is always a good idea, especially for good food and beaches. One caveat of course is to factor in traffic time around the North Shore when the winter waves roll in. Traffic can be a nightmare.
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One of my favorite places on Oahu is Hanauma Bay Park. See link:

http://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/hanauma_bay_beach.html

If you're going to drive around Oahu, stop by. Even if you don't have time to actually snorkel, the view from the top is breathtaking.

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Having been to HNL 10 times the above is a great suggestion. Frequently if my flight is in the evening, this is how I spend my final day in town, rent a car in town, do some variant of the above and return the car to the airport. It's quite easy to navigate town, the only thing is traffic.
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Old Nov 8, 10, 11:56 pm
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Sounds like a plan. This may not be the proper venue for this question, but do you know of any discount codes for a one-day convertible rental??
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Old Nov 9, 10, 11:26 am
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I don't have the discount codes; however, the Avis or Hertz thread might have some for you.

In the past I've used Priceline.com or reserved on Avis on-line & got some pretty good deals.
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I'm going out to HNL this weekend. Flying out from ATL on Dec 5 (Sunday), getting there Sunday evening, then flying back on Wed Dec 8th at about 10pm. This will give me almost 3 nights and almost 3 full days.

I am staying at the Sheraton and plan to just spend a day relaxing by the beach and pool. But I'm trying to figure out what to do with the other 2 days.

Initially I was going to pack a bunch of stuff into the days, but as I am going alone just to unwind and get refreshed for the new year, I'm thinking perhaps a more laid back agenda would be better.

I appreciate the suggestions already posted.

I have a question... I've been thinking about renting a Moped for a day and spending a day driving around the island and frequently stopping to check out the views. I haven't seen any feedback on Moped rentals on the forums.
What is your take on this? And do you have any suggestions as to where to rent? The one that I've been looking at online is: hawaiimoped.com

And I definitely want to take surfing lessons on one of the days as well.

Other than that, my itinerary is still open.

I will be packing light so I will just take theBus from the airport to the hotel and am not looking to spend a fortune on this trip. Just wanting to relax and unwind. No need to splurge as it is just me and I will have to pay for any "splurging" when I get back. =)

Any suggestions of good local places to eat near the Sheratan? And any "must-sees" or "must-dos" besides what was listed above? I think I'll get a 4 day bus pass so can go wherever thebus can take me.

And I'm not a real big history buff... but you would recommend going to see the Pearl Harbor exhibit anyways? I'm more into seeing beautiful scenery and relaxing on this trip.

Thanks a bunch! This is my first post on the Travel section of the website!
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A couple of random thoughts. I'm sure others will contribute more good info. If you're going to be on the road all day, a scooter (moped) is going to be tiring. You're exposed to the weather, exhaust, bad drivers, etc. For a couple of hours it can be fun, but I highly recommend renting a car and driving all around the island. You can stop alongside the road nearly as well as with a scooter. You can have a great time just letting the day unfold as you go around the island.

I wouldn't go to Pearl Harbor if it doesn't interest you. It will take half a day and you don't have a lot of time. Others might disagree with this one.

In addition to surfing, you might try snorkeling. For me, it's one of the most relaxing activities I do in Hawaii.
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Old Dec 2, 10, 6:27 pm
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Originally Posted by nishimark View Post
A couple of random thoughts. I'm sure others will contribute more good info. If you're going to be on the road all day, a scooter (moped) is going to be tiring. You're exposed to the weather, exhaust, bad drivers, etc. For a couple of hours it can be fun, but I highly recommend renting a car and driving all around the island. You can stop alongside the road nearly as well as with a scooter. You can have a great time just letting the day unfold as you go around the island.

I wouldn't go to Pearl Harbor if it doesn't interest you. It will take half a day and you don't have a lot of time. Others might disagree with this one.

In addition to surfing, you might try snorkeling. For me, it's one of the most relaxing activities I do in Hawaii.
Thanks for your input. I will think a bit more about the moped. I can see your point about it getting tiring after a couple hours. I'll have to think a bit more on that.

And do you have any recommendations for surfing lessons or where to go for snorkeling? Along with what I should expect to pay for those activities?
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For snorkeling, Hanauma Bay is the classic place to go, but get there early. Here is a page about snorkeling all around the island.

http://www.hawaiisnorkelingguide.com...norkeling.html

If you've never snorkeled before, I highly recommend practicing in the pool that first day.
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History Buff or not the Arizona Memorial is a must :
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hawai...r-waikiki.html

Inexpensive Food Courts:
Ala Moana (shopping) Center, mentioned in above site
International Shopping Center
http://www.internationalmarketplacew...food%20service

Blazin Steaks, inexpensive, very good sliced steak plate lunch, etc.
http://www.blazinwaikiki.com/

Inexpensive bar and food:
http://moosemcgillycuddys.com/

You can kill 2 birds with one stone at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. A reasonably good buffet with Hawaiian with contemporary entertainment.

Award winning Seafood Village in the Hyatt basement (in top 10 Chinese in the US)
http://seafoodvillagehyatt.com/
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Old Dec 2, 10, 10:46 pm
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Originally Posted by KenfromDE View Post
History Buff or not the Arizona Memorial is a must :
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hawai...r-waikiki.html

Inexpensive Food Courts:
Ala Moana (shopping) Center, mentioned in above site
International Shopping Center
http://www.internationalmarketplacew...food%20service

Blazin Steaks, inexpensive, very good sliced steak plate lunch, etc.
http://www.blazinwaikiki.com/

Inexpensive bar and food:
http://moosemcgillycuddys.com/

You can kill 2 birds with one stone at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. A reasonably good buffet with Hawaiian with contemporary entertainment.

Award winning Seafood Village in the Hyatt basement (in top 10 Chinese in the US)
http://seafoodvillagehyatt.com/
Thanks for all the suggestions and links!

So I think I will be doing the dinner and show at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and I think I will go to the Arizona.

I only want to rent a car for one day though to drive around the entire island. I'm thinking that going to the Arizona Memorial and driving around the entire island probably can't happen in the same day, right?

So I'll take the bus to the memorial and rent a car from Waikiki for the day of driving. I'm starting to realize that 3 days is not enough time. I guess I'll just wet my appetite this trip for the next one and hopefully have a better idea of what to do next time.
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Old Dec 2, 10, 11:18 pm
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Originally Posted by KenfromDE View Post

Award winning Seafood Village in the Hyatt basement (in top 10 Chinese in the US)
http://seafoodvillagehyatt.com/
They're rated pretty low on tripadvisor.com: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...hu_Hawaii.html However, there are only 14 reviews. We're looking for a good seafood rest. in Waikiki area for January visit. Any other suggestions?

Mahalo!!
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