aloha from honolulu!

Well, we’re not in Honolulu anymore, but it was a snappier title! Today (Saturday) we arrived on Kauai but there’s lots to tell about our couple of days in Honolulu.

Long travel – 5 hours from Toronto to Vancouver (which was delayed), the longest airport transfer ever between the domestic and international terminals, and then the 6 hour flight from Vancouver to Honolulu. No free movies or tv on that flight, either, which kinda sucked – but since we arrived in Hawaii at about 5am Toronto time, I was sleeping anyway!

view from our balcony

We stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki, and although the room my sister and I shared didn’t have as nice a view as my parents’, it was bigger! The view from above was ours (there was an obstructed mountain view towards the right)…

waikiki beach

This one was the view from my parents’ room!

There was a huge pool, although it got pretty darn crowded in the morning.

the pool

Across the way right at the base of the hotel was the Royal Hawaiian plaza, filled with fancy shops and a pretty interesting food court. Coach, Ferrari (not the cars, but the apparel), Louis Vuitton, Tiffany…everything was there. I really liked how pretty much everything could be had in walking distance from the hotel! I know it’s pretty much a huge tourist trap, but sometimes that can be fun.

royal hawaiian

We had a fancy dinner at the “Top of Waikiki” restaurant which is a revolving dining room. They did have a vegetarian entree, a tomato gratin with fresh mozzarella and mushroom ragout.

token veg entree

The next day my youngest sister and I took a city bus to the Ala Moana Center, a huge open-air mall – the biggest in the world if the map is to be believed! It really was huge, but we didn’t do the whole thing since it was pretty much the usual stores. I did manage to zero in (by sheer luck) on a Hawaiian chain store with super cute clothes, Cinnamon Girl.

Ala Moana

And that was pretty much it for our two days in Waikiki! Good things about the Sheraton: excellent location, nice bed, nice lanai (balcony), nice pool, really good shower, excellent air conditioning, free wifi in the lobby.

Not as good things: super overpriced food even in the casual cafe (but there was lots else to be had close by in the other mall), no free internet in the room, and since it’s a huge hotel, there’s just so many people! I did really like it though, and I would’ve liked to stay another day or two in Honolulu, at least to visit some other parts of the city.

Now we’re on Kaua’i, everything must be driven to, and it’s much quieter. No air conditioning, but a kitchen. Everything’s a trade off! I think it’ll be pretty quiet here. I’m hoping to get some knitting done!



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17 responses to “aloha from honolulu!”

  1. Luise Avatar

    Great pictures! I’ve read about Honolulu but never been there. Clearly, quite an experience.

  2. kelly jo Avatar

    We honeymooned on Kauai and it was definitely most gorgeous place I’ve ever been and we can’t wait to go back! It was so peaceful, green and beautiful – and the people were amazingly nice! We stayed on the north side of the island away from even the small touristy area and it was almost like we were locals ourselves! Glad to hear you are having so much fun!

  3. Rose Avatar

    Very pretty; isn’t it amazing how different light and sky can be in different places?

  4. knithoundbrooklyn Avatar

    I think you are going to find Kauai absolutely delightful. Take a catamaran tour of the Na Pali coastline.

  5. Angel Avatar

    What a lucky girl to be in Hawaii! Looks like an amazing trip so far and enjoy the rest of the trip!

  6. Theresa Avatar

    We’re making our second visit to Kauai. We’ve visited all of the main island but Oahu and it’s probably our favorite. If you’re near the ocean, you won’t miss the A/C. (well, at least, we don’t miss it)

  7. Mary K. in Rockport Avatar
    Mary K. in Rockport

    The Keyboard Biologist is in the same place – maybe you’ll run into each other!

  8. moiraeknittoo Avatar

    the longest airport transfer ever between the domestic and international terminals

    I had to laugh at this, because I just did it a couple of weeks ago and ZOMG I thought it would never end. :D Enjoy Hawaii!

  9. kitkatknit Avatar

    Simply beautiful. I went to the islands about a dozen times in the 60’s and 70’s and now haven’t been back since 1976. Wow your pictures make me want to go back pronto!

  10. katherine Avatar

    wow! too much detail!

  11. darlene Avatar

    if you need hiking go to waimea canyon! and don’t forgot your camera!

  12. Linda Avatar

    There is a nice little yarn shop out in Hanalei.
    Don’t miss the Shrimp Tacos at the Shrimp station. Still on Kauai and loving it!

  13. Seanna Lea Avatar

    It sounds heavenly. Between you and Theresa, I am going to get my tropical getaway without leaving Boston!

  14. Meagan Avatar

    omggg its beautiful!!!!

  15. Rachel Avatar

    *sob sob* SOOOOO homesick! It’s been years since I’ve been back :(

    Love the photos and I’m really happy you’re having such a good time!

  16. Christine Gossens Avatar
    Christine Gossens

    If you make it to the town of Waimea, be sure to stop by JoJo’s… it truly is the BEST shave ice on the island!

  17. Marsha Avatar

    The hubby and I took our first (hopefully not the last) trip for our 10th three years ago. We were gone 11 days – half on Oahu (Looooooved!!) and the other half Maui (not so much). The hotel we stayed in on Oahu – Outrigger Waikiki – is just on the other side of the Royal Hawaiian from where you were. We had a fabulous view of Diamond Head from both of our lanais. We lucked out and got bumped up to a suite because they over-booked. We also went to dinner at Top of Waikiki (the restaurant rotates and on Friday nights you can see the fireworks from there). I absolutely loved all the touristy stuff we did and can’t wait to go back and just hang out.

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