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We stayed here for 3 nights and could not fault it. It was bright, clean, fresh, newly renovated and had a fun, friendly and inviting atmosphere! The rooms were trendy and we had a great view of the beach from our 19th floor balcony on our partial ocean view room.
Oooh yeah! A shopper's paradise- for young and old. From souvenir shops, to surf shops to the pricey, glitzy big names such as Chanel and Louis Vuittion. Huge food court with reasonable prices. I thoroughly enjoyed he variety of women's fashion in Macy's.
3. International Market Place, Kalakaua St, Waikiki
A bunch of small shops selling lots of jewellery, t-shirts, aloha shirts, souvenirs, bags, etc etc. Not too corny, some interesting stuff to look at. You can barter here- good luck
Very tasty, grrrrreat service, excellent prices (about US$12 for good size pizza), trendy furnishing and decent crowd. Sit on the balcony for a good view. We sat inside, but still really enjoyed it. Eat pizza in style!
We caught a shuttle bus here for US$9 return with VIP Tours (we had a voucher though). Quite interesting. Free video screening with real footage and important info, as well as trip out to see USS Arizona Memorial. We also paid US$24 to walk on the Submarine as well as catch a bus around the other side of the harbour to check out the enormous USS Missori. Pretty worthwhile- whether your into history, big ships and subs, or just for something to do. My dad at home was really jealous of me going, but I quite enjoyed it myself too!
This was a pretty tiring, but incredibly worthwhile hike. We trekked up at a pretty fast rate and it wore us out a bit. If you're not mega fit, just take your time- about 40 minutes each way perhaps. Take some water, torches are not required at all, and make sure you bring a camera. The views from the top are outstanding. You can see so much!! The trip down is easy- grab a drink from the bottom. Costs $1 to enter. DEFINITELY worthwhile!
We booked a tour- it was pretty cheap- about US$15 i think. The shuttle bus picked us up, gave us heaps on info about possible danger and what we were to see. It was $5 to enter the bay. You must watch a 9 minute video before entering. Not bad, but it has some hilarious music in it! Either walk down (about 10minutes- not too hard at all) or catch a shuttle bus for $1 or 2. Nice sand and palm trees, and fun fish to look at it. We just stayed in shallow water, but managed to see a whole bunch of fish swimming around the reef edges!
8. Kahala Mall
We checked out Kahala Mall after our hike up Diamond Head. We caught a cab there- cheap! A whole bunch of decent shops for all ages. Also has a Macy's which we happily check out!
Well, as far as luaus go, it was good. I think that we expected more, but most of the crowd were incredibly enthusiastic chanting "aloha" and drinking Mai Tais or Blue Hawaii Cocktails which were included in the price. Lots of great dancing, especially the guy with the fire sticks... The tour guide- Alika- was HILARIOUS. He made it a great great experience. The other tour guides were apprently great too. Great for families or groups of friends. Nice bus trip to and from the luau, top location with palm trees, beach and lighthouse.