Five Things to Explore in Honolulu

Five Things to Explore in Honolulu

If you live in Honolulu, where do you go on vacation?  Based on a recent study from WalletHub, the answer might be “nowhere”.  The personal-finance site rated the Hawaiian capital as America’s best city for a staycation. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. It’s not hard to see why.  Honolulu is certainly…

Waikiki in the Morning

Waikiki in the Morning

As the sun rose on our last day on Oahu, my travel companion and I headed down to the beach.  Even early on a quiet morning, Waikiki had a very different feel from the beach we’d enjoyed the evening before. We had heard, and still hear, many times, from many people, that Oahu is the…

Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu

The day after our somber visit to Pearl Harbor, my travel companion and I went for the celebratory atmosphere of the Polynesian Cultural Center in La’ie. The 45-acre PCC features recreated villages representing different cultures of Polynesia; it’s like an island version of EPCOT. Each “village” offers shows that introduce some aspect of its culture….

Downtown Honolulu

Downtown Honolulu

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is a 22-acre mini-polis featuring five towers, 22 eating establishments, and a menagerie of wildlife, including emus, flamingos, and tropical penguins. It has much to recommend it, but unfortunately its size can contribute to some communications failures.  A central depot at the Tapa Tower serves the multitude of sight-seeing and airport shuttles…

Royal Hawaiian Luau on Oahu

Royal Hawaiian Luau on Oahu

A traditional Hawaiian luau is a big party in someone’s backyard, usually celebrating a significant event.  Since my travel companion and I didn’t expect to be invited to one of those, we decided to go for beachfront affair with lots of food and entertainment and drinks with umbrellas. This post contains affiliate links.  For more…