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Title: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2010, 07:49:57 PM
Read my trip report on Oahu here:
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/6045
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 09, 2012, 02:29:59 PM
Jerusalem Kosher Deli near Waikiki:

http://jerusalemkosherdeli.com/index.html

http://www.chabadofhawaii.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1757159/jewish/Jerusalem-Kosher-Deli-Menu-Delicious-Kosher-Food-in-Hawaii.htm

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerusalem-Kosher-Deli/334760536555047?sk=photos
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Walk On the Ocean on March 29, 2012, 03:54:08 PM
Any outstanding hotels here?
I looked at the Hyatt in Oahu and it didn't look too great to me
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 29, 2012, 04:03:04 PM
Any outstanding hotels here?
I looked at the Hyatt in Oahu and it didn't look too great to me
Everything is in Waikiki, which is basically a big urban city with better weather.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 21, 2012, 10:37:12 PM
Jerusalem Kosher Deli near Waikiki:

http://jerusalemkosherdeli.com/index.html

http://www.chabadofhawaii.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1757159/jewish/Jerusalem-Kosher-Deli-Menu-Delicious-Kosher-Food-in-Hawaii.htm

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jerusalem-Kosher-Deli/334760536555047?sk=photos

Enjoyed a great lunch there today. Saved 5% by mentioning dansdeals. Was just about all we did in HNL aside from visiting a beach in Waikiki. An AAdmirals club AAngel miraculously was able to move us on to a direct flight instead of a layover in LAX getting us to our final destination only an hour later while giving us 4 hours to check out HNL
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 15, 2012, 04:12:07 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Ala Moana hotel (where the Chabad is located) for Shabbos? I am trying to decide if I should stay there or find another hotel that's in walking distance.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on October 17, 2012, 12:00:11 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Ala Moana hotel (where the Chabad is located) for Shabbos? I am trying to decide if I should stay there or find another hotel that's in walking distance.

Yeah, I was there a few months ago. Nothing special, basic rooms are very small. I used AA points 23,300 $0 taxes for 2 nights which was available at the time. I'm not sure what else is nearby, its right in middle of the city so you definitely can't walk from the hotels in Waikiki.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on October 19, 2012, 01:17:46 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Ala Moana hotel (where the Chabad is located) for Shabbos? I am trying to decide if I should stay there or find another hotel that's in walking distance.
I stayed in a hotel around the corner from the Chabad House which was nice. There is a Hilton close by if you preferred that.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 19, 2012, 10:51:34 AM
I'm not sure what else is nearby, its right in middle of the city so you definitely can't walk from the hotels in Waikiki.
-100
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 19, 2012, 11:20:48 AM
I stayed in a hotel around the corner from the Chabad House which was nice. There is a Hilton close by if you preferred that.
Do you know about how far of a walk it is from the Hilton?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 19, 2012, 11:29:52 AM
GIYF
http://goo.gl/maps/KB8aI
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 19, 2012, 11:31:06 AM
GIYF
http://goo.gl/maps/KB8aI
Haha now I feel like an idiot lol I forgot about that.
Thanks
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 19, 2012, 12:27:57 PM
Beware that many Waikiki hotels have staircases with motion-activated lights.
Find out before you go for shabbos.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on October 19, 2012, 12:32:32 PM
Beware that many Waikiki hotels have staircases with motion-activated lights.
Find out before you go for shabbos.
Thanks I guess I'll just play it safe and stay there
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: CholentTheTraveler on October 19, 2012, 06:54:30 PM
Do you know about how far of a walk it is from the Hilton?
Give or take 15 minutes(if we talking about the same Hilton) I believe
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on October 21, 2012, 10:08:20 AM
Beware that many Waikiki hotels have staircases with motion-activated lights.
Find out before you go for shabbos.
Beware that many Waikiki hotels have staircases with motion-activated lights.
Find out before you go for shabbos.

The Ala Moana also has motion activated lights in part of the stairwells.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 21, 2012, 12:42:55 PM
The Ala Moana also has motion activated lights in part of the stairwells.
So how do people stay there?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: youthink on October 21, 2012, 01:38:34 PM
So how do people stay there?

Not quite sure, with us the security guard guided us up, so he went in front of us, but going down I only noticed that it went on once, the rest of the times it was on already. Maybe the rabbi there knows more about it.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 21, 2012, 01:53:29 PM
Maybe the rabbi there knows more about it.
Yup, would be a good idea to ask first.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on December 11, 2012, 12:53:45 PM
So how do people stay there?

I ended up staying there, the Chabad Rabbi there stays in the hotel every Shabbat with his family, they have Security walk in front of them on the way up, and have their maintenance guy pick them up in the morning. They told him which room we were in and he came to pick us up in the morning as well.

Attached are some pics of the view from my room (looks like a city!) lol

I have a few more pics if you wanna see them.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2012, 12:55:14 PM
I hate hotels like that.  If I were to stay in Oahu again for shabbos I'd find a hotel without sensors like that.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on December 11, 2012, 01:06:03 PM
I think it might be hard in that area as there were some other people that ate the meals at the Chabad House / Center and they also had the issue in their hotels, though I don't remember offhand which hotels they were staying at.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2012, 01:07:07 PM
I think both the Sheraton and the Westin are problematic, but I think the Royal Hawaiian is OK.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on December 11, 2012, 01:45:15 PM
I stayed in the Hyatt, didn't have any issues
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2012, 01:56:14 PM
I stayed in the Hyatt, didn't have any issues
Thanks for the data point.

Has anyone here stayed at the Royal Hawaiian?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 11, 2013, 11:13:01 AM
Anyone ever stay in the sheraton waikiki?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 12, 2013, 02:36:50 PM
in connection to this post (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2098.msg413577#msg413577) im gonna bump it here with a modified question:

whats the best option for the cheapest normal accommodations i can find for 2 guys (maybe a 3rd) for 6 days?
cash and points?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 05:00:44 AM
Leaving For Oahu on tuesday morning iyh from LAX will get there by noon time.
heres my Activity List i put together for the few days ill be there. i would like some input and advice please:

Tuesday
Visit Chabad
Hike Manoa falls ----How long will that take?
Back to Airport ----pick up a friend
Head over to Lanikai beach----- stay for sunset

Wednesday
Hanauma Bay snorkeling------early morning (sunrise) and stay for how long ??
Koko head park
Halona blow hole
(Diamond head)---------if theres time....how much do i need for this

Thursday - Fast Day
Pearl Harbor
Drive across H3 highway
Walk up to Pali lookout
Polynesian cultral center (luau) ------has anyone seen it? worth the money?
Waikiki Boardwalk
Sunset atwaikiki
(dole plantatation) --------if theres time ----is it worth it?

Friday - North Shore
Haleiwa beach
Weimia bay
Sharks cove
Banzai Pipeline - waves

Sunday ------ PURIM

Monday till noon
Atlantis Submarine Adventure--------worth it?
or Diamond hill if didnt do on a diff day

Please tell me if there are things i missed, can skip or i should prioritize. Also if i should change around the order for diff days etc..
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 02:13:25 PM
Leaving For Oahu on tuesday morning iyh from LAX will get there by noon time.
heres my Activity List i put together for the few days ill be there. i would like some input and advice please:

Tuesday
Visit Chabad
Hike Manoa falls ----How long will that take?
Back to Airport ----pick up a friend
Head over to Lanikai beach----- stay for sunset

Wednesday
Hanauma Bay snorkeling------early morning (sunrise) and stay for how long ??
Koko head park
Halona blow hole
(Diamond head)---------if theres time....how much do i need for this

Thursday - Fast Day
Pearl Harbor
Drive across H3 highway
Walk up to Pali lookout
Polynesian cultral center (luau) ------has anyone seen it? worth the money?
Waikiki Boardwalk
Sunset atwaikiki
(dole plantatation) --------if theres time ----is it worth it?

Friday - North Shore
Haleiwa beach
Weimia bay
Sharks cove
Banzai Pipeline - waves

Sunday ------ PURIM

Monday till noon
Atlantis Submarine Adventure--------worth it?
or Diamond hill if didnt do on a diff day

Please tell me if there are things i missed, can skip or i should prioritize. Also if i should change around the order for diff days etc..
BUMP

i know its an early bump but my flight is tomorrow AM and i need to make sure this makes sense and if someone is able to answer the few questions i had on a few Attractions.
thanx
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 18, 2013, 02:17:25 PM
BUMP

i know its an early bump but my flight is tomorrow AM and i need to make sure this makes sense and if someone is able to answer the few questions i had on a few Attractions.
thanx
looks really good, I would say skip the submarine tour and just leave diamond head for Monday, otherwise looks like you have a great itinerary
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 02:24:51 PM
looks really good, I would say skip the submarine tour and just leave diamond head for Monday, otherwise looks like you have a great itinerary
thank you. So it doesnt seem  like too much to cover?
how long do i need at Diamond Head? - flights at 1:45 and i dont want to wake up too early morning after purim.

how about all the other stuff time wise, have you done them to know how much time is ideal per attraction (the specific ones i asked that is)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 18, 2013, 02:29:06 PM
Leaving For Oahu on tuesday morning iyh from LAX will get there by noon time.
heres my Activity List i put together for the few days ill be there. i would like some input and advice please:

Tuesday
Visit Chabad
Hike Manoa falls ----How long will that take?
Back to Airport ----pick up a friend
Head over to Lanikai beach----- stay for sunset

Wednesday
Hanauma Bay snorkeling------early morning (sunrise) and stay for how long ?? I would say 2 hours is plenty
Koko head park
Halona blow hole
(Diamond head)---------if theres time....how much do i need for this - would recommend leaving until mon

Thursday - Fast Day
Pearl Harbor
Drive across H3 highway
Walk up to Pali lookout
Polynesian cultral center (luau) ------has anyone seen it? worth the money? Never did that particular one, but I wasn't impressed in general with luau
Waikiki Boardwalk
Sunset atwaikiki
(dole plantatation) --------if theres time ----is it worth it?- never did

Friday - North Shore
Haleiwa beach
Weimia bay
Sharks cove
Banzai Pipeline - waves

Sunday ------ PURIM

Monday till noon
Atlantis Submarine Adventure--------worth it? - don't think it is
or Diamond hill if didnt do on a diff day

Please tell me if there are things i missed, can skip or i should prioritize. Also if i should change around the order for diff days etc..
added my 0.02
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 18, 2013, 02:30:43 PM
I did the whole diamond head in 2.5 hrs with a pregnant wife, you can do it much quicker
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 02:34:16 PM
added my 0.02
cool.
a friend of mine told me that hanauma bay is worth it to make a whole day trip out of it. but i guess that depends how much u enjoy the sand, water and snorkeling.

Any type of car recommended?

where is a nice sunrise/sunset that uve seen this time of year?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 18, 2013, 02:35:49 PM
cool.
a friend of mine told me that hanauma bay is worth it to make a whole day trip out of it. but i guess that depends how much u enjoy the sand, water and snorkeling.
agreed, I actually spent a whole Friday there. I was saying that I think 2 hours is enough to enjoy the snorkeling without feeling your missing anything and get on with your itin
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 02:36:06 PM
I did the whole diamond head in 2.5 hrs with a pregnant wife, you can do it much quicker
manoa falls is quicker or longer would you say?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 18, 2013, 02:38:40 PM
manoa falls is quicker or longer would you say?
i spent less time on the hike, and more time at the falls. IIRC there are multiple trails. you can definitely do it in 1:30
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 18, 2013, 02:42:51 PM
ok...Any type of car recommended? (AWD or ...?)

where is a nice sunrise/sunset that uve seen this time of year?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: robi on February 18, 2013, 02:44:14 PM
ok...Any type of car recommended? (AWD or ...?)

where is a nice sunrise/sunset that uve seen this time of year?
i had a convertible, never felt the need for an AWD. I was there in the summer, and not much of a sunset guy
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2013, 02:18:53 PM
Leaving For Oahu on tuesday morning iyh from LAX will get there by noon time.
heres my Activity List i put together for the few days ill be there. i would like some input and advice please:

Tuesday
Visit Chabad
Hike Manoa falls ----How long will that take?
Back to Airport ----pick up a friend
Head over to Lanikai beach----- stay for sunset

Wednesday
Hanauma Bay snorkeling------early morning (sunrise) and stay for how long ??
Koko head park
Halona blow hole
(Diamond head)---------if theres time....how much do i need for this

Thursday - Fast Day
Pearl Harbor
Drive across H3 highway
Walk up to Pali lookout
Polynesian cultral center (luau) ------has anyone seen it? worth the money?
Waikiki Boardwalk
Sunset atwaikiki
(dole plantatation) --------if theres time ----is it worth it?

Friday - North Shore
Haleiwa beach
Weimia bay
Sharks cove
Banzai Pipeline - waves

Sunday ------ PURIM

Monday till noon
Atlantis Submarine Adventure--------worth it?
or Diamond hill if didnt do on a diff day

Please tell me if there are things i missed, can skip or i should prioritize. Also if i should change around the order for diff days etc..
Why are you spending so much time on Oahu instead of Kauai or Maui??

Anyway
-Manoa Falls is nice, maybe 1-2 hours.  I hiked a little past the falls into the bamboo forest.
-Hanauma Bay is overcrowded and you have to watch a video about preserving the coral.  It's overrated, though Oahu isn't known for great snorkeling.
-Diamond head is 1-2 hours, nice view at the top.
-Pearl Harbor can have long lines. allow 2-3 hours.
-H3 and Pali are nice
-I'd skip the Luau.
-Waikiki is worth a walk down I suppose.  There are probably better sunset spots.
-I think dole is for kids. CMIIW.
-Jetskiing on Banzai pipeline was great

-I'd do the kayaking trip to the sandbar that I wrote about in my TR over some of the stuff you have on your list.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 19, 2013, 04:49:37 PM
Why are you spending so much time on Oahu instead of Kauai or Maui??

Anyway
-Manoa Falls is nice, maybe 1-2 hours.  I hiked a little past the falls into the bamboo forest.
-Hanauma Bay is overcrowded and you have to watch a video about preserving the coral.  It's overrated, though Oahu isn't known for great snorkeling.
-Diamond head is 1-2 hours, nice view at the top.
-Pearl Harbor can have long lines. allow 2-3 hours.
-H3 and Pali are nice
-I'd skip the Luau.
-Waikiki is worth a walk down I suppose.  There are probably better sunset spots.
-I think dole is for kids. CMIIW.
-Jetskiing on Banzai pipeline was great

-I'd do the kayaking trip to the sandbar that I wrote about in my TR over some of the stuff you have on your list.
Thanx for your input. Just landed and so far birds eye view and weather is gorgeous

I think I'll skip dole Plantation and maybe less time at Hanauma Bay. And do the kayaking. The problem is that Thursday is a fast day and I'm trying to make it simple stuff not to sweat out.
Friday for North Shore. And only Wednesday and little bit of Monday unless I take a few hours on purim

Which bay did u leave from to kayaking? And how long did it take.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on February 19, 2013, 05:02:20 PM
Thanx for your input. Just landed and so far birds eye view and weather is gorgeous

I think I'll skip dole Plantation and maybe less time at Hanauma Bay. And do the kayaking. The problem is that Thursday is a fast day and I'm trying to make it simple stuff not to sweat out.
Friday for North Shore. And only Wednesday and little bit of Monday unless I take a few hours on purim

Which bay did u leave from to kayaking? And how long did it take.

Only input I have is about Pearl Harbor, I was there for 5 hours and didn't finish everything to see there. Depending on how much detail you enjoy depends on the length of time it will take you. If you go early in the morning you have a better chance of going to the site as they are limited tickets. Also they do not allow any bags on site you need to check it in for a small fee (if I remember it was about $3.00).
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Rivky on February 19, 2013, 05:12:24 PM
I am confused about Pearl Harbor tours and stuff. Do I need to do a tour? I do not want to spend more then 3 hours there. Any recommendations or ideas?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on February 19, 2013, 05:17:41 PM
I am confused about Pearl Harbor tours and stuff. Do I need to do a tour? I do not want to spend more then 3 hours there. Any recommendations or ideas?

No you do not need to go with a tour.

If you want to go out to the memorial (The Arizona) You need to get there early, as I mentioned there is limited amount of tickets. They show you a video about the attack for about 45 min, and then you go on a boat out to the memorial.

There are several Museums on premises as well, including the USS Bowfin (submarine). Off site there is an Airplane Museum and another ship that served in WWII.

There is a fee to go to the off-site exhibits.
They do not allow any bags in the park, so you need to drop it off at a check in area for a small fee (I think it was $3).
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 20, 2013, 11:37:02 AM
Only input I have is about Pearl Harbor, I was there for 5 hours and didn't finish everything to see there. Depending on how much detail you enjoy depends on the length of time it will take you. If you go early in the morning you have a better chance of going to the site as they are limited tickets. Also they do not allow any bags on site you need to check it in for a small fee (if I remember it was about $3.00).
what's considered early?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 20, 2013, 11:44:04 AM
Why are you spending so much time on Oahu instead of Kauai or Maui??
A number of reasons why.
money - trying to keep to a budget and flights would've been more and hotel.

Time - it would be harder time wise. I wanted to see a little bit of Oahu and spend purim here so it wouldn't make sense to go out for a day or 2 to those islands and have in mind tomorrow is a  fast so hiking would be an issue.

So I figured I'd do ohau properly and see everything and come back another time for the other islands in a proper way!
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on February 20, 2013, 11:49:19 AM
Any recommendations for what to see/do with kids (ages 18 months-9 yrs)?  We will be in HNL for 1+ days on our way back from Australia.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on February 20, 2013, 12:41:19 PM
what's considered early?

I got there at about 8 am and got a ticket for the 8:30 trip, but right after I got there many tour buses and groups showed up so I'm assuming they filled the next couple of trips.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 21, 2013, 09:14:06 PM
I think both the Sheraton and the Westin are problematic, but I think the Royal Hawaiian is OK.

Just got back Thanks to Dan and all DDF Members. I will post TR later but just wanted to let you know Royal Hawaiian does have sensors in stairwells. We however were on the first floor of the hotel which is accessed through the main entrance of the hotel so no sensor issue as the lights always stay on and had no problem. It is about a 20 minute walk to the chabad in HNL from there. I would definitely stay there again. Rooms aren't so special for 20,000 spg points but the hotel grounds are gorgeous and very secluded.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 21, 2013, 09:17:20 PM
Awesome! Sounds that's the place to be for shabbos then.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on February 21, 2013, 09:19:44 PM
I am confused about Pearl Harbor tours and stuff. Do I need to do a tour? I do not want to spend more then 3 hours there. Any recommendations or ideas?

I was at pearl harbor last friday. There were no tickets left for the Arizona Memorial but the Navy seal that runs the boat told us they always have extra room on each boat you just have to wait to let everyon else board first. He was right there was room and let us go out with the group for free. YMMV
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on February 22, 2013, 02:30:02 AM
I was at pearl harbor last friday. There were no tickets left for the Arizona Memorial but the Navy seal that runs the boat told us they always have extra room on each boat you just have to wait to let everyon else board first. He was right there was room and let us go out with the group for free. YMMV
AZ memorial is always free.
i was there today and we came about 10:50 am and we got on to the tour that was at 12:30 - so we went to Missouri battleship first.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 28, 2013, 01:12:43 PM
TRIP REPORT:

Before the Trip - i went to Ralphs, Western Kosher, and Schwartz's Bakery in LA and loaded up a full suitcase of food. - snacks, meat, cheese…..
Tuesday - Good start - i got upgraded to business on AA from LAX. Made sure to get a window seat so that when i land i can see the beautiful view and take some nice pics. it was an AMAZING view. Clear blue water and quarrels etc…
Picked up my Genesis at Hertz for the week rented with 2500 points. Went to Chabad to arrange the apt we rented from them and headed straight to Manoa Falls - i will list what we did in order

Tuesday
Manoa Falls - 20 min drive from Waikiki. A real nice hike especially when its drizzling a bit which happens often. and if it does it'll be a nice falls. Recommendable to wear shorts or a bathing suit while hiking the 30 min up because u may get all dirty from mud. If you wanna be crazy like us you can bring a towel and jump into the water (u have to go over the Do Not Enter line) and see the falls from up close. If you have a waterproof camera like we did then id say bring that over an SLR on this hike. - about 15 min hike down
Waikiki Beach - A really nice view of Honolulu buildings and a beautiful place to watch Sunset. the sand isn't so nice, its quite rocky, and the water was cold and full of rocks and we cut our feet going in. Bring Goggles and u may be able to see some colorful fish as well. Then just drove around, got the feeling of the place and went to Walmart, got a 2 one-time use grills for $2 each and had a nice BBQ at the end of Waikiki Beach where theres a small park on the water.

Wednesday - Went to the Minyan at Chabad at 8am and started our journey to the other end of the island - big day ahead:
Kane'ohe - Drove down the Pali Highway, stopped at some Beautiful view points to take pics, and continued to the most beautiful and blue water beach I've ever seen. Went to a nearby store to rent a boogie board for $12 for 4 hours but the waves were shvach and we just hung out in the sand and hot sun amazed at the color of the water.
Lanikai - a few min down the road from Kane'ohe is a connecting beach which is VERY nice as well, and its quiet (at least when we went)
North Shore - then started hour and half drive to the north. we stopped at a few diff View points -
Chinaman's Hat - by a really nice park off the highway. you can't miss it.
 and another place that had some nice decent waves. and a natural hole in the a big rock.
Waipio beach -  very nice place to watch some waves usually - by us the water was still.
Banzai Pipline - we only saw 3 ft waves :( we came a week too late but we saw a nice sunset. then drove back down to Honolulu/Waikiki area
Waikiki Park - 2nd night in a row, went to walmart to pick up $2 grills and made a nice BBQ - before the fast!!

Thursday - Taanis Esther -
Pearl Harbor - After the minyan Shachris at Chabad we went straight to Pearl Harbor which is about 30 min away from Chabad. it took a few minutes to find parking because it was packed. I would recommend to prob book tickets in advance if u want to go straight in. We only did the big Missouri Battleship boat -$22  and didn't have to wait for that. it was really nice. We got so carried away that we did realize there was the whole bottom of the boat which is more interesting and we ran to do that and catch the next bus back to the main site. - We then went to the Arizona Memorial, - FREE-  and you watch a video before which is really nice and explains everything.
Chinatown - while driving out of PH someone told me that he saw Hawaii Five 0 shooting in china town, so we went down there and watched some live scenes which were pretty cool to see - especially for a fan of that show :)
Diamond Head - $5 entry per car and we started the trek up without water since it was a fast day! - Thank Gd it wasn't too hot, and it drizzled so we didn't dehydrate. it takes about 35 min to climb up or so and shorter to go down. It SO worth it. Amazing views from up there - you can see the whole waikiki and hononlulu + more. Then headed to airport to drop off a friend that we met and stopped by Hertz since we were board of our car and got a Buick Lacrosse. (and extra gas :) )

Friday - Drove down towards south
Hanaumau Bay - $1 parking / $7 Entry to bay / and you can rent snorkel gear at the beach. we got the Full package for $12 and they take CC . Unbelievable Snorkeling. the whole way down to the bay it was drizzling. when we got there we took some nice pics (despite the grey clouds) and we decided to go in to snorkel even though it was grey day. While entering the sun cleared to Blue, until we got out and then started raining again! - Before entering everyone must watch a 7 min video for safety. The water was a bit wavy so the fish weren't stable but there were still plenty of beautiful reefs…
Koko Head - Crazy Hike. make sure you are in shape for this one. - we asked the attendant at Hanauma Bay how to get there and she said she is not at liberty to say since its not an official Hike but many ppl do it. - its a few minutes away from the Bay and it looks easier then it is. its hundreds of steps to climb till the peak. took us 40 min (incl. stopping to rest a bit) but the View is Gorgeous ! make sure to take at least a big bottle or 2 small bottles with you. and DONT go if its raining or drizzling. you can slip and…..Anyways, the way down started drizzling so we quickly - safely left the peak and it stopped half way down. took about 20 min the way down.
Halona Blow Hole - a bit further down the road (btw that road is gorgeous to drive down) is a blow hole where the waves hit the rocks and on one of them theres a hole so it shoots the water up. pretty cool. Then we zipped back to Chabad to get ready for Shabbos!

Friday Night - was very nice. Friday night meal at Chabad with singing and lots of Lchaim with all the young energized Israelis (and us  :) )
Shabbos -  also nice. had a meal at chabad with singing and lchaim.
Motzei Shabbos - Purim - We had a great party for all the Israelis that live there (or selling dead sea products at the malls) and there was plenty of food, drinks and Lchaim
Sunday - PURIM day - A bit hungover from the night before we got up and went for Round 2! Made some Lchaim mixes and headed out to the Massive mall across from Chabad (biggest outdoor mall in America) to find Israelis, put teffilin on them and Bring the happiness of the Chag to them with drinks, graggers, and costumes. - then Came back to chabad to help set up for the party which was more family oriented.

Monday - Went to the airport on the way to the H3 highway and swapped for a convertible
H3 Highway - A really Beautiful Highway that crosses over to the other side of Ohau. Amazing Views of mountains and the Blue Water from far.
Pali Lookout - A really nice lookout thats worth the 25 min drive from Waikiki to see. $3 parking fee. We went on a really Windy day so be careful that your hats, kippas don't fly away or that you don't when u stand on the ledge to take a pic (like i did!) Drove back on Pali Highway which is also very nice, and headed to the Airport -
Make sure you fly out of Oahu in the day and take a window seat. The view of Honolulu and the Water is the coolest view I've ever seen - clear turquoise and Blue water - Breathtaking!

Such an awesome time we had, now to The Big Island for a crazier experience :)

See that thread for the TR.





Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 28, 2013, 01:34:44 PM
TRIP REPORT:

Before the Trip - i went to Ralphs, Western Kosher, and Schwartz's Bakery in LA and loaded up a full suitcase of food. - snacks, meat, cheese…..
Tuesday - Good start - i got upgraded to business on AA from LAX. Made sure to get a window seat so that when i land i can see the beautiful view and take some nice pics. it was an AMAZING view. Clear blue water and quarrels etc…
Picked up my Genesis at Hertz for the week rented with 2500 points. Went to Chabad to arrange the apt we rented from them and headed straight to Manoa Falls - i will list what we did in order

Tuesday
Manoa Falls - 20 min drive from Waikiki. A real nice hike especially when its drizzling a bit which happens often. and if it does it'll be a nice falls. Recommendable to wear shorts or a bathing suit while hiking the 30 min up because u may get all dirty from mud. If you wanna be crazy like us you can bring a towel and jump into the water (u have to go over the Do Not Enter line) and see the falls from up close. If you have a waterproof camera like we did then id say bring that over an SLR on this hike. - about 15 min hike down
Waikiki Beach - A really nice view of Honolulu buildings and a beautiful place to watch Sunset. the sand isn't so nice, its quite rocky, and the water was cold and full of rocks and we cut our feet going in. Bring Goggles and u may be able to see some colorful fish as well. Then just drove around, got the feeling of the place and went to Walmart, got a 2 one-time use grills for $2 each and had a nice BBQ at the end of Waikiki Beach where theres a small park on the water.

Wednesday - Went to the Minyan at Chabad at 8am and started our journey to the other end of the island - big day ahead:
Kane'ohe - Drove down the Pali Highway, stopped at some Beautiful view points to take pics, and continued to the most beautiful and blue water beach I've ever seen. Went to a nearby store to rent a boogie board for $12 for 4 hours but the waves were shvach and we just hung out in the sand and hot sun amazed at the color of the water.
Lanikai - a few min down the road from Kane'ohe is a connecting beach which is VERY nice as well, and its quiet (at least when we went)
North Shore - then started hour and half drive to the north. we stopped at a few diff View points -
Chinaman's Hat - by a really nice park off the highway. you can't miss it.
 and another place that had some nice decent waves. and a natural hole in the a big rock.
Waipio beach -  very nice place to watch some waves usually - by us the water was still.
Banzai Pipline - we only saw 3 ft waves :( we came a week too late but we saw a nice sunset. then drove back down to Honolulu/Waikiki area
Waikiki Park - 2nd night in a row, went to walmart to pick up $2 grills and made a nice BBQ - before the fast!!

Thursday - Taanis Esther -
Pearl Harbor - After the minyan Shachris at Chabad we went straight to Pearl Harbor which is about 30 min away from Chabad. it took a few minutes to find parking because it was packed. I would recommend to prob book tickets in advance if u want to go straight in. We only did the big Missouri Battleship boat -$22  and didn't have to wait for that. it was really nice. We got so carried away that we did realize there was the whole bottom of the boat which is more interesting and we ran to do that and catch the next bus back to the main site. - We then went to the Arizona Memorial, - FREE-  and you watch a video before which is really nice and explains everything.
Chinatown - while driving out of PH someone told me that he saw Hawaii Five 0 shooting in china town, so we went down there and watched some live scenes which were pretty cool to see - especially for a fan of that show :)
Diamond Head - $5 entry per car and we started the trek up without water since it was a fast day! - Thank Gd it wasn't too hot, and it drizzled so we didn't dehydrate. it takes about 35 min to climb up or so and shorter to go down. It SO worth it. Amazing views from up there - you can see the whole waikiki and hononlulu + more. Then headed to airport to drop off a friend that we met and stopped by Hertz since we were board of our car and got a Buick Lacrosse. (and extra gas :) )

Friday - Drove down towards south
Hanaumau Bay - $1 parking / $7 Entry to bay / and you can rent snorkel gear at the beach. we got the Full package for $12 and they take CC . Unbelievable Snorkeling. the whole way down to the bay it was drizzling. when we got there we took some nice pics (despite the grey clouds) and we decided to go in to snorkel even though it was grey day. While entering the sun cleared to Blue, until we got out and then started raining again! - Before entering everyone must watch a 7 min video for safety. The water was a bit wavy so the fish weren't stable but there were still plenty of beautiful reefs…
Koko Head - Crazy Hike. make sure you are in shape for this one. - we asked the attendant at Hanauma Bay how to get there and she said she is not at liberty to say since its not an official Hike but many ppl do it. - its a few minutes away from the Bay and it looks easier then it is. its hundreds of steps to climb till the peak. took us 40 min (incl. stopping to rest a bit) but the View is Gorgeous ! make sure to take at least a big bottle or 2 small bottles with you. and DONT go if its raining or drizzling. you can slip and…..Anyways, the way down started drizzling so we quickly - safely left the peak and it stopped half way down. took about 20 min the way down.
Halona Blow Hole - a bit further down the road (btw that road is gorgeous to drive down) is a blow hole where the waves hit the rocks and on one of them theres a hole so it shoots the water up. pretty cool. Then we zipped back to Chabad to get ready for Shabbos!

Friday Night - was very nice. Friday night meal at Chabad with singing and lots of Lchaim with all the young energized Israelis (and us  :) )
Shabbos

Nice! Thanks for posting- any chance we can get some pics included?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on March 28, 2013, 02:14:30 PM
Nice! Thanks for posting- any chance we can get some pics included?
ill post some when i have a chance. any specific things you want to see?

and go back to my post i edited it and updated from shabbs till tuesday on bottom since it got cut out i saw
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on April 22, 2013, 03:26:52 PM
Looking for a nice hotel to stay at for two night over shabbos.
Has anyone stayed at either of the Sheratons? Any problems with automatic sensors on shabbos?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 03:38:09 PM
Looking for a nice hotel to stay at for two night over shabbos.
Has anyone stayed at either of the Sheratons? Any problems with automatic sensors on shabbos?
There's only 1 Sheraton and it does have sensors in the staircases as does the Westin.
There's also a 4 points that has really bad reviews, not sure about sensors there.

The Royal Hawaiian has rooms on the ground floor where you can avoid the sensor issue.  The Westin may have some rooms accessible without sensors but you'd have to PUTPAC.
IIRC the Hyatt doesn't have sensors but I'd PUTPAC there as well.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on April 22, 2013, 05:22:56 PM
There's only 1 Sheraton and it does have sensors in the staircases as does the Westin.
The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Waikiki are the same hotel?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 22, 2013, 05:26:55 PM
The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and Sheraton Waikiki are the same hotel?
The Princess is the 4 points rubbish I was talking about.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on July 25, 2013, 12:28:56 AM
can someone help me with some q's

does pearl harbor cost or not? do i need to make advance reservations? how much time should i allot?


looking at info for hanauma bay. its $7.50 entrance fee. if we r not going to be snorkeling, is it worth going? or is it like any other beach? it says it is closed tuesday is that the entire beach, or just the snorkeling?

thank you
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2013, 12:30:50 AM
can someone help me with some q's

1.does pearl harbor cost or not?
2. do i need to make advance reservations?
3. how much time should i allot?
4. if we r not going to be snorkeling, is it worth going?
1. No.
2. No
3. Show up when they open otherwise long lines. Tickets are first come first served. If you go when they open allow 90 minutes or so.
4. Absolutely not.  Go to any windward or north shore beach for free, far better.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on July 25, 2013, 10:51:43 AM
can someone help me with some q's

does pearl harbor cost or not? do i need to make advance reservations? how much time should i allot?


looking at info for hanauma bay. its $7.50 entrance fee. if we r not going to be snorkeling, is it worth going? or is it like any other beach? it says it is closed tuesday is that the entire beach, or just the snorkeling?

thank you

You can make reservations for Pearl Harbor online so you don't have to wait in line when you get there, but you usually have to do that several months in advance.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ganizzy on July 25, 2013, 10:57:32 AM
Thanks
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on July 25, 2013, 11:01:45 AM
There are some attractions at pearl harbor that cost. like the ship i think was $22. - i wrote in my trip report.

and @dan yes the north shore and the west side are much nicer but the snorkeling is pretty nice on south

and hey if you an intense cool hike. go to koko head. - its officialy illegal to hike but everyone hikes it. it took me 40 min up and 20 down, it straight up and milliions of steps!! stretch before and take water
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2013, 12:14:23 PM
There are some attractions at pearl harbor that cost. like the ship i think was $22. - i wrote in my trip report.
I just did the actual memorial which is free.

and @dan yes the north shore and the west side are much nicer but the snorkeling is pretty nice on south
He didn't want to go snorkeling.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: lfas25 on July 25, 2013, 02:16:27 PM
Thanks

Keep in mind at Pearl Harbor, they do not allow you to bring any bags. There is a stand there where you could check it in (for a few dollars I don't remember how much)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on October 01, 2013, 08:24:53 PM
Keep in mind at Pearl Harbor, they do not allow you to bring any bags. There is a stand there where you could check it in (for a few dollars I don't remember how much)

Everything is on the internet. A bag check is $3 per. Parking is free. Reserve advance tickets by paying $1.50 per ticket, well worth it in my opinion.

The link to the site with all the info is below- but don't bother clicking it until the government morons stop trying to get negative attention with their shutdown.
"Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. "

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDkQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nps.gov%2Fvalr%2Fparknews%2Fpearl-harbor-historic-sites-offer-online-reservations.htm&ei=gmZLUv4YhMTgA_zngZAI&usg=AFQjCNFmXBm0SETpRXQ_bMilCToOHu_N0Q&sig2=HPzblAUfl_KYlFFzN5tVng&bvm=bv.53371865,d.dmg

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: yos9694 on December 06, 2013, 01:06:10 PM
As far as Shabbos hotels go, I wanted to add another data point. We stayed at The Equus, which is a boutique hotel (so no points options other than "refund" points). The door to the room had electronic locks, which was the only issue (easy enough to deal with), and everything else was perfect. No automatic doors. 24/7 access to the stairwells. Lights in the stairwells are always on, no motion sensors. Top floor is 10th, but only 8 flights up from the lobby (shorter flights than your average NY apartment building). Walk to Chabad.... no more than 5 minutes. Hotel staff was great and helped us with our "Shabbos issues" without making us feel weird  ;D.

Price was not bad either... we got the suite, which was well worth it. The location of the hotel is the obvious reason for the low pricing of this place- it's at the edge of Waikiki and most views of the ocean are blocked by other hotels (though we had a partial ocean view and were able to watch sunset in entirety from our room, so I was happy enough). I was more than happy to be far from the hub of Waikiki as I did not plan to spend anytime in that overcrowded strip of sand and tourists. I was only there because of Shabbos and this served perfectly.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: MendyP on December 30, 2013, 10:23:14 PM
Trip Report

I don't think I ever posted my trip report from Hawai'i from Jan 2012 and figured I'd do so. The first half is in the Big Island thread, the second half is here:

Friday, Jan 20th
•   Go! Mokulele Flight #1011 from Kona – Honolulu, 7:55am–8:35am
•   Oahu Kosher – got Shabbat food; The Liquor Collection – got Kosher wine;
•   Dole Pineapple Plantation (As is noted all over the internet, this is a big tourist trap, but fun to visit. Pineapples are a fortune here.)
•   Waimea Bay; Banzai Pipeline; (Beautiful beaches! Big waves!)
•   Hotel: Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku (Incredible)

Shabbat, Jan 21st
•   Pool/Beach/Relaxing over Shabbat
•   Saturday night: HA! Breath of Life Show @ Polynesian Cultural Center (7:30-9:00) (Entertaining. Felt like an off-broadway show)
•   Hotel: Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku

Sunday, Jan 22nd
•   Pearl Harbor – USS Arizona Memorial (75 min) (Informative and well worth it)
•   Hanauma Bay snorkeling (Closed Tuesdays) (First time snorkeling...wow! Bring a waterproof disposable camera for some great pics)
•   Sunday Showcase @ Waikiki Beach Walk (free shows starting 5pm) / Torch lighting ceremony @ Kuhi’o Beach, music, hula @ sunset time (Entertaining, watching hula dancing, etc)
•   Hotel: Outrigger Luana, Waikiki (Priceline: $156/night)

Monday, Jan 23rd
•   Drive Tantalus Drive – Round Top Drive (Gorgeous homes, great view from up above Honolulu)
•   Polynesian Cultural Center Day Experience (12pm-6pm); Drive the H-3 (Beautiful drive, fun day)
•   Lai’e Point (Beautiful scenic point)
•   Hotel: Outrigger Luana, Waikiki

Tuesday, Jan 24th
•   Diamond Head (Didn't end up climbing)
•   Explore Waikiki, Beach (Lots of activities here. Busy beach)
•   AA Flight #8 (HNL-DFW) 6:20pm-5:40am (mileage tix)
•   AA Flight #704 (DFW-LGA) 7:00am-11:20am
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 30, 2013, 11:11:07 PM
thanks for the nice trip info.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on December 31, 2013, 12:42:10 PM
Hey y'all
last summer the wife and i went on a first class/5 star vacation to TBI and Maui (all from miles etc learnt on this site, btw). i got in tix for us with the kids this time on the delta glitch.
i'd love for this to be a cheaper trip. hotels seem VERY expensive all around. especially near chabad. any hotel/apartment nuggets anyone has to share? tips for cheaper accomodations? car rentals are also quite a bit. i did costco travel on the other 2 islands and they were cheaper than priceline (where ive done quite well in the past).
it just seems like it's gonna set me back a lot. anyone travel to oahu on a budget? and with kids?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 31, 2013, 12:47:09 PM
Hey y'all
last summer the wife and i went on a first class/5 star vacation to TBI and Maui (all from miles etc learnt on this site, btw). i got in tix for us with the kids this time on the delta glitch.
i'd love for this to be a cheaper trip. hotels seem VERY expensive all around. especially near chabad. any hotel/apartment nuggets anyone has to share? tips for cheaper accomodations? car rentals are also quite a bit. i did costco travel on the other 2 islands and they were cheaper than priceline (where ive done quite well in the past).
it just seems like it's gonna set me back a lot. anyone travel to oahu on a budget? and with kids?

Try VRBO?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on December 31, 2013, 12:56:44 PM
also, the reason we didnt go to oahu last summer is becasue it basically seemed like there was very little there that i couldnt get in cancun, miami beach or anywhere on the islands south of florida. so we chose to do OGG and KOA to see amazing things like volcanos, mana keaua,  Haleakala Crater sunrise, red/green/black sand beaches, snorkling with 12 foot manta rays OR THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WHOLE TRIP OF A 2 HOUR HIKE UP AND DOWN STREAMS TO GET TO WAIPIO VALLEY TO SEE A BREATHTAKING 1000+ ft WATERFALL   etc.
what does oahu have that i cant find anywhere else in the world?????
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmebeble on December 31, 2013, 10:08:23 PM
also, the reason we didnt go to oahu last summer is becasue it basically seemed like there was very little there that i couldnt get in cancun, miami beach or anywhere on the islands south of florida. so we chose to do OGG and KOA to see amazing things like volcanos, mana keaua,  Haleakala Crater sunrise, red/green/black sand beaches, snorkling with 12 foot manta rays OR THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WHOLE TRIP OF A 2 HOUR HIKE UP AND DOWN STREAMS TO GET TO WAIPIO VALLEY TO SEE A BREATHTAKING 1000+ ft WATERFALL   etc.
what does oahu have that i cant find anywhere else in the world?????
+1 I am going for 4 days so want action packed days. Also which is better: Hyatt Regency or the Sheraton Waikiki? (Ie better value)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on January 02, 2014, 12:12:47 PM
Headed to HNL in July and thinking about staying at the Disney resort for a few days (before heading out to GHK). Anyone every stay there? Prices are steep and dno if its worth it if GHK can be had using rewards.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 02, 2014, 04:22:41 PM
Nice write up Dan!

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/39080
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on January 02, 2014, 11:06:08 PM
Anyone have experience at Aulani?  Worth the price?  Any way to get discounts or promos?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Cbs on January 03, 2014, 10:44:11 AM
Nice write up Dan!

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/39080
+100

waiting for maui :)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 03, 2014, 10:56:21 AM
Nice write up Dan!

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/39080
+100

waiting for maui :)
Thanks guys, anything else I should be adding to these?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on January 03, 2014, 11:04:31 AM
Thanks guys, anything else I should be adding to these?

Maui trip notes (not just a DansMeals) would be awesome.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: danR on January 05, 2014, 04:49:18 PM
I will be in Hawaii from 06/22 - 07/02 not sure of itinerary yet, traveling with wife a 6 year kid anyone going to be there then?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Hawaii on January 05, 2014, 09:18:48 PM
I'm a 25 year old Chabad guy going to Oahu, Hawaii by myself from 21-26 January. Just wondering if there is anyone that is interested in touring together.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: easy48 on January 05, 2014, 10:13:41 PM
I will be in Hawaii from 06/22 - 07/02 not sure of itinerary yet, traveling with wife a 6 year kid anyone going to be there then?

I will be there then as well.  Where are you coming from?  Which hotel do you plan on staying at?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on January 05, 2014, 11:52:13 PM
Anyone have experience at Aulani?  Worth the price?  Any way to get discounts or promos?

It is about as well priced as you would expect a Disney themed hotel to be.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ringsher on January 17, 2014, 12:10:40 AM
Hi all! I've a few questions re: Oahu as we are going there in February (thank you Dan!!)

 We will only be in Oahu for a little more than 4 days. We are considering traveling with a 15 month old (as opposed to leaving him with grandma) and have some questions:

1) Since we booked via our phone in order to buy the tiks before the price mistake got fixed, we only were able to book for coach seats and I stupidly didn't book a seat for my baby. Do they give bassinets in coach? Would they even fit a strapping 15 month old? How do parents travel with a toddler on the lap? When we called to ask for another seat they want to charge us full price (which they claim is over $1000!)

2) Is the weather appropriate in February to bring our baby to the beach? Will we be able to go into the water? From what I've researched it averages 70-80 degrees but I don't know if the water is warm enough.

3) We have already been to Waikiki before baby. So we wanted to go somewhere else. Does anyone know of a HOTEL which a kitchenette and has a beach suitable for children? I'm trying to see if there are any hotels I can use points for which have kitchens instead of shelling out for a condo. If Waikiki is the only beach that's suitable (due to the calm waters) for the baby then we will stay there again.

4) What do families do about renting cars? Apparently there's parking fees everywhere we looked.
TIA!
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu on January 19, 2014, 09:50:18 AM
Moana Surfrider or The Royal Hawaiian what should i take?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 09:55:28 AM
Are you there for shabbos?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu on January 19, 2014, 10:03:12 AM
Are you there for shabbos?
nope
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 19, 2014, 05:00:12 PM
Where is the best location to stay in to avoid the tourist traps and still be centrally located?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2014, 05:02:20 PM
Stay in Waikiki, just be sure to get out and explore!
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 19, 2014, 05:06:27 PM
Stay in Waikiki, just be sure to get out and explore!
Thanks! :)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 20, 2014, 05:32:28 PM
Going to be in Oahu for 2 days. What are the must see attractions doable with an 18 month old?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 20, 2014, 07:09:08 PM
Dole plantation might be good for an 18 month. There is a cute little train ride around the plantation
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Zalmy2 on January 20, 2014, 10:04:19 PM
Going to be in Oahu for 2 days. What are the must see attractions doable with an 18 month old?
should i go here with a 18 month old? Any other ideas where to go?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 20, 2014, 10:13:40 PM
I'm going with a 2 month old
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on January 20, 2014, 10:39:43 PM
I'm going with a 2 month old
what r u planning to do there with a 2 months old  I am planning to go with a 6 month old could use some help . Ideas.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Elgnt on January 20, 2014, 11:26:05 PM
I don't plan on staying in Oahu too much only for shabbos if even that. Going to Kauai and Big Island Just going to relax and take it easy and enjoy the beautiful sites.  There are many areas on all Islands that you can access by car and stroller that will make you say "Ma Rabu Hashem" Obviously hikes and kayaks might get you much closer to the action but doubt you want to do that with a baby
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu on January 21, 2014, 10:02:25 AM
anyone have the Oahu revealed book they want to sell?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shmu on February 03, 2014, 12:59:19 PM
can anyone suggest the best/must-see hike and the best canoe trip to do?

Thanks
Title: photographer in hawaii
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on February 14, 2014, 10:14:20 AM
whats the going rate for a photographer for an hr in wakiki beach, including coming to my hotel. etc
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: danR on March 09, 2014, 12:41:51 AM
Has anyone stayed at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort? I am thinking about staying there for Shabbas as it is the closest to the Chabad.
Was going to get the Citi Hilton card and use the 2 weekend nights for free.
 
I would appreciate any suggestions
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: tuvz on April 17, 2014, 11:56:37 AM
sort of stuck on where to stay in HNL for 6 nights
got a lot of mixed reviews about the Hyatt Regency there
i can probably get a suite upgrade (seems to be just two regular rooms connected) but should i look elsewhere?
perhaps the Hilton Hawaiian Village or even the Regular Hilton wakiki Beach

any ideas please?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: dvol on May 02, 2014, 11:12:59 AM
I'm trying to implement this:
"You can use miles to island-hop. United charges 5,000 for a one-way flight on Hawaiian or IslandAir.  They even allow a free stopover on a round-trip so you can fly Oahu-Kauai-Maui-Oahu for just 10,000 miles."

I've tried to search a multi-destination on united.com going HNL-LIH-OGG-HNL. It lets me select the first flight from HNL-LIH, and then once I get to the second flight from LIH-OGG it won't let me select either flight. When I check that separately as a one-way it does allow me to purchase those same flights for 6k miles.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2014, 11:16:19 AM
PUTPAC
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: zsnyde on May 02, 2014, 11:18:37 AM
United charges 6,000 miles now instead of 5k. increased during the united unfriendly campaign
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: dvol on May 02, 2014, 11:22:29 AM
I'm scheduled to fly into HNL 8/17-8/25. Still trying to decide if I should cover either Maui/Kauai from Sunday-Friday and then just stay in Oahu until Monday. Or do I stay Sunday-Wednesday in Maui and then Wed-Mon in Kauai.

Any opinions?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: dvol on May 02, 2014, 11:23:35 AM
United charges 6,000 miles now instead of 5k. increased during the united unfriendly campaign

I realized :(
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: kangarruu on May 21, 2014, 07:21:35 PM
What's the consensus on the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach for $160 (or 12k points) versus the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach for $176? We're only going to be in Honolulu overnight and will be back in the air at 8am.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 21, 2014, 01:50:48 PM
Seems the best place to stay for shabbos is the Ala Moana Hotel as chabad is right there. Was wondering if anybody stayed there? Also whats the story with a eruv?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 22, 2014, 11:08:31 AM
Seems the best place to stay for shabbos is the Ala Moana Hotel as chabad is right there. Was wondering if anybody stayed there? Also whats the story with a eruv?
and does anyone know how much it generally goes for?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 24, 2014, 05:47:48 PM
Has anyone stayed here? Is it any good? Can I redeem SPG or chase here? Anyone have any luck getting upgrades, and if yes, how?
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p228998vb

 :o :P
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: AI-TRAVEL on July 24, 2014, 05:52:33 PM
Seems the best place to stay for shabbos is the Ala Moana Hotel as chabad is right there. Was wondering if anybody stayed there? Also whats the story with a eruv?
I spoke to chabad there abd they said they can arrange for a goy to push the carriage.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on July 30, 2014, 10:54:10 AM
Anyone have any experience spending shabbos at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki?
Sensors? Accommodations? etc......
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 13, 2014, 10:13:52 AM
Ala Moana Hotel no longer accommodating shabbos observers.
below is what the chabad rabbi wrote to me:
"Lately they have changed their policy regarding assisting Shabbat observant guests to enter their hotel rooms (all rooms have electronic keyed entry), so unless you have young children or cannot walk we now suggest two other hotels in close proximity. We have discounted rates at the Hawaii Prince Hotel (closest) and the Modern Honolulu (newer & slightly pricier) - call the hotels directly and ask for the Chabad of Hawaii corporate rate."
he went on to say that you would have to hope that someone will be on the floor to open the door for you or you would have to leave the door unlocked. both are weak options.
The price for 2 days i got:
Ala Moana Hotel: about 320
Prince: about 400
Modern: about 500

Booking with chabad account gets you discounts on parking or resort fee waived, depending on the hotel.

I personally will probably be staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village which seems to be walkable (15 min according to gmaps). I got a discounted room bec they are doing noisy construction on the premises so i got a "noisy room". However, they only do construction M-F and ill be checking in Friday afternoon and checking out Sunday afternoon so I will not be affected  ;D

I called the manager there and she was very familiar with shabbos accommodations and was more than glad to personally help when i got there
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 13, 2014, 11:37:03 PM
Is anyone going to be in Oahu anytime soon? Costco has a gift card deal with Podium Raceway. 10 14-lap races for $99. the regular prices are:
1 Race for $25
3 Races for $75
5 Races for $125
14 Lap Race
56″ tall
Adult kart speeds up to 45 miles per hour

So you can get 10 races for $25 less than the regular price.
It isn't exactly an activity that is specific to Oahu but I am not sure what else to do on a late motzi shabbos. if you have a good idea, please respond.


If someone wants to split this with me, please PM. It would be $50 for 5 races.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: arid on August 29, 2014, 12:02:11 AM
Here is the second part to my trip report on Kauai. We got into Kauai on sunday and wanted shabbos with a minyan so we went to HNL for shabbos. My thoughts and doings for the weekend:
Shabbos in Honolulu:
 I again found flights $12 cheaper on Hawaiian Air so i got another $100 credit from Orbitz so it sort of defrayed the $50 cost of 3 bags I paid (less bec i signed up for their mileage program). We got a CTS from Hertz  HNL upgraded from a Maxima.
The second I pulled into traffic in Honolulu, I could feel all the relaxation from Kauai melt away and the tension in my neck and shoulder muscles tense up. Welcome to the big city. Originally we made reservations by the Ala Manoa hotel where the Chabad is. The rabbi told me they don't do shabbos accommodations anymore so the Modern and Prince hotels are the shabbos friendly one’s.
We had a voucher to stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. This place was a zoo. It’s like 5 hotels in one with one check/lobby area. Soooo many Japanese. Seriously, I would say about 70% of the whole Waikiki Beach was Asian (not that there’s anything wrong with that #seinfeldreference). I called ahead and the manager said they are familiar with shabbos and would accommodate. They put us in the 5th floor of the Diamond Tower which helped, and the stairwell had no sensors and constantly lit. The hotel was 15-20 min walk away from Chabad. Chabad was $70pp for the whole shabbos, I guess it’s a small price to have all minyanim and hot kosher food in the middle of no where. Motzi Shabbos, we just chilled at one of the hotel bars with nice live music.

Sunday: we were on the north shore getting a surf lesson from Buttons Surf School by 10am. We got lessons from a groupon. It was ok and our instructor, AL,  was eh. The waves were better in a reefy area so we got a little scraped up so maybe bring water shoes just in case. My back and neck were killing by the end from staying in the position and paddling so much. My wife got up on the board a few times and I kinda did once. Happy I did it, but maybe it was just the waves or our particular instructor. Tip: drink a lot before hand and use ALOT of sunscreen.
From there we went to tripadvisors #1 beach in America and #8 in the world, Lanikai Beach. Parking here too was horrific but my NY ninja parking skills once again came in handy and we got a good spot. The water was a special type of green/blue that I've never seen before and the mountains in the background really make it something unforgettable.
From there we went to Pearl Harbor. We weren't gonna be from the first ones there to go on a tour, so we just walked around the plaza, read a few signs, saw a few missiles and left. It just felt too unAmerican to go and not see Pearl Harbor.
Then we went back to the hotel to chill by the pool. We made good use of their hospitality room (reservation required), got yummy chicken sandwiches from Oahu Kosher and off to the airport for our 9:15pm flight.
They were asking for volunteers to be bumped ($400+free night at hotel and economy comfort on next flight) and I imagine the 915 to LAX is always the busiest. Had we not been away from our kids for a week, we probably would have taken the bump offer. Our flight back was uneventful other than getting Kosher for Passover meals on our business class flights from LAX-JFK. Nothing a $50 Delta voucher cannot solve…..
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 27, 2015, 10:43:08 PM
How long of a stopover do I need in HNL to see pearl harbor?
(I know the USS Arizona tour is 1:15, but how long would I need total on the ground?)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2015, 12:53:29 AM
How long of a stopover do I need in HNL to see pearl harbor?
(I know the USS Arizona tour is 1:15, but how long would I need total on the ground?)
Depends on the lines there, when can you get there?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: whYME on January 28, 2015, 02:14:19 AM
Depends on the lines there, when can you get there?
I'll be going ITO > LIH, the earliest flight arrives HNL 7:07 am
let's assume I can get passes for the 8:00am Arizona tour, the 10:07 flight out is probably pushing things a bit too much, right? I imagine I should probably go for the 11:03 flight, no?  (IINM the next flight is not until almost 2pm, I definitely don't want to stick around that long)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: MendyP on March 04, 2015, 10:13:04 PM
Flying to HNL in a week. Will be there for a week in a hotel during which I'll be apartment hunting. In general I try and stick to Starwood, however the SPG hotels appear to be a decent walk to Chabad. Any thoughts on where to stay close to Chabad to earn points in a worthwhile program? I saw some mentioned Hilton being close by. Thanks.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 05, 2015, 05:30:07 AM
SPG hotels are not far from chabad.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on April 13, 2015, 05:52:39 PM
If you need to use a stroller is the only option the Ala Moana for Shabbos?  TIA.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: MendyP on April 13, 2015, 05:57:43 PM
If you need to use a stroller is the only option the Ala Moana for Shabbos?  TIA.
Technically you need to walk outside from the hotel to get to the Chabad. While it's attached to the hotel, I am unaware of any way to enter Chabad directly from the hotel.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on April 14, 2015, 10:32:58 AM
Technically you need to walk outside from the hotel to get to the Chabad. While it's attached to the hotel, I am unaware of any way to enter Chabad directly from the hotel.

Thanks. 

Is there an eiruv in HNL? 

Also, if I have to go outside anyways, what is the general consensus as to the best hotel to stay at to be near Chabad for Shabbos? 
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 14, 2015, 10:39:47 AM
No eruv.
Most hotels are within walking distance, just depends on your budget/points.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on April 14, 2015, 10:41:47 AM
No eruv.
Most hotels are within walking distance, just depends on your budget/points.

Assuming points and budget isn't an issue, what would you recommend?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 14, 2015, 10:44:16 AM
The Royal Hawaiian is a classic.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on April 14, 2015, 10:47:03 AM
Ok - guess that's the spot for me if we can figure out how to get my little guy over to Chabad.  Are there people to hire to push a stroller or is a 1.3 mile hike too much to expect?

Although its not my preference, DW wants to stay in HNL for Shabbos so we can daven and eat with Chabad.  I'd rather run off right away for the fun stuff.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: fafa123 on April 20, 2015, 11:15:12 PM
Any tips for condos/vacation rentals near Chabad in Oahu?  Prefer place with a kitchen and must sleep 5.  TIA!
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: fafa123 on May 03, 2015, 01:14:37 PM
I'll answer my own question - Chabad recommended Ilikai condos as being close to them.  We booked thru waikiki beach rentals.  Although there is an electronic lock on the condo, they put us in touch with housekeeping who will lend us a metal key for shabbat.  Don't know yet about the stairs and whether there is a light that goes off automatically. 
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: chuchem on May 03, 2015, 02:00:46 PM
Will be there in august as well. My kid can walk such a distance, staying in ala Moana hotel for convenience. Don't want to walk in the heat for 20 min before, after meal in shabbes clothing
Checking in friday, leaving sunday to maui, I think there is no point in staying at a fancy hotel, that's further away for shabbes
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 07, 2015, 08:23:50 PM
Does Chabad get a daily Minyan for Mincha/Maariv?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 08, 2015, 07:32:19 AM
Does Chabad get a daily Minyan for Mincha/Maariv?
Yes they do, at Shkia.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on June 21, 2015, 09:01:28 AM
Any options to shower in HNL airport ?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 30, 2015, 04:37:36 PM
which hotel is better in Oahu

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 30, 2015, 04:47:07 PM
Neither.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 30, 2015, 05:42:40 PM
I have chase points to use.
so where should I stay?

Thanks
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 30, 2015, 06:34:11 PM
I have chase points to use.
so where should I stay?

Thanks
Sell/trade them for some SPG?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 30, 2015, 08:32:16 PM
and then stay at which hotel? do they have points and cash available? or how many points a night?

thanks
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 30, 2015, 08:40:29 PM
and then stay at which hotel? do they have points and cash available? or how many points a night?

thanks

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Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on June 30, 2015, 08:50:01 PM
show them respect for the crony  ;)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on July 10, 2015, 11:55:23 AM
Are there any lounges with showers in HNL?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on September 04, 2015, 08:15:25 AM

Are there any lounges with showers in HNL?

Only quantas lounge and it's only open in the morning
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on September 24, 2015, 03:08:08 PM
Whats the best bang for buck to fly to HNL from NYC/PHL
UA saver? when is the best time to see if it's open?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on September 24, 2015, 03:21:13 PM
Whats the best bang for buck to fly to HNL from NYC/PHL
UA saver? when is the best time to see if it's open?

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/62063
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on September 24, 2015, 04:28:24 PM
Thanx! don't know how i missed that
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on October 08, 2015, 05:09:47 PM
Has anyone flow on "Empire Airlines dba Ohana by Hawaiian," which uses the ATR 42/72 (prop plane). 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_42

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_72

I'm a bit hesitant to book on this but its the only non stop interisland flight from OGG to KOA/ITO that has a convenient time for the date I'm looking at.  The other option would be to book with a stopover in HNL to avoid flying on the ATR.

TIA
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on October 08, 2015, 05:20:46 PM
Has anyone flow on "Empire Airlines dba Ohana by Hawaiian," which uses the ATR 42/72 (prop plane). 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_42

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_72

I'm a bit hesitant to book on this but its the only non stop interisland flight from OGG to KOA/ITO that has a convenient time for the date I'm looking at.  The other option would be to book with a stopover in HNL to avoid flying on the ATR.

TIA

You've been on enough HA 717s. Time to add a new aircraft to your list ;).
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on October 16, 2015, 12:43:43 PM
Looking to book Shabbos at the Ala Moana Hotel (DW insists on staying there to be close to Chabad).  Are there any tricks to getting a cheap rate?

TIA.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on October 16, 2015, 01:39:16 PM

Looking to book Shabbos at the Ala Moana Hotel (DW insists on staying there to be close to Chabad).  Are there any tricks to getting a cheap rate?

TIA.


How do you get away so often?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ycohen on November 17, 2015, 09:14:34 AM
I will be in Oahu for a couple days in early December to start off my week long trip in Hawaii. This will be my 2nd time there but the first time I only spent a few hours there on a long layover.
Any suggestions on special things to do there that are accessible by car given I will be traveling with a prego, 1 year old and in-laws. Pear Harbor is a given but beyond that I don't recall anything jumping out at me to do there. My prego suggest we get pineapple ice cream at the Dole plantation but I am pretty sure that's her "condition" speaking...
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 14, 2015, 03:46:01 PM
I'm going to LIH in a few weeks. Flying EWR-HNL on sunday. Right now the plan is to fly LIH-LAX thursday and LAX-EWR saturday night. I'm thinking to maximize our time there by flying lih-hnl on friday and hnl-ewr saturday night. this raises a few questions.

1) does this make sense?
2) which hotel to stay at? i need very late checkout on saturday (8pm) or will they all make me book another night? (I'm SPG Gold, Hyatt Diamond, and Hilton Diamond)
3) what must we see on Friday?
TIA
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on December 14, 2015, 04:31:37 PM
I imagine you resolved the Shabbos issue already?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 14, 2015, 05:21:08 PM
I imagine you resolved the Shabbos issue already?

From my understanding R' Belsky holds it's not an issue. I will confirm before I change my itinerary.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 17, 2015, 07:06:32 AM
I'm going to LIH in a few weeks. Flying EWR-HNL on sunday. Right now the plan is to fly LIH-LAX thursday and LAX-EWR saturday night. I'm thinking to maximize our time there by flying lih-hnl on friday and hnl-ewr saturday night. this raises a few questions.

1) does this make sense?
2) which hotel to stay at? i need very late checkout on saturday (8pm) or will they all make me book another night? (I'm SPG Gold, Hyatt Diamond, and Hilton Diamond)
3) what must we see on Friday?

TIA

1) yes...confirmed with my Rav that shabbos is ok

Anyone have any insight to 2 and 3?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on December 17, 2015, 07:38:29 AM
I'm going to LIH in a few weeks. Flying EWR-HNL on sunday. Right now the plan is to fly LIH-LAX thursday and LAX-EWR saturday night. I'm thinking to maximize our time there by flying lih-hnl on friday and hnl-ewr saturday night. this raises a few questions.

1) does this make sense?
2) which hotel to stay at? i need very late checkout on saturday (8pm) or will they all make me book another night? (I'm SPG Gold, Hyatt Diamond, and Hilton Diamond)
3) what must we see on Friday?
TIA
Found EWR-HNL direct? In J?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on December 17, 2015, 07:43:14 AM
1) yes...confirmed with my Rav that shabbos is ok

Anyone have any insight to 2 and 3?

Can you say who your Rav is? Sounded above like you were saying that it is R' Belsky?
And to clarify - Said Rav holds there is no dateline issue and just to keep 1 day shabbos?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 18, 2015, 08:32:17 AM
Found EWR-HNL direct? In J?

Ewr-hnl is direct in j booked with sq
Hnl-ewr is set up for plan b
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 18, 2015, 08:34:01 AM
Can you say who your Rav is? Sounded above like you were saying that it is R' Belsky?
And to clarify - Said Rav holds there is no dateline issue and just to keep 1 day shabbos?

It is r belsky. Obvious if it relevant to you, you should find out yourself instead of relying on a random guy on DDF  :P
He holds that shabbos is Saturday for Hawaii. Not sure about other destinations
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on December 18, 2015, 08:55:12 AM
It is r belsky. Obvious if it relevant to you, you should find out yourself instead of relying on a random guy on DDF  :P

I agree, was just curious.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 26, 2015, 09:17:55 PM
Is uber reliable on the island? We plan to be there for Friday and Shabbos and don't think it's worth renting a car.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 11, 2016, 09:59:53 AM
Any updates on the best (nice) hotel for shabbos? preferably a SPG or Hyatt
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 11, 2016, 10:19:04 AM
i can reserve online but they only have 2 tickets together at 230. might be cutting it close to shabbos. if they have 1 ticket @11 and 1 @12, do you think they would let us go together?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: sedge on April 07, 2016, 12:31:54 PM
At HNL, between the IASS Hawaii Lounge and the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge, which is better/nicer for a family of four (two small kids) traveling on Hawaiian Airlines? I have free access to both.


Also, anyone know of a light-tackle fishing charter on west-side Oahu?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on April 07, 2016, 12:36:36 PM


At HNL, between the IASS Hawaii Lounge and the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge, which is better/nicer for a family of four (two small kids) traveling on Hawaiian Airlines? I have free access to both.
Don't know about the JAL lounge, but the IASS is kind of a joke.

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: sedge on April 08, 2016, 12:29:24 AM
Don't know about the JAL lounge, but the IASS is kind of a joke.

Thank you. The JAL lounge has much better reviews than the IASS.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Lamppost on April 13, 2016, 12:58:01 AM
I have a flight from Ogg-Ewr on ua that connects in hnl. First flight is Hawaiian from Ogg-hnl it arrives hnl at 8.45 and it's a 6 hr stop. Flight to Ewr is 245. Is that enough time to comfortably do Pearl Harbor (I have an 18 month old if that makes a difference)? And will Hawaiian be able to check my bags all the way through to Ewr?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 13, 2016, 09:00:39 AM
I have a flight from Ogg-Ewr on ua that connects in hnl. First flight is Hawaiian from Ogg-hnl it arrives hnl at 8.45 and it's a 6 hr stop. Flight to Ewr is 245. Is that enough time to comfortably do Pearl Harbor (I have an 18 month old if that makes a difference)? And will Hawaiian be able to check my bags all the way through to Ewr?

It is pretty close to airport. you can spend as much or as little time as you want there. Definitely recommend going to the arizona
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on May 28, 2016, 11:31:34 PM
In case anyone is interested, Outrigger Hotels is having a Memorial Day sale using the code INSPIRE and you can get a good deal on the Ala Moana in Honolulu (assuming you want to stay next door to Chabad).
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on August 10, 2016, 06:55:10 PM
overnight stopover on Oahu, what is the one best activity to do?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on August 10, 2016, 07:12:47 PM
overnight stopover on Oahu, what is the one best activity to do?

I think most would agree that Pearl Harbor is a good place to visit if you have never been there before.  We spent an entire day at Pearl.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on August 10, 2016, 07:14:28 PM
I think most would agree that Pearl Harbor is a good place to visit if you have never been there before.  We spent an entire day at Pearl.
What r their hours? ( I noticed ppl saying u have to get there early) cuz I have a mid-afternoon to early morning stopover
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 10, 2016, 09:47:47 PM
What r their hours? ( I noticed ppl saying u have to get there early) cuz I have a mid-afternoon to early morning stopover

you can get there later if you reserve tickets for the arizona memorial. It's right near the airport
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on August 10, 2016, 09:49:49 PM
you can get there later if you reserve tickets for the arizona memorial. It's right near the airport
Thanx
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 11, 2016, 08:44:48 AM
Anyone concerned about the current hepatitis a outbreak

http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/hepatitis-a-outbreak-2016/
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on August 11, 2016, 08:58:04 AM
Thanx

They do tickets 2 months in advance, 1 day before, and walk-up. The 2 month in advance go quickly, but I had luck on the day-before reservation. If you can't get anything, its unlikely you'd get walk up past 9am.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on August 11, 2016, 10:59:56 AM
They do tickets 2 months in advance, 1 day before, and walk-up. The 2 month in advance go quickly, but I had luck on the day-before reservation. If you can't get anything, its unlikely you'd get walk up past 9am.
Thanx
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on August 19, 2016, 07:46:06 PM
Can someone recommend a good safe SCUBA dive company for a group of 4 (who have never done it before)?
Looking to pay around $100 per person.
Are any of the companies on Groupon  (https://www.groupon.com/browse/honolulu?lat=21.3069&lng=-157.858&address=Honolulu&query=scuba&locale=en_US&sort=price%3Aasc)good?
Is Ocean Legends (http://www.oceanlegends.com/scuba-certification/padi-discover-scuba-diving/) any good?

If we have not yet gone Snorkeling, are we better off doing that?

Thanks!

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on August 20, 2016, 09:15:57 PM
Can someone recommend a good safe SCUBA dive company for a group of 4 (who have never done it before)?
Looking to pay around $100 per person.
Are any of the companies on Groupon  (https://www.groupon.com/browse/honolulu?lat=21.3069&lng=-157.858&address=Honolulu&query=scuba&locale=en_US&sort=price%3Aasc)good?
Is Ocean Legends (http://www.oceanlegends.com/scuba-certification/padi-discover-scuba-diving/) any good?

If we have not yet gone Snorkeling, are we better off doing that?

Thanks!

Jack's on the Big Island in Kona is highly recommended.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Zalc on August 21, 2016, 05:21:28 AM
Jack's on the Big Island in Kona is highly recommended.
What about on Oahu?

Already left the BI...
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 11, 2016, 03:48:40 PM
any updated info on hotels that are shabbos ready? Last time we stayed at the hyatt regency which worked out well but I'm trying to stay a little closer to the chabad this time.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 11, 2016, 05:53:23 PM
any updated info on hotels that are shabbos ready? Last time we stayed at the hyatt regency which worked out well but I'm trying to stay a little closer to the chabad this time.
Check out PBoruch's TR,

 iirc he stayed shabbos at the closest hotel to chabad
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 11, 2016, 05:57:24 PM
Check out PBoruch's TR,

 iirc he stayed shabbos at the closest hotel to chabad

thanks. still not used to separate threads for each TR
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ckmk47 on December 12, 2016, 12:13:13 PM
My husband are planning our trip for the end of January.  Our 24 year old daughter wants to come.  What hotel would have a suite-like (reasonably priced) room on Oahu? Preferably near Chabad.  And Shabbos friendly.

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: bennnnnooo on January 09, 2017, 04:38:53 PM
Anybody in oahu (Waikiki) now that wants two free beach chairs ? Purchased from Walmart, too big to take home. Let me know asap.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 09, 2017, 05:18:01 PM
My husband are planning our trip for the end of January.  Our 24 year old daughter wants to come.  What hotel would have a suite-like (reasonably priced) room on Oahu? Preferably near Chabad.  And Shabbos friendly.
Check PBaruchs TR he says the Ala Moana hotel is the closest to chabad(& I'm sure he got a suite as they were 5 people )
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on January 09, 2017, 05:24:27 PM
I stayed in Ala moana but it was pre- DDF so I just had a regular room. Next door to chabad and very helpful with shabbat
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 09, 2017, 05:26:31 PM
I stayed in Ala moana but it was pre- DDF so I just had a regular room. Next door to chabad and very helpful with shabbat

many reports indicate that this is no longer true
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on January 09, 2017, 05:27:26 PM
many reports indicate that this is no longer true
this was 5 years ago for me. Would never stay there now anyway
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 14, 2017, 09:05:53 AM
Just spent shabbos at the Hilton Hawaiian Village- rainbow tower. The stairwell is shabbos friendly.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Shua on May 01, 2017, 10:47:09 PM
So I would like to see Pearl Harbor on the way back to NYC from Kauai. The flight from HNL to NYC is at 3PM. Ideally I would like to take a 10:10 AM from kauai that gets me in to HNL at 10:50 AM. That would leave me with a bit over 4 hours to deplane, see pearl harbor and check back in to the airport for my flight back to NYC. I see that pearl harbor is about 15 minutes away from the airport. I also saw on pearl harbors website that a tour last around and hour and 15 minutes (for the USS Arizona memorial). I would like to make the 12PM tour.

So my questions are:

1)If I take the 12PM tour, I would get back to the airport at 1:30-1:45 PM . Is that enough time before my 3PM flight? (I would have checked in in Kauai earlier on in the day). I also have TSA pre.

2)Will my luggage check through from Kauai to NYC? I dont want to shlep my luggage to pearl harbor. All flights are HA.

3)While I see that the minimum time to spend at pearl harbor is an hour and 15 minutes, I will hopefully get there at around 11:30 (as my flight lands at 10:50) so I can check out one of the other museums. That all said is 2 hours too little time? While there are earlier flights from LIH to HNL, it is a) more expensive (about $100 a person) and b) would mean we would have to wake up really early which we would rather not do. Im ok with skipping the bowfin and the Missouri.

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 01, 2017, 11:18:33 PM
If you don't have a reservation in advance Pearl Harbor has long lines and you may need to wait a while for a tour.

I'm skeptical on the feasibility unless you have advance tickets. And your times seem hopelessly optimistic. Off the plane and in a taxi within 10 minutes?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Shua on May 02, 2017, 12:15:14 AM
Agreed, I am going to try to get the advanced tickets. Still more than 2 months out so will hopefully be able to get them. If I do get the 12PM tour, will landing at 10:50 allow me enough time to make it into Pearl Harbor at 12? And am I leaving enough time to catch my 3PM time (if I get back to the airport at 1:45ish?)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2017, 12:17:18 AM
Should be doable, assuming you get the tickets.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Shua on May 02, 2017, 12:32:22 AM
Ok thanks. And my luggage should check straight through to nyc from LIH, correct? Only reason why I'm worried is because I saw somewhere that over a 4 hour domestic flight you would have to pick up your luggage (but I think that's if it's different airlines but not 100% sure)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 02, 2017, 12:33:35 AM
It will go through.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 02, 2017, 10:35:25 AM
So I would like to see Pearl Harbor on the way back to NYC from Kauai. The flight from HNL to NYC is at 3PM. Ideally I would like to take a 10:10 AM from kauai that gets me in to HNL at 10:50 AM. That would leave me with a bit over 4 hours to deplane, see pearl harbor and check back in to the airport for my flight back to NYC. I see that pearl harbor is about 15 minutes away from the airport. I also saw on pearl harbors website that a tour last around and hour and 15 minutes (for the USS Arizona memorial). I would like to make the 12PM tour.

So my questions are:

1)If I take the 12PM tour, I would get back to the airport at 1:30-1:45 PM . Is that enough time before my 3PM flight? (I would have checked in in Kauai earlier on in the day). I also have TSA pre.

2)Will my luggage check through from Kauai to NYC? I dont want to shlep my luggage to pearl harbor. All flights are HA.

3)While I see that the minimum time to spend at pearl harbor is an hour and 15 minutes, I will hopefully get there at around 11:30 (as my flight lands at 10:50) so I can check out one of the other museums. That all said is 2 hours too little time? While there are earlier flights from LIH to HNL, it is a) more expensive (about $100 a person) and b) would mean we would have to wake up really early which we would rather not do. Im ok with skipping the bowfin and the Missouri.

Keep in mind that you can't bring in any bags, regardless of size. They have a bag check, but you'd need to factor time for that as well.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on May 03, 2017, 07:17:46 AM
Keep in mind that you can't bring in any bags, regardless of size. They have a bag check, but you'd need to factor time for that as well.
This.  You'd need to bag check all carry on, which likely includes KSML for the long way back.  I can't remember the form of the bag check as I didn't use it (maybe there are lockers?), but possible Halachic issues? 
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on May 03, 2017, 07:24:34 AM
This.  You'd need to bag check all carry on, which likely includes KSML for the long way back.  I can't remember the form of the bag check as I didn't use it (maybe there are lockers?), but possible Halachic issues?
Only if you don't deal your food. Also, not a problem unless red meat anyway.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on May 03, 2017, 01:11:59 PM
if one flies with united from ny to hnl and on same ticket continues to maui.
will luggage be checked through to ogg? or you have to recheck?
does it make a difference if connection is hawaiin airlines or island air?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on May 04, 2017, 03:07:41 PM
if one flies with united from ny to hnl and on same ticket continues to maui.
will luggage be checked through to ogg? or you have to recheck?
does it make a difference if connection is hawaiin airlines or island air?
with HA it'll work only if the flights are on one PNR.  United will interline with island air even if not IIRC
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: merylhoff on June 22, 2017, 09:33:14 PM
Planning a trip for August. Would you recommend the Hilton Hawaiian Village? What kind of room did you have? Thank you
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on June 28, 2017, 02:01:31 PM
The Royal Hawaiian in HNL has a resort fee and a separate 40 a day parking fee.  Is there a cheaper parking facility near the hotel? If not, what would be recommended as an alternative to the Royal Hawaiian?

TIA
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: merylhoff on July 20, 2017, 12:53:47 AM
Were they able to freeze your meals at the Hilton Hawaiian Village? When I called they told me they couldn't. Any other info on the resort would be helpful. Thanks
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: KidOOO on July 27, 2017, 10:37:45 PM
Any kosher resturants still open these days?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on July 27, 2017, 11:40:23 PM
Any kosher resturants still open these days?

You can order food for delivery only from Oahu Kosher:

https://www.oahukosher.com/

For Shabbos you can purchase meals and eat with Chabad. 

I am not aware of any other options on Oahu.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 28, 2017, 09:24:26 AM
Any kosher resturants still open these days?

Maybe Lapperts ice cream (Chalav Stam)?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on August 26, 2017, 11:37:55 PM
I was just Oahu for quite some time and had a blast BH!

First of all, thank you @Dan for the posts on each island which were (at least somewhat) helpful!

I do think that if you do proper research there are lots of thing to do and see on Oahu which you won't find on other islands.

One of the highlights was the Haiku Stairs AKA "stairway to heaven", it is illegal so we had to wake up in middle of the night to go there, avoid the cups looking for hikers and even hide in the wood from the guard looking for us with flashlights! but it just added to the thrill and was really amazing! I might be the first one here to have done it and highly recommend it!
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 26, 2017, 11:56:57 PM
One of the highlights was the Haiku Stairs AKA "stairway to heaven", it is illegal so we had to wake up in middle of the night to go there, avoid the cups looking for hikers and even hide in the wood from the guard looking for us with flashlights! but it just added to the thrill and was really amazing! I might be the first one here to have done it and highly recommend it!
Did you bump into anyone else there at that hour ?  Hoping to see a TR soon
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on August 27, 2017, 12:00:25 AM
Did you bump into anyone else there at that hour ?  Hoping to see a TR soon

Sure! plenty of people! we even met people in the forest on our way up so we did the beginning of the hike together (the bushes part, which guess what we did get a little lost, but again it just made it more fun and if you have a good sense of direction you can't really get lost)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 30, 2017, 10:37:16 PM
Sure! plenty of people! we even met people in the forest on our way up so we did the beginning of the hike together (the bushes part, which guess what we did get a little lost, but again it just made it more fun and if you have a good sense of direction you can't really get lost)
Sounds very cool, it's been on my list for a while. How long does the hike take
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on August 31, 2017, 12:03:46 AM
Sounds very cool, it's been on my list for a while. How long does the hike take

It really depends on the way you get to the stairs ;)
We went through the woods to avoid the guard and ended up doing some real climb (lots of fun)...
The actual stairs took us around 2 and half hours on the way up including stops. way down is much faster though make sure to get gloves with grip
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 31, 2017, 02:13:08 AM
It really depends on the way you get to the stairs ;)
We went through the woods to avoid the guard and ended up doing some real climb (lots of fun)...
The actual stairs took us around 2 and half hours on the way up including stops. way down is much faster though make sure to get gloves with grip
No guards on the way down?

How dangerous actually are the stairs
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: tmendy226 on September 03, 2017, 02:31:13 AM
No guards on the way down?

How dangerous actually are the stairs

Sure there's and actually bigger chance of getting the 1000$ fine on the way down, but first it was light and second we joined a whole group of people who knew their way around a little better than us :)

The stairs aren't dangerous at all for adults I would say. no one ever died on the stairs besides one guy from a heart attack
Title: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: Sammie on December 03, 2017, 04:14:05 PM
Hi,

I'm short 10,000 miles for my united 1k status this year and found a good price for a trip to HNL this week. Landing at 3:00 pm and departing the following day at 5:00 pm - giving me just over 24 hours on the ground.

So far from reading the trip reports and general searching it look like hiking up Diamonds head is worth it and I am tempted to taking a surfing lesson.

- Any good suggestions for a reasonable hotel? I traveling alone so I don't need anything too fancy.
- Should I do the hike or the surfing the first afternoon?
- Any other suggestions of what to do while there? Should I try to get tickets for the Arizona memorial? The entire evening is open.
- Should I rent a car? I wasn't planning on it but between the back and forth to the airport and then the Diamonds head, it seems like its wort it for $35 for the day.
- Any other tips or suggestions?

Thanks in adnavce!
Sammie
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: mordechain on December 03, 2017, 08:11:39 PM
I'd sleep...
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2017, 08:30:30 PM
What have you done in HNL before?
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: Sammie on December 03, 2017, 09:57:07 PM
It will be my first time.

What have you done in HNL before?
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2017, 11:30:13 PM
It's a nice hike, but personally I'd go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, jetskiing on the North shore, kayaking off the east coast, Arizona memorial, surfing or SUP, etc.
And I'd definitely rent a car.

Get a Hyatt anniversary night for the Hyatt Place?
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: SSLPhD on December 04, 2017, 12:09:01 AM
I think you're landing too late to do the Arizona memorial the first day.  If you can, be there first thing the next day to get a ticket, if you can't get online in advance (try exactly at 7 am HST day before you want to go, which is when additional tickets are released, or have someone do it for you if en route).  It's a bit of a pain to get tickets so late...

If you decide to do Diamond Head first day, calculate how long it'll take you so you'll be back before dark, or be prepared to hike in dark.

If you want a great view of HNL and Diamond Head, drive up into the mountains.  There are some nice pullouts.  Check out @PBaruch's TR for a photo.

Remember that HNL is a city.  Driving there feels like NYC.  Definitely get a car, but don't drive to your hotel until you are DONE for the day.  Driving from the airport to Waikiki, if you stay there, is awful.  You'll wonder if you're actually in Hawaii.

All Dan mentioned sounds good.
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: mochjas on December 04, 2017, 12:15:56 AM
Sorry to go off topic and I guess I'm a noob with this. But how do you find a great deal on a mr with UA? I'm under the impression that they are dollar based and not distance based so it goes by how much you pay nor how far you flied. Where am I going wrong?
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: yhaller14 on December 04, 2017, 02:09:37 AM
Sorry to go off topic and I guess I'm a noob with this. But how do you find a great deal on a mr with UA? I'm under the impression that they are dollar based and not distance based so it goes by how much you pay nor how far you flied. Where am I going wrong?
With your impression, miles earned depends on amount paid only because it depends what fare class you book
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: PieRSquare on December 04, 2017, 05:47:04 AM
Landing at 3, best case you get out of the airport around 3:30.

I'd go a pick up snorkel gear (assuming you have your own) and we were happy with Snorkel Bob. If you stay in Waikiki, then just find somewhere there to grab a drink and watch the sunset. IIRC, think the Hale Koa Bar sells to non-military and is cheap.

Early the next morning go down to Hanauma Bay when it opens (6:30ish) for an hour or two.

Then head to Diamond Head on your way back towards downtown. Plan at least an hour to an hour and a half to hike.

Next head to Punch Bowl Cemetery in place of the Arizona Memorial. Punch Bowl is Hawaii's equivalent of Arlington National Cemetery and includes a few monuments with a great view of Honolulu and the ocean. This way you can support the troops without worrying about tickets, parking, etc.

After that it will probably be close to time to head to the airport to return the car, etc.
Title: Re: 24 hour mileage run to Hawaii - advice needed
Post by: Sammie on December 04, 2017, 08:22:17 AM
Thanks everyone for your helpful advice!

@Dan The Hyatt place is sold out for that night.

@SSLPhD If you want a great view of HNL and Diamond Head, drive up into the mountains. - I think I will do that instead of the hike :-)

@mochjas Everyone was a noob at some point. Good question, my united account is not US based so I dont have the PQD requirement, just 4 flights on United metal and PQM.



Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E R K on December 31, 2017, 04:06:32 PM
So I would like to see Pearl Harbor on the way back to NYC from Kauai. The flight from HNL to NYC is at 3PM. Ideally I would like to take a 10:10 AM from kauai that gets me in to HNL at 10:50 AM. That would leave me with a bit over 4 hours to deplane, see pearl harbor and check back in to the airport for my flight back to NYC. I see that pearl harbor is about 15 minutes away from the airport. I also saw on pearl harbors website that a tour last around and hour and 15 minutes (for the USS Arizona memorial). I would like to make the 12PM tour.

So my questions are:

1)If I take the 12PM tour, I would get back to the airport at 1:30-1:45 PM . Is that enough time before my 3PM flight? (I would have checked in in Kauai earlier on in the day). I also have TSA pre.

2)Will my luggage check through from Kauai to NYC? I dont want to shlep my luggage to pearl harbor. All flights are HA.

3)While I see that the minimum time to spend at pearl harbor is an hour and 15 minutes, I will hopefully get there at around 11:30 (as my flight lands at 10:50) so I can check out one of the other museums. That all said is 2 hours too little time? While there are earlier flights from LIH to HNL, it is a) more expensive (about $100 a person) and b) would mean we would have to wake up really early which we would rather not do. Im ok with skipping the bowfin and the Missouri.

Did you end up doing this? I have a 10:30 arrival and 4:15 departure and was wondering what there is to do in a short time that's nearby.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on December 31, 2017, 07:05:15 PM
Did you end up doing this? I have a 10:30 arrival and 4:15 departure and was wondering what there is to do in a short time that's nearby.
10:30-4:15 is definitely enough time to get out to the USS Arizona, plus see some of the other Pearl Harbor sites.  Just make sure you reserve the tickets online in advance so you get the time you need. 
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Shua on December 31, 2017, 09:00:10 PM
Did you end up doing this? I have a 10:30 arrival and 4:15 departure and was wondering what there is to do in a short time that's nearby.
Yup, I did it (reminds me that I have to finish up my trip report with my pearl harbor day). We landed at 11, was in pearl harbor at 11:30, walked around a bit, went on the 12PM USS Arizona tour, and was back in the airport by 1:40 for my 3PM flight.

Would highly recommend going to see the USS Arizona, really well done. You must get tickets in advance as they sell out. I cant tell you how many people I saw being turned away who thought they can just show up and get tickets. They release tickets online two different times. Either 2 months in advance at 7AM Hawaiian time, or the day before at 7AM Hawaiian time. Both get sold out within minutes. So make sure you are on the website at the proper time. They also release tickets in person that day at 7AM but by the time you get there they will be sold out.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 01, 2018, 01:41:30 AM
Thanks. Right now the date I would be going is sold out. If I can't get tickets the day before are there any other suggestions what to do near HNL?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on January 01, 2018, 10:21:18 AM
Thanks. Right now the date I would be going is sold out. If I can't get tickets the day before are there any other suggestions what to do near HNL?
Still head to Pearl Harbor.  There are plenty of things to do besides the Arizona Memorial.  USS Missouri (pretty nice view of the memorial with HNL in the background).  Bowfin submarine.  A couple of museums (Pacific Aviation and Bowfin).  Relaxing to walk around the outdoor visitor center, try out the periscope.

If you want to venture farther away from the airport:
I imagine this stop is on your way back to the mainland from another island.  If that's the case, great to get a feel for the culture (and some science) at the Bishop Museum.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2018, 10:47:58 AM
Can't get a shorter connection?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 01, 2018, 10:51:41 AM
Had shorter then island air ceased operation
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 01, 2018, 10:54:53 AM
We aren't really museum people but still worth it to go to PH?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2018, 10:55:42 AM
Nothing better on Hawaiian available?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on January 01, 2018, 11:39:33 AM
We aren't really museum people but still worth it to go to PH?
Without tickets to the memorial, probably not.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on January 01, 2018, 01:20:35 PM
Photo of the memorial with HNL in background.  Taken from the Mighty Mo area.
(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4731/39400894302_90c8fa3b08_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2018, 01:46:32 PM
Can JetSki on the North Shore among the massive waves.
Snorkel in Hanauma.
Kayak to a sandbar off the leeward coast.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 01, 2018, 03:47:23 PM
Can JetSki on the North Shore among the massive waves.
Snorkel in Hanauma.
Kayak to a sandbar off the leeward coast.
any showers in the airport?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 12:52:15 PM
I'm spending Friday and Shabbos in HNL so I can catch the island hopper out on Sunday morning, anyone know the best place to stay near the chabad? Is the hotel on top of chabad shabbos friendly?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 01:05:52 PM
Anything in Waikiki should be walkable.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:13:35 PM
Anything in Waikiki should be walkable.
Any idea which hotels are Shabbos friendly?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 09, 2018, 01:14:44 PM
Any idea which hotels are Shabbos friendly?
Hilton is
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:15:04 PM
Hilton is
Great, thanks.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 01:16:03 PM
I think someone had said that the Hyatt Regency is.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:23:55 PM
I think someone had said that the Hyatt Regency is.
Will look into it, thanks. Any ideas as to what to do on Friday?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 01:25:41 PM
Will look into it, thanks. Any ideas as to what to do on Friday?
Go to OGG/LIH/KOA/ITO/MKK/LNY :D

Are there no flights back on M"S?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 09, 2018, 01:26:21 PM
I think someone had said that the Hyatt Regency is.
stayed there too. it is but also 15 minutes further
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 01:27:21 PM
This thread needs a Wiki. Anyone want to start one?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:36:34 PM
Go to OGG/LIH/KOA/ITO/MKK/LNY :D

Are there no flights back on M"S?
I'm going to KOA the rest of the week, there just aren't any KOA-HNL flights late enough on M"S or early enough on Sunday morning so I have to spend Shabbos in HNL. Unfortunate but I didn't see any other option.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 01:37:46 PM
I'm going to KOA the rest of the week, there just aren't any KOA-HNL flights late enough on M"S or early enough on Sunday morning so I have to spend Shabbos in HNL. Unfortunate but I didn't see any other option.
What about from any of the other airports mentioned above?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:39:46 PM
What about from any of the other airports mentioned above?
I didn't even think to check. I already booked the KOA-HNL flight with AA and the change fee would be almost as much as the cost of the ticket 🤦‍♂️
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 01:40:28 PM
I didn't even think to check. I already booked the KOA-HNL flight with AA and the change fee would be almost as much as the cost of the ticket 🤦‍♂️
First check, then worry about what to do about change fees.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:40:42 PM
First check, then worry about what to do about change fees.
Lol, true.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 09, 2018, 01:41:02 PM
I'm going to KOA the rest of the week, there just aren't any KOA-HNL flights late enough on M"S or early enough on Sunday morning so I have to spend Shabbos in HNL. Unfortunate but I didn't see any other option.
i really enjoyed shabbos in hnl.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 01:55:15 PM
What about from any of the other airports mentioned above?
There are late enough flights out of OGG and LIH on M"S. I get into KOA on Monday at 2:15 PM, I could either fly directly from there to one of those Islands and spend Mon-Sat there and just fly to HNL on M"S, or I could stay on KOA until Friday, spend Shabbos on one of those islands, and then fly to HNL on M"S. I could also keep my itin the way it is now although that probably doesn't make the most sense. Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 03:55:59 PM
There are late enough flights out of OGG and LIH on M"S. I get into KOA on Monday at 2:15 PM, I could either fly directly from there to one of those Islands and spend Mon-Sat there and just fly to HNL on M"S, or I could stay on KOA until Friday, spend Shabbos on one of those islands, and then fly to HNL on M"S. I could also keep my itin the way it is now although that probably doesn't make the most sense. Any thoughts?
Anyone?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2018, 03:58:22 PM
Anyone?
Really depends on your interests. Should probably take this to https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2098
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 09, 2018, 03:59:01 PM
Really depends on your interests. Should probably take this to https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2098
True, I guess I'll do that.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 24, 2018, 06:17:54 PM
Any recommendations for an airport hotel for one night in HNL?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on July 25, 2018, 10:55:25 PM
Any recommendations for an airport hotel for one night in HNL?
Why airport? How late are you landing? May as well see Waikiki.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on July 25, 2018, 10:56:28 PM
Why airport? How late are you landing? May as well see Waikiki.
HNL, landing after 11 PM, taking off at 7 the next morning
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on July 26, 2018, 09:43:36 AM
HNL, landing after 11 PM, taking off at 7 the next morning
https://www.sleepinginairports.net/usa/honolulu.htm
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2018, 12:14:17 AM
Have a 3:15 layover next week. Is that time at all to leave the airport? Not specifically looking to do something, rather to pass the time. Maybe get some Lepperts?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on November 07, 2018, 12:05:34 PM
Have a 3:15 layover next week. Is that time at all to leave the airport? Not specifically looking to do something, rather to pass the time. Maybe get some Lepperts?
What time? During rush hour you will not want to go in to Waikiki on such a short layover.  Like driving in NYC on that stretch.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2018, 12:28:35 PM
What time? During rush hour you will not want to go in to Waikiki on such a short layover.  Like driving in NYC on that stretch.

1:05-4:20 pm
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Chief Rabbi of New York on November 07, 2018, 01:18:35 PM
1:05-4:20 pm

is Lepperts on uber eats?
maybe get oahu kosher delivered to you ?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on November 07, 2018, 01:36:05 PM
is Lepperts on uber eats?
maybe get oahu kosher delivered to you ?

Not so desperate for food (I don't eat Lepperts anyways, although my companion does). Just trying to see if I can go do anything in town.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on November 07, 2018, 03:35:24 PM
Not so desperate for food (I don't eat Lepperts anyways, although my companion does). Just trying to see if I can go do anything in town.
Heli tour
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2018, 06:03:41 PM
Pearl Harbor?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on January 28, 2019, 04:21:04 PM
Apparently this happened a year ago, but the Holiday Inn resort in Waikiki left the IHG brand. I stayed here with my CC free night a few years ago and it was pretty good. Shame that IHG is basically now unrepresented in HI, except for a HI Express in downtown HNL.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on January 29, 2019, 09:44:46 AM
Apparently this happened a year ago, but the Holiday Inn resort in Waikiki left the IHG brand. I stayed here with my CC free night a few years ago and it was pretty good. Shame that IHG is basically now unrepresented in HI, except for a HI Express in downtown HNL.
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ETA: Apearently the HI Express is in Waikiki but is further from the beach, and obviously, not as nice as the HI Resort was. They also opened an HI Express in Kona.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: yunchkup on February 14, 2019, 10:03:56 AM
We have a 4 hour stopover in HNL. Any recommendations for what to do during that time?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 14, 2019, 10:28:32 AM
We have a 4 hour stopover in HNL. Any recommendations for what to do during that time?
Pearl harbor
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: SSLPhD on February 20, 2019, 09:06:05 PM
This sounds fascinating for WWII history buffs:

https://www.facebook.com/ParadiseHelicopters/photos/a.57110653927/10157052123998928/?type=3&theater

"Experience an immersive two hour adventure that allows you to relive history as a Naval Aviator. You suit up in authentic WWII era flight gear, hop into the cockpit of an SNJ-5C for a one hour flight around O‘ahu. Fly over genuine battlefields with history in this unique return to WWII. This immersion into Naval Aviation will enhance even the most avid history enthusiast’s appreciation for this tumultuous period of the 20th Century."
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on April 09, 2019, 01:47:19 AM
I just wanted to jump in and say that Oahu really surpassed my expectations, and is not a second-rate Hawaiian island at all! The mountains along the eastern and northwestern shores are incredible, and there are many more swimmable, empty beaches on Oahu than Maui or Kauai by far.(never been to BI).
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on April 09, 2019, 12:26:45 PM
I just wanted to jump in and say that Oahu really surpassed my expectations, and is not a second-rate Hawaiian island at all! The mountains along the eastern and northwestern shores are incredible, and there are many more swimmable, empty beaches on Oahu than Maui or Kauai by far.(never been to BI).
That's actually really good to hear as I may be heading to Honolulu in December but I would arrive there on Sunday night and need to leave Tuesday night. I was torn since everyone says to leave Oahu but if I did that I would waste way too much of the short amount of time I had there. Any suggestions on hotel options using points?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on April 10, 2019, 06:01:42 PM
I used Wyndham Ilikai in Waikiki. It's ok nothing special. Studio with full kitchen, but $28 per day parking.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on April 10, 2019, 06:05:00 PM
Not sure if it was mentioned, but hnl airport has a really cool outdoor garden area past security.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 10, 2019, 06:50:05 PM
I just wanted to jump in and say that Oahu really surpassed my expectations, and is not a second-rate Hawaiian island at all! The mountains along the eastern and northwestern shores are incredible, and there are many more swimmable, empty beaches on Oahu than Maui or Kauai by far.(never been to BI).
The problem with Oahu is that people get stuck in Waikiki and hate it. If you don't focus on Honolulu it's a great island, though I don't think it compares to the outer islands.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on April 11, 2019, 10:16:25 AM
I think outside of Waikiki it does compare. Not a tier below.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Friars500 on April 11, 2019, 10:21:32 AM
We stayed in Wakiki but drove around each day to different parts of the island.  While it may not compare to the other islands, there are plenty of beautiful beaches, rain forests and things to do on Oahu.

Just get Oahu reveals.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ungar17@yahoo.com on April 11, 2019, 10:15:15 PM
The problem with Oahu is that people get stuck in Waikiki and hate it. If you don't focus on Honolulu it's a great island, though I don't think it compares to the outer islands.
If I am there for 2 days with my wife, what would you suggest to do?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on April 12, 2019, 03:00:38 AM
If I am there for 2 days with my wife, what would you suggest to do?

Hikes or beaches?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 14, 2019, 04:26:14 PM
If I am there for 2 days with my wife, what would you suggest to do?
Depends when.
If government not shut down, Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial is a must.
If winter time, North Shore to see massive waves and crazy people surfing them.
Windward size has some of the best beaches in the world (according to some ranking systems), such as Kailua or Lanikai.
Diamond Head has a nice walk to the top and nice views.
Manoa falls is a nice hike.
All of the above based primarily on my year on Oahu, 1995-96, with my DW. Obviously some things may have changed....
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Buruch on April 15, 2019, 08:22:03 AM
Manoa falls hike was very nice!
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 15, 2019, 08:30:59 AM
We lived in St Louis Heights during our year there. Rented a modest house that
Overlooked Waikiki and DH. Had a lovely lanai (mirpeset). Wouldn’t be a bad location for an Air!bnB rental.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 15, 2019, 10:34:34 AM
We lived in St Louis Heights during our year there. Rented a modest house that
Overlooked Waikiki and DH. Had a lovely lanai (mirpeset). Wouldn’t be a bad location for an Air!bnB rental.

That's actually crazy that you lived there for a year! What did you do for work, and if you don't mind me asking, are you Orthodox Jewish? If so, how did that work?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 15, 2019, 10:43:04 AM
That's actually crazy that you lived there for a year! What did you do for work, and if you don't mind me asking, are you Orthodox Jewish? If so, how did that work?
We had another DDFer that did it and posted live TRs.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 15, 2019, 10:44:06 AM
We had another DDFer that did it and posted live TRs.
This is all hypothetical. Dw would not allow us to do this unless the country was named Israel.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 15, 2019, 10:48:37 AM
That's actually crazy that you lived there for a year! What did you do for work, and if you don't mind me asking, are you Orthodox Jewish? If so, how did that work?
Don’t mind at all.
We were not orthodox then, so I guess that makes us BT.  We used to drive the Pali Highway every Friday night to the Reform synagogue.  Good times!
I’m a physician.  Was there for a “gap year” between my residency and fellowship, doing a year of clinical teaching. 
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 15, 2019, 10:54:01 AM
We had another DDFer that did it and posted live TRs.
I understand that there is now a Chabad near Ala Moana shopping center.  I could see spending another year there, but AFAIK, there isn’t any real “community,” so probably not longer.  Would love if someone could CMIIW.

Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 15, 2019, 10:56:39 AM
Depends when.
If government not shut down, Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial is a must.
If winter time, North Shore to see massive waves and crazy people surfing them.
Windward size has some of the best beaches in the world (according to some ranking systems), such as Kailua or Lanikai.
Diamond Head has a nice walk to the top and nice views.
Manoa falls is a nice hike.
All of the above based primarily on my year on Oahu, 1995-96, with my DW. Obviously some things may have changed....
Good recs, I've done all this stuff. Also went Jetskiiing on the north shore, kayaked to a sandbar on the windward coast, and snorkeled Hanauma Bay on our honeymoon.

Should start a Wiki.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: zow on April 15, 2019, 10:58:35 AM
Oy. Just read that Chabad Hawaii has two sifrei Torah stolen a year ago January.  How awful.  I must have missed the news last year.  From searching online, doesn’t appear that they were recovered.   Just sickening. 
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on April 15, 2019, 11:00:50 AM
I understand that there is now a Chabad near Ala Moana shopping center.  I could see spending another year there, but AFAIK, there isn’t any real “community,” so probably not longer.  Would love if someone could CMIIW.
Also rents have probably skyrocketed, not to mention the costs of bringing in food.

Also, I'm not sure what options would exist for people will school aged children.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 15, 2019, 11:02:27 AM
Also rents have probably skyrocketed, not to mention the costs of bringing in food.

Also, I'm not sure what options would exist for people will school aged children.
Rents are up, but food prices have gone way down from what they used.
Chabad kids there do online schooling.
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on August 07, 2019, 01:45:38 AM
has anyone stayed at The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations?
debating between that and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.
Is one more Shabbos friendly than the other?
any other suggestions for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on August 25, 2019, 11:36:15 PM
Anyone going to Oahu and wants a body surfboard?
Left it @ Hilton Hawaiian village at one of the managers office. Gonna be there for the next 30 days
Pm for details
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on August 25, 2019, 11:40:41 PM
has anyone stayed at The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations?
debating between that and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.
Is one more Shabbos friendly than the other?
any other suggestions for Shabbos?

For the record, Hilton Hawaiian village will only give u a microwave if you let them know it’s for dietary medical reasons
The restaurant won’t store your food in the freezer but there is a freezer at the front desk in the managers office that u can store it in.
The stairs lock automatically from the outside, but you can get a security or manager to open
Guest rooms start on the third floor
There is one manager that used to work for Pesach programs and is very knowledgeable with kosher needs: Elias hartado

Just as an FYI. Gold and diamond members get a hospitality room day of checkout for 45 minutes
It’s a standard room. Great to shower or nap, have a coffee etc before leaving the property
Title: Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 26, 2019, 08:46:37 AM
For the record, Hilton Hawaiian village will only give u a microwave if you let them know it’s for dietary medical reasons
The restaurant won’t store your food in the freezer but there is a freezer at the front desk in the managers office that u can store it in.
The stairs lock automatically from the outside, but you can get a security or manager to open
Guest rooms start on the third floor
There is one manager that used to work for Pesach programs and is very knowledgeable with kosher needs: Elias hartado

Just as an FYI. Gold and diamond members get a hospitality room day of checkout for 45 minutes
It’s a standard room. Great to shower or nap, have a coffee etc before leaving the property
I think it depends which building. We stayed in the colorful looking one and the stairwell was unlocked