Hawaiian Arrival

2016 08 03 09.20.03 Diamond Head from hotel room, August 3, 2016, 9:20 a.m.

The view of Diamond Head from room 2418 at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, photo taken August 3, 2016, 9:20 a.m., seven days after check-in, just before departure

From Daddy: We woke around 4:30 a.m. and then we finished packing and left the house an hour later. We made it to Burlingame Airport Parking at 6 a.m. sharp. (By pre-arrangement, our parking would be $50 for the seven days, but we would have to present proof of reservation and the payment credit card in the lobby of the adjoining Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront.)

Everyone arrived around that time, so we shared a shuttle ride to the airport and easily made the Flight VX51 at 8:15 a.m. Pacific Time landing at 10:55 a.m. Hawaiian Time! (Recall yesterday that we got to play Pac-Man on the flight.) Even after renting the car, we arrived at our new home: Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu.

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI

Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI

It was barely noon, so we grabbed lunch. Our rooms were not yet ready, so we spent some time Kuhio Beach across the street.

2016 07 27 12.53.18 Kuhio Beach Panorama, July 27, 2016, 12:53 p.m.

Hanging out on Kuhio Beach while waiting for our rooms, July 27, 2016, 12:53 p.m. We were not prepared with beach appropriate attire.

While check-in was officially 3 p.m., we were able to check-in just after 1:30 p.m. We were treated to a great view from our room!

2016 08 03 09.20.12 Hotel Room view,  August 3, 2016, 9:20 a.m.

The panoramic view from room 2418 at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, photo taken August 3, 2016, 9:20 a.m., seven days after check-in, just before departure

We had dinner at Duke’s inside the Outrigger Waikiki beside the stately Moana Surfrider.

Logo for Duke's of Waikiki

Logo for Duke’s of Waikiki

Duke's of Waikiki

Duke’s of Waikiki

The Outrigger Waikiki, photo from Booking.com

The Outrigger Waikiki, photo from Booking.com

The Moana Surfrider from Wikipedia

The Moana Surfrider from Wikipedia

Day Two: July 28, 2016

Most of us woke at 2:30 – 3:30 a.m. I made the boy alternate between resting and playing with the tablet, and finally we visited the nearby 24-hours McDonald’s for breakfast. (Value meals receive a free serving of pineapple. Yum!)

2016 07 28 09.34.26 Kuhio Beach panorama, July 28, 2016, 9:34 a.m.

Later, we joined Mommy for breakfast as she sat out near Kuhio Beach and was happily treated to the blue water and this view, July 28, 2016, 9:34 a.m.

2016 07 28 09.39.59 Kuhio Beach - Waikiki Wall, July 28, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

The boy (in orange) walks out on Waikiki Wall at Kuhio Beach, July 28, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

2016 07 28 09.40.10 Kuhio Beach - Waikiki Wall, July 28, 2016, 9:40 a.m.

The boy (in orange) out on Waikiki Wall at Kuhio Beach, July 28, 2016, 9:39 a.m.

Later, we drove over an hour to the Polynesian Cultural Center. We had fun. One of the highlights was the canoe cruise, drafting under bridges and visiting the representation of the Polynesian island civilizations.

Canoe, July 28, 2016, 1:14 p.m.

Canoe, July 28, 2016, 1:14 p.m.

Canoe Cruise, July 28, 2016 1:24 p.m.

Canoe Cruise, July 28, 2016 1:24 p.m.

2016 07 28 13.22 Canoe Cruise - bridge, July 28, 2016, 1:22 p.m.

One of the bridges on the Canoe Cruise, July 28, 2016, 1:22 p.m.

2016 07 28 13.23 Canoe Cruise - waterfall, July 28, 2016, 1:23 p.m.

Waterfall during the canoe cruise, July 28, 2016, 1:23 p.m.

The kids got to try to catch fish using coconut on a line in a traditional hut.

2016 07 28 16.40 Fisherman's Hut - sign, July 28, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

A sign describing a traditional fishing method, July 28, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

2016 07 28 16.40 Fisherman's Hut, July 28, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

Replica of a fisherman’s Hut, July 28, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

2016 07 28 16.41 Fisherman's Hut - Fish Caught, July 28, 2016, 4:41 p.m.

He was the first kid to catch a fish! Now he thinks it’s easy and wants to go fishing, July 28, 2016, 4:41 p.m.

2016 07 28 16.40 Fisherman's Hut - Fish, July 28, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

To be fair, there were a lot of fish ready to bite, July 28, 2016, 4:40 p.m.

In the afternoon, there was a parade of canoes for the Polynesian regions represented at the Polynesian Cultural Center.

2016 07 28 14.54 Parade - Tahiti, July 28, 2016, 2:54 p.m.

The Tahitian delegation of the parade, July 28, 2016, 2:54 p.m.

But he preferred to climb a tree during the parade, July 28, 2016, 2:57 p.m.

But he preferred to climb a tree during the parade, July 28, 2016, 2:57 p.m. Click below or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwrDM0bLnIc to watch him in the tree

We cooled off in the ukulele museum and gift shop:

2016 07 28 15.45.07 Elvis Ukulele, July 28, 2016, 3:45 p.m.

A graphic on Elvis and the ukulele, July 28, 2016, 3:45 p.m.

We also enjoyed the luau:

2016 07 28 16.55.52 Luau panorama, July 28, 2016, 4:55 p.m.

Ali’i Luau panorama, July 28, 2016, 4:55 p.m.

2016 07 28 16.56.45 Luau panorama, July 28, 2016, 4:56 p.m.

Ali’i Luau panorama, July 28, 2016, 4:56 p.m.

2016 07 28 16.59.48 Panorama, July 28, 4:59 p.m.

Ali’i Luau Panorama, July 28, 4:59 p.m.

2016 07 28 17.21 Luau Royal Family, July 28, 2016, 5:21 p.m.

The Ali’i Luau’s Royal Family, July 28, 2016, 5:21 p.m.

2016 07 28 18.02 Fire Juggler, July 28, 2016, 6:02 p.m.

We also saw a fire juggler, but he may have been their second-string; he dropped one of them four times and one of the faulty ends didn’t stay lit, July 28, 2016, 6:02 p.m.

At the luau with his cousin, July 28, 2016, 6:17 p.m.

At the luau with his cousin, July 28, 2016, 6:17 p.m.

I would love to enjoy the flow show at the canoe cruise and luau again. I wish that we had spent more time at the Polynesian villages. Earlier in the day, we took a town bus tour whose sole purpose was to lead to the Mormon temple and I would NOT do that again because that took away time from the villages.

2016 07 28 16.08 Temple, July 28, 2016, 4:08 p.m.

The local Mormon Temple; the less said about the intent of and the time diverted due to the bus tour, the better, July 28, 2016, 4:08 p.m.

While I appreciated the (really long) evening show “Ha–Breath of Life”, I would avoid seeing it again.


(or click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADdDVsIYbls for a trailer)



(Someone posted some of the show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyxabUqaoFc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGkHxhlPlEc)

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