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.
It was barely noon, so we grabbed lunch. Our rooms were not yet ready, so we spent some time Kuhio Beach across the street.
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!
We had dinner at Duke’s inside the Outrigger Waikiki beside the stately Moana Surfrider.
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!)
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.
The kids got to try to catch fish using coconut on a line in a traditional hut.
In the afternoon, there was a parade of canoes for the Polynesian regions represented at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
We cooled off in the ukulele museum and gift shop:
We also enjoyed the luau:
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.
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)