Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Aloha, and Welcome to Hawaii! Mahalo for visiting my page!

This was the first “vacation” leg of my trip… Vancouver was pretty much working the entire time, so this is where I got to start relaxing and actually enjoy the idea of a “trip around the world”! And enjoy it I did.

I began with a flight from Vancouver (YVR) to Honolulu (HNL) on Thursday, Sept 20th, 2012, arriving around 9pm local time. I didn’t have time to sort out a hostel yet, so I booked a one night stay at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel located at 150 Kapahulu Ave.

I decided to rent a car this time around, so after arriving at the airport (and getting through luggage pretty quickly – pre-screening was done in Vancouver), I walked over to the Budget rent-a-car location and grabbed a tan Corolla to help me along my journey. 🙂

Drove along the highway to reach my final destination, arrived at the Queen Kapiolani around 10pm – beautiful hotel, very close to the beach, right across the street from the Zoo. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do too much here – I checked in, went upstairs (18th floor – nice room, amazing view), opened up all the blinds (it was basically a room full of windows), took a shower and CRASHED!

I woke up pretty early (three time zones in a week – my body still doesn’t know what the hell is going on), did some internet stuff, peeked out onto the balcony, and checked out.

Before bed I did manage to find a hostel, and just my luck it was literally a two minute walk away… same access to the same beach, same great area, everything. Very lucky to find it, AND it was $144 total for four nights (one night at the Queen cost me around $150), so I could not complain about the price!!!

I checked in to the Waikiki Beachside Hostel on Friday, Sept 21st, 2012 around 3pm, took a nice drive around just before that, decided to be a total nerd and visit the Best Buy here, and found my way around a bit. You can check out the blog for all the info of what I did while here, but needless to say a lot of time was spent on the amazing beaches that they have.

Day or night, this is the place to be if you want to relax. The beaches are absolutely stunning, the waves perfect for surfing, body boarding, whatever – and a few of the beaches, mine included, had a barrier to stop the waves for the casual swimmer.

The island itself is just… wow. I took a drive around it and ran into some of the most beautiful sights I have seen, LTD (or Life to Date :p still got the corporate lingo in here!!!), some pictures are below, others on Facebook. I cannot recommend Hawaii enough as the perfect vacation destination, and it was just the perfect way to start the trip.

Oh a note on the hostel – terrific place, great staff, cool wrist band with a RFID chip so you can get into your room without having to carry around a card (terrific for swimming etc, it’s water proof). Very clean, nice room sizes, and the location is to die for. Room mate was Myles from Australia, great guy.

So that’s it for Hawaii… for now! The next stop after this? Cruise across the Pacific Ocean – destination – Sydney, Australia.

Summary…

  • Arrived by air from YVR to HNL on Thursday, Sept 20th, 2012 around 9pm (Westjet)
  • Rented car from Avis from Thursday, Sept 20th to Monday, Sept 24th
  • Stayed at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel on Thursday, Sept 20th, moved to the  Hokondo Waikiki Beachside Hostel from Friday, Sept 21st to Tuesday, Sept 25th. Room mate was Myles from Australia at the Hostel.
  • Sights seen: Diamond Head State Monument, Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 World Premiere, Pearl Harbor – USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu Zoo, Aloha Festivals 66th Annual Floral Parade, Beaches throughout the island, Beautiful viewing points along the coast of the island
  • Funny things eaten: At Wolfgang Puck’s Express I had a fantastic chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and BBQ chicken with sauce. Amazingly well done, so good!
  • Memorable sights/moments: The coast line is just stunning, I wound up just driving around the highway hugging the coast and stopped at a few viewing points. One in particular, where I went beyond the tourist spot and climbed down the rocks where a fishing hut was setup was just the most amazing experience. Climbing Diamond Head was very cool, the sights there breath taking, and the hike itself was a lot of fun. First Hostel ever, great experience to begin the trip with!
  • Departed via the Rhapsody of the Seas, Pier 2, Port of Honolulu

Check out these pics!!

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