Oahu, Hawaii

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu

Oahu, Hawaii | September 2014

I spent my first night after arriving into Honolulu, at the Kahala Resort which is on the other side of Diamond Head. It’s the only beachfront resort in Kahala, Oahu’s most prestigious residential area. It is located on a white sand swimmable beach.

They have a 26,000 square foot lagoon, home to the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. There are 306 lavishly appointed guest rooms (quite large at 550 square feet) in the tower building, and a 2 story building that overlooks the lagoon and beachfront. They offered us a delicious breakfast buffet and then a beach cabana for the day. The resort is away from all the action in Waikiki but is only a short 10-minute shuttle ride away.

Disney Aulani Resort

Disney Aulani Resort

The next day I checked into the Hawaii Prince Hotel which is oceanfront overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. There are 541 spacious guest rooms, all with floor to ceiling panoramic ocean views . The hotel does not have lanais. They have shuttles to Waikiki or it is a short 10 minute walk. It is the only Hotel in Waikiki to own and operate a golf course for guests. If you are looking for a Hotel that offers good value and pricing the Hawaii Prince offers this.

I did a day trip around the Island driving up North the first stop was the Dole Pineapple Plantation. They offer tours or you can simply have a delicious pineapple whip cone or dish.

From there we drove to Waimea Valley and visited their Botanical Gardens and took a ¾ mile hike up to the waterfalls which was a great place to cool down with a nice swim under the falls.

We stopped for lunch at the famous Giovanni’s Shrimp truck on the North Shore then drove down the windward side and stopped at famous Hanauma Bay for some great snorkeling.

I visited Disney’s Aulani Resort in the Ko Olina area on the West side of the Island. They have 359 Hotel Rooms including 16 suites and 460 Disney Villas. There are several activities for the family, including Rainbow reef, a private snorkel lagoon, Waikolohe Stream, tubing down the lazy river pool, Waikolohe Pool, 8200 square feet of family fun. At Menehune Bridge, little ones can romp, splash, go down slides and play in the structure. Aunty’s Beach House has unique childrens programming under the guidance of the Disney Youth Counselor. Drop the kids off and enjoy some adult time together. The suites all have full kitchens and laundry facilities. They also have an area where the families can do their own barbecuing. There are several restaurants on property with lots of dining options. They have the Daily IWA that is placed in all the guests room updating the events going on that day and the restaurants and the hours that they are open. The hotel has a vacation club that is a time share. Everyone that is invited is aware that it is a time share presentation. The Aulani is a wonderful family resort just a 30 minute ride from the Honolulu airport.

We then went to a Luau which was next door at the Paradise Cove. It is the best Luau in Oahu and nice dinner and show.

Beach at Kahala Resort

Beach at Kahala Resort

The next day we checked into the Modern Honolulu which is 3 years old. It is located in the marina/yacht club area of Waikiki. The 353 guest rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones and rich woods with distinctive designs. Everything is very modern at the hotel and is a very chic cosmopolitan upbeat hotel. There are 2 pools. One of the pools is an adult only pool and called the Sunset Beach and Pool. They imported 100 tons of sand from neighboring Islands to create a tropical beach. They have day beds at both the main pool and adult pool.and charge $150.00 a day. You have to spend this on food and beverages. The Modern Honolulu is also home to Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s famous signature restaurant, Morimoto Waikiki.

The next two hotels that I visited was the Halekulani and their sister hotel, the Waikiki Parc Hotel.

The Halekulani is one of the first and finest hotels in Waikiki. There are 453 guest rooms which are luxurious decorated in 7 shades of white. Halekulani is recognized for its splendor and tranquility amid the vibrancy of Waikiki. We had appetizers and cocktails in their Sunset Bar which had nightly Hawaiian entertainment.

The Waikiki Parc is located on the street behind the Halekulani. It is a boutique hotel very chic and contemporary. There are 297 ocean view and mountain view rooms. Guests can relax on the rooftop pool which is surrounded by fire pits and chaise loungers. The famous Nobu restaurant is located in the Hotel.

I strolled down the beach and visited the Royal Hawaiian hotel known as the Pink Palace. They have renovated the hotel, and the lobby and public spaces are now decorated in a Morrocan theme. All the guestrooms and suites in the historic building were renovated in 2009. Then in November 2010 the 17th floor Royal Beach Tower was remodeled.

OAHU is known as the gathering place and is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It has everything to offer from the beaches, the botanical gardens, the waterfalls, to the nite life and shopping. There is something to offer everyone.

Barbara Bagnall | Vacation Specialist
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