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#61 d00nd00nian

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 09:32 PM

Oh I had that broccoli and cheese stuffed pizza thing too when I was there! How good is it? Mmmmm!!!!

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 09:36 PM

Wow!! ohmy.gif how coincidental smile.gif The food court was awesome - so much to choose from. But when I saw that - I had to have it - yeah it was even better than it looked! smile.gif

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I forgot to mention we got up at 4:20am to catch the plane (wanted to leave 5-5:30 for 8:15 flight). Did I say I HATE early mornings? but this was a joke! We were the first international flight of the day.

I had booked the shuttle bus the day before and they didn't show up! I'm going to write a complaint letter. Because of that we had to fork out $30 for a cab fare to the airport sad.gif

Not only that, we got there so early none of the shops were open so it was a lot of sitting and waiting around.. then the flight from hell sitting near a wailing toddler who wailed for the entire 10 hour flight sad.gif


That's it! Hope I haven't bored you too much. Hope some of you got some usefulness out of this. smile.gif

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Posted 21 March 2007 - 10:30 PM

wow looks like you had a great time, how many batteries did you go trough on your camera>

thanks so much for the HK pics you are a gem smile.gif

Dressed in pink, makes the boys wink.


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Posted 22 March 2007 - 06:26 AM

No worries, hope you liked them biggrin.gif

I had 2 batteries for my digicam, but both were quite old and life was very short so I bought another prior to leaving so I had 3. Every spare moment I had in the hotel I was charging them.

I also had 2 batteries for my camcorder but really only needed 1 most of the time, as it has a very long life. But I was also charging that one too in the hotel.. pulling out lamps so I could use the powerpoints.

Hubby also needed a powerpoint for his laptop so sometimes we were sitting in near darkness! LOL

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 06:54 AM

Hi Empress,

I just wanted to say thank you so much for your trip report. I enjoyed reading and found it very informative as we are looking to go to Hawaii on our honeymoon too.

We are looking to stay at the Ala Moana Hotel as well - can you tell me how the rooms were like, i heard they recently refurbished the place and how far was it to Waikiki??

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:53 AM

Hi hhh - glad you enjoyed it smile.gif

Well the Ala Moana hotel first of all is HUGE! There are 2 towers. Unfortunately we got stuck in the smaller tower sad.gif which isn't as nice. The room itself was nice (does look very new and modern), great furniture, flat panel LCD TV, even a microwave too.. but the room was TINY. I think the bed was only a double, not a queen or king like other hotels.

Cos we got cheap rates (when I say cheap it still cost us over AU$200! or US$160) we got put in this tower and not the other one. Our tower has 13 floors and we were on the 7th (I got asked to be put in a higher floor, but there were none left). The other (main) tower had around 30+ floors!! I don't know what the rooms looked like there but I am guessing they are bigger with better views?

It is also closer/easier to access the shopping centre and pool from the main (taller) tower as they are much closer. In the lobby you can see they've got a scale model of the whole hotel - it's pretty huge. Speaking of the lobby - it is massive, one of the nicest lobbies I've seen too.

It's very very easy to get to Waikiki - takes around maybe 10 mins? or less. You just walk across the road to the carpark (not the main road, just a small road) from the lobby and buses come like every few minutes.

I showed my mum our pics last night and she said she stayed in the Ala Moana hotel too! I couldn't believe it. We're talking more than 30 years ago, before I was born smile.gif

The scale model.

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You can see the rooftop pool in the above pic, and here is the actual pool. It looks very new and nice, the whole area is very spacious and 'modern' looking.

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The desk and TV

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Kettle (sorry coffee maker.. they don't have kettles!!) and microwave and fridge.

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Bathroom

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Hope that helps smile.gif

Ala Moana Beach Park is also nearby, (across the main road), which is apparently a nice beach, not as crowded as Waikiki. I wanted to go but we had no time. There are also nice restaurants by the water there smile.gif

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:53 AM

The Ala Moana Hotel sounds familiar to me. I think we stayed there but it was over 10 years ago. If it is the same, it is right on waikiki beach and the two towers are called diamond head and something else?? is that right or are there loads of hotels with two towers?
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:58 AM

Hehe Busterella - it's nowhere near Waikiki! Well not within walking distance anyway smile.gif If you stayed right on the beach, it would probably have been one of the Sheratons??

Speaking of which - next time we go we're gonna be cashed up so we can stay right on Waikiki Beach (US$300+ a night). From what we saw, the Sheraton Moana Surfrider (one of my original pics instead of the Hilton) and the Royal Hawaiian (the pink building, also owned by Sheraton) were the nicest smile.gif

Also the buses and great and cheap and all (only $2 a trip no matter the distance) but you need to rent a car for at least one day to see the whole island. You could do that by bus but it would be a major waste of time.

Other tips

If you have a small appetite (like me) do not order a whole dish. Even the appetisers are huge!! I'm talking the American places, not Asian or Mcdonalds or something. Hubby and I got smart and discovered 1 dish for our dinner to share was MORE than enough for us.

The first night we went to the Cheesecake Factory we ordered a burger each. It was massive, with a huge serving of fries. I wanted to try the cheesecake (well it's the name of the restaurant right?) but could not even finish my burger.. so we decided to go again where I was going to order and finish the cheesecake no matter what!!

The next night we went again, and shared a dish between us - which was the perfect size. I also got a pineapple upsidedown cheesecake but unfortunately couldn't finish it (hubby doesn't have a sweet tooth so couldn't help me either!) but it was so yum.

I got some earlier photos now so here are some more, of our meals smile.gif





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Posted 22 March 2007 - 07:59 AM

LOL. Didn't think we would have all stayed at the same place. No, I don't think it was a sheraton empy. I can't remember as it was so long ago but it was bloody lovely. I was there when I was 12 and then again when I was 17 so it could have been knocked down by now.
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Posted 22 March 2007 - 08:28 AM

Thanks so much Empress, the pictures are great. The rooms look good, nice and modern which i like and obviously who can complain when its right next to the shopping centre. We're looking to go budget in Oahu and spend more $$ on the resorts in Maui.

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 08:49 AM

Our first meal in Hawaii - Taco Bell!!

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Busterella - it sounds lovely.. it was probably relatively cheap back then too!! It might've changed names, or gotten knocked down as you said sad.gif

hhh - I'm not sure about Maui, but everything on the Big Island was heaps cheaper than Waikiki smile.gif

Didn't feel like going out that night after walking the streets for like 3 hours and still feeling tired from the flight. We went to a supermarket to buy some stuff and there was a little Japanese takeaway store there.. it wasn't cheap!! but it was convenient and delicious so we got it . That's when our addiction to Vitamin water started too smile.gif

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The famous Cheesecake Factory! (not they don't just sell cheesecake.. it's a restaurant and has about a billion dishes to cover every palate from Mexican to Japanese, Vietnamese,.. Hard Rock Cafe kinda stuff.. everything! OMG.. I'm salivating thinking about it.

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The bread they gave you at the start was to die for! It's baked fresh on the premises and comes to you hot, soft and fresh (I hate crusty bread). It was really addictive. .we had to control ourself to save room for the actual meal!

Hubby loves his smoothies

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Oh I should mention there were big waits to get into the restaurant too. It was continuously packed throught the entire day. They gave you a buzzer thing which you could take away. I wandered off far away to look at shops and it still worked!

My fish burger

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The next day

My wonton noodle soup in a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, and hubby's black bean dish

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Back to the CCF again for dinner

Yet more delicious bread and another smoothie

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One of the most delicious and strangest things I've eaten! I forgot what they were called (some Mexican name).. Taquitas.. chockitos.. haha.. something like that. They were fried? tortilla wraps, crunchy as anything, rolled up, with chicken and stuff inside.. and with stuff to dip them in. Yummy Mexican fare. and I've never seen or tasted anything like it!

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My cheesecake! (massive with even more massive dollops of cream)

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 09:22 AM

Me ready to tackle that cake!!

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The next day - breakfast at iHop (International house of pancakes - but they don't just sell pancakes). We hardly ever ate out for breakfast cos we're cheap, and we're not big eaters, and love sleeping in smile.gif

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Random photo - taken in International marketplace

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Driving up to kualoa ranch - a lookout

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The scenery was just breathtaking and achingly beautiful. I swear I had sensory overload!

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OK I'm pretty sure that's it !! smile.gif

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 09:44 AM

Noooooo you can't stop! I am enjoying it so much, i can't wait to go and experience it for myself!

More please!!
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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:48 AM

Empress!!!

Wow what a gorgeous holiday in Hawaii you had!!! And I have so much enjoyed going through your photos and posts as we just got back from many of those places ourselves!!!

I can't believe you were at the Cheesecake Factory at the same time we were staying at the Sheraton Moana - just next door!

We had Taco Bell (Waikikki) during our stay there too tongue.gif

Any more pics?

Chloe xoxoxo

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 09:00 AM

Where did you go Chloe?? OMG .. we could've had CCF together! How was the Sheraton Moana? We were going to stay there instead of the Hilton.. I couldn't decide between the two sad.gif But there's always next time wink.gif

I'll show you mine if you show me yours tongue.gif




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