I've got two tickets to paradise......

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Our arrival at HNL in the dead of night.
    ...........won't you pack your bags, we'll leave tonite.

Eddie Money was "right on the money" with his lyrics.  Mark found out last night that he needed to go to Hawaii for a little business so we discussed the possibility that since I had the rest of July off, it might be the perfect opportunity for me to revisit our fiftieth State of the Union. We weren't sure of our exact departure date until the morning of the 17th, when we checked the passenger loads for future flights to Honolulu. So it was, during breakfast, that we decided to pack our bags and hop on the evening plane.

Unfortunately, we missed out on First Class seating by one seat.  Since I didn't want Mark to sit by himself in Third World, I graciously declined the only remaining seat up front in order to sit by mio caro esposo.
Mark, taking care of business.
  Membership definitely has its privileges. The flight attendants onboard recognized me as a crew member incognito and rapidly provided us with enough "power beverages" of our choice to make the nearly six hour flight whiz by at supersonic speed.

Fast forward by six hours, as we step off the aircraft and into "island time".......  no hurry, no worry......... and they still don't understand Mark's accent here.  I guess my translation skills will come into play once again.   We grab a rental car, plug in the GPS and make our way out to Waikiki.

An airline employee can get discounts just about anywhere but especially at resort hotels.  Forget the 10-15% discount......... we went for the Big Kahuna of 50%.   We made our choice of The Wyland Waikiki ,with it's feng shui decor of glass, chrome and natural wood and its collection of original paintings, pen and ink drawings and sculptures of marine sea life, created by the artist/owner and marine conservationist, Wyland.
The feng shui lobby of our hotel.

The wide open spaces and modern, clean lines appealed to my Asian sense of design.  The fresh island breeze and scent of a sudden summer rain permeated the lobby, bar and other user friendly areas of the hotel due to the creative use of floor to ceiling glass walls that could be rolled open, completely exposing the interior to the outside.

The valet efficiently parked our car while managing to slip in...."By the way, did they tell you the parking fee per night is $25?"  We immediately decided to return the car early the next morning and use the $2 trolley when we weren't using our built in operating systems located at the end of our legs.

We passed the intimate, 98 degree, salt water swimming pool on our way to the elevator and continued  to the one bedroom suite which was to be our home for the next four nights.  It didn't take long to drift off on the waves of a Hawaiian dream with tomorrow's plans of discovery of this island paradise.
bashmentbabe says:
id love to work for an airline :)
Posted on: Feb 15, 2009
olsalty says:
Great stuff Sandy. You're acting like an impetuous teenager trotting off to exotic locations like that. Now you have to fix one thing, the travbuddy blog indicates that you're in Maricopa, AZ, and I dare say the gardens in your photos indicate a more lush environment than that!
Posted on: Jul 22, 2008
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Our arrival at HNL in the dead of …
Our arrival at HNL in the dead of…
Mark, taking care of business.
Mark, taking care of business.
The feng shui lobby of our hotel.
The feng shui lobby of our hotel.
The pool at our hotel.
The pool at our hotel.
The sculpture garden with works of…
The sculpture garden with works o…
A fresh flower lei was left on one…
A fresh flower lei was left on on…
The open air bar where, unfortunat…
The open air bar where, unfortuna…
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