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@The lovely Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

Crew change was actually happening for me and I was all excited about my first ever trip to Hawaii and first solo trip. My route was Brownsville-Houston-San Francisco and arrived SF at night about 9pm. I checked into Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel which I have to admit, it was certainly a luxurious hotel but affordable, thank God for my Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) membership. In the morning I took a flight to Honolulu which is on one of the eight magnificent islands of Hawaii, namely Oahu. Thanks to the reviews of Oahu hotels on TravBuddy, I definitely made the right choice in putting up the 5nights at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani on Waikiki.

View of the Diamond Head Crater from Sheraton Waikiki
(This is why I LOVE TB so much) http://www.princess-kaiulani.com/

When I arrived at the airport, I couldn’t resist the beautiful Leis (fresh flower necklace) that were sold at a Lei stall near the baggage claim area. Although the price was a little absurd, I was not willing to throw away my Hawaii experience without wearing one on my neck even though it cost me $16!!! I then took the shuttle bus that drops passengers to all the major hotels in Honolulu. That was $8 (hmmm a 10km ride costs cheaper than my lei??!) The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is a decent 4star hotel with helpful staff and is at a fantastic location, without being overpriced. Furthermore, for each night stay I get a 60mins phone calls to anywhere in the world! Unheard of! And it gets better, since it’s a Starwood hotel,  all occupants at Sheraton Kaiulani are privileged with a discount if dine at other 5star hotels e.

haha..I Got Lei'd at Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu :)
g. Sheraton Waikiki, Ala Moana, etc. Oh and the free WIFI throught my 6days stay.

Since I pre-booked using spg.com, checking in took me only 5mins and I was guaranteed by the Receptionist that the Oceanview King sized bed on the 18thFloor was the best room type they can offer. The little view that I got of the sea was enough to make me smile every morning when I wake up. Afterall, it is HAWAII! What a dream come true for me. The balcony was sufficient, I had a pool view and every night there is a Hawaiian band playing the soulful music.aaah what a bliss!

Day1

Walkabouts on Waikiki beach, and did the much needed shopping as this trip wasn’t really planned. At night, I had dinner at the Cheeseburger at Paradise. The name of this restaurant says it all.

Every day is a Rainbow day!!
For those who are vegetarians, do not fret. This place offers the best vegetarian burger! And as a patron, everyone photos were taken and you may purchase the photos, they are not at all dodgy photos. In fact, they are made into a cute postcard and a frame! Yeah so I couldn’t really say ‘no’. It was all too good

Day 2

Today was an exhilarating day of hang gliding activity that I signed up for. I was determined to do this to tick off one of the must-do things in my Bucket List. Thanks to Paradise Air (http://paradiseairhawaii.com/) and their impressive pilots, Denise and Tom, I had the best ever experience of my life. Can’t even deny how freaked out I was the night before, but once you are under the hands of such professionals, all fear goes away!(Tips: do not be afraid to sign the indemnity although I have to say, that form was worded so gruesomely you might not even want to go (IF you are not 100% sure of yourself).

Cheeseburger in Paradise souvenir
Well I was all up for it. Woke up at 4am,left the hotel at 6am as my flight was the first flight of the day and main objective was to catch the sunrise, from up above!!Tips: Taxis are wayyy to expensive as the Dillingham Airfield is situated at the North West of Oahu, an hour away from Waikiki. As for me, I was not willing to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road although car rental is cheap. Therefore, I have approached Shaka Tours (http://www.shakatourshonolulu.com/) and I got a private car for the duration of my hang gliding, approx 4hrs. At the end of the flight, I was given a certificate, a bunch of pictures and a video of the whole flight J I had a blast up there, flying at 4020sq feet and was even flying above the peak of Mount Ka a’la (the highest mountain on Oahu). Have you heard people say ‘ I wish I can touch the clouds’.
Flying in the clouds
.well..I DID TOUCH IT!!!What a priceless experience.

Day 3

More walking around Waikiki, tried the Cheesecake Factory. Decent but too pricey in my opinion. During night time, there will be some dance & music shows on Waikiki and the best one I enjoyed was at the courtyard in between the Sheraton Waikiki and the Royal Hawaiian Resort.  In the afternoon, I was lucky enough to catch the parade commemorating the Armed forces of USA, passing thru Waikiki.

Later that afternoon, I took the Hop-on Hop-off bus and it wasn’t as great as those I have been on in London, Paris and Rome. It was a bit disappointing as the bus would drop by the huge mall in town twice, in the same route!! Why anyone would want to go to a mall in Hawaii?!!hmmm..Nonetheless, I did enjoy the scenery of Honolulu city, beautiful lush green trees, breathtaking beaches, etc.

Surfing at Waikiki

At 5pm, I was picked up by TB Keith (yes, the famous Aloha_Keith y’all!) at the lobby and he had kindly planned for me to have a great evening at his city. He took me to the Ala Moana Beach Park to watch the scenic sunset and off to the Aloha Tower for a good meal, and to meet up with Cherry (nanipu). We had a fabulous time. Keith was so kind, he also prepared his best camera and we were snapping pictures and enjoyed the Christmas lighted up City Hall. The whole stretch of road was brightly lit up with Christmas trees, Hawaiian Santa wearing shorts,etc. TB is BRILLIANT!

Day 4

I was all geared up for a day filled with physical challenges and adventures. Surf top and surf shorts were bought earlier for this BIG day. It was time for my first ever surf lessons! I crossed the street from my hotel and head for the surfing scene.

Signed up for a private surfing lesson which took an hour and for a first timer, I think I did not too badly, 3 successful surfs out of 5 attempts! Apparently I have been photographed by the company than runs the surfing lessons. I was a happy camper! After the exhausting sports was done, I promised myself that I MUST hike up the Diamond Head Crater. I did! And it took me only about 30mins to get to the top. The view of Oahu from up there was breathtaking!!I would recommend all visitors to hike up the Diamond Head Crater. By the end of my hike, I was completely knackered and had made reservations for a 1.5hours massage at the Abhasa Spa of the Royal Hawaiian Resort (http://www.royal-hawaiian.com/abhasa-spa). What a pay off! After all those hard physical ‘workouts’ I had throughout the day.
Afternoon drinky at Sheraton Waikiki
Their private outdoor cabanas and the access to their jacuzzi was definitely worth the money!

Day 5

The Polynesian Culture Centre (PCC http://polynesianculturalcenter.com/?=msn) was next on my list and booked a ticket (I took the once that starts at 12noon instead of 9am) through Shaka Tours. I was picked up at the hotel, along with other people. The journey there was stunning I couldn’t believe my eyes! The North Shore was to die for, the Valley of the Temples were also…*speechless* There‘s no word that can even describe how amazing these places are! The highly recommended PCC was not disappointing at all. They had small culture villages within that huge area. Filled with traditions, rituals, dances and beautiful people of the Polynesia.

Some of us got the Guided Tour, of course at a small fee but it was definitely worth every cent. Counsin Jay (apparently in Hawaii, everyone is cousins to everyone!how sweet) showed us around to the main ones and sent us the ‘Sexy Family’ to only the favourites of visitors. The finale and highlight of the trip to PCC is the expressive, dramatic, educational (of the Polynesian history and culture)Ha’, The Breath of Life show. Most impressive for me was the fire scene. Just go and see for yourself, how great the show is.Oh and we were also taught how to do the Hula dance J

Day 6

What a sad day for I have just fallen in love with Hawaii but had to leave. Got the shuttle bus to the airport and even in the airport, there was a live Hawaiian music and 2 ladies doing the hula dance.

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How can anyone not like Hawaii? Mahalo Oahu! I will be back..SOON. Maybe with my loved one ;)

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@The lovely Sheraton Princess Kaiu…
@The lovely Sheraton Princess Kai…
View of the Diamond Head Crater fr…
View of the Diamond Head Crater f…
haha..I Got Leid at Hard Rock Caf…
haha..I Got Lei'd at Hard Rock Ca…
Every day is a Rainbow day!!
Every day is a Rainbow day!!
Cheeseburger in Paradise souvenir
Cheeseburger in Paradise souvenir
Flying in the clouds
Flying in the clouds
Surfing at Waikiki
Surfing at Waikiki
Afternoon drinky at Sheraton Waiki…
Afternoon drinky at Sheraton Waik…
Travbuddies <3
Travbuddies <3
Shaka Shaka baby!
Shaka Shaka baby!
AMAZING!
AMAZING!
Denise Sanders, my pilot and I
Denise Sanders, my pilot and I
Daily evening Hula dance show on W…
Daily evening Hula dance show on …
Sweet moments with local TBs
Sweet moments with local TBs
Lushes green Honolulu
Lushes green Honolulu
Waikiki scene at night
Waikiki scene at night
Sunset@Ala Moana Park
Sunset@Ala Moana Park
City Hall Christmas Lightings
City Hall Christmas Lightings
Diamond Head Crater
Diamond Head Crater
@the Polynesian Culture Centre
@the Polynesian Culture Centre
Taken from my balcony
Taken from my balcony
Ceiling of Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu
Ceiling of Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu
Oahu
photo by: five11d