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Pictures of Honolulu, Hawaii

July 3, 2012 • By

Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles”, but my visit to Honolulu, Hawaii in the summer of 2006 gave Thailand a run for its money. From the moment that I stepped off the plane into the tropical paradise masquerading as an airport, I was in love.

The resort like feel of the Honolulu International Airport was given notice of what joys were in store for us on the island. We rented a car during our stay even though we were told that there was a pretty good public transportation system at our disposal.

I’m so glad that we did….mobility is crucial if you want to see all of the hotspots. We decided that the best way to familiarize ourselves with our new environment would be to do the Circle Island Tour.READ MORE


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Navigating Oahu’s Circle Island Tour

November 25, 2009 • By

Circle Island Tour

There are so many beautiful things to see and do in Honolulu that it is almost impossible to know where to start.   I believe the best way to see the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is by driving a self-directed route around the island’s perimeter.  This 119 mile, one day tour will allow you to hit all of the crucial spots and will give you insight as to what areas to further examine on another day.

Along the way, you will be treated to an assortment of shrimp trucks were you can nosh on seafood to your heart’s content, slurp on one of the delicious shaved ice concoction that can be found dotting the highway and you must stop at the Macadamia nut farm to sample the tasty treats that put them on the map.

Please note that there are plenty of tour companies that would be happy to take your family (and your cash; a family of four can expect to spend around $200.00 US) on such a tour, but hold onto your wallet.  If you can drive, you can easily navigate this delightful sightseeing tour.

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North America, Trip Reports

My Honolulu Trip Report

August 30, 2005 • By

OUR DEPARTURE

Our flight to Honolulu was, unfortunately, destined to be an early one. It was scheduled to leave at 7:35 am on August 15th, 2005, so that meant that we had to rise at 3:30 am to get ready and make our usual preparations such as rechecking our bags and doing last minute checklists before we left the house. After grabbing some breakfast/coffee, buying lunch (more on that later) filling up the car and parking it at The Parking Spot, we took the shuttle to American Airlines for curbside check-in.

We were treated to beverages, gratis, on the plane and had an hour and a half layover in Dallas/Fort Worth. Soon, we were off to Honolulu, where we were served beverages again, but had to pay $3.00 if we wanted a snack box or $5.00 for a turkey wrap. Of course, I wasn’t going to spend $5.00 on dry turkey meat disguised as a burrito! I pulled out my trusty lunch bag where a close imitation of a subway sandwich patiently waited to be devoured along with some tasty chips, apple, banana and a cookie.

We were treated to two in-flight movies during our voyage: “Monster in law” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” as well as what was seemingly a marathon of the comedy, “Everybody loves Raymond”. Note to the airlines…..not everybody loves him….nevertheless, the flight was relatively comfortable, and there was more leg room in the cheap seats, for sure during our 7 hour, 35 minute ride. The ticket price wasn’t bad either…$350.00 round trip from Atlanta.

Please be aware that upon arriving in Hawaii, you will have to fill out a form declaring what perishables that you have with you. You are not permitted to bring anything (like my left over apple) into the state. If you do, they may pull you aside at the security checkpoint and you may be fined (if you DIDN’T declare it). The flight attendant gave me this warning when she saw that I had declared the apple. Needless to say, I changed it quickly and got rid of the apple. lol

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