Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My Hawaii Trip Day 3: Shopping Spree

One thing good about staying in Ohana Waikiki East Hotel is the distance to Waikiki Beach. By foot it is just less than 5 minutes walk, approximately 200 meters.

For Day 3, we will going to have our full day shopping spree at Waikele Premier Outlet and also Ala Moana Shopping Mall. According to the weather forecast, we are going to have a very terrible wet day and also warning flash flood announced through local news. While the sun still good to us during the day, we went to Waikiki Beach for some fun and sunbathing.

We booked for our Shuttle to Waikele Premier Outlet from our Hotel Bell Desk a day before the trip. Previously we were quite uncertain if we should book the shuttle in advance because of the ever changing weather forecast. Later we came to an agreement to make this an optional. Lucky enough our hotel do provide such call services.


The trip from hotel to Waikele took about 1 hour. We reached the outlet roughly around 11am and we have a total of 4 hours in our pocket. By 3pm, the same shuttle will come and pick us up back to the hotel. To be honest, there is nothing much that caught my attention in Outlet except few brand like Adidas, Coach, Skechers and Ralph Lauren. Even so, we spent quite a decent amount of items.

Half day gone and our next stop is to Ala Moana Shopping Mall for second wave of spending. To take the Pink trolley, just show your Ohana access card to the driver to enjoy unlimited ride.


We didn't really have a good stroll here as we are running out of time. If possible, try to allocate more time here as this mall is massive with a lot of shops and restaurants. As for dinner, we just simply had our meal inside Makai Market Food Court to ease our hunger.

There's nothing much to share for day 3. To sum up, it's just a rainy day that's perfect for shopping spree.

Click here to check out the breakdown summary of our spending in Hawaii.
Click here to check out Day 1 Itinerary.
Click here to check out Day 2 Itinerary.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

My Hawaii Trip Day 2: Oahu Scenic Drive

Day 2 is all about driving experience in Oahu, Hawaii. Before I start to share my route, few things I would like to take note:
  1. 1. In US, you will be driving in right-hand side of the road, and driver sits on the left-hand side of the car.
  2. 2. For fellow Malaysian, Internationl Driving License is not required if you are using New Driving License (with both Bahasa and English)
  3. 3. In US, there are using different unit reading such as:
    1. KMH VS MPH
    2. Celsius VS Fahrenheit
    3. Litre VS Gallon
  4. 4. US they have quarter dollar coin which worth 25cents
Our itinerary start at 5.45am as we need to pick up our car at The Hertz by 7am.
Hertz located inside Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa. There is a door at the back of the building which you can access directly to Hyatt. It is just 4 minutes walking distance if you follow my route as instructed. You will need to take escalator one level up to find Hertz office. We went out from our hotel around 6.45am hope to be the first customer to queue up for registration. Yes, typical kiasu style but to my surprise! there are more than 10 people already standing in front the office waiting for the staff to open the gate!

The whole registration process took about 10 minutes. GPS will be handed to you as well. (GPS is an external device, not car in built ). Next, they will give you a mini instruction where to pick up your car. Follow and get to the basement. Check with the staff once again and they will bring you to the vehicle. Make sure to check the manual and you clearly understand your car.

Alright, its driving time!

First destination: Leonard's Bakery (GPS: 21.284907, -157.813254)

Leonard's Bakery
We are here because of their famous freshly baked Malasadas! It is actually a Portuguese Doughnut.

We bought 1 Original (sugar) and 1 Cinnamon coating with 1.15 each plus tax.

2nd Destination: Hanauma Bay (GPS: 21.2736123,-157.6956305)

Hanauma Bay
If you a fan of snorkeling, this is the place that you should not miss no matter what. The natural is well preserve.

Parking fee 1USD
Entrance to the bay cost you 7.5USD per pax.
Closed on Tuesday

There a limited parking slot. So please be here before 9am otherwise you will be disappointed.

Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay

3rd Destination: Lanai Lookout Point (GPS: 21.2763662,-157.6860092)

Lanai Lookout
Lanai Lookout
Amazing Weather with great blue sky & Deep blue sea!

4th Destination: Halona Blowhole Lookout Point (GPS: 21.28239,-157.6775942)

Just 5 minutes drive you will reach Halona Blowhole
Halona Blowhole
Halona Blowhole
Halona Blowhole

5th Destination: Lanikai Beach (GPS: 21.393062,-157.7159812)

Lanikai Beach
Nothing special here. I will suggest you to skip this to save up some time for other location.

6th Destination: Nu'uanu Pali Lookout (GPS: 21.367198,-157.7953097)

Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
This lookout point is breathtaking and its awesome. Strongly recommended to stop by.

7th Destination: Byodo-In Temple (GPS: 21.430724,-157.8344487)

Byodo-In Temple

Entrance Fee 5USD per pax.

This temple is an exact replica of Byodo-In Temple in Kyoto, Japan. You can opt to skip this one if you plan to visit Kyoto near future.

Byodo-In Temple

8th Destination: Kualoa Ranch & Zipline and Chinaman Hat (GPS: 21.520675,-157.8378072)

Chinaman Hat
Chinaman Hat is just located opposite Kualoa Ranch. You need to make a right turn into Kualoa Regional Park to find the hat. For me, it look more like wizard hat from Final Fantasy

Chinaman Hat
Kualoa Ranch & Zipline
Due to extremely hot weather, we decided to give up this attraction spot and hence there is nothing much to share here.

9th Destination: La'ie Point State Wayside (GPS: 21.64854,-157.9166467)

La'ie Point State Wayside
Seriously, this lookout point is superb! My friend once told I am a cliff guy and I admit, I am really into it. The wind here is breezing and the splash sound feel so great. So don't miss your journey and I promise it will never disappoint you.

La'ie Point State Wayside
La'ie Point State Wayside
La'ie Point State Wayside
La'ie Point State Wayside
La'ie Point State Wayside
La'ie Point State Wayside

10th Destination: Sunset Beach Park (GPS: 21.670958,-158.0475297)

Sunset Beach Park
Stop here just for 5 minutes. Its already 3pm and we yet to take any lunch. So we are going to hunt for food on our next destination.

11th Destination: Haleiwa Town

Basically we are here for 3 MUST EAT FOOD in Hawaii. There are:
Famous Giovanni Shrimp (GPS: 21.580738,-158.1069957)
Giovanni Truck
Giovanni Shrimp
It taste so good. They are so generous that each plate comes with 12 shrimp. Bad side, too oily.

Matsumoto Shave Ice (GPS: 21.591145,-158.1034172)
Matsumoto Shave Ice
Next, Matsumoto Shave Ice, topping with extra mochi.

Kua Aina's Avocado Burger (GPS: 21.58902,-158.1032502)
Kua Aina Sandwich Shop
Avocado Burger
Avocado Beef Burger. Great combination. Fresh and smooth avocado, Juicy Beef Patty. Really a mouthful of joy.

The time is already 5.30pm and we have to drive back to Waikiki before the sky turning dark.

Final Destination: Back to Hertz (GPS: 21.276258,-157.8259402)

From Kua Aina to Hertz takes about 50 minutes drive, depending on the traffic.

You have to fill up the petrol tank before sending back the car. Below is the nearest petrol station that we went in to filling up the gasoline.

Petrol Station: Aloha Island Mart (GPS: 21.28403, -157.83223)

Overall the driving experience was good and the weather was good to me as well. The direction can be confusing when driving in town especially Waikiki. Once exited from town, the road is pretty linear and there is nothing to worry. Road condition was good too.

For Dinner, we went to Sheraton RumFire.
Pina Colada & Draft Beer
Pina Colada for her, and Big Wave Golden ale draft beer for myself. Cheers

Kalua Pork Nachos
Kalua Pork Nachos

Korean Fried Chicken Wings
Koean Fried Chicken Wings

This is all for our Day 2 itinerary, it was a tiring day but pack of fun and excitement.

Scenic / Attractions that we gave up due to short of time:
  • Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail 
  • Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Dole Plantation
I plotted all the scenic spot and attractions for your reference and I hope you'll find it useful for your upcoming trip.