9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2013 6:32 PM by kharada46 RSS

Oahu - Another Great Insiders Trip

erc Platinum
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As several of you are aware, my family just completed a terrific vacation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. I often tease about the Rewards programs 'enhancements', but as it relates to several of my trips, the Insiders (with due credit to the Marriott Rewards program for providing it) once again proved to be a true enhancement. Not only did we get terrific suggestions for restaurants, activities, and events, but the interaction among members during our stay added fun for all family members that by the end of the trip, had my daughters saying, "hey Dad, IAHFLYR  (born in IAH, you're daughter #1's favorite) and pluto77 (as a performer, daughter #2 is a fan) will get a kick out of this, or tell lakersfan about you mapping out every lookout, even Granny joined in, "make sure jerrycoin knows I got a sweet deal on a pearl necklace at the International Market", and it was Mrs. Erc who said, "we're coming up to Schofield Barracks, didn't you say an Insider (bpelican and anadyr) was stationed there?" And of course, the cherry on top of this vacation sundae was the dinner with the Insiders' own Hawaiian Fodors Man and his, far cuter than he probably deserves, bride - the kharada46's. It was a great trip from start to finish (even the nail biter of connecting flights to reach the Island) and we felt Insiders were with us all along the way. Here are some photos to give you an idea of the fantastic time we had. I'm not clever enough for photo albums, so just grab your favorite beverage and scroll and stroll away.
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I may be one of the last Insiders to shop here. Scheduled to be torn down year-end,
with the Ritz Carlton just up the street 90% sold out of residences from 900k to
$15 million, it's understandable why, but still sentimentally sad.
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One of several beautiful sunsets we experienced - this one at Duke's
Because I took the entire clan and had adult daughters who wanted retail activity and the buzz of the city, we opted to stay in Waikiki rather than one of the several impressive Marriott timeshares or JW. Needing three rooms made it a no brainer to go with a condo, bypassing the two Marriott properties, although as you'll see, we did stay at the Waikiki Marriott during our departure day, as well as rent from the Hertz on location, with a good rewards member discount, and were treated very nicely by the entire Marriott team, at an excellent location for access to the beach.
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Booked thru VRBO, fortunate enough to get 3BR condo w/great views

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Marriott Waikiki - great view - opted out of resort fee (thanks merb for info)
arkwright, bpelican and I just finished discussing the importance of
establishing relationships in this new world of lodging. Thank you Ms. Wong!
A trip to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial is always a special occasion, but this one was additionally wonderful as we got to spend time with our good friend and his wife, Rear Admiral Williams, Commander Navy Region Hawaii, who not only gave us a marvelous tour but also welcomed us into his (the Navy's) lovely home on the base where Commanders have lived since 1914. As someone who is "always on", he actually found our 'shenanigans' refreshing (because trust me, no one on the island razzes him like we privately did!) and we all had a marvelous time, just relaxing among friends.
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   Admiral Williams, Fleet Commander of the Pacific Region and the Gaggle

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             The U.S.S. Missouri watching over the U.S.S Arizona

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Waterfront Memorial (Bowfin in background) honoring the 52 submarines
and over 3500 submariners on eternal watch lost in WWII

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Honolulu Memorial/National Cemetery (Punchbowl) another moving place

At the risk of my enthusiasm pummeling you with 'family vacation shots', here are some glances of the numerous activities we enjoyed, virtually all of them recommended, discussed, and truly enhanced by the Insiders forum prior to our participation;
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     Waikiki from Diamond Head, as I fulfill my commitment to IAHFLYR
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             Hanauma Bay, great views and great snorkeling spot
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                               The Halona Blow Hole
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           Iolani Palace - only residence of royalty in the United States
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              Waimea Valley Botanical Gardens - North Shore
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                                      Waimea Waterfalls
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           Waimea Bay Jump Rock (yes, that's a relative)
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And of course, the Insiders meet and greet with the kharada46's
Tiki's Grill across from the Waikiki Marriott - another great choice by kharada46
Thank you for coming along with us Insiders, may your holidays be as joyful as our trip. Aloha.

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  • Re: Oahu - Another Great Insiders Trip
    jerrycoin Alumni Steward Platinum 60 Reviews
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    erc,

     

    That is a "Masterpiece" of a report!

     

    That was so well done, and your "Salute" to MRI is a wonderful tribute to all.

     

    The visit to The Arizona with your Fleet Commander friend really had to be very memorable.

     

    Thank-you for sharing this with us and have a safe trip back to the mainland.

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    pluto77 Alumni Steward Gold 25 Reviews
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    I wholeheartedly agree with Jerry!  Thank you so much for taking us along for the ride.  It was wonderful and I learned so much from all of your reporting, including The Joy of Traveling - It's all Relative.

     

    Thank you, thank you and well done!

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    bejacob Platinum 38 Reviews
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    Very nice wrap up. Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the trip as it happened. It was almost as good as being there.

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    iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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    How special a trip, and incredible pictures to go along with the fantastic daily reports, pictures that are so very meaningful, historical, amusing and fun.  So glad you got to hike Diamond Head even though I know you wouldn't have stayed in town strolling along as you were that day. 

     

    Very cool that you got to spend time with your friend, The Admiral and Mrs., kharada46 and the new Mrs., and that Granny got to join in on all the fun with the rest of the family.

     

    Daughter #1 is my new best pal!!!  

     

    Safe trip home, wave when you pass abeam Houston around 0630 in the morning on your way to IAD I guess.

     

    Thanks for bringing your trip to us all and making it our trip.

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  • Re: Oahu - Another Great Insiders Trip
    kharada46 Alumni Steward Gold 10 Reviews
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    erc,

     

    Great photos and great "report!" 

     

    I'm glad you guys had a great time on the island.  Looks like a great family adventure for sure!  Thanks for sharing your experiences with us and especially for having dinner with the Mrs. & I.  She is too pretty for me huh?  haha! 

     

    Anyhow, have a safe trip home and we look forward to seeing all of our new friends in the not too distant future! 

     

    Aloha A *** Hou! 

    (Farewell, until we meet again)

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    bpelican Platinum 57 Reviews
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    Great posting and fabulous photos.  At times I felt like I was there with you.  Thanks for sharing your trip with us.  Enjoyed "coming along."

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  • Re: Oahu - Another Great Insiders Trip
    erc Platinum
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    Had a nice, non-eventful flight home. The girls reminded me to put the luau photo up. This young man (13 years old) is the seven times world champion fire twirler (up front using both hands) in his age group and was very entertaining.

     

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    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.

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