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Old 12-21-2011, 12:38 AM   #76
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That's great the girls enjoyed the dolphin experience. I did it in 2007. I can't believe you've left Hawaii already.

For Lego try the Lego store at DTD. We wanted a set we saw in DTD Orlando and were kicking ourselves we didn't get it. When we went to the Anaheim DTD store they called local Lego stores until they found one in stock and got them to hold it for us. We ended up having to go to the South Coast Plaza but it wasn't too hard as we had a car and GPS. Good Luck!!
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:05 AM   #77
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How funny, the past two years our first day schedule has been ..... 1st stop Toyr R Us then Dollar Tree, then shoe store near there (can't remember name) In & Out for lunch and then Target across the road for supplies and many other things and then cab back to HoJo's . I think both times we have already added at least another suitcase at this point
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:48 PM   #78
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Hello....

We arrived home late yesterday afternoon. The bags are unpacked, washing is in the machine and Mickey pancakes are being made in the kitchen. We have had a marvelous time, found the Diagon Alley in DTD Lego finally on the Wed before Christmas.

Will try to get to the end of Hawaii this morning and then I shall move on to Disney over the next few days. We have house guests for a few days and back to work, here goes....
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:19 PM   #79
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Welcome home. Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:28 PM   #80
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On Wednesday we grabbed a quick breakfast from Starbucks downstairs from our tower (Loved having Gingerbread Latte on tap) and headed to the bus stop directly across the street to head to Pearl Harbor. The tour out the memorial is free, you watch a 23 minute movie on the history and lead up to the events of the day and then catch a boat to the memorial.

Getting to the memorial early in the day is the best bet as tour groups come in throughout the day. We were expecting to wait an hour or two before our scheduled time however when we got there at 9.10am we were placed in the 9.30am group.





Standing in front of the list of those who died on the USS Arizona always brings a tear to my eye. This time I also noticed that a number of survivors have now had there ashes and names added to the memorial as they have chosen to be placed here on dying.



After returning to shore, we wandered through the free museums which were really interesting and hands on with a great mix of factual, tactile and personal memories from the day.

The men folk took the children to the USS Bowfin submarine. There was a small charge for this. They had a great time. There is also a new USS Missouri memorial museum which is $20 per person however what we had seen was enough for the little ones and by 12.30pm we were on a bus back to Honolulu.





DH and I jumped off the bus at Ala Moana and Grandma and Grandpa took the kids back to the pool and off to dinner at Denny's. We finally did some shopping for me... YEAH and grabbed a few last bits and pieces for him and ended up eating pizza at Round Table Pizza at the Hilton Hawaiian Pizza watching College basketball and ice hockey at around 9.30pm.


Another awesome day...
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:31 PM   #81
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Thanks Ms Shuttergirl

I will get all catched up soon....

Hope you had a great Christmas.
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:28 PM   #82
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Our last day in Waikiki.

We had a last breakfast at Denny's (love the hash browns, gotta say).

Grandma and Grandpa headed to Ala Moana, and we went for a wander up to the International Marketplace. Stopped in Macy's and got DD1 some Calvin Klein jeans on sale and picked up some trinkets for the girls friends at the Marketplace.

We then headed back to the hotel and to the pool for an afternoon of splashing around (DH packing). Joined by Grandma and Grandpa and we enjoyed a pina colada by the pool. Thanks Grandpa.

For dinner we were given the private dining room at the Grill restaurant on the beach at the Hawaiian Village where we ate watching the sun set over the ocean. A fitting end to the first part of the of our adventure.

Tomorrow Aulani
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Old 12-29-2011, 05:38 PM   #83
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Uploading photos while off to get groceries

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Old 12-29-2011, 06:01 PM   #84
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Great photos. Thanks for the tip on getting to Pearl Harbour early.

I'm so torn I can't wait to get to Waikiki but then that means our WDW trip will be over!
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:04 PM   #85
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Welcome Home. Glad the lego arrived in time.

Gosh you are good, getting in last night and having the laundry done ! Takes me days, unpacking is my least favourite part of a trip

Looking forward to the rest of your report .
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Welcome home! Looking forward to the rest of your TR and your photos.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:50 PM   #88
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Welcome back, I have really enjoyed reading your Hawaii part of the trip.
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Old 12-30-2011, 05:30 AM   #89
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I had organised a private car to take us from the Hilton to Aulani at 10am so that we didn't have to rush, yet also make the most of a day at Aulani. We arrived shortly before 11am to be greeted in the driveway by cast members who greeted us with fresh lei's and nut necklaces.







We were offered fruit infused water as a refreshment. The bellmen took our bags and we were escorted into the lobby and told the stories of the design. There are murals that depict the history of Hawaii from ancient times to present.






A beautiful rainbow mural is behind the reception desk which is comprised of photos sent in by local school children called the Keiki Wall to reflect what they believe Hawaii is. It looked amazing. Check in was simple and the best bit was that our rooms were available right there and then. We were in the right tower, Wai’anae Tower on the 9th floor with an ocean view. We were also given a copy of the Daily Iwa to decide which activities we would like to participate in. Tonight there was a movie on the lawn area near the beach to watch.



WOW, can I say now, this is a place that photo's don't do justice. It is just as beautiful if not more. After looking at the view from the verandah we decided that it was time to explore.















As we walked back past the lobby we found Mickey waiting to greet us and had our photos taken. We head around to Off the Hook which is a bar area for lunch. Grandma and I had the turkey wrap with sweet potato fries each. We should really just have shared as we could only get through half. The girls had grilled chicken with regular fries. The men folk decided on Angus Burgers, Grandpa with regular fries and DH with taro chips which were interesting. Some cocktails too - Blue Hawaii and Pina Colada.







We purchased the refill cups for $18.99 which allowed us to refill soft drinks from the Lava Shack, the Store and One Paddle throughout the stay. Options included coke, zero, sprite, lemonade and iced tea. These cups could also be used for coffee at the Store and in the Olelo Bar in the mornings which was great. Drinks were $3 so 6 refills made it worthwhile.

We decided it was time to hit the pools so up to change we went. We went to the towel tent and got arm bands for the pool which they give to each registered guest in rooms per day. They sign off on it, and got our towels. The kid water playground was out of action so we found a nice quiet spot on lounge chairs with an umbrella. Off to the waterslides. Both are accessed from the top of the volcano. The volcano vertical is on the left hand side and takes you through a pitch black tunnel through the inside of the mountain. AWESOME. Rode this too many times to count. The kids had a great time yelling out as they went down as the sound travels up and down the slide. DD2 brought a smile to her face with the comment 'You are the best mum in the whole world'. On the right side is the tube slide which you can ride as a single or a double depending on the size of your tube. Speedy and fun no matter which you choose. DD2 went flying off the front a few times at the bottom when we got lots of speed up. This launches you into the Waikolohe Stream where you float around a lazy pool. It feels very slow in the tubes however when you hop out and float around it felt like you moved faster. It was very beautiful and serene. We also discovered the spa's. There is a quiet one near the lobby area in middle of the lazy river. The others were located near the beach front overlooking the water and the sunset. These felt sooo warm but so nice.










This was a great way to fill the afternoon and before we knew it we had missed the movie. We headed upstairs to get changed for dinner. I had read that the variety of food on offer was not great and this I would have to agree with as someone staying at the hotel. We went back to Off the Hook but they offer a much smaller appetiser selection in the evening that was not going to work for dinner for us. Instead we headed to One Paddle, which offered the same menu as lunch but just as a takeaway option. We ordered this and ate in the room. By the time we had returned we had received a turn down service with a fresh orchid on our beds with a copy of tomorrow's Iwa. The evening view over the pool was breathtaking and I decided there and then that coming was well and truly worth it.

Tomorrow, more of the grounds, a breakfast with the characters, Aunty's House, Cocktails by the adult pool and exploring the surrounds.

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All I can say is WOW!

Thank you so much for sharing. I absolutely love your report of Aulani so far. The Keiki wall is gorgeous, what a fabulous idea to do that and it looks so pretty and is such a lovely story to tell guests and to get the locals involved in the resort. Love the view from your room, love the pool pics, loved the whole report .

It's nice they met you with the lei's & juice too. I love it how the hotels in Hawaii do that. In the last half a dozen trips in recent years we have stayed at the Moana Surfrider (was a Sheraton, then became a Westin) and they always greet with orchid leis & nut ones for the men and a yummy guava juice. Just makes arriving in Hawaii that little more magical.

Can't wait to read more!
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