Our kids had fun loved that it had place to wash off feet from the sand!! Loved that the waves weren’t crazy! Fun overall for everyone
If you and your niece love shopping, try the International Marketplace at 2330 Kalakaua Avenue. But, be sure to hit the shops along the avenue, and not just the mall. And, while tours are an easy way to see some spots, I’d... More
If you and your niece love shopping, try the International Marketplace at 2330 Kalakaua Avenue. But, be sure to hit the shops along the avenue, and not just the mall. And, while tours are an easy way to see some spots, I’d recommend renting a car and just driving. You’ll miss too much on a tour. Make a list of must see highlights and then be sure to “get lost” and see things off the beaten path. Don’t worry. You can’t actually get loss. You’re on an island! Waimea Falls and Botanical Gardens is a very nice site to spend some time. And be sure to stop at Waimea Beach on the way back (better that way for getting on and off the road). The beach and surf are beautiful. On another day, you could drive to the North Beach area and see the Sea Turtles and surfers along the way. I heard from locals that the Polynesian Culture Center in that area along Kamehameha Hwy puts on a good show with dinner. If you drive, you can stop whenever the mood strikes. Locals tell me that you can legally access the beaches through the housing developments, even the gated ones. I didn’t get a chance to test this. But, at least there are ways to walk in. Hiking Diamondhead would be wonderful. Unfortunately, at Thanksgiving, the trails to the crater were closed for repairs due to rock slides. So, you’ll want to check to see if they’re open before planning that. If you don’t want to pay too much for a rental car, get the car at the airport. Also, parking overnight can be pricey. I’d recommend that you use public transportation or walk around the Waikiki area and just rent a car on the days that you want to explore. I’d just take the number 19 or 20 bus to the airport to pick up your rental (be sure to reserve). It will cost far less at the airport and the bus is just $2.50. We had a very late flight home on departure day. So, I took the bus to the airport to pick up my rental car, drove to the hotel to check out and pick up my group, spent the day exploring, and then drove back to the airport for departure. That worked out great!! No storing of luggage or waiting on taxis. If I was visiting again, I’d just take the bus from the airport rather than a taxi or Uber to the Waikiki Hotel on arrival and save more for shopping! But, that’s certainly personal choice depending upon how much luggage you cart around. Don’t overpack!! This is a casual environment. You really don’t need much. Have fun!!