Hokulani Hotel – Hawaii (part I)


In my previous post I mentioned my husband and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon back in June. Today I am sharing about our short time in Oahu! It was nothing short of beautiful and amazing and even though we have only been back for a month, I am eager to visit again! Next time, I will definitely be upgrading our seats to first class (6+ hour flights are not exactly fun). Thank goodness for some amazing friends who gave us a delayed wedding gift which included some cash and gift cards for drinks + Starbucks before our flight took off! We flew Delta and I hands down will fly Delta again! Their app is incredibly user friendly and their in flight entertainment is A+! If you’re searching for an airline, we highly recommend Delta!

We stayed in the beautiful Hokulani Waikiki! Upon checking in, we told the front desk we were visiting on our honeymoon and they sent up complimentary champagne to our room! We had an amazing view of Waikiki (including Louis Vuitton + many more amazing shops across the street + down the road). Our room oor suite was breathtaking! The bathroom was so spacious with an AMAZING shower! (Coming from small town Iowa, we were in AWE of the shower) + isn’t it all about the little things in life?! The rooftop pool + hot tub was stunning, even though we didn’t have a chance to take advantage of it! Make sure to check the hours of your hotel bars, this bar was only open noon to 6 pm. (slight downfall)

Hokulani Avenue in Honolulu

We also had traditional shaved ice right down the road from our hotel, hands down nothing beats traditional shaved ice in Hawaii!

We (obviously) visited Pearl Harbor during our short stay in Oahu. I just cannot articulate into words how powerful this experience was. Hearing our National Anthem at Pearl Harbor still gives me chills thinking about it. Visiting Pearl Harbor is an experience every American needs to have! It was such a moving experience and one I will cherish forever. The tour and video we experienced there were so educational and informative. We left there learning so much more than we thought we would about the events of that day. We spent quite a bit of time + money (of course) in the gift shop there. I think one of the coolest souvenirs we purchased on the trip was a newspaper from the day of the bombings. Just made it so much more surreal.

Highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance of your trip. Pearl Harbor only issues a certain number of tickets each day, so you can wait in line in the morning to get tickets, but you definitely will not be guaranteed in. Pearl Harbor was the one place we hands down absolutely knew we NEEDED to see, so we purchased ours in advance to ensure we were able to visit.

We visited through a tour we booked which also included visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center (SO AWESOME!), the Dole Plantation (I’ve never had anything better than fresh Dole whip from the plantation), a macadamia nut farm, a Buddhist temple, the North Shore, and more. Our tour was through Discover Hawaii tours and I cannot say enough good things about our tour! Plus by purchasing the tour package, we had transportation ALL day! The tour guide picked us up just a couple blocks from our hotel (which was an easy 2-3 minute walk for us). Be prepared for a long day (12 hours) and a lot of walking (but so worth it)!

The Polynesian Cultural Center was so educational and informative. My favorite part was the cultural and native dancing and singing. We took so many videos and have watched them on replay countless times. We easily could have spent the entire day here, plus more. Our tour guide was awesome and showed us many different activities to watch and experience while we were here.

The North Shore was BREATHTAKING! I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful the North Shore of Oahu was. It truly looks like a scene from a movie. We didn’t spend much time at the North Shore but I would highly recommend spending some time here if you visit Oahu.

North Shore in Oahu

Stay tuned for part II to hear about our 8 days in Maui, including AMAZING food (some of the best I’ve ever had), shopping, and more!

As always, if you have any questions about our trip to Oahu, anything I mentioned here, or wondering about anything I may not have mentioned, contact me!

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