Aloha, Hawaii! (Day 4)

Last day in Hawaii began early in the morning, about 6am, when we needed to pick up the car we rented from ZipCar. We were staying in Shoreline Waikiki Hotel and the nearest ZipCar location was just 0.6 miles away, located in one of the hotels garage. It was easy to locate, since ZipCar apps explains everything.

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How to get to your Zipcar

We had appointments for 2 hours Horseback Riding and Zipline Tour at Kualoa Ranch at 8am and 12.30pm, however we arrived 15 minutes late and lost the chance to ride across the 4,000 acre ranch and visit gorgeous Ka’a’awa Valley where Jurassic Park, Windtalkers, You, Me & Dupree, 50 First Dates and Lost were filmed. They offered us to have the horseback riding the next day, but we had our flight back to LA at the night. So we changed that reservation to ATV Raptor Tour for only 1 hour, and got the refund a week later. Meanwhile, our zipline tour was moved to 9am and ATV tour at 1pm.

Kualoa Ranch

That was the first time for me to zipline and it was aaawesome! The zipline tour includes 7 exciting tandem sections with zip lengths ranging from 200 feet up to a quarter of a mile in length. There were camera in some of zipline spots where they captured our faces while ziplining that can be bought later on.

I was too excited


While waiting for our turn to have ATV Tour, we went to the small cafe inside the Ranch. I got this tasty Aunty Pat’s Loco Moco and Hawaiian Burger that even my husband ordered twice because it was beyond good!

Runny yolk with gravy on top of hot rice. The best!

ATV Tour was a let down, after that amazing zipline. That was also my first time and let me tell you, it’s damn hard to drive ATV to the point that I thought I just should go with the leader in her car instead. The machine was too loud, I had to keep twisting the throttle with my right hand towards me (since they disabled gas pedal on your feet), and the steering wheel was too hard and heavy to handle. So I saw nothing. I was too busy looking on the road not to hit the ATV driver in front of me and not to get out of the track. I can’t imagine how tired I’d be if we exchanged our horseback with 2 hours of ATV tour.


We still had time before our flight at 8pm, so I looked into Yelp and found Waihe’e Falls. I thought this would be a good idea since we couldn’t go to Manoa Falls. We drove to the place written on Yelp and got confused with the neighborhood. Its entrance was closed with fence and a warning not to trespassing. I should have followed the damn rules.

From Yelp

It’s so far away to get to the waterfall! And there was no one except us. We met someone there, asked if this is the right place, and he said, “Yes, this is Hamama Falls. Yes there’s fence, but some people would just go around it from down there. Just be careful” Yeah, right.


We eventually met two groups of people coming down from the trip, asked how long the hike would be, and they said, “An hour of walking”, oh then I thought, “That should not be hard”. I was wrong. I felt like we were lost in the middle of jungle, with no one around to ask for help if something happens. I kept going because it’s our last day in Hawaii so I don’t want to miss the chance to see waterfall for the second time. However, my husband who is an energetic person, who always thinks hiking is a great exercise said, “If you decided to go back now, I’m okay with it, we will go back right away”. I was surprised.


There were a couple behind us after walking for an hour. There was no trail guide, map whatsoever so we thought we were lost, though there’s only one trail. So we asked this couple if we are in the right trail, and they said, “Yes! Just follow this trail and you’ll see the waterfall”. Those two people walked so fast that we were left behind. Alone again. We decided to go back down the hill as it’s 4pm and we needed to return the car (unfortunately we cannot drop the car in the airport) and go to airport immediately. We walked pretty slow because we were so tired, but funny thing was once we got to our car, we saw the couple earlier behind us! Heck, they must have been running down the hill. And they looked happy, not tired at all.

We arrived at Honolulu around 5.30pm to return the car, means we only had 2 hours left to get to Honolulu Int’l Airport. With TheBus number 19, it would take around one hour. I wonder why we always have to run to catch a flight…….

After spending 30 minutes in the airport, getting our baggage checked because we bought bath sea salt, olive oil, and bath bubbles, we were finally able to run for our lives to the gate, because the next day we’re going to see Lion King, The Award-Winning Musical!






Aloha, Hawaii! (Day 3, part 2)

After having fun above the sea, we went back to the hotel and prepare ourselves to attend  Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. There were actually lots of dinner packages along with traditional Polynesian dance and shows, but this one was the cheapest and closest to our hotel. We took TheBus number 2, stopped at Kalakaua Ave + Pau St, walked around 5 minutes to reach Hilton Hawaiian Village. 

Note to remember, if you are buying the tickets through Orbitz, you will only get receipt, not the actual voucher to enter the show. At first, we gave them the receipt and the ushers said that we are not on the lists. So we explained that we bought the tickets online through Orbitz, asked nicely to check on “online reservation”, but they did not even glance to the papers in front of them. They kept checking the paper with lists of people who brought vouchers. We were pissed. So I checked the receipt again and I found “EXPEDIA” on the corner. Once they heard me, they said, “Ooh Expedia”, and checked the paper that was exactly in front of them. Finally, they found our names. We were given 2 drinks ticket and shell necklaces at the gate.

This event was held on the roof top of Hilton. There were 2 big buffet tables in the corner, with 2 other tables for Kalua Pork, unfortunately, we don’t eat pork, but some other dishes like seared island fish and grilled rib-eye steak were good. Some ushers guided us to a big table next to buffet, along with 3 other couples. We bought the “general seating” and it was okay. It’s not too close to the stage, but to be closer to the buffet is more important!


The dance was so mesmerizing! They also taught us how to move our hips left and right.


Honolulu did not sleep that night because there were Halloween Party everywhere. We walked around after the event to see some amazing costumes.

Some minions hanging out with Minnie Mouse
Alice in Wonderland, with Tweedledee and Tweedledum
VOTE for The US of A!

We spent Day 4 in Hawaii at Kualoa Ranch, Kaneohe, for ziplining and ATV riding. The last day in Hawaii was frustrating, that we almost missed our flight back to California, because apparently we walked into a jungle with no one around! Just to see a waterfall.

Aloha, Hawaii! (Day 3, part 1)

Day 3 in Hawaii is parasailing time, brought to you by Orbitz. I wanted to do everything with my husband so we chose family parasail. It costs us USD66/person for around 8 minutes, 500ft above the sea, and round trip transportation from and to our hotel included. That is an amazing offer, considering we don’t have car, and to rent a car will cost us around USD85/day.

Booking the activities through Orbitz was really convenient. We got a call from the Local Expert™ Activity Specialist (expedia) the next day, asked for our hotel details and said that they will pick us up at 12pm. So, I spent the morning walking around the hotel, bought some sandwiches from ABC Store just 200ft away.

Cloudy day

That’s where we did our couple parasailing. It was a little bit cloudy, as usual, some rain came for only minutes, but we still did it!

We went to the parasail spot with 2 other couples, where there were 2 guides waiting for us. They both can speak Japanese since the tourists are mostly Japanese. No wonder they have Marukame Udon there. Anyway, they gave us 2 memory cards for our pictures and videos that can be bought later on. I don’t know if they allow us to bring our own GoPro, but they already put their GoPro on top of us. Since this day was our anniversary, we decided to buy both the pictures and videos. It costs us USD50. Is it too much? No, not in Hawaii :p

It was worth the money, however, since it was sooooo amazing, we kept laughing and screaming up there, one of the happiest moments of our lives.

So happy to be able to do this with my other half 

Our afternoon ended with only parasailing because we had to attend Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, to watch some traditional Polynesian dance and have dinner!

Note to remember: Book everything you want to do days ahead, especially with water sports, it is limited and based on the weather conditions. I did some mistakes by not doing that, that we needed to change plans. Lucky me, my husband is very good at this 🙂

Aloha, Hawaii! (Day 2)

It’s our Day 2 in Honolulu, Hawaii. First of all, I am too lazy to walk, let alone hike a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island that is 761 feet above the sea. Sometimes my husband has to drag me out of the house just to walk for an hour or so, but not in Hawaii. This might be the first and the last (hopefully not) time to ever step a foot in Hawaii, so I told myself that I need to hike this volcanic tuff cone. It took us around 2.5 hours for round trip which actually was pretty fun! My husband even was amazed at me, haha!

We spent the morning planning the next 2 days in Hawaii that we went to hike around 2pm. Going from the station nearby, we took TheBus number 2. Hiking this Diamond Head at 2pm was not as bad as I thought. Turns out it’s even better since the sun didn’t shine too much, and it’s windy. Sometimes light rain came in Hawaii for only 3 – 5 seconds. Taking a jacket would be too much since it’s hot there, but a hat would be a better choice.

The “Fee Area” is still far ahead

It’s pretty far from the bus stop to the entrance of Diamond Head. For someone like me, who does not like walking, it’s quite steep. They charge you USD5/car, or if you walk like us, it’s USD1/person. You can get a map at the entrance, showing 21 points of hiking you will be passing. I think that numbers motivated me to go to the last points because to my surprise, I kept walking! It’s very steep for me, I never hiked before, and I took rest so many times along the way. One more thing though, I saw people getting colorful shaved ice after they hiked. That too, kept me going. And besides, we’re in Hawaii!

The view from the top of Diamond Head

It’s very windy up there and actually there’s not much space with so many people. We just spent around 15 minutes up there, taking pictures and videos. Even though the pictures look good, it’s not as good as what I saw. Sometimes I’m just too lazy to take picture for other people to see, because they are not going to see the beauty I see, and I don’t see the point of it. Well, they say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It’s damn true.

Rainbow shaved ice & Coconut

I was so happy getting my shaved ice from the truck behind me after 2 hours hiking. What’s more, they gave us 2 coconuts instead of 1 because we happened to be their last customer. Thank God I walked faster down the hill.

We were planning to go to Manoa Falls afterwards but they closed at 4pm. It would take around 40 minutes by TheBus, we couldn’t make it. So we just went back to the hotel with TheBus number 23 from different bus station, and enjoyed the rest of the day walking around the beach by again, sneaking into what we thought a hotel’s entrance to their beach.

An exciting Day 3 was Water Sport time! We did Parasail and went to Waikiki Starlight Hawaiian Luau at Hilton, brought to you by Orbitz.

Aloha, Hawaii! (Day 1)

So, we got married on October 31st 2015, yes it’s the Halloween Day, in here, in the United State of America, hence holiday! It’s our first anniversary and we wanted to spend it somewhere away from home. My husband had been wanting to go to Hawaii since the day I stepped my foot here, which is a year ago, and to see a year ahead was just too….dreamy. So, I had an idea to have a road trip to the famous Lake Tahoe, hoping that we can do skiing and whatnot.

That was a week before October 28th and we still didn’t have a solid plan for the anniversary. My husband looked into Orbitz for the flights to Hawaii, with no expectation at all (while actually I hoped we can get cheap tickets), and we did! Well, maybe not the cheapest but we got the best deal at that time (and no, Orbitz did not pay me for this, or should they?). Also, since every time we buy flights with Orbitz, they give us back what they called as Orbucks. That Orbucks are really useful when we looked for a hotel through Orbitzwe can use Orbucks to pay for the hotel. And so, we got the best hotel in Honolulu with surprisingly affordable price. It’s Shoreline Hotel Waikiki. While it’s not a 5-star hotel, it is located in the center of everything! I actually did not expect this at all (I guess expect for nothing will always give you good things, huh?)

The moment we arrived in the Honolulu International Airport, I checked Google Maps (thank God I don’t have to buy another service, because it’s still in the US!) to see which bus should we take. It’s called “TheBus” number 19 that took us straight to Waikiki, and we got off in station Kuhio Ave + Seaside Ave which was only 500ft away from the hotel! Oh, note to remember, this bus costs USD2.5/person, you have to pay it with cash, and they won’t have any change. Buying 4days ticket for USD35 would be convenient, so you don’t have to bring pennies wherever you go (and it’s cheaper). It’s annoying sometimes. You can buy it at ABC Store, which practically everywhere.

Shoreline Hotel Waikiki was convenient enough for both of us. We got the City View Queen for 4 nights. Again, I didn’t expect anything good in this hotel but the room had hairdryer (this is not listed in their website by the way, and I made a big choice not to bring mine), clothes iron, Keurig, and safe box. However, the big buffet breakfast is not included. Since I was a kid, having breakfast in a hotel is the most exciting to do. But I spotted Marukame Udon just around 800ft away! I’m actually surprised there is none of this delicious ramen in Northern California, considering even Indonesia has it.

The hotel is also close to Waikiki Beach, which again, we did not expect. We were just walking around, following wherever the crowds go, and here we were.

Waikiki Beach.

Isn’t that so pretty?

Apparently we were walking into Sheraton shopping mall (perhaps?) and the crowds just led us to this beautiful beach.

Happy tourists.

Our first day in Honolulu ended with us walking to Ala Moana Center which was the worst decision I made. Google Maps showed it’s only 1.4 miles away, and I thought that since we always walk around the lake (2 miles away), 1.4 miles is nothing. Oh hell. We started going away from the crowds, and wanted to go back, but we’ve walked pretty far already. Ala Moana Center is the place where expensive brands sell their items, so what we did was eating in the food court. After that, no more walking, we just got onto TheBus numberstraight back to the hotel. A good sleep for Day 2, the Diamond Head!