Honolulu (October 2013)

Posted Posted in Trips, USA

This is the sixth and final leg of our four week holiday in the United States and Canada.

October 12

Farewell to the Yukon

We were up early packing our bags in readiness for the final leg of our holiday, a four day stay in Hawaii. We returned to LAX and parted with our Yukon hire car. Please GMC can this car be imported for sale in Australia?


We arrived in Honolulu late in the afternoon and picked up our hire car for our Hawaiian stay, a Chevrolet Suburban. This car was almost identical to the Yukon. Having picked up our hire car we drove the short distance to our accommodation.

Aqua Waikiki Pearl

Our accommodation for the next four days was the Aqua Waikiki Pearl. Whilst the website makes it seem that the accommodation is modern and fresh, the reality was much different as the accommodation looked tired and somewhat messy.

October 13

Island Circle

We purchased an app from GyPSy Guide for a few dollars with no great expectations. Bang for buck, it turned out that this was the best investment we made for the holiday.

We used the app’s “Island Circle” tour which took us all around Oahu. In between the points of interest the commentary provided insights into Hawaiian culture.

October 14

Boom Boom Sportsfishing

We had pre-booked a six hour fishing charter with Boom Boom Sportsfishing. On the drive to Waianae Harbour we experienced some serious inclement weather with weather warnings issued to residents to stay inside. We were apprehensive whether we should go on the charter or not.

The boat’s captain, Tony, assured us that all would be fine and that the weather at sea wouldn’t be an issue, so off we set. For 4 hours we didn’t hook a fish, then within an hour we’d caught three yellowfin tuna which weighed 110 pounds, 153 pounds and 154 pounds.

We stayed out way past our 6 hours, returning to the Waianae Harbour after almost 9 hours at sea. It was an amazing experience.

October 15

Beaches & Volcanoes

We used our GyPSy Guide app’s “Beaches &Volcanoes” tour and experienced points of interest which we not included in the “Island Circle” tour we went on a few days earlier.

October 16

Hawaii Gun Club

This was another “only in America” experience. The Hawaii Gun Club offers “specials” where you can fire a number of guns. We took the Super Course which allowed us to fire 7 guns.

October 17


Mahalo” is a Hawaiian word meaning thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects. This pretty well sums up our Hawaiian experiences.

Before we knew it, we had returned the hire car and were on our way home, our four week holiday was over.