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23 May

Hawaii is like the Gold Coast but on Steroids!

Tales from the desk of Sophie Killgour – Account Manager

1306985783_hawaii-image.jpgTo get there Air New Zealand offers two direct services a week to Honolulu. On arrival Taxis are readily available to transfer you to/from the airport.

Where to stay...

Sheraton Waikiki (resort based) located on Waikiki beach offering a range of activities, super pool and dining experiences. Or try the 3.5 star Ohana Waikiki which is fun and funky and about a 10 minute walk to Waikiki beach.

The Hilton Hawaiian village at the opposite end of Waikiki is a huge property and is a village on it’s own. Everything from restaurants to bars, penguins & Louis Vuitton stores.  Every Friday fireworks displays occur at the front of the property with the beautiful Waikiki Beach for a back drop.

Due to open soon is the Disneyland Resort located approximately one hour from Waikiki. Nearby is the JW Marriott Ihilani hotel and spa resort. The hotel features a large pool area,  lakes around the resort some even with small sharks and sting-rays and is within walking distance to the Ko Olina 18 hole golf course. 

For a right real treat splash out and stay at the opulent Royal Hawaiian (Pink Palace)! A perfect retreat for romance! Alternatively, try the Westin Moana Surf Rider at Waikiki Beach.

Getting Around...

The Waikiki Trolley is the main mode of transport and goes between all the main attractions. Jump on and off as you feel like. Passes are available through Gilpin Travel. Free Shopping Trolleys also head to Ala Moana Shopping Centre which is the largest shopping mall in America (so the locals tell me) a must to see!

Things to do ...

Hire a car for the day and head to the North Shore. A tad bohemian and known for the Rip Curl Surf Champs. The little town of Haleiwa is quaint and host to some fabulous little stores, and the best ever Mexican restaurant knows as Cholo’s.

Poly Cultural Centre approximately 45minutes out of Waikiki offers an amazing after dinner show which is almost like the Polynesian version of Cirque du Soleil! Beware—No alcoholic beverages served though!

Hawaii makes the best Mai Tai!
Translated from Tahitian to mean "Out of this World."


1 oz light rum
1/2 oz creme de almond
1/2 oz triple sec
sweet and sour mix
pineapple juice
1/2 oz Myer's® dark rum

Pour light rum, creme de almond and triple sec, in order, into a collins glass. Almost fill with equal parts of sweet and sour mix and pineapple juice. Add dark rum, a large straw, and serve unstirred.