I’ve always dreamed of going to Hawaii, and last month my wish finally came true when I vacationed in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I stayed in Waikiki at Lifetime in Hawaii in the Royal Kuhio building, and I couldn’t have been happier. I was in walking distance to everything Waikiki had to offer – the beach, restaurants, shops, and the International Market Place.
As a first-timer to Hawaii I wanted to make sure I did everything the tour books said to try. Naturally, one of our first stops was to tour the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. We didn’t reserve tickets online ahead of time, so we got there early, about 8:30 or 9am, to secure walk-in tickets. We had about an hour to wait before our tour time began, so we were able to walk through the various museums on-site.
Another day, we climbed the trail up Diamond Head to see amazing views of Hawaii. The hike can be tough at times (be sure to wear sneakers!), but what you see at the top is well worth the trip!
Another can’t-miss activity while in Hawaii is attending a luau. We chose the Waikiki Starlight Luau at Hilton Hawaiian Village since it was in walking distance from our unit. We enjoyed a wonderful buffet followed by a performance of several different dances, each with an interesting history.
Between Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and the luau, I still was able to relax on the beach, which is definitely one of my favorite pastimes! I think that is what made Oahu so appealing to me – it’s a great island with many places and attractions to explore, yet there’s always a beach nearby to catch some sun.
This week on the RCI blog, we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have also visited the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Be sure to come back! Have you been to Oahu and have a story of photo of your own to share? If so, submit it here and maybe we’ll feature yours at the end of the week.
View from Diamond Head
View of a beach walk at Waikiki
Sunset on a beach in Waikiki