Hilton Hawaiian Village (Oahu, Hawaii)


Hilton Hawaiian Village

In 2011, my family and I traveled to Oahu, Hawaii. We got a pretty reasonable rate at Hilton Hawaiian Village for one week. I highly recommend Hilton Hawaiian Village for the convenience factor. My mom is in her late 50’s and my father is in his late 60’s.  This hotel had everything that we needed! We didn’t have to drive everywhere which was a bonus, because parking can be a nightmare in Waikiki. Parking each night at the hotel is about $25 which is pretty standard anywhere around Waikiki.

Outside View From Our Room: From the 9th Floor (can’t remember) view of Waikiki.

The great thing about our room was that we could also see the night luaus, especially the fire dancing. Starbucks, the bar, the pool and lots of shopping were right at the bottom of our elevators, so everything was close by.

Room

Inside View of our room. Two Queen Beds. The Beds were super comfortable. We had a great view from our room and we were close to the elevator. We had a microwave, refrigerator, flat screen TV, a large desk, and a small outside patio with a table and two chairs. A bit windy in the evening, so if you hang your towel or bathing suit outside, BE CAREFUL! You can also hear the Luau and nightly singing.

We attended the Luau that the hotel holds. You can see the famous Rainbow Tower of Waikiki. It was an all you can eat buffet that was very international. There were food items like sushi, Kahlua pork, banana wrapped fish, exotic fruits etc.

The Service that we had was fantastic. Everyone that we met at the hotel that was visiting had wonderful stories from around the world. My father enjoyed the nightly entertainment downstairs in the outside lounge. He even got a chance to go up on stage and sing. My mother loved the environment and convenience and ABC stores. You can buy EVERYTHING THERE from souvenirs, Hawaiian coffee, soda, sandwiches, advil, toothbrushes, car air fresheners, Hawaiian dresses and the list keeps going. According to a Hawaiian native they told us that ABC stands for “Aloha Brings Customers” We laughed!

Guest Services

  • Automatic teller machine (ATM)
  • Baggage storage
  • Beauty salon/Barber shop
  • Bell services
  • Business Center – 24-hour, full-service Xerox® Business Services
  • Car Rental Desk – Hertz®
  • Cashier/Check cashing
  • Children’s program – Camp Penguin
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning and laundry service
  • Florist
  • High-Speed Internet access
    • Guest rooms – wired (for a charge)
    • Some public areas – wireless (for a charge)
    • Meeting rooms – wired and/or wireless (on request for a charge)
    • Xerox Business Services Center – wired with PC work stations (for a charge)
  • Language and translation services (multi-lingual staff and AT&T Language Line™)
  • Medical services – by Doctors on Call on site
  • Parking – Self-park or valet (covered parking facility)
  • Pressing service
  • Phone interpreters (available 24 hours a day)
  • Recreation desk and Social Director
  • Room service / in-room dining
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Safety & Security Officers (uniformed, available 24 hours)
  • Shops – over 90 boutiques and shops on site
  • Taxi service
  • TDD telecommunications equipment
  • Tour Desks – two tour and activities desks
  • U.S. Postal Services – offered at Xerox® Business Services
  • Wheelchairs

Golfing at Makaha Valley Country Club (Oahu, Hawaii)


My family and I traveled to Oahu, Hawaii around Christmas Break in 2011. My father requested to play golf in Hawaii. I researched several golf courses, but looked for a golf course that was FAR AWAY from touristy Waikiki. Makaha Valley Country Club was a golf haven nestled behind the lush mountains where Jurassic Park was filmed.

Above is a picture of my father posing for the camera. As we were golfing, there was a super strong smell of flowers. Funny enough, the smell was so pungent, that it was like a lady wearing too much perfume. We couldn’t figure where the smell was coming from. Finally, my dad put 2 and 2 together and we saw that the smell was coming from the reddish/pink plumerias.

Golf Play

Golf at Makaha Golf Resort around December 20th was ideal. This resort is more secluded and we were lucky to be able to see anyone. I booked a tee time for around 8:00 A.M. in the morning. Also, Makaha is not a town that many non native Hawaiians  hang out in. Makaha is notorious for local native Hawaiians and it is really close to the North Shore. If you hang out in town for too long, they will figure that you are not from the “main island”. Luckily, I am a “happa howlie” which means I am half Japanese and I was able to “blend” in.

My father and I had no one trailing behind us, so we played the whole time with no one pressuring us from behind. We also didn’t have anyone playing ahead of us. This allowed for us to practice a bit more on missed putts. Also, if we hit our golf ball into a sand trap, we tried the shot again. The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS! Couldn’t have asked for better conditions. The only thing that happened was that it got REALLY HOT at around noon.

You can see that this golf course is very manicured. The grass was freshly cut. The property was lush with trees, flowers and exotic plants. The views were breathtaking and reminded me of Torrey Pines Golf Course when we were close to the coast.

This was like the Disneyland of Golfing!

This course was great for me, because I hadn’t played in a super long time. I was able to relax, not feel pressured and take my time on my shots. I was able to practice at a driving range before our tee time. Also, there was a putting green to get me warmed up. The guys at the pro shop was super nice. He gave me a discount. I think he thought I was Hawaiian! They were super laid back and told us to give them a holler if there was anything that we needed. Rental clubs were about $35.00. They were top of the line. I am a lefty and I was happy that they had a set of lefty clubs for me and for my father.

My father and I had a great day! My mother decided to come with us. She brought a book to read. She sat up in the club house and had wonderful conversations with the snack bar lady. My mom walked around parts of the course and took pictures to paint. My mom was stunned by the sparkling beauty that this course had to offer. It was one of our highlights of our trip. My father and I had to cut the game short because it was too hot! We still had a good time!

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