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Looks like a very nice restaurant, but I'm not surprised that a lot of people go to the shopping strip nearby. If you're at Aulani for a week, you might have one or two meals at each restaurant and then want to try something different.
I can understand that completely and heck, the shopping centre area would be a lot cheaper as well!
Wow...that Grand Villa is really something else. And the views....pure heaven.
Breakfast looked fun. It's so nice when the characters make it extra special.
You lazy day sounds wonderful. I could go for that right now....it is bitter cold here.
Dinner looks nice, though too bad you didn't like your entre. But I have done that before, where I order something I think I like, but it's just not the same anymore to me.
Even though you didn't have a brilliant sunset, I do think the pictures are beautiful.
Twilight is just the best. Photos usually don't do it justice, but yours are looking pretty good! Bummer your choice in entree didn't turn out as good as it could have been. But dessert, wow! I never thought of creme brulee in a pastry before. And with Pineapple! Totally makes up for it!
Ama Ama looks fabulous! Sorry that you didn't enjoy you're entree. Sometimes I'm hesitant to try new types of fish because I'm not sure of the taste/texture.
Originally Posted by chezp
For appetiser, I went for the roasted Kamuela tomato soup with a mini truffled Brie cheese and Portuguese sweet bread “sandwich”. The flavours in this were superb, and really impressed me. However, the only issue was the presentation of the dish. Beautiful as it was, it just wasn’t practical, as when it came for me to cut into the thing, I almost sent the whole dish flying.
For your appetizer, I'm wondering if maybe you were meant to dip the little sandwich in the soup, and that's why the plate/bowl wasn't so good for cutting on?
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Friday 8 November – part one: I can see why they call this the garden isle!
The alarm went off at 5:25am this morning, and we were quickly up. Supposedly this was a later stage for our days of island hopping, with our flight leaving at 8:37am, but we were up this early, as we were concerned about the traffic getting to the airport, and didn’t want to cut it too fine.
We set off just after 6:00am, and for the first part of our journey, the traffic was fine. We headed for the car pool lane as soon as we got there and again, that moved find for a couple of miles, then suddenly we ground to a half for no apparent reason. We crawled along for a couple of miles and then, again for no apparent reason, suddenly we were moving again. Very bizarre.
It was nice to be leaving a bit later and seeing Honolulu in the daylight, as the sun rose. However the difference in the traffic was noticeable, particularly towards us. There had barely been anything when we left an hour earlier the other day, but today it was much busier.
We made it to the airport by 6:50am, which I didn’t think was bad. We parked up and boy, could we tell the difference here. The parking lot was way more full than it had been two days earlier, when we were here an hour earlier. We got some photos from up here, as the runway was literally right beneath us…
…..and you could also see what I assume was the skyline of Honolulu. Hopefully we’ll get to see that later in this trip…
We headed inside and this was a bit more confusing than it had been a couple of days before. We came into one area and all the self check-in machines were off until 7:15am. Apparently we had to go to the next door section of the terminal, which was odd to say the least.
Once we got our tickets and it only gave us tickets for our outbound flight and not the return one, which was again a bit odd then we had to clear security. My goodness, they do not make this easy. This time we did not get pre-check and we fund out from a TSA agent that there is no rhyme or reason to who gets this after all, as they just allocate this at random. Am I the only one who is scared by that? I would much prefer that they were using some form of system.
We went to one TSA guy who checked our ID and our boarding passes and then we were told to go out of the door and down to another one. We were totally confused by now and the TSA agent ended up taking us there, as we couldn’t fathom it out. Then we entered another line, once we were through the right door and another one and finally we were in the line for security. Thankfully it didn’t take too much time and when we got the other side, we headed to Burger King, so I could get my French toast again and Mark could get his bacon and egg sandwich.
We took them over to out gate, which was literally right by us and we settled down to eat them. After that, we still had an hour and a half before our flight, so how to kill the time? Well, first I decided to call my best buddy Wendy and luckily enough, she was in, so we chatted for about 15 minutes. It was so good to hear her voice again and catch up with her.
After that, I wrote the rest of the postcards, so that was all done before we boarded.
When it came to boarding, we were first in line for general boarding, as by now, we knew how it worked and were amazed by how long the line got for the first class and priority boarding. That was until they put the signs up and suddenly lots of people changed to the general boarding line. we figured that might happen…
We were soon all boarded and taking off and got some great views of Honolulu as we did…
This was an extremely short flight, no more than 35 minutes, so they served drinks very quickly. Wendy had said to me earlier on the phone not to get a hot drink, as you wouldn’t have time to have it and I could see what she meant!
As we came into land, I could see why people rave about this place. It’s just so green and lush, which I guess is why they call it the “garden isle” and that’s got a lot to do with it being the oldest of the islands in Hawaii. Six million years old, you can’t even see the volcano in Kauai now.
We headed out through the airport, which was very Hawaiian again…
Good thing you left the hotel when you did. I can only imagine that the traffic got worse before it got better! You're certainly spending a lot of time in airports on this trip. A 35 minute flight! Must be mostly take-off and landing.