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Hawai'i July 6-21, 2012

The flowers, oh those flowers, the floral aromas, the lushness, the gentle, balmy breezes continuing all day long in beautiful Honolulu was just the beginning of my walk in complete paradise. I never in my wildest dreams imagined what awaited me as I stepped off the airplane into the mostly open air Honolulu airport on a beautiful late afternoon.

 The open air walkways at Honolulu International Airport. Here you can look at the airplanes which are a mere thirty feet away.

                                                                     
                     The fragrant Frangipani flower was everywhere and smelled heavenly.

You get a sense of things right from the airport. I mean, the disposition of the people, the surroundings, the atmosphere all create an impression. I was encompassed by a welcoming, friendly and easy going environment and I began to decompress almost right away.

Aloha!

Our taxi whisked us off to our Hilton timeshare resort called the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the driver spoke very excitedly of how we were going to enjoy this resort. He told us how Waikiki Beach, which our resort  was on, was the beach that Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii and how Waikiki Beach was one of the most beautiful and most popular beaches in Oahu.

Hilton Hawaiian Village was more than I expected from all my reading. Five gorgeously appointed condo style resorts, with open air lobbies, a concourse with over ninety shops and a promenade with over thirty restaurants awaited us. We even had two very famous ABC Stores on property, which are found on practically every corner of Honolulu. Starbucks was everywhere on the resort and I even got to browse in Louis Vuitton and Pandora....not even in my dreams did I imagine this paradise of tropical lushness, meandering waterways and floral pathways lit by Tiki Torches. Nightly local music right on the beach and Fireworks, right on our beach.

We had our own private lagoon and private beach where you could wade out quite a long way. We were entertained by the resort flamingoes and penguins who put on a delightful display every day after feeding. Five huge swimming pools with all the bells and whistles and water slides that kept even the fussiest child happy. You really didn't need to go anywhere else. We did and I'll get into our multiple driving trips and bountiful shopping trips later. Suffice to say, we were prepared for this trip and indulged ourselves.




The Grand Waikikian Resort for Hilton Grand Vacation Club timeshare owners at Hilton Hawaiian Village.



The beautiful Koi ponds.

The open air lobby of the Grand Waikikian overlooking the Great Lawn.





The Lagoon beside Waikiki Beach.


The main pool of the resort.

Grand Waikikian pool.

The beautiful Waikiki Beach.

The Grand Waikikian resort pool.

The Grand Waikikian open air lobby overlooking the Great Lawn.

The Great Lawn overlooking the Lagoon and Beach.


The view from the open air lobby at the Grand Waikikian resort.


A general photo map of the resort, where I would consider staying in the Rainbow Tower because of its' proximity to the beach and main pool. Rainbow Tower below.



Tropics restaurant has a patio overlooking the beach and it's amazing.

No shortage of eateries or shopping. Tourists actually take the Waikiki Trolley to Hilton Hawaiian Village just for the concourse shopping of over 100 high end shops, and I mean very high end.

Rainbow Bazaar Shopping Concourse





What an experience to be had and I really look forward to returning and being a guest at Hilton Hawaiian Village and throw in a stay at Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa. What a way to top off the vacation!






























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