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Outrigger Waikiki Hawaii Review by John Pond

Firstly let me say I love Hawaii and in particular, the Waikiki Beach area. There are so many great hotels to choose from. I have been visiting Hawaii on a regular basis since 1960. Perhaps more than any other hotel, the Outrigger Waikiki keeps calling me back. I have stayed at this hotel probably in excess of 20 times. On a recent business trip I again returned to this, one of my favourite hotels. Continue reading

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KAHALA HOTEL & RESORT, OAHU, HAWAII Review by John Pond

Recently I was in Honolulu for several weeks on a business trip. For most of my visit I was accommodated in beachfront Waikiki properties, but as my stay grew to an end, I felt I deserved a few days of relaxation at one of Hawaii’s best resorts. I had previously stayed at The Kahala over 25 years ago. It was like being on an outer island resort, but literally ten minutes cab ride from Waikiki, so I booked three nights at The Kahala Resort to end our Hawaii stay. Continue reading

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ASTON WAIKIKI BEACH TOWER APARTMENTS, WAIKIKI, HONOLULU. John Pond Review

I am an Australian who recently stayed a month in the Waikiki area. Most of the time was spent in 5 star hotels. I try to visit Hawaii annually as quite honestly I love the place. I had always been impressed by the Aston Waikiki Beach Tower due to its excellent position opposite Waikiki Beach and right in the middle of the restaurant and shopping precinct. On my last trip I decided to spend a few nights there and check out the differences between Waikiki apartment living and 5 star hotels. Continue reading

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Royal Hawaiian – The Pink Lady by John Pond

I think in reviewing this classic hotel it is important to know a little of this landmark’s history. The Royal Hawaiian opened on February 1, 1927. The then six-storey, 400-room structure was fashioned in a Spanish-Moorish style, popular during the period and influenced by screen star Rudolph Valentino. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin described the newly opened Royal Hawaiian as “the first resort hostelry in America”.
Set on ten acres of prime Waikiki beachfront, the hotel’s site boasts a majestic lineage having been used as a playground for King Kamehameha after he conquered the island of Oahu. Continue reading

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