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Part of our walking journey yesterday was to visit the various hotels that our guests will be staying in while they’re with us. There’s something exciting about staying in a hotel, about having a new home for just a few days. And having a maid lets one pretend to be a bit important, just for a moment. Of course, we’ll be in our tiny house, and I’ll be doing my own dishes, but I’ll get to visit all these places and imagine I’m on vacation.

We didn’t visit the Queen Kapiolani where my grandmothers are staying, since we’ve been to that hotel before when my father stayed there. It’s right across the street from the zoo, and has a lovely chocolate shop in the lobby where I once took a chocolate-making class and got to sample some of their delicious wares. It’s a lovely hotel with some nice historical artwork. The have a balcony pool with a bar, and a great view of the park.

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We snuck into the lobby of the Aqua Surf Hotel first. Our best man and his girlfriend are staying here. It’s just off the Ala Wai and has a small pool. It might not be a luxury resort, but it seems comfortable, clean, and airy. It’s also centrally located, though on the North side of Waikiki. There are plenty of restaurants and interesting shops nearby.

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One of the most amusing restaurants we’ve come across is just a block down. It’s a steak and seafood buffet that once had a Hello Kitty theme. It’s called Makitti, so I think it might still be affiliated with Sanrio. There used to be a big stuffed Hello Kitty outside, but I haven’t seen her in a while. I’m not a steak and seafood person myself, so I doubt I’ll ever go there, but I hope Gaz and Laura stop in and tell us all about it. And sneak plenty of photos.

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Next we slipped in to the Waikiki Shore, which is a little condo building tucked up between the Outrigger Reef hotel and the Armed Forces museum. This one’s right on the beach. The lobby is sparse, so we didn’t get much of an impression, but it’s just a few steps to Fort DeRussy beach. There didn’t seem to be much in the way of amenities, but it’s right next door to a very upscale place, so it’s just a few steps to shops and restaurants.

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The last place we visited was the Ilikai, next door to the Hilton Hawaiian Village and overlooking the yacht harbor. This one wins the fancy award for sure. There are shops and lounge areas in the lobby. There’s a bar overlooking the harbor, and a pool with plenty of privacy. There’s also a ramp to the Hilton Lagoon. And the Hilton Hawaiin village is the biggest resort in Waikiki, so you’ll find just about anything you want there.

I can’t wait to visit these places and maybe jump on a bed or two. I can’t travel, but I can visit my guests and pretend.

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About Renee

Life should be awesome, even if your paycheck isn't. I'm trying to live awesomely on $20 a day.

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