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Honeymoon – day three

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By now I would have planned for us to have a fantastic honeymoon dinner but Triston still wasn’t feeling well we were trying to find simple foods. Knowing Shore Fyre was no longer the go-to for us. I googled: “steak rice salad Oahu” and sure enough, 2 minutes from our hotel was a place called The Steak Shack. This sounded enough like blazing steak to coax Triston away from the safety of the hotel and bathroom.

It was a shack-esque outlet right on the beach. Steak or chicken, rice and salad. We will have 2 steaks, please. Triston couldn’t get through it all but it was what we were after.

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Steak Shake. Easy to miss but worth the trip.

It had been a big day of not a whole lot so I think we were off to sleep about 8pm.

In the morning, Triston still was not feeling like much food. About lunchtime we went for a walk.

I got sunburnt and Triston got sick of walking.

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Our plan. see the Kaka’ako graffiti art. The reality, we got an uber back to our hotel as soon as we found the first building. Too hot, too burnt, too sick, to cranky to continue on.

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Keep an eye out, it is easy to walk past right near Subway.

Good news though, we did have some more steak shack!

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I got chicken – Triston stuck with beef. Chicken is Teriyaki flavoured.

Binge watched Ballers and then watched the new episode.

I slept through until 10am.

Halekulani, free lunch. The honeymoon is turning around

Triston woke up hungry – a good sign. We had lunch booked for midday so there was the debate about it being too late for breakfast now or should we get a snack.

We had lunch with our rep. Lunch was amazing. Here we got to learn about all the things the hotel offers that we didn’t get to enjoy.

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I had the grilled chicken sandwich

I opted for a plain lunch. Triston was looking for a light meal so he ordered the fish.

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Pretty good looking fish. I didn’t try any but the reports were good.

Our orders were put to shame and we immediately had food envy when Roberts meal came out.

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How tasty does this look?! We will have to order it next time.

We also got a tour of the hotel. You would usually get this on check-in but if you remembered we skipped that and headed straight to the room.

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Decent looking gym equipment with an inspirational view for your work out.

We saw the gym, hospitality suite – it is more like a club lounge and business centre than any other hospitality suite I have seen.

The room that Triston is going to tell everyone to book – we asked to see a room because we didn’t take any photos of ours before we opened our suitcases and emptied the contents on the floor. We got to see one of the best rooms.

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The room was tranquil and views just stunning.

Waikiki Parc hotel to compare with Halekulani

We also headed over to the Waikiki Parc Hotel (now Halepuna). Sister to Halekulani – the business hotel with signing privileges at Halekulani. You can access everything at Halekulani that a Halekulani guest can except for the pool. Parc has its own pool and easy access to the beach.

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View from the Waikiki Park pool lounge area. With views like this, why wouldn’t you want to use this pool!

Both hotels were calm, relaxed and modern. Waikiki Parc is a funky hotel/business hotel and Halekulani is a resort. There is a difference in the feel of each property and you feel the luxury and grandeur of the Halekulani (when you aren’t too busy taking it for granted while sick).

It was a real treat to see both properties and while we will be staying at both the walkthrough was helpful.

I would recommend taking the tour on check-in. Halekulani isn’t huge, it isn’t going to take a long time. There is a lot on offer and the walk lets your guest services agent tell you about them and point out where they might be. We found out how to get to the beach from the hotel on our tour, we had looked and given up. Deciding there was no access from the hotel other than to go back out to the street. There is. It is right by the pool towel hut. It isn’t hard to find but still, it was easy to miss. All it took was someone to confidently point and then we understood and saw what was there all along.

Honeymoon day two was 22-23 July 2017
Originally posted 6 August 2017
Updated 31 October 2019

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