The flight over was straightforward for the most part. The morning flight I was on left at around 9 am and got in at 11:15 am. The only glitch was that the video system did not work on the airplane. United uses a two-class "domestic" 777 for this flight, so there is just one big video screen in the center of first class. They did not want to delay the flight, so we still left on time. For the trouble, I received a $250 voucher.
I used Speedishuttle to get to and from my hotel. They were not an option the last time I visited. They were quick to depart and if you booked a round-trip ticket, they scheduled that right then as well (with a follow-up call the day before departure). It worked very well.
Honolulu is not one of my favored destinations in Hawaii, but it is still Hawaii. I think I had been there about three times before this trip. This time, instead of staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which is located at the other end of Waikiki (towards Diamond Head). It's not right on the beach, but it is a much smaller property than the multi-towered Hilton Hawaiian Village. Every room has a balcony, and I pre-booked an ocean-view room. Upon arrival, they upgraded me to an extra-large two-room suite, with a living room/dining room area, wet bar, parlour bathroom and separate bedroom and bath, all on the top floor of the hotel. The hotel has an Executive Lounge on the ground level.
|Wilted-spinach salad with duck confit|
|Foie gras and pineapple|
|Scallops and mushroom|
|Duck breast and potato puffs|