Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hawaii trip a credit to JetStar. $341 each way economy, $900 business.

It is clear that there is a recession in the USA as Hawaii’s tourism trade is operating on half strength. But this means bargains, good service and opportunities for aspiring Aussie travellers.

Add Halloween, a nearly full moon, perfect weather, “Aloha” and the ever-present evanescent Esprit de Coeur of the Sandwich Isles … and you have Mardi Gras of the Pacific! See photos below.

Waikiki Beach was everything the tourist brochures had promised … and more. We had a dip each evening at sunset in front of the pink-painted Royal Hawaiian Hotel (1926) in the centre of the long crescent beach. The Moana Surfrider Hotel (1901) is the original classic resort (see picture).

Diamond Head volcanic crater is the prominent landmark to the east while the Honolulu CBD, medical faculty, Ala Moana Center, airport and Pearl Harbor lie to the west, making up about half of the south coast of the island of Oahu.

I spoke to a group of second year medical students, some health care workers as well as visiting a methadone clinic. We were taken to some high class eateries, galleries and special secluded beach spots on the north coast. A helicopter tour around the island topped off a most enjoyable week in Hawaii. The other islands will have to wait for a future trip. Highly recommended.

Andrew Byrne ..