Deb and Ron's 50th Anniversary at Aulani 2013
Seth, Eve, Amina, and Rhys Switzer (Enid, Oklahoma) - Seth/Eve in bedroom 2, grand villa; Amina/Rhys in bedroom 2 of 2 bdrm suite until Sunday and then move back into grand villa
Tony and Darcie Sims (Puyallup, Washington) - staying in master suite of 2 bdrm villa
JS, CD, and AK (Houston, Tx) - staying in bedroom 3, grand villa
Wade Hodge and Charles Vorndran (Atlanta, GA) - staying in studio
The Disney Aulani Grand Villa
- Up to 12 Guests
- 1 king-size bed in master bedroom
- 2 queen-size beds in second bedroom
- 2 queen-size beds in third bedroom
- 1 queen-size sleeper sofa in living room
- 1 sleeper chair in living room
- 3 full bathrooms
- 2,174 square feet (202 square meters)
- 3 separate bedrooms and living room
- 4 flat-panel televisions and DVD player
- Extra large private balcony
- Whirlpool tub
- Full kitchen
- Pots and pans
- Full-size refrigerator
- Laundry area with washer and dryer
- Coffee maker and tea service
- Ceiling fans
- Wireless Internet access
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board
Sims arrive Oahu - staying at the base overnight; grocery shopping (non-perishables) at the base commissary
Oklahoma Switzers arrive Las Vegas around 7:40 pm - dinner reservation at Wing Lei, Wynn hotel at 8:30 pm (via taxi) - reservation made
Thursday, August 1st
Oklahoma Switzers depart Las Vegas for Honolulu on Hawaiian airlines at 1:50 am.
Sims check-in at Aulani - 2 bedroom villa
Oklahoma Switzers arrive Oahu (Hawaiian Airlines flight 17) around 5 am, car rental (Alamo full size - $312 and National full size $316), drive to Aulani about 20 miles from the airport, check-in to grand villa;
Breakfast - reservation made:
Time: 07:30 AM Breakfast
Party Size: 6
Kids can use the facilities immediately (pool, beach, etc) even if the villa is not yet ready; grocery shopping at nearby store (*need to make a detailed list);
Lunch - monkeypod kitchen across the street - reservation made at noon for 8 people, just in case.
J, C, & A arrive Oahu around 1 pm (United flight 201)
Wade, Charlie arrive Oahu around 2:30 pm (Delta flight 837) - car rented and will also transport J/C/A - might need one of us (Seth or Eve) to also go to airport for pick up.
Dinner - C's lamb burgers
Ingredients 1 pound ground lamb, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, 3 green onion sprigs, 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped; 1 teaspoon sherry, 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon molasses, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 4 burger buns, 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled; fresh fruit salad, and baked french fries
Starlit Hui at 8 pm on the Halawai lawn
Friday, August 2nd
Breakfast in the grand villa - Macadamia nut and banana pancakes
Pearl Harbor day - tickets purchased for 10 by Eve (reservation #4-1846066) and 3 by CD (reservation #4-1845481) for 12:30 pm
One-Day Passport Option: A one-day Passport to Pearl Harbor allows you to visit all four Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and includes admission to: the USS Arizona Memorial with Audio Tour , to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Reserved Passports to Pearl Harbor can be picked up at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center's NPS Tickets and Information Desk.
(Eve's note: the arizona and bowfin are adjacent to each other. the missouri and the aviation museum require a shuttle ride to two separate locations).
Two-Day Upgrade Option: If you wish to extend your Passport to Pearl Harbor for a second day, you may purchase a $10 upgrade at the Visitor Center's Pearl Harbor Historic Sites' Tickets and Information Desk. The second day is valid for an additional seven days.
Prices: Adult: $55.00, Child (4 - 12): $30.00
Lunch - *no plans yet - will need to probably reserve somewhere near Pearl Harbor if we're even hungry (Schooner's Restaurant? http://www.restauranteur.com/schooners/aboutus.htm)
Dinner at Roy's - this restaurant is just across and down the street from Aulani at the Country Club. Reserved at 6 pm for 13 people - (808) 676-7697
Saturday, August 3rd
Birthday Breakfast in the grand villa - French Toast Casserole
Charlie and Wade going out for the day with their friend
Lunch in the grand villa - chicken salad
Butter Mochi for dessert?
Snorkeling in rainbow reef
One-Day Rental (unlimited entry for one day) $20 per adult; $15 per child
Length-of-Stay Rental (valid for entire length of stay) $39 per adult; $29 per child
Beachside Casabella (2-seater lounger with awning): $45 for a full day
Stand-Up Paddleboard: $30 per hour (must stay in lagoons)
Authentic Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Experience: Travel as the ancient Hawaiians did aboard an authentic Hawaiian sailing canoe in this experience offered by Hawaiian Ocean Adventures. Visit Makiki Joe's for reservations. Cost is $99 for ages 10 and up, and $79 for children ages 9 and under, not including taxes and gratuities.
Dinner - La Mer - reservation made for 13 in the Salon La Mer - ocean front dining w a prixe fixe menu at 7 pm to celebrate Ron and Deb's 50th wedding anniversary. Kuulei is our contact ((808) 923-2311) at La Mer and she will email me the menus we can choose from when they are available. Current large group menu
We opted for the 5 course tasting menu. Jackets are required for the gentlemen.
Sunday, August 4th
Breakfast in the grand villa - Canadian Bacon-Pineapple breakfast sandwiches
Darcie/Tony check out and can leave luggage in the grand villa
Amina/Rhys move back into grand villa
Honolulu "hole in the wall" food tour - 9:00 am - 2:30 pm for Seth, Eve, Amina, Rhys, Ron, Charlie, Wade, JS, CD. - booked for $110 per person ($99 + tax)
Pick - up info: We'll be picking you up (here in town) no later than 9:30 am (here in town), on the Mahukona Street side of the Ala Moana Hotel (adjacent to the world-famous Ala Moana Shopping Center) where all the tour buses get their guests. Just look for our beautiful Hawaii Food Tours van.
Darcie and Tony leaving Oahu at around 5 pm
Dinner in the villa
Monday, August 5th
Breakfast in the grand villa - Cheesy Ham (Spam) and Hash Brown Casserole
Pearl Harbor (second) day and/or beach/resort day
J, C, and A going to Dolphin Encounter at Sea Life Park in am
Lunch - somewhere
Dinner - Shokudo - we ate here in February and it was AWESOME - fun, hip place to eat - reserved at 6 pm for 11 people - (808) 941-3701
Ala Moana Pacific Center, Ground Floor
1585 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tuesday, August 6th
Breakfast in the grand villa
Wade and Charlie check out of studio - can store luggage in the grand villa
This will be kind of a disjointed day. We will have 3 cars. Deborah would like to see the Polynesian Cultural Center () and J & C would like to go to the Doris Duke Shangri La Center . Wade and Charlie leaving for airport (Delta flight 836 at 3:55 pm) right after lunch
J, C, ad A are going to surf lessons in the am
Oklahoma Switzers booked for Gunstock Ranch horseback picnic ride at 11:30 am
Lunch - not sure
Dinner - Alan Wong - reserved for 9 at 5:30 pm
1857 S. King St., #208 Honolulu, HI 96826 |
Wednesday, August 7th
Check out of Aulani - they will store luggage for us and we are free to use the resort all day until we leave.
There are shower facilities in the departure lounge.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet - Wed, Sat, Sun 0800-1500 - GREAT place for souvenirs
Alternate day for Doris Duke Shangri La Center or Polynesian Cultural Center
North Shore - Matsumoto, North Shore shrimp trucks, Dole Plantation, Lani’akea beach to look for turtles.
Dinner - somewhere - maybe Big Kahuna's Pizza
Airport Trade Center
550 Paiea St
Honolulu, HI 96819 (808) 833-5588
Mon-Fri 10 am - 9 pm
550 Paiea St
Honolulu, HI 96819 (808) 833-5588
Mon-Fri 10 am - 9 pm
J, C, and A depart on United 200 at 7:32 pm
Oklahoma Switzers depart on Hawaiian airlines flight 8 at 10:35 pm - return 2 rental cars