February 26-28 Maui – Honolulu – Maui
How I did it- FLIGHT: United Mileage Plus Redeemed 24,000 miles (2 RT tickets + taxes $22.40) used partner airlines Hawaiian Airlines to Honolulu returning on Island Air. Island Air late fee $50. HOTEL: Redeemed Chase Ultimate Rewards 31,735 points for 2 nights at the Ala Moana Hotel + $40 parking. Total cost $112.40
I love travelling between the neighbor islands for a weekend get away. The Hillsong United Concert in Honolulu was sold out, but fortunately for me they decided to add a second concert the following night. I am always looking for an adventure and this was the perfect opportunity.
I took note of when the tickets would be online for sale and I also made a quick inquiry to my mileage and points accounts to see if I had enough for a hotel room and airfare for my husband and myself. Bingo. Earning points and miles pays every time for air and hotel leaving money for eating and shopping. It’s well worth earning points and miles whenever possible.
The weekend was already planned with fun activities and of course lots of eating. Oh and the concert of course. I was looking forward to spending time with my hubby and 2 sisters.
There is no lack of things to do and see in Honolulu. My sister Mona lives there and we appreciate her being our driver and guide. She knows of great places to eat and knows all the short cuts on getting there too. Thanks sis.
The concert was on Saturday and we had plenty of time to do some things I had on my list of to dos. We checked in to the Ala Moana hotel Friday afternoon. Our room was on the 12th floor with a gorgeous view of the city and ocean. We had a couple of hours before going to the airport to pick up my other sister flying in from Maui. She couldn’t make the same flight with me and my husband. Time for a snack.
The Ala Moana Hotel is conveniently adjacent to the Ala Moana Shopping Center. There’s 340 stores and restaurants to choose from. The center has gone through a massive renovation and has all the big name stores (Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales etc.)
We were more interested in eating than shopping. If you love ice cream then Nitrogenie is the place to get it. Hawaii is its first store to open in the United States coming all the way from Australia. It’s made using liquid nitrogen. Within seconds you have fresh made to order ice cream. Rich creamy and so delicious.
Saturday morning is a good time to visit the KCC Farmer’s Market. It’s a must do when in visiting Oahu. The market is full of locally grown produce and prepared foods of every kind and country. 🙂 We were there just as it opened at 7 am and for me that’s time for breakfast. There were so many food vendors that it was hard to choose what to have for breakfast. There were some breakfast items and a lot of food you would normally have for lunch or dinner. They all looked ono. (delicious) I opted for the beef pho from a local restaurant called The Pig and the Lady. Deeelicious. No need to say anymore.
After the farmer’s market we headed around the island to the Makapu’u Light House Trail. It’s an easy hike up to the most eastern part of the island. It overlooks the windward coast with views of Rabbit Island and Sea Life Park. It was a beautiful day and we got to meet up with my daughter in law, her husband and their son. A great family reunion.
Well, it’s concert time. Hillsong United is a Christian band from Australia. I love their worship music. The concert was once again sold out and the experience was great. It was like we were in church. We knew most of the songs. This band is really anointed.
No trip would be complete without going to church on Sunday. After we dropped my sister at the airport we headed to New Hope Honolulu for their 7 am service. Yes. That was early considering we had a late night at the concert. It was worth it. We were surprised by the guest speaker, John Bevere, which we had seen on Maui a few years ago. We love his teaching and have read some of his books.
We took a drive to Waikiki and ate breakfast at the Cream Pot. Took a stroll through the beautiful Halekulani Hotel and did some shopping at H&M in Waikiki. The weekend comes to a close with a flight back to Maui. The only bummer was that we were a few minutes late to check in at Island Air and were charge a late fee of $25 each. Ouch. We did make it home safely. As we locals say, A Hui Hou. Until we meet again.
Places we ate:
- Nitrogenie (ice cream made to order)
- Sushi King
- Young’s Fish Market (Hawaii Food)
- Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market (prepared foods galore and fresh produce)
- Asahi Grill (Asian comfort food)
- Ala Moana Food Court
- Cream Pot (breakfast/brunch)
- Teapresso Bar 2 (bubble drinks)
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