Easter at St Augustine by the Sea

This trip was a quick getaway for Easter’s 4-day weekend. Other than booking accommodation we made no plans. That’s what makes a trip to Honolulu so easy – minimal legwork required.

After a red-eye flight we arrived at our hotel at 9am. We were lucky that our room was ready. Having rested on the flight, Thursday was a surprisingly full day of enjoying Waikiki and shopping Ala Moana.

Over my last few visits I’ve observed the biki bikeshare stations popping up. Determined to give them a go this trip we signed up for a $15, 1-month pass which allows unlimited rides under 30-minutes. It took a couple tries to get the bike out of the dock. (The trick is to hold both brakes down.) We used the wheels several times over the rest of our trip, riding between Kapahulu, Waikiki, and Ala Moana. The bike lane on Kalakaua added to the convenience. I’ll definitely use biki on future trips.

Dates: 29 March – 3 April 2018 (Easter weekend)
Travel with: Allen
Weather: Thursday-partly sunny; Friday-hot & sunny, perfect pool/beach weather; Sat & Sun-mostly cloudy with some rain
Accommodation: Grand Islander, Hilton Hawaiian Village


  • pedicure at Mani Pedi Spa, Ala Moana
  • shopping, Ala Moana & Kalakaua Ave
  • Waikiki Beach & hotel pools
  • run around Diamond Head, with a stop at the Saturday market

Food & Drink:

  • Spitfire at Dukes Lane Market & Eatery
  • Duke’s Waikiki
  • Papa John’s
  • Leonard’s
  • Buho Cantina
  • Hale Koa Barefoot Bar
  • Happy’s
  • IHOP
  • Yard House
  • Maui Brewing Co

Transportation: Air New Zealand; The Bus; biki (Honolulu’s bikeshare program); Charlie’s taxi