We arrived in Honolulu around 9 PM. We took a shuttle to pick up the rental car and headed to our time share. The next morning we took back the rental car and walked to a rental car office not serviced by an airport shuttle (it closed at 6 pm the night before.) Thats a tip Marc learned. The cost of an economy rental car with a shuttle from the airport was around $600 for the week. The cost for a rental car with no airport service was around $200. The couple block walk was well worth it. After we traded rental cars we drove to Diamond Head Crater, but it was so busy on Saturday all of the parking was full so we decided to stop for some groceries and head back to the pool.
On the way we stopped at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. http://www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net
It is a great place to buy souvenirs and local made items at a very good price. Cheapest place we found. Marcus’ favorite is definitely the sweet bread and Cali and I loved the pepperoni olive pesto loaf.
Our studio room had a small fridge and a microwave and use of gas grills outside. That is my next money saving tip. Eat out just to sample local food not for every meal. We ate breakfast in our room. Went out for lunch and cooked dinner on the grill. Costco was right next to Safeway so we were able to get a good variety at a pretty good price. Costco gas was also the cheapest by far. It was only three miles from where we were staying so Marc went over one night and picked up a pizza.
I will post later about a couple of the yummy places we ate and things we saw. For now I will leave you with some pictures of our pool and lagoon.