"It's not necessary to go far and wide. I mean, you can really find exciting and inspiring things within your hometown."
"Front Row Seat"
"As I get older, I get smaller. I see other parts of the world I didn't see before. Other points of view. I see outside myself more."
A favorite little "boutique" hotel of mine is the fortunately located Waikiki Grand Hotel (http://www.waikikigrand.com/)
at the corner of Kapahulu & Kalakaua.
Directly across the street from Kapiolani Park, the Honolulu Zoo, and steps from the Queen's Surf beach area, the Grand boasts Hula's Bar & Lei Stand, and Teddy's Bigger Burgers on site.
The Hustle & Bustle of Waikiki Beach meets the giant green park here. Check the epic view (close!) of Diamond Head from the Grand's tenth floor sun deck! Bonus: guests at the Grand often hear animal noises from the zoo close by.
Which brings us to: Rumor Alert! Credible sources whisper that Violet the orangutan was spotted wandering outside of her zoo enclosure after hours a while back. Incredibly strong and smart, the "forest people" will reportedly hide hand tools they find (or steal;-) and use them to escape. Maybe she just wanted a room upgrade to the Grand. Clever staff prevailed on Violet's mate Rusty to help lure her back. . .
Someday, the favorite husband and I would like to retire at the Grand. I could cross da street and visit the orangutans every day!
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