Monday, April 20, 2009

My Town Monday: The Grand

Aloha, Welcome!
Click on photos to enlarge A Sweet Little Boutique Hotel

"It's not necessary to go far and wide. I mean, you can really find exciting and inspiring things within your hometown."

Daryl Hannah

Great View of DH from the Grand,
"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."

Neil Young

From Across da Street, Zoo parking, da Park, and Queen's Surf Beach.
"A stair not worn hollow by footsteps is, regarded from its own point of view, only a boring something made of wood."
Franz Kafka

Proposed Site of My Dotage!

Location Location LOCATION!

A favorite little "boutique" hotel of mine is the fortunately located Waikiki Grand Hotel (
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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Gemma Wiseman said...

Lovely views from a lovely hotel! I too would love to live out my days by the sea with wildlife nearby!

Anonymous said...

Your town is a little nicer than my town. We don't have any vacationers coming here. Ever. LOL

I like your photos. Wonderful images of places most never get to see.

Jenn Jilks said...

So nice to see palm trees and green!

Daryl said...

I wouldnt mind having the suite next door to yours!


The Grandpa said...

What could be better? The ocean, wildlife, and maid service. ;0)

Aloha, Coudia?

Bubblewench said...

Love it! Now I know where to stay when I get there... someday.

Charles Gramlich said...

I read more about Hawaii's native species today, about how the honeycreeper populations have been decimated, but also about how Hawaii has over half the diversity in fruit fly populations.

Akelamalu said...

I hope you and hubby get to retire at the Grand. :)

pattinase (abbott) said...

Next year, we're coming to Hawaii. You'll have to tell me where to stay and what to do.

Travis Erwin said...

I'm still envious.

Barbara Martin said...

Beautiful photos and an equally interesting post.

Feisty Crone said...

Great looking hotel. Looks like a great retirement spot. Aloha, Cloudia.

Reb said...

Lovely photos, made me all warm inside ;)

Cloudia said...

Thank you

Warm aloha,