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Annniversary / Birthday - not exact date?

Good point, Mag454. Perhaps skeptical was the wrong term. For what it's worth, I'm paying full price for the hotel on this trip - I didn't want to hope for an upgrade, I'd rather be certain of getting the room I want. But I agree the little touches are much appreciated.

Aug 24, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Annniversary / Birthday - not exact date?

I particularly look forward to experiencing the "great sense of Aloha" as you mentioned. I think I've heard it myself during a few phone calls to Hawaii making arrangements. Sadly, it seems many internet posters never got it (eg, reviews on tripadvisor or yelp).

Aug 23, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Annniversary / Birthday - not exact date?

Thanks for the replies so far. I'm not sure myself what I'm looking for. We had the chocolate writing on the dessert plate before, which was nice. I suppose the most valuable would be a better chance of getting a good seat. I always specify what I'd like, such as the lanai at Mariposa, but usually told that there are no guarantees.

Aug 23, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Roy's Waikiki - chef's counter?

We'd be quite happy to support a good cause in return for that! Wine/food tastings are popular here at home for local fundraisers. I know how to find them here - is there any way to find such events with public access near Waikiki? We will be there in early September.

I've been pleasantly surprised by what appears to be a great foodie culture on Oahu. My first visit was 20 years and not very memorable, so I wasn't initially expecting much. It sounds like a vibrant restaurant scene and I'm looking forward to "chowing" down!

Aug 23, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Annniversary / Birthday - not exact date?

I know this question could go on a general board but I'm asking specifically about Honolulu/ Waikiki. I've read that so many guests, when booking hotels and seeking upgrades, mention it's a "celebration", that the hotels are a little skeptical and think everyone just says this. What about restaurants?

We will be visiting Hawaii one week before my birthday and one month before our anniversary. Given the cost and timing this will certainly sub for my birthday dinner and would fit our criterion for our annual trip "somewhere special and romantic around our anniversary". But when asked at Mariposa and Roy's I declined to say we were celebrating because it's not specifically those nights. And if asked when the happy day is, I'm not sure how I'd feel saying it's really sometime next month - seems a little misleading. Plus, Mr. pfwin is a little skeptical himself of these "off-date" announcement.

Any thoughts or experience on this from the Chowhounds?

Aug 22, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Roy's Waikiki - chef's counter?

Thanks again for all the ideas. After consulting with Mr.pwin we decided to book Roy's at the sushi counter Thursday night, and Mariposa on the lanai for the sunset and HHV fireworks on Friday night. They show two interesting tasting menus with wine pairings on their website.

We arrive from NJ around 7 pm on Tuesday night. If we're hungry I imagine we will get something at the hotel. On Wednesday morning, our first full day, we are taking the "Hawaii Food Tour" which will give us a walking tour of Chinatown and tastes of many local foods. Not sure about that night - I'm afraid I might be still be so wiped out from jet lag that I won't be up to a big dinner. Maybe drinks and pupus somewhere close like the Chart House.

The week ends with four nights of planned company events in Waikiki, so not enough time to explore all the places we'd like.

Aug 22, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Roy's Waikiki - chef's counter?

Thanks for your replies. Now I'm rethinking Roy's for our "nice" dinner. Ideally, we'd like someplace with good food, a view, quiet/romantic, but also "dressy casual" (no long pants or dresses required). With our 6 hr time difference from the East Coast I imagine we want to eat early, maybe even timed to see the sunset. We're staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki but could take a cab if needed. Would really like Hawaiian fusion style cuisine with fresh, local ingredients - DH not so much into sushi, and we'll be at some local spots in Chinatown for lunches.

I've been reading all the reviews I can find but I'm still confused. Appreciate any other ideas.

Aug 10, 2010
pwin in Hawaii

Roy's Waikiki - chef's counter?

We were thinking of eating here at the sushi counter/ chef's bar (seats overlooking kitchen) since we heard there's not really much of a view outside anyway. But then I've read how noisy it is inside. I know there are other Roy's in Honolulu but we're staying at HHV and probably would rather just stay nearby that night.

Any recommendations? Thanks!

Aug 08, 2010
pwin in Hawaii