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Friday, July 28, 2017

HONOLULU, HAWAII & LA CALIFORNIA

Having set foot in the US was actually beyond my imagination. Many would say that getting a US tourist visa will be pain in everyone's ass, but by providing or complying to the requirements they ask, you can also get the visa that you have been dreaming for. Just be prepared for the interview as well because expect that the consular officer will ask a lot of questions, and at times, some are not related to the purpose of getting this type of visa. 
Once your visa has been granted, you have to plan your tour strategically to lessen your expenses. In my experience of staying in the west side of America, I never anticipated that the entire trip was way costly than I ever imagine it, so be sure to have enough budget for food, transportation, and of course the tour. Everything in the US seems very expensive especially if you come from Asia. I hope this itinerary could help you decide what sites to visit and prioritize.      

Itinerary:
Day 1 (Oct. 20) – Honolulu, Hawaii
- travel to the airport
- ETD (estimated time of departure) NAIA Terminal 2 via PAL

Day 2 (Oct. 21) – Pearl Harbor Tour
09:55 am – ETA (estimated time of arrival) Honolulu Airport
11:00 am – start of Pearl Harbor Tour
Sites:
1. Pearl Harbor Visitor Center
2. Battleship Missouri Memorial
3. WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument
04:30 pm – end of the tour
05:00 pm – late lunch but early dinner at Panya Bistro
06:00 pm – went at Ala Moana Hawaii’s Center
09:00 pm – came by Target Mall
10:00 pm – went home

Day 3 (Oct. 22) – Escape to Northshore
06:30 am – had our breakfast
07:00 am – travelled to Kualoa Ranch
09:00 am – start our tour with zipline activities
12:00 pm – end out the tour
12:30 pm – had our lunch at Giovanni’s shrimp truck lunch located along Kamehameha Highway
02:00 pm – had our ice shave at M. Matsumoto Shave
03:00 pm – dropped by Sunset Beach
03:30 pm – visited Dole Plantation
04:30 pm – a short visit in Aulani Hotel
05:00 pm – watch the show in Paradise Cove
09:00 pm – end of the show
09:15 pm – dropped by K-Mart and Foodland

Day 4 (Oct. 23) – Coast
07:00 am – breakfast at Hanauma Bay
08:00 am – headed for the weekend market
09:00 am – a short visit at the coast with big waves and rugged cliffs
12:00 pm – had lunch at Kona Brewing Company
01:00 pm – went to Waikele Premium Outlets, a few meters away from Waipahu

Day 5 (Oct. 24) – Disney Aulani (Disney Resort) & Star of Honolulu Cruise
08:00 am – headed for Aulani Hotel (Disney Resort) and had our breakfast there. We dis swimming and snorkeling there.
02:00 pm – we went back home to rest for a while.
04:00 pm – we went to Star of Honolulu for a dinner cruise that day.
05:00 pm – start of the dinner
09:00 pm – end of the dinner cruise
09:00 pm – back home

Day 06 (Oct. 26) – Flight to Los Angeles, California
08:00 am – had breakfast at home
12:00 pm – had lunch at home
01:00 pm – went to Military Mall
05:00 pm – traveled to Honolulu Airport
09:00 pm – ETD Honolulu Airport via Hawaiian Airlines

Day 07 (Oct 27) – Universal Studios Tour
07:00 am – Arrival at LAX
08:00 am – early check-in at Comfort Inn located in Inglewood
09:00 am – went to Universal Studios
12:00 pm – had lunch at Rocket’s
08:00 pm – end of the tour
09:00 pm – went back to Comfort Inn

Day 08 (Oct. 28) – Hollywood & LA & Beaches
07:00 am – had my breakfast, early check-out, and leave things at the reception area
08:30 am – start our tour
Sites:
1. Downtown L.A.
            a. Coliseum
            b. Cathedral
            c. Disney Concert Hall
            d. Olvera Street
2. Hollywood Sign & Hollywood Boulevard
            a. Grauman’s Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Walk of Fame
            b. Hollywood Theatre (home of the Academy Awards)
            c. Hollywood Rossevelt Hotel (birthplace of the Academy Awards)
            d. Disney’s El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood /Highland Center
3. Sunset Strip
            a. Spot stars trendy shops, boutiques, and clubs
            b. See Laugh Factory, House of Blues, Comedy Store, Viper Room
            c. Lunch at LegendaryMel’s Diner on Sunset Plaza
4. Star Homes
            a. See where the rich and famous live and play
5. Rodeo Drive
            a. One of the most glamorous streets in the US.
6. Santa Monica
            a. Scenic Old Town, Pacific Vista and lively Santa Monica Pier
7. Venice Beach
            a. Muscle Beach
            b. the Boardwalk
            c. Street entertainers and crafts
8. Twin Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles
            a. World’s 2nd largest man-made ports
04:30 pm – end of the tour
06:00 pm – Back to the hotel. Then travel to the airport
06:30 pm – Check-in at the airport
09:00 pm – ETD LAX for Hawaii via Hawaiian Airlines

Day 09 (Oct. 29) – Back to Honolulu
08:00 am – Arrival in Honolulu Int’l Airport
09:00 am – went back home to rest
05:00 pm – Travel to the airport for Manila
07:00 pm – ETD Honolulu International Airport

Day 10 (Oct. 30) – Manila
08:00 am – ETA NAIA Terminal 2