Best of Honolulu 2011: Celebrations
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Polynesian Cultural Center won readers' pick for best place to take visitors.
Photo: Courtesy Polynesian Cultural Center
There are more than 25 slides and attractions at Wet ’n’ Wild in Kapolei. The water park is also home to the only standing wave machine in the Pacific. Kama‘āina or military? Save a bundle with an annual pass. 400 Farrington Highway, 674-9283, wetnwildhawaii.com.
Hotel Getaway or Hotel
There is no shortage of activities at Hilton Hawaiian Village’s 22-acre resort: a paradise pool with Waikiki’s longest resort slide at 77 feet, 16 restaurants, Friday-night fireworks, a full service spa, and eight resident South African penguins, to name a few. No wonder readers love to staycation here. This year marks its 50th anniversary. 2005 Kalia Road, 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com.
Get your game on. Dave and Buster’s, the hit adult arcade, is our readers’ choice for favorite party venue. Entertainment options are almost limitless, with a restaurant, two bars, pool and shuffleboard tables, and games galore. 1030 Auahi St., 589-2215, daveandbusters.com.
Place to Celebrate an Anniversary
There’s a reason President Barack Obama dines at Alan Wong’s when he’s on island. The famous chef’s flagship restaurant is a destination for foodies near and far. Make sure to mention your celebration when you call to book reservations. 1857 S. King St., 949-2526, alanwongs.com.
Place to Take Visitors
Climbing coconut trees and fire dancing is all in a day’s work for Polynesian Cultural Center performers. A favorite among locals and visitors, the center, a nonprofit established to support BYU students, is the No. 1 paid attraction in Hawaii and has entertained 34 million visitors since 1963. 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, 293-3333, polynesia.com.
Wedding Vendor or Venue
Brides to be choose Halekulani as their favored wedding venue. Director of catering Joel Nishimoto knows that a lot depends on him and his staff for the 250 weddings they do annually. “Perhaps so many women look to us to carry out their dream because Halekūlani has such high service standards, and brides can trust us to delivery flawlessly in terms of service, food and surroundings,” he says. Newlyweds: Check out the Vera Wang Suite. 2199 Kalia Road, 923-2311, halekulani.com.