By Diane Ako
For a decadent summer getaway, I went back to my old stomping grounds and stayed a weekend at Halekulani. It was luxurious in more ways than one.
I decided to break up the stay, spending one night with my daughter for Girls' Weekend Out, and the second night with my husband. It worked out really nicely for all parties.
Olivia was thrilled to have special Mommy-daughter time, which started with afternoon tea at Veranda. She's got a serious sweet tooth (like me) and the pastries are as delicious to look at as they are to eat. In retrospect, we decided it was the trip highlight for both of us.
Then, we went back to our room, a lovely Diamond Head Ocean Suite, to change into our swim suits and go swimming. Except, when she saw the deep bathtub, the SpaHalekulani bath salts, and the pretty glycerine soap with silver glitter, she asked if we could take a tub bath together.
And so it was, me sitting in the tub with this crazy-cute eight year old, playing and chatting and having a good old time. It reminded me of when I was that age and would do that with my cousins or my friends, and we never wanted it to stop.
We had dinner reservations at 6:30 p.m. and while we were both full from tea, I felt it prudent to eat now, because any later and I'd be too tired from my weird body clock. I get up at 3 a.m for work so I'm used to a nap and an early bedtime.
At Orchids, I had a three-course meal that was heavenly. Everything was perfect. I even indulged in a glass of wine (might be my first glass of wine I've drank all year - I rarely drink) because Girl's Night Out with my sweetie is a special night.
We were so full, but I kept eating everything because it all tasted so good. I remember now why I gained nearly ten pounds in my three-and-a-half years working there.
VIP breakfasts, client lunches, business dinners, corporate functions, and the free staff cafeteria. Oh, and the hardship of staying up on product knowledge required me to eat there occasionally on weekends. It takes dedication.
After dinner I asked if she wanted to walk around Waikiki, but Olivia was tired and wanted to return to the room. She hardly admits she'd tired. This must have been a lot of stimulation for her!
In the morning, we enjoyed breakfast at Orchids before jumping into the pool. What we like to do is race, compete to do the most somersaults, and make up water dances. I ended up inventing interpretive dances as a jellyfish, a rainbow, fireworks, and more.
We completed the Girl's Getaway with a little shopping before I dropped her off at a friend's house for a sleep over and went home to pick up my husband.
That was fun, and too quick. There were about ten things more on our To Do list that we didn't get to, so Olivia and I are already thinking about our next Girl's Weekend!