Thoughts on The Hilton Hawaiian Village – Waikiki Beach


The fountain view from 35 stories up

The family and I recently spent a cup of coffee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Unfortunately I didn’t get a single picture of our 1 Bedroom Suite in the Diamond Head tower. I usually try to do this but with five of us staying here and with so much excitement to get to the beach as soon as we walked into the room our bags exploded and the room was a mess. That being said I can at least provide you with some insight into the property and my thoughts about staying here.

First off let me tell you that this property is HUGE. It’s the largest Hilton property with almost 4000 rooms on 22 acres of beachfront property. I’m not sure how many high-rise buildings are on the property, but I’d say it’s close to 10. Additionally there are over 22 restaurants on site, tons of stores to shop in, two ABC Stores, Three Starbucks and a pear tree. Continue reading

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Tasting Hawaii

After a fun weekend in Hawaii mostly on Waikiki Beach there was still a little time to get my foodie on. Here are some photos of my favorite spots and the food I ate.


Yes the best Malasada on the planet. Thank you Leonard’s.


Number two of the day.

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Photo of the Week: July 19



View of the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach during the Friday Night Fireworks!!


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Review: Sheraton Crescent Hotel Phoenix


Hotel main entrance

This week I visited scorching Phoenix Arizona again. This is my fourth trip here since May. On each trip I’ve stayed at a different Starwood property. This time it was the Sheraton Crescent Hotel.

Unfortunately, this was not the hotel I was thinking I was staying at. Apparently I neglected to map it out from my clients office and accidentally picked the one that was 17 miles not 3 from the office I was working in this week. I had the hotel names mixed up, and since I’d never stayed at either before I thought I was going to the “right” place until my GPS told me otherwise. Oops. Rookie mistake, you think after over 1000 nights in hotels in the past 12 years I’d know better. Continue reading

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Thirsty, how about a Starbucks?


Last week I was featured on the awesome travel blog Million Mile Secrets and since it was my first ever interview about my blog, I’ve commemorated it with a contest. The rules and criteria are simple, in the comments section of the original post please share with my readers your most memorable trip, vacation or travel experience. On July 18th at noon PST the contest is over and soon after I’ll pick a winner. So you still have just over 24 hours to join in the discussion and get a chance to get a $25 Starbucks gift card, that will provide you with divine offerings from a very travel friendly coffee shop.

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Catching the Aloha spirit on Alaska Airlines


Aloha here we come

Last week my family and I had the pleasure of flying Alaska Airlines to Honolulu, Hawaii. It was my first time flying Alaska in first class on a flight longer the two hours, and my wife and daughters first flights on Alaska. We flew them from Oakland, California on their direct flight. They also offer connecting service via Portland, Seattle and most LA airports too. They may not offer as many flights per day as say Delta, American or United, but they most likely offer more destinations from more airports, since the big three really only offer service from their hubs in LA, SFO and  Seattle whereas Alaska offers service from almost all major West Coast cities. From the Bay Area Alaska flies to the four major islands in Hawaii (Oahu, Big Island, Maui and Kauai). We bought the tickets about six weeks ago using their Bank of America Visa buy one ticket get one for $99 plus tax. 

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Welcome Million Mile Secrets Readers

I recently was lucky enough to be featured on the awesome travel blog Million Mile Secrets in their weekly Interview series. If you haven’t read or seen Daraius’s blog you should check it out (and read my interview too). Since this is my first ever interview about my travel habits and blog, I thought it would be nice to welcome all my current and hopefully new readers to participate in a giveaway. Since I love Starbucks and can’t imagine anyone who doesn’t I thought a $25 gift card would be the thing to give away.

So if you’re interested in being included in my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post about your most memorable trip, vacation or travel experience and why and also include your name and I’ll pick the one I think sounds the most fun. I know it’s not very democratic or random, but hey it’s my blog so I can make my own rules. I’ll leave the contest open for one week starting today July 11th and ending at Noon Pacific Time on July 18th. Once I pick a winner I’ll message you back with the code to redeem the card.

For readers that are new to the site, I’ve listed a few of my favorite adventures that you might find fun to read about. They’ll hopefully give you an idea of what types of things I write about and what makes me tick as a traveler.


Flying Singapore Airlines First Class Food Porn

Malossol caviar

Malossol caviar at 35,000 feet with a glass of Dom Perignon and Russian Vodka of course.

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A week of delays

A few weeks ago I had the week of delays, I had four segments on American Airlines from San Jose to Baltimore connecting in Dallas and return. Every segment was delayed from as short as one hour and up to two hours. In fact on the two hour delay I missed my connection in Dallas and had to get rebooked on the next available flight. This made my return home a 10 ½ hour trip instead of eight. Ouch. Being late is just the nature of business travel, you can’t fly 100 segments a year and expect to be on time on all of them, but to have four in a row just stinks. It makes travel just crappy sometimes, but hey that just the breaks I guess. Continue reading

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Mileage award redemption on Etihad Airways: How I spent $4 and saved $17,000


What our ticket cost per seat if I used cold hard cash

No this is not some pyramid scheme or some crazy get rich quick promise, nor am I asking a Nigerian for help. But I am talking about something just as elusive, a premium award ticket on a world class airline. Booking a ticket on a carrier like the Big Three Middle Eastern carries, Lufthansa, Singapore or Cathay Pacific for example can be nearly impossible, or so it may feel. But with a few tricks of the trade you can really get a lot and feel like a millionaire every time you book an award ticket on a carrier like Etihad Airways. Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary- Thanks for reading my blog


So it’s been two years this month writing whereisrahul, and it’s been a blast so far. My intention initially was to talk about travel and travel only, since that’s what I do a lot and enjoy a lot too. But travel 24/7 can be dull (not really) and writing about life, family, travel and fun stuff I’m lucky enough to do has been really rewarding and even better than just talking about travel. I stared this blog, because I wanted a platform that I could use to talk, vent and share my experiences in hopes of helping others,  and that’s exactly what I’ve been able to do.

It’s rewarding to see that my “insight”, can be helpful to other geeks out there and that people actually read my diatribes, reviews and drivel. Who knew what I had to say could be interesting? So as the journey continues on, I hope that my faithful readers, and new ones keep an eye out for my families travels. And as always if you have a question about why, how or how come I did something crazy please ask, that’s how I know someone is reading.

In any event thank you to everyone that takes the time out of their day to read about my craziness, it’s been fun doing this and hope to continue for a long time.


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