Day 4 - Saturday, May 28th, 2017 – Aulani We slept in a little this morning. I looked out our balcony and saw a cruise ship coming in for the day. We then headed down to breakfast. It was delicious. Afterwards, DH went for a walk while DD caught up on her Netflix and I read. He walked down to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and took a photo of Waikiki and Diamond Head. We met DH at the Honolulu Cookie Company store at 9:00 AM when it opened to purchase cookies and gifts for friends and family back home. Did I mention that the cookies are really good! With that job completed, we checked out of the Embassy Suites and checked our bags with bell services. We then got a taxi to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. This was a beautifully built museum showcasing many artifacts from the original royal family of Hawaii. If you are in Oahu, I highly recommend going to this museum. Bishop was the husband of the last remaining member of the royal family, Bernice. She inherited all of the family artifacts and dreamed of building a museum like the ones she saw when she traveled through Europe. Unfortunately, she died rather young, so her husband had the museum built to her specifications. He actually sent Hawaiian hardwood from the hau plant to Minnesota woodcrafters to make up all of the wood bannisters, paneling etc., used in the museum. It was gorgeous. The museum has recently been refurbished to allow for more lighting to be added in the Hawaiian Hall. We spent a couple of hours there. This is the actual cape made from feathers for King Kamehameha I. It is centuries old. The Hawaiians would take the yellow feathers from a now extinct black bird where there only a few yellow feathers on either side of its neck. They would not kill the bird, but trap it with a kind of glue and a treat on a tree branch. After they plucked the feathers, they would wash the bird’s feet and let it go. It is currently on loan from New Zealand, but the State of Hawaii is trying to get it back. The Hawaiian Hall was full of interesting exhibits about the Hawaiian Gods and the Royal Family. Then we went to the Kahili Room. This is where all of the feathered symbols of chiefly and royal rank are held. The taller the Kahili, the higher the rank. We then went to the Science Adventure Center. They focused on volcanos here. Complete with interactive volcano crater. After the museum, we called Charley’s Taxi to return to the Embassy Suites. We went again to the Beach Walk and had lunch at Giovanni’s Deli. DD and I had the most delicious Prime Rib French Dip. DH had corned beef. After lunch, we retrieved our bags and were going to arrange another Charley’s taxi to the Aulani for a flat fee of $89. Well, instead of a taxi, the bell hop arranged for us to take a limo that was just waiting there for a fare. They agreed to the same price as Charley’s Taxi to take us to Aulani. The only caveat was that they only accepted cash. Well, we didn’t need much cash at the resort, so we arrived at the Aulani in style! We started to see Aulani before we actually got there. We arrived and immediately bell services welcomed us home and grabbed our bags. The first think I saw was a Menehune looking down from the porte cochere. We were handed off to a hostess and given our leis of welcome. Our hostess took us to the desk to check-in. I loved the rainbow of photos on the wall behind the desk. We received special first time visitor buttons and the ‘Iwa for the day. Our room wasn’t ready yet, but they would text us when it was. So, bags stowed, we started to explore the resort. Here’s a picture of the water side of the lobby. It is beautiful when you first walk out on to the Lanai and overlook the valley below. Everything is so green and lush. The first thing we did was run into Stitch. DD got her picture taken with him and we got our Photopass card. We explored around the pools and received our first wristband of the visit. The color of the day was purple. To be continued. . .