The Hilton Hawaiian Village was my hotel choice, because it is a production partner for the show. The cast and crew film there a lot. Sometimes it’s used as an anonymous beach, but the Five-0 team likes to celebrate at the Tropics Bar and Grill, and Danny and his daughter have gone swimming in the hotel’s Paradise Pool. I’ve done both of those.
The Paradise Pool is the most fun of the resort’s five pools. It has water slides and a tunnel under a bridge and a hot tub. In the morning it even has shade, thanks to the hotel’s celebrated Rainbow Tower.
The Tropics Bar is nice, with a patio right on the beach or inside seating if you’ve gotten overheated in the sun. The menu changes, but I’ve enjoyed the fish-and-chips and the lilikoi crepes there, and the Hawaiian staple, the loco moco — a hamburger served on rice covered with gravy and a fried egg on top. Don’t knock it till you try it. Oh, and I had to get a Hawaii Five-0 cocktail (a blue Hawaii with a swirl of strawberry puree).
I like the Hilton. The people are nice, the rooms are clean and it’s so big. (This was very handy on the trip where bad weather made it hard to go anywhere else.) Other restaurants I liked were CJ’s Deli with New York-deli sandwiches and several kinds of eggs Benedict all day. The Rainbow Lanai has an enormous breakfast buffet and Lappert’s offers delicious ice cream and baked goods. The resort is aptly called a “Village” with six towers of guest rooms, a whole raft of stores in multiple shopping areas, two ABC stores for all the little things you forgot to pack.
There’s also a store where you can buy “Hawaii Five-0” T-shirts and “Book ’Em, Danno” key rings.