The Sheraton is at the coastline, right of middle. This might well have been the best golfing day of the year: slight trade wind, cool, sunny.
You ask why do I bother with continuing Platinum status with Starwood? Well, I paid Kamaaina rate and was given a fabulous suite. This is a corner room so I have two views. First, towards Diamond Head:
My room is right above Waikiki Beach, and my other view is of the Halekulani Hotel:
Compare the above with Orchard Road in Singapore:
And these are only a small part of the over the top extravagance during the holiday season.
- Honolulu 22
- Tokyo 85
- Seoul 135
- Hong Kong 76
- Singapore 68 (it was up to 150 when I was there in October)
- Bangkok 50
- Dubai 175
- Istanbul 65
- Amsterdam 54
- Huangcunzhen (south Beijing) 522
|Air Quality Index|
|Levels of Health Concern||Colors|
|When the AQI is in this range:||..air quality conditions are:||...as symbolized by this color:|
|101-150||Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||Orange|
|151 to 200||Unhealthy||Red|
|201 to 300||Very Unhealthy||Purple|
|301 to 500||Hazardous||Maroon|
Honolulu suffers from severe natural air pollution from that still erupting volcano on the Big Island when the winds blow from the southeast. Here is a quote about Kilauea from this blog 2.5 years ago:
It was exactly 30 years yesterday that I was golfing on the Volcano Golf and Country Club on the Big Island of Hawaii when on the tenth hole we felt the ground shudder. Soon thereafter, we saw fountains of lava a couple of hundred yards high only a few hundred yards from where we stood. This was the beginning of the current Kilauea eruption, which has now continuously gone on for three decades.