This time we were parked at a different pier than on our previous Hawaii cruise in 2006, when we were at the Aloha Tower, which was very convenient. This pier was not so convenient. We wanted to go down to Waikiki Beach, so we decided to take advantage of the free shuttle offered by Maui Divers Jewelry. The catch, of course, is that you have to take a tour of their facility and showroom, which took about 45 minutes altogether. They picked us up at the cruise terminal, dropped us off at their showroom, picked us up again at the showroom and took us directly to Waikiki. When we were ready to go back to the ship, we joined the others with the Maui Divers sticker and got on their shuttle which took us directly back to the ship. I don't know what it would have cost to take a cab or bus, but this way was relatively painless if you don't mind looking at jewelry.
I would have liked to spend more time in Honolulu, specifically to see the Doris Duke house, which was closed on the day we were there. I'd even give up one of the other stops (Kona) to spend the extra day in Honolulu.