Thanks for all the suggestions guys. Here's what ended up happening.
I stayed in Waikiki @ the Princess Kaiulani Sherton: decent hotel, little on the older side but what ever it was nice anyhow.
I ate Round Table Pizza! That has got to be the best commercial pizza I have ever bought; thin crust, not overly cheesed, great!
Went to the Cheesecake Factory: I never knew they had more than just cheesecake, and their food is great too ... and OMG the drinks are huge! (and totally worth it)
Dim Sum at the place under the Hyatt; reasonably good, they gave me a fork which I thought was funny.
Outside the Royal Hawaiian on the main street rite there (Kalakaua Ave I think it is) there are a couple food places in the new mall they're building (looks like it's going to be a great mall). One place, a sushi place on the 3rd floor, is quite good; they have some sushi that we don't have in Vancouver, good decor, good sushi & sashimi. The other place, on the 1st floor, has some quite good fish dishes; I had Mahi Mahi (love that fish) and for something completely different I liked that too
Wont spend too much time on this; your shopping in that area is good, somewhat like what we have in Vancouver and I definitely bought a few more things than I thought I should.
ABC Stores: HOLY COW THEY ARE EVERYWHERE!
Stuff we did:
Keeping in mind it was my self and my mother; even though I learned my partying from my mother I'm not going to club with her etc
Helicopter tour: big massive huge thumbs up. You get to see a lot of stuff from the air which is cool if you're not from there (and even if you are, I've taken the local helicopter tour in Vancouver and I live here). I recomend this, and I recomend the longest time up there. We did a slightly shorter tour because we didn't know how good it would be. Take the long one.
Beaching: a local told us to tan in the morning so we did. Good idea, less crowded, not so insanely hot, and I did NOT get burnned
Polynesian Cultural Centre and Island drive: The cultural centre is a cool idea because you get an over view of all the diferent islands and how they are different. Call me strange for going to learn things on vacation but I enjoyed it. I now know the difference between the various dances & costumes etc. I know for you guys that live there the cultural centre is probably very what ever (that's kinda how I view the cultural centres in Vancouver, but I think I view them differently after my vacation) but as a non-local, it's a good time.
We took part in the Luau @ the cultural centre but didn't get to stay for the after dinner show because we had to fly out @ 11pm. Once again the food was top notch. I had a pina colada out of a pineapple, basically I will never order another pina colada at home again.
The Drive part: Senic, nice, and yea the randomized beaches all along were cool. It's like, you're just driving along, and *oh there's a beach* ... and NICE beaches too, good sand, not busy.
Things to avoid!
Don't ever recomend to anyone something called the "Germaine's Luau". It was the absolute worst thing I think i've ever attended. The food was NASTY, the location is on a crap beach in an industreal park, the bartenders need drink making lessons. There are bugs! BUGS! and they totally went to town on my legs, not cool at all. And it was a horrible representation of Polynesian anything. All in all, avoid that one at all costs.
Lucy thing is, that horrible experience had no impact on my view of Oahu, just on a tour group called "Roberts Hawaii"; from what I can tell that tour group is very low brow.
Things I didn't get to do that I really wanted to:
Surf Lessons: There was a jelly fish advisory and I me not knowing anything about what to expect when they issue these warnings I opted to not go way out there. I've heard jelly fish stings are all kinds of not fun and I know I didn't want to experience that.
Night Life: Since I was there with my Mum I didn't get to club at all and I'd like to know about that.
Pearl Harbor: I don't need to learn anything more about Pearl Harbor to be sure, but I did want to go and have a look. It seems like it would be a cool thing to see.
Ways to solve this problem of stuff I missed:
ANOTHER TRIP TO THE ISLANDS!!!!!!!
All in all: I love your island(s) even though I only saw one, but I want to see the other ones too (Maui and the big island for sure).
I hope to come back next year, hopefully with a little more planning than 2hrs before I fly out (that's rite, between the time I decided to go to Hawaii and the time I got to the airport = 2hrs).