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3 Days in Oahu - Day 3 in Kailua & a Grand Luau

3 Days in Oahu, day 3...last full day in paradise!  Today we slow it down a little, discover the Windward side of the island, and end it with a grand finale luau.

A breathtaking view of Waimanalo Bay, located on the eastern coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This pristine bay boasts turquoise waters, soft sandy beaches, and a backdrop of majestic mountains, offering a serene and picturesque setting for beachgoers and nature lovers to enjoy.Waimanalo Bay

7:30 AM  Wake up with a View from the Pali Lookout

A breathtaking view of Pali Lookout on the Pali Highway in Oahu, Hawaii. This scenic lookout offers panoramic vistas of the beautiful Windward Coast, with cliffs, valleys, and the sparkling blue ocean. It's a must-visit spot to admire the natural beauty of the island.

On your way to breakfast in Kailua, you must take the Pali Hwy to the Windward side of the island.

It’s worth a quick stop to park and walk up to take in breathtaking views of the beautiful coastline.  Just a cautionary note, the Pali Lookout is a very windy spot, so hold on to your hats and anything else that may fly away.

8 AM  Breakfast in Kailua

A delicious view of Cinnamon's Kalua Pork Moko, a popular dish served at Cinnamon's Restaurant in Oahu, Hawaii. This mouthwatering meal features tender and flavorful kalua pork served on a bed of rice, topped with a perfectly cooked egg and smothered in a rich and savory gravy. It's a satisfying and flavorful dish that showcases the unique flavors of Hawaiian cuisine.

You could easily wake up in Waikiki and grab something to eat, but the wait will be worth it.  Kailua has the best breakfast spots on the island.

To just choose one is injustice.  That being said, lets give Boots and Kimo’s a try for their Macadamia Nut Sauce Pancakes and Pulehu Ribs & Eggs.

They don't take reservations so if the line is too long, consider hopping over to Cinnamon’s, Moke’s Breads & Breakfast or Over Easy…you won’t be disappointed by any of these choices!

9:30 AM  Discover the Town of Kailua

A vibrant view of Kailua Town, located on the eastern coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This charming town offers a laid-back atmosphere, with a variety of shops, restaurants, and beautiful beaches. It's a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, providing a relaxing and enjoyable experience for visitors to explore and unwind.

Why not walk around town since you’re here.  The town of Kailua is small and quaint but going through a renaissance with a facelift of new shops, restaurants & breweries.

Coupled with long standing town favorites like Bookends bookstore, pond shops, and surf stores, Kailua continues to grow with its own beachtown character.

11 AM   Beach Time on the Most Beautiful Beach

A stunning view of Lanikai Beach, a picturesque stretch of white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters located in Kailua, Hawaii, offering a paradise-like setting for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts.

Ask fellow tourists which beach is most beautiful and they will tell you Lanikai Beach!

Ask the locals and they will tell you that it's located further down the road in Waimanalo Bay.  The beaches on the Windward side are truly hidden gems of the island!  Enjoy every second in and out of the water!

1 PM  Late Lunch on a Rooftop

A lively view of Buho Cocina y Cantina, a vibrant Mexican restaurant located in Kailua, Hawaii, known for its delicious cuisine, festive atmosphere, and refreshing drinks, providing a memorable dining experience for guests.

Head back to Waikiki and straight up to the rooftop restaurant called Buho Cocina y Cantina.

This Waikiki restaurant features a delicious menu, fun atmosphere, and fantastic views of the street action below and Waikiki Beach.

2:30 PM  Stroll along the Waikiki Strip

A bustling view of Waikiki Strip, a vibrant and iconic stretch of beachfront in Honolulu, Hawaii, lined with hotels, resorts, restaurants, and shops, offering a lively and exciting atmosphere for tourists and locals to enjoy.

It would be a shame to stay in Waikiki without actually seeing it.  Take some time to stroll either direction of Kalakaua Avenue from the restaurant.

Walk south along the beach and Kapiolani Park towards Diamond Head, or northbound along the storefronts and immerse yourself in the Waikiki vibe.

4 PM  Shuttle to an Evening Luau

A festive view of Paradise Cove Luau, a popular Hawaiian luau located in Ko Olina, Hawaii, featuring traditional Polynesian entertainment, delicious food, and a beautiful beachfront setting, providing a memorable and immersive cultural experience for visitors.

It’s time to get ready for an evening of fun!  The most popular luaus, including the Paradise Cove Luau, are located far from Waikiki and require transportation to the event.  Pickup times from hotels is usually around 4 PM so make sure you get back in time at your hotel to get ready.

5 PM  Let the Festivities Begin!

A lively view of Paradise Cove Luau, a renowned Hawaiian cultural experience in Ko Olina, Hawaii, where visitors can enjoy traditional Polynesian entertainment, feast on delicious island cuisine, and take part in exciting activities, creating unforgettable memories of Hawaiian hospitality and culture.

A luau is a gathering of friends and a celebration with entertainment and a banquet feast.  It’s a grand Hawaiian show not to be missed.  Don’t be late as there are lots of fun activities to partake in.

Eventually the sun sets, tiki torches are lit, hula performances spark up the stage, and a feast for a village is set.  It’s an evening that you’ll remember forever!

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