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Best of Oahu Archives


Retired archive content, pictures, and pages from Best of Oahu website.

Archive Best of Oahu Pictures:

Oceans 808 Honolulu Club
Honolulu Chinatown Nightclubs
Bambu Two Cafe
Waikiki Aquarium Seahorse

 Retired Oahu Hikes


Mariners Ridge Hike

Mariners Ridge Hike

Drive 1000 feet up a hill and prepare to start an accelerating hike from there!  The Mariner’s Ridge Hike offers stimulating views of Koko Head and the Hawaii Kai Marina as you test your endurance, step by step, striding up this continuous mountaintop!

Reach the peak and you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the Windward side of Oahu. The journey will take you about 30 to 45 minutes to reach the top.

NOTE:  This trail has been deemed private and currently closed to the public.  A new gate has been constructed to keep trespassers out.  Consider good alternatives such as Makapu'u Lighthouse or Koko Head Steps.


Retired Restaurants


The Willows

The Willows – Not too far from Waikiki is a special and historical place that is surrounded by beautiful and zenful gardens, a spacious pond, and even an outdoor wedding chapel.  The Willows was renovated and specifically designed for special events including weddings.


Ono Hawaiian Foods Restaurant - $$

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Ono Hawaiian Foods

If you’re not planning to attend a luau (where the food is often mediocre and created for the masses anyway), then head to Ono’s!

Get your fill quickly as Ono Hawaiian Foods has announced that they will be closing their doors at the end of August 2017.  They have been loved by the community since opening 57 years ago!  They've had a fantastic run and now it's time to say aloha to them!

One of the Waikiki restaurants that offer good authentic Hawaiian food --  Kalua Pig, Pork Lau Lau, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Haupia and of course…a bowl of poi!  Ono Hawaiian Foods consistently gets rave reviews from both locals and tourists! 

It’s a small location so you might want to arrive a little early, or take it to go and dine back on the beach.

Open for lunch & dinner - 11am to 8pm.

Check out more reviews for Ono Hawaiian Food’s


Pineapple Room

Pineapple Room

Time to say Aloha to the Pineapple Room after 18 years in business.  Alan Wong has decided it's time.  Get your fill before July 29th!

Another top choice in Honolulu restaurants!  Run and owned by one of Oahu’s top chefs, Alan Wong, the Pineapple room is a great way to dine more casually but still enjoy some of the best island culinary tastes that Oahu has to offer.

Don’t miss the Kalua Pig BLT served on an onion roll –my favorite!  Kiawe Wood Grilled Short Ribs, Coconut Clam Chowder, and Macadamia Nut Crusted Apple Curry Glazed Pork Chop are a sampling of many tasty choices that Alan Wong has created for his menu.

$$ Breakfast Sat only 8am to 11am, $$ Lunch & $$$ Dinner 11am to 8:30pm


Location:  Ala Moana Shopping Center - Macy’s 2nd Fl, Honolulu, HI
Phone (808) 945-6573

Check out more at alanwongs.com/pineapple.com


Morimoto

Morimoto Honolulu

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has been wowing crowds, judges and other top chefs (including Chef Nobu) since the early 90's.  Morimoto has closed its Modern hotel location, but reopening in the fall 2017 in the new Alohilani Resort...formally the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Dinning here is a memoriable experience as you try fused creations such as Hamachi Tacos, Live Octapus Carpaccio, and Crispy Rock Shrimp Tempura.  Don't miss entrees such as their Roasted Keahole Lobster, Crispy Whole Fish, and Wagyu Ribeye Steak that runs $100 itself!  And of course the extensive sushi selection is amazing!

Closed until fall 2017

New Alohilani Resort, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 943-5900

Check out more at www.morimotowaikiki.com


Brasserie Du Vin

Brasserie Du Vin

After 9 years, this awesome eatery has decided to close it's door.  Step back into time in this French colonial brasserie that also slowly changes into a rustic Provencal setting once you step into their outdoor alley way seating area.  You wouldn't think you were in Honolulu.

Take a break for a traditional dinner meal, and order the delicious small plates to share while sampling their fantastic wine choices.  Fun table choices include artisan cheeses and cured meats neatly arranged on a wooden cutting board, oysters on a half shell, Pommes Frites (crispy French fries), escargot baked in pesto, garlic, and Parmesan sauce, and different styles of bruschetta.

Arrive for happy hour and the menu is half off –which, by Honolulu restaurants standards, is definitely a steal! Closed as of Jan 31st, 2015

Location:  1115 Bethel St., Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 545-1115

Check out more at BrasserieDuvin.com


Retired Oahu Shopping places


Ward Warehouse

Ward Warehouse

You will find a nice variety of shops at the Ward Warehouse, including galleries featuring unique Hawaiian artwork and creations.  Don’t miss the Nohea Gallery, which is well worth visiting on its own.  They have one of the best displays of locally featured artists and their beautiful Hawaiian art. 

Also try to peek into the popular Nea Mea Hawaii Native Books.  They’re not only famous for their extensive collection of books relating to topics about Hawaii, but they are known to host fun events, including some local Hawaiian group concerts. Hula Supply Center also  joined this local Hawaiian shop.

Upstairs you will find a few restaurants and bars that host live music some nights. 
If you’re lucky, you might catch a popular local Hawaiian band playing.  I’ve been fortunate myself to catch some big-ticket groups, and all for the price of a beer.

    Drop by Waiola Shave Ice if you're looking for a special afternoon treat!


Honolulu Nut and Ukulele Company

Honolulu Nut and Ukulele Company

If you’re passing through the Eastern Windward side while shopping on Oahu, make sure to stop at this little shopping strip located in Waimanalo.  It’s hard to miss as it resides next door to a local ice-cream shop that is also known for selling Hawaiian shave ice.

Honolulu Nut and Ukulele Company is an unsuspecting gift shop that takes a strange turn once you enter.  The isles are loaded with a huge collection of bagged up nuts and dried Asian cracked seed for sale.  Follow the trail of nuts to the back of the store, and the venue takes a twist into a nice display of ukuleles for sale.  Who knew that nuts and ukulele’s made such a good fusion mix!

Located at:  41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy Waimanalo - Phone (808) 259-7880

Check out more reviews here


Peggy's Picks

Peggy's Picks


It's hard not to drive down Kapahulu Ave without turning your head for a glance at Peggy's Picks. It stands out from all other shops with a colorful eclectic mix of treasures that are displayed in Peggy's windows, and just outside her front door.

Step inside and you're in for a special treat, as you'll be  surrounded by an amazing collection of unique finds that Peggy has discovered during her ongoing travels around the world, and locally here on Oahu.  From carved Tikis to tribal Masks to intricate jewelry, there are some great gift items, and special souvenirs worthy of  consideration.

Open Daily 11am to 7pm

Located at:  732 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu - (808) 737-3297

Discover more at Peggy's Picks


Aloha Tower Marketplace

Aloha Tower Marketplace

Note:  Currently being remodeled...
Remember walking down to the old abandoned Honolulu Aloha Tower with my brother when we were kids.  Buildings with broken windows and rusted metal framing were all that remained of the original 1926 docking center for arriving cruise ship visitors. 

Today, the Aloha Tower Marketplace has received an amazing makeover, but once again being remodeled.   Let's wait and see what they come up with!

This entertainment oasis is once again a welcoming center for incoming visitors, and now goes far beyond just a welcome port for incoming cruise ships.  It sports some of the best entertainment and shopping on Oahu.

The selection of unique, fun and local shops, hip restaurants, and nightly entertainment has made the Aloha Tower Marketplace a main Oahu shopping attraction, not only for visiting tourists but for locals as well.



Aloha & Enjoy!!