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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.
– 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.
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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!
One of the Waikiki restaurants that offer good authentic Hawaiian food
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
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!
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
served on an onion roll –my favorite! Kiawe Wood Grilled
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
has been wowing crowds, judges and other top chefs (including Chef
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
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
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
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!
of Jan 31st, 2015
Location: 1115 Bethel St., Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 545-1115
Check out more at BrasserieDuvin.com
You will find a nice variety of shops at the Ward Warehouse,
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
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!
If you’re passing through the Eastern
Windward side while shopping on Oahu, make sure to stop at this little
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
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
Located at: 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy Waimanalo - Phone (808) 259-7880
Check out more reviews here
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,
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
Note: Currently being
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!
oasis is once again a welcoming center for incoming visitors, and now
goes far beyond just a welcome port for incoming cruise
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.