Jay & Connie’s guidebook (updated 2022 edition)

Jay & Connie
Jay & Connie’s guidebook (updated 2022 edition)

Food scene

Our favorite sushi spot - it's located in Prince Waikiki (1st floor). Call to get a reservation. We love the ipad ordering system, and we're huge fans of their ala carte nigiri selections (especially UNI!) They have an awesome variety of sushi. Valet Parking only at the hotel.
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Katsumidori
100 Holomoana St
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Our favorite sushi spot - it's located in Prince Waikiki (1st floor). Call to get a reservation. We love the ipad ordering system, and we're huge fans of their ala carte nigiri selections (especially UNI!) They have an awesome variety of sushi. Valet Parking only at the hotel.
Women-owned and opened by an awesome Turkish family. They have amazing lamb dishes and a beautiful outdoor terrace. There's plenty of free self-parking in the area. Our favorite is the lamb shish and the Kunefe (Cheese) dessert!
Istanbul Hawaii
1108 Auahi Street
Women-owned and opened by an awesome Turkish family. They have amazing lamb dishes and a beautiful outdoor terrace. There's plenty of free self-parking in the area. Our favorite is the lamb shish and the Kunefe (Cheese) dessert!
Amazing tonkatsu located in Kaimuki neighborhood. We love their regular tonkatsu plate, comes with a substantial amount of protein plus Japanese potato salad, veggies and the best sesame/sauce dip! Come here for lunch/dinner and go grab Cowcow tea across the street after!
Nana Ai Katsu
333 Ward Avenue
Amazing tonkatsu located in Kaimuki neighborhood. We love their regular tonkatsu plate, comes with a substantial amount of protein plus Japanese potato salad, veggies and the best sesame/sauce dip! Come here for lunch/dinner and go grab Cowcow tea across the street after!
One of our favorite udon noodles places. Lots of options are the menu, spacious upstairs location (in Royal Hawaiian Center).
TsuruTonTan
2233 Kalakaua Ave
One of our favorite udon noodles places. Lots of options are the menu, spacious upstairs location (in Royal Hawaiian Center).
The best prime rib on island! They also have great catch of the day (usually Mahi) and we love their luau crab dip. They do NOT take reservations so we suggest coming at 4 pm when they open and getting on their waitlist. There's a beautiful garden walk if you need to wait to be seated with a gazebo you can take pictures at. They do text you when your table is ready and have friendly service!
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Haleiwa Joe's Haiku Gardens
46-336 Haiku Road
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The best prime rib on island! They also have great catch of the day (usually Mahi) and we love their luau crab dip. They do NOT take reservations so we suggest coming at 4 pm when they open and getting on their waitlist. There's a beautiful garden walk if you need to wait to be seated with a gazebo you can take pictures at. They do text you when your table is ready and have friendly service!
Do you like cumin, lamb, beef tendon or chuaar? This is our favorite skewer place! The grill is right at your table. They also have amazing oysters. We come here to get our skewer fix. Make a reservation!
Honolulu Skewer House
567 Kapahulu Avenue
Do you like cumin, lamb, beef tendon or chuaar? This is our favorite skewer place! The grill is right at your table. They also have amazing oysters. We come here to get our skewer fix. Make a reservation!
At Ala Moana mall, this is AYCE hot pot! Each person has their individual pot, and they have premium cuts of meat plus seafood and all the best asian noodles and veggies as well! They use the Yelp waitlist system.
SHABUYA
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
At Ala Moana mall, this is AYCE hot pot! Each person has their individual pot, and they have premium cuts of meat plus seafood and all the best asian noodles and veggies as well! They use the Yelp waitlist system.
Come here to see cute dogs! And eat great pizza and beer. They have a cute outdoor courtyard and all the locals come here!
Aloha Beer Company
700 Queen St
Come here to see cute dogs! And eat great pizza and beer. They have a cute outdoor courtyard and all the locals come here!
We love this Spanish tapas restaurant. Great selection of shareable plates. We usually get sangria, pizza, crostini, paella and lots of appetizers to share.
Rigo Spanish Italian restaurant
885 Kapahulu Avenue
We love this Spanish tapas restaurant. Great selection of shareable plates. We usually get sangria, pizza, crostini, paella and lots of appetizers to share.
The best purple rice yogurt drink on island. Matcha purple rice is our favorite. Pro tip: Call in your order so you don't have to wait in line. There's a counter and bell service specifically for phone orders!
Cowcow’s Tea
3620 Waialae Avenue
The best purple rice yogurt drink on island. Matcha purple rice is our favorite. Pro tip: Call in your order so you don't have to wait in line. There's a counter and bell service specifically for phone orders!

Sightseeing

Go early!
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Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor Center
1 Arizona Memorial Rd
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Go early!
Still open during Covid. Lots of new tours. Great activity options.
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Kualoa Ranch
49-560 Kamehameha Highway
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Still open during Covid. Lots of new tours. Great activity options.
Horseback riding!
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Gunstock Ranch
56-250 Kamehameha Highway
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Horseback riding!
Gorgeous views here
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Tantalus Lookout
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Gorgeous views here
Only do this hike if you are in shape. But we love the ridge views. There's approximately 1000 steps to the top. It's strenuous but so worth it, it's the best workout to start your day. Heavily recommend going sunrise or sunset to avoid the heat. Otherwise it gets blazing hot during the daylight hours and it's easy to get dehydrated. Must pack water for this.
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Koko Head
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Only do this hike if you are in shape. But we love the ridge views. There's approximately 1000 steps to the top. It's strenuous but so worth it, it's the best workout to start your day. Heavily recommend going sunrise or sunset to avoid the heat. Otherwise it gets blazing hot during the daylight hours and it's easy to get dehydrated. Must pack water for this.
Local's favorite! We love this farmer's market and go every Saturday 8am-12pm. There's food, lots of local items and an awesome vibe. Our favorite are the Musubis, WallFlour Bakery, the green smoothie truck, and Vermilli clothing booth!
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Kaka'ako Farmers' Market
1240 Ala Moana Blvd
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Local's favorite! We love this farmer's market and go every Saturday 8am-12pm. There's food, lots of local items and an awesome vibe. Our favorite are the Musubis, WallFlour Bakery, the green smoothie truck, and Vermilli clothing booth!
Come for dole whip and take a picture with the cute pineapples that are grown on the property.
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Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
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Come for dole whip and take a picture with the cute pineapples that are grown on the property.
One of the world's best beaches. Parking is notoriously difficult though, try to go early or bike/uber over.
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Ланикай Бич
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One of the world's best beaches. Parking is notoriously difficult though, try to go early or bike/uber over.
New reservation system in place now. Beautiful place for snorkeling. Parking is a lot easier here now since they are using a reservation system. There is also a nice ridge hike right next to it if you want to hike and snorkel in one day!
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
100 Hanauma Bay Road
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New reservation system in place now. Beautiful place for snorkeling. Parking is a lot easier here now since they are using a reservation system. There is also a nice ridge hike right next to it if you want to hike and snorkel in one day!

Nightlife

We don't go out much anymore (due to the pandemic impact on nightlife) but we have heard from friends that breweries and some bars are regaining popularity!
Local's bar, they have a good food menu in addition to drinks! We like the burger and brussel sprouts.
Pitch Sports Bar
685 Auahi Street
Local's bar, they have a good food menu in addition to drinks! We like the burger and brussel sprouts.
Rooftop lounge, deck. Nice place to grab drinks.
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SKY Waikiki
2270 Kalakaua Ave
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Rooftop lounge, deck. Nice place to grab drinks.
Great lounge vibe and love the outdoor setting.
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The Laylow, Autograph Collection
2299 Kūhiō Ave
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Great lounge vibe and love the outdoor setting.

Рекомендации для путешественников

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Ocean Joy Cruises

Takes visitors to the west side of the island to find honu, dolphins and sometimes whales! They provide transportation to/from Waikiki area.
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Ohana Surf Project Surfing Lessons

Awesome company to book a surfing lesson with. They provide reef shoes and rashguard with the lesson. Instructors are friendly and knowledgeable and will definitey get you standing on your first lesson! They also take great footage with a Gopro while you are on the water and have photos/video for purchase after.
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Climbworks Keana Farms

Zipline tours in the Laie/Kahuku area! They have a beautiful course and will teach you to go upside down! 3 hour experience and grab a Seven Brother Burger in Kahuku after!