Guidebook for Kailua

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Guidebook for Kailua

Food Scene

Great food and location for a meal, wine, etc. Sometimes they have special events (music/artists) featured there.
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Kalapawai Cafe & Deli
750 Kailua Road
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Great food and location for a meal, wine, etc. Sometimes they have special events (music/artists) featured there.
Love this quaint Italian restaurant. Keeps busy, so recommend making reservations. Romantic lighting at night out on the front patio.
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Baci Bistro
30 Aulike Street
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Love this quaint Italian restaurant. Keeps busy, so recommend making reservations. Romantic lighting at night out on the front patio.
This is my favorite breakfast location on the island. Need to go early in order to get their signature ultimate breakfast crepe.
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Crepes No Ka 'Oi
143 Hekili Street
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This is my favorite breakfast location on the island. Need to go early in order to get their signature ultimate breakfast crepe.
Absolutely love their Macademia Nut Pancakes and that amazing "secret" sauce. I also love the teriyaki beef for lunch. This place gets crazy busy, so go early, or order and take out.
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Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen
151 Hekili Street
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Absolutely love their Macademia Nut Pancakes and that amazing "secret" sauce. I also love the teriyaki beef for lunch. This place gets crazy busy, so go early, or order and take out.
This is a laid-back steakhouse with a surf 'n' turf menu & drinks in a tiki hut-style space. It is the only restaurant near the beach in Kailua/Lanikai. Typical Waikiki prices for the food/drinks though.
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Buzz's Steakhouse
413 Kawailoa Road
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This is a laid-back steakhouse with a surf 'n' turf menu & drinks in a tiki hut-style space. It is the only restaurant near the beach in Kailua/Lanikai. Typical Waikiki prices for the food/drinks though.
Very popular place. Great for breakfast food, go early though, it gets crowded quick. Breakfast & lunch menus include red velvet pancakes, cinnamon buns & crab cakes in a casual setting.
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Cinnamon's
315 Uluniu Street
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Very popular place. Great for breakfast food, go early though, it gets crowded quick. Breakfast & lunch menus include red velvet pancakes, cinnamon buns & crab cakes in a casual setting.
Seaside luau at Ko Olina Resort with Hawaiian fare & drinks, plus a show with hula & fire dancers. My favorite Luau and show on the island.
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Paradise Cove Luau
92-1089 Alii Nui Drive
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Seaside luau at Ko Olina Resort with Hawaiian fare & drinks, plus a show with hula & fire dancers. My favorite Luau and show on the island.
I enjoy most of their food here, especially their coconut shrimp, kalbi, pork sliders, & fries with a delicious piña colada & can't wait to go back. The setting is located overlooking a large pond, and the torch lit dining just sets the mood. The view and atmosphere is incredible; Sunday Brunch is amazing. Happy hour is 4pm to 6pm, some fantastic drinks! If you like Prime Rib, it is only $37 bucks, but they sell out quick. This dinner order is enough to share with someone it is huge.
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Haleiwa Joe's Haiku Gardens
46-336 Haiku Road
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I enjoy most of their food here, especially their coconut shrimp, kalbi, pork sliders, & fries with a delicious piña colada & can't wait to go back. The setting is located overlooking a large pond, and the torch lit dining just sets the mood. The view and atmosphere is incredible; Sunday Brunch is amazing. Happy hour is 4pm to 6pm, some fantastic drinks! If you like Prime Rib, it is only $37 bucks, but they sell out quick. This dinner order is enough to share with someone it is huge.

Drinks & Nightlife

Wood-paneled bar & grill serving American pub grub & offering weekly live music & televised sports. This place gets crowded as it is one of the few places to go on the Windward side of the island. This place has good food, and excellent $1 tacos on Tuesdays.
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Kailua Town Pub and Grill
26 Hoolai Street
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Wood-paneled bar & grill serving American pub grub & offering weekly live music & televised sports. This place gets crowded as it is one of the few places to go on the Windward side of the island. This place has good food, and excellent $1 tacos on Tuesdays.
Excellent but pricey food; many drink selections. Has great live music on the weekends. Eclectic fare from pasta & short ribs to fish tacos, plus 50+ wines by the glass in a buzzy space.
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Formaggio Grill
305 Hahani Street
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Excellent but pricey food; many drink selections. Has great live music on the weekends. Eclectic fare from pasta & short ribs to fish tacos, plus 50+ wines by the glass in a buzzy space.

Sightseeing

Extinct volcano is a popular hiking destination with a paved trail leading to gorgeous panoramic views of Waikiki.
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Даймонд-Хед
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Extinct volcano is a popular hiking destination with a paved trail leading to gorgeous panoramic views of Waikiki.
The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is a Polynesian-themed theme park and living museum located in Laie, on the northern shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It has eight simulated tropical villages, performers demonstrate various arts and crafts from throughout Polynesia. In addition to the daytime exhibits and demonstrations, PCC features an evening show for an additional charge. As of 2009 the show is a multicultural Polynesian show titled Hā–Breath of Life. The show features songs and dances from throughout Polynesia, including the hula, tamure, otea, titi torea, haka, poi, meke, tauʻolunga, and Taualuga.
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Полинезийский культурный центр
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy
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The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is a Polynesian-themed theme park and living museum located in Laie, on the northern shore of Oahu, Hawaii. It has eight simulated tropical villages, performers demonstrate various arts and crafts from throughout Polynesia. In addition to the daytime exhibits and demonstrations, PCC features an evening show for an additional charge. As of 2009 the show is a multicultural Polynesian show titled Hā–Breath of Life. The show features songs and dances from throughout Polynesia, including the hula, tamure, otea, titi torea, haka, poi, meke, tauʻolunga, and Taualuga.
Today at Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the attack and the Battleship Missouri Memorial symbolizes the end of WWII. We encourage everyone to visit Pearl Harbor and honor the Heroes and Survivors who served our Nation. Pearl Harbor Tours are available daily. All tours include round trip transportation and a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial.
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Pearl Harbor
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Today at Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial commemorates the attack and the Battleship Missouri Memorial symbolizes the end of WWII. We encourage everyone to visit Pearl Harbor and honor the Heroes and Survivors who served our Nation. Pearl Harbor Tours are available daily. All tours include round trip transportation and a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial.
Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a tuff ring and located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood of East Honolulu. It used to be an amazing snorkeling spot, now it is only an average spot. Still an iconic location to visit though.
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Бухта Ханаума
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Hanauma is a marine embayment formed within a tuff ring and located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood of East Honolulu. It used to be an amazing snorkeling spot, now it is only an average spot. Still an iconic location to visit though.
Sunset Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii and known for big wave surfing during the winter season. The original Hawaiian name for this place is Paumalū. It was home to the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational surfing competition until 1985. This place has AMAZING sunsets.
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Сансет Бич
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Sunset Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii and known for big wave surfing during the winter season. The original Hawaiian name for this place is Paumalū. It was home to the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational surfing competition until 1985. This place has AMAZING sunsets.
Your first stop along the North Shore will be charming Haleiwa. More than the laid back surf town it seems, Haleiwa is filled with local style and country ambiance as well as cool surf shops and boutiques, understated restaurants and charming art galleries. Rich with island history, Haleiwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Here you’ll find surfers fueling up at the restaurants in its plantation era buildings before hitting the famous beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach. You’ll also find locals and visitors shopping, eating and winding down after a day in the sun. Haleiwa is a far cry from the excitement of Waikiki, and that’s exactly how the people of the North Shore like it.
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Haleiwa
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Your first stop along the North Shore will be charming Haleiwa. More than the laid back surf town it seems, Haleiwa is filled with local style and country ambiance as well as cool surf shops and boutiques, understated restaurants and charming art galleries. Rich with island history, Haleiwa is now the social and artistic hub of the North Shore. Here you’ll find surfers fueling up at the restaurants in its plantation era buildings before hitting the famous beaches of Waimea Bay, Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach. You’ll also find locals and visitors shopping, eating and winding down after a day in the sun. Haleiwa is a far cry from the excitement of Waikiki, and that’s exactly how the people of the North Shore like it.
Natural hiking area with paved trail & overlook, ocean views, lighthouse & whale-watching potential. Fantastic views, easy hike (no shade though - drink water).
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Makapu'u Point Lighthouse
Makapuu Lighthouse Road
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Natural hiking area with paved trail & overlook, ocean views, lighthouse & whale-watching potential. Fantastic views, easy hike (no shade though - drink water).
Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu's most popular scenic spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountain range. This is a perennial favorite stop among visitors to Oahu. The panoramic views of the Windward side of the island from this expansive cliff will blow you away (Just make sure the winds don’t blow you away, too).
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Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout
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Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu's most popular scenic spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountain range. This is a perennial favorite stop among visitors to Oahu. The panoramic views of the Windward side of the island from this expansive cliff will blow you away (Just make sure the winds don’t blow you away, too).
The Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational shrine located on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i at the Valley of the Temples. It was dedicated in August 1968 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.
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The Byodo-In Temple
47-200 Kahekili Highway
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The Byodo-In Temple is a non-denominational shrine located on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i at the Valley of the Temples. It was dedicated in August 1968 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii.
Guinness World Records named Dole’s Pineapple Garden Maze the world’s largest maze in 2008. Tropical plants – 14,000 of them – sprawl meticulously over three acres and two-and-a-half miles. Secure navigational clues from eight hidden stations – complete the maze in record time to win a prize and have your name inscribed at the maze entrance. The self-guided Plantation Garden Tour illuminates more than eight gardens diverse with coffee plants to cocoa pods. Make a day of it by stopping for lunch or DoleWhip ice cream at the Plantation Grille. (The gift shop sells fresh pineapple and aptly-themed souvenirs.)
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Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
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Guinness World Records named Dole’s Pineapple Garden Maze the world’s largest maze in 2008. Tropical plants – 14,000 of them – sprawl meticulously over three acres and two-and-a-half miles. Secure navigational clues from eight hidden stations – complete the maze in record time to win a prize and have your name inscribed at the maze entrance. The self-guided Plantation Garden Tour illuminates more than eight gardens diverse with coffee plants to cocoa pods. Make a day of it by stopping for lunch or DoleWhip ice cream at the Plantation Grille. (The gift shop sells fresh pineapple and aptly-themed souvenirs.)
You'll learn a lot of history visiting Pearl Harbor and the memorials. The battleship Missouri is such an icon relating to the end of the WWII in the Pacific. The ship is massive and clearly shows the living and working conditions for our sailors. Such a touching place to visit!
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Battleship Missouri Memorial
63 Cowpens Street
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You'll learn a lot of history visiting Pearl Harbor and the memorials. The battleship Missouri is such an icon relating to the end of the WWII in the Pacific. The ship is massive and clearly shows the living and working conditions for our sailors. Such a touching place to visit!

Parks & Nature

It's a great place for a stroll, picnic, BBQ, family get together and camping. They have free catch and release fishing with bamboo poles on the weekends. A lovely place. Recommend going to the visitor center and hiking around the small lake. If you like camping it's nice. Real bathrooms and clean campsites. Beautiful photo opportunities at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains.
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Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden
45-680 Luluku Road
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It's a great place for a stroll, picnic, BBQ, family get together and camping. They have free catch and release fishing with bamboo poles on the weekends. A lovely place. Recommend going to the visitor center and hiking around the small lake. If you like camping it's nice. Real bathrooms and clean campsites. Beautiful photo opportunities at the base of the Ko'olau Mountains.
Clear water, fine sand & accessible facilities make this a popular spot for aquatic activities. Walking distance from the house, just minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States.
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Парк Кейлуа Бич
526 Kawailoa Road
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Clear water, fine sand & accessible facilities make this a popular spot for aquatic activities. Walking distance from the house, just minutes away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the United States.
Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a community in the town of Kailua and on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The name Lanikai means "heavenly sea." This small ½ mile strip of beach is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world. No services/bathrooms there, parking is limited.
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Ланикай Бич
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Lanikai Beach is located in Lanikai, a community in the town of Kailua and on the windward coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The name Lanikai means "heavenly sea." This small ½ mile strip of beach is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world. No services/bathrooms there, parking is limited.
The drive up Tantalus Lookout is well worth the drive. The road is winding, steep, and narrow. On reaching the top, there is a small parking area and an amazing lookout. The view is fantastic and you can see the changing panorama of Honolulu depending on what time of day you arrive. This is a classic location for pictures.
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Tantalus Lookout
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The drive up Tantalus Lookout is well worth the drive. The road is winding, steep, and narrow. On reaching the top, there is a small parking area and an amazing lookout. The view is fantastic and you can see the changing panorama of Honolulu depending on what time of day you arrive. This is a classic location for pictures.
A lush, oceanfront park with tree-shaded campsites, beach access & mountain views. I think this is the nicest most beautiful beach on the entire island. It is not as popular as the others either.
Bellows Field Beach Park
41-043 Kalaniana'ole Highway
A lush, oceanfront park with tree-shaded campsites, beach access & mountain views. I think this is the nicest most beautiful beach on the entire island. It is not as popular as the others either.
The Lanikai Pillboxes hike (a.k.a, Ka’iwa Ridge Trail) is well known for being one of the easiest hikes on the island and one of the most scenic. That’s a rare combination. You can complete the hike in an hour or less if you want to. But once you see the sweeping views of Kailua and Lanikai from the ridge, you may want to spend more time on the trail. Come at dawn or dusk for the best views.
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Пилбокс Хайк
265 Kaelepulu Drive
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The Lanikai Pillboxes hike (a.k.a, Ka’iwa Ridge Trail) is well known for being one of the easiest hikes on the island and one of the most scenic. That’s a rare combination. You can complete the hike in an hour or less if you want to. But once you see the sweeping views of Kailua and Lanikai from the ridge, you may want to spend more time on the trail. Come at dawn or dusk for the best views.
THE BEST HIKES ON OAHU - Unreal Hawaii is a website for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts on Oahu. On this page you’ll find stories and photos describing some of the best hikes on Oahu. Go to: http://www.unrealhawaii.com/hikes/
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THE BEST HIKES ON OAHU - Unreal Hawaii is a website for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts on Oahu. On this page you’ll find stories and photos describing some of the best hikes on Oahu. Go to: http://www.unrealhawaii.com/hikes/
Snorkeling Sharks Cove, on the north shore, is good when the waves are calm. Huge waves break into this bay often in the winter, but during the summer this protected cove can be a delight. This is a well known destination for snorkeling with many fish and the cove also has interesting topography.
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Sharks Cove
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Snorkeling Sharks Cove, on the north shore, is good when the waves are calm. Huge waves break into this bay often in the winter, but during the summer this protected cove can be a delight. This is a well known destination for snorkeling with many fish and the cove also has interesting topography.
This is an amazing hike/walk! But solely because of the reward that awaits on the top. The view is amazing, and on a clear day you can see several of the other islands from the top. The hike itself is a lot of uneven steps, and it is quite tough/great exercise. Go early in the morning to beat the heat and bring some water to drink!
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Koko Crater Railway Trailhead
7604 Koko Head Park Rd
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This is an amazing hike/walk! But solely because of the reward that awaits on the top. The view is amazing, and on a clear day you can see several of the other islands from the top. The hike itself is a lot of uneven steps, and it is quite tough/great exercise. Go early in the morning to beat the heat and bring some water to drink!

Entertainment & Activities

Closest movie theater to the house
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Kailua Cinemas
1090 Keolu Drive
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Closest movie theater to the house
2nd closest movie theater to the house; better selection; located in the Windward Shopping Mall.
Regal Windward
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy
2nd closest movie theater to the house; better selection; located in the Windward Shopping Mall.

Shopping

The state's biggest open-air flea market with 400-plus stands. Small admission charge ($1 per adult). It is the best place to get nice souvenirs for people in the mainland. It's only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8am-3pm.
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Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard
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The state's biggest open-air flea market with 400-plus stands. Small admission charge ($1 per adult). It is the best place to get nice souvenirs for people in the mainland. It's only open on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 8am-3pm.
This Kailua Farmers' Market is the one located in the parking structure across from Longs on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30pm. They feature about 20-ish vendors with produce, honey, pa'i'ai & poi, baked goods, plans, prepared foods, live music, and the Blood Bank bus is even there. Produce first: there are several vendors, but perhaps not as many as one would expect at a farmers market. However, I found the variety of produce nice, very fresh, and quite reasonable. There are probably more prepared food booths than there are produce vendors. Ba-Le is also there with a wide selection of baked goods. The Pig & the Lady, Greens & Vines and Guava Smoked are just a few names that come to mind. There are a few stand-up tables and an open area where you can bring your chairs/blankets and sit on the concrete to enjoy your food and the live music. It would be nice to have a grassy area, or seating, but if you know the area, it's just an asphalt parking lot.
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Kailua Farmers' Market
609 Kailua Rd
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This Kailua Farmers' Market is the one located in the parking structure across from Longs on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30pm. They feature about 20-ish vendors with produce, honey, pa'i'ai & poi, baked goods, plans, prepared foods, live music, and the Blood Bank bus is even there. Produce first: there are several vendors, but perhaps not as many as one would expect at a farmers market. However, I found the variety of produce nice, very fresh, and quite reasonable. There are probably more prepared food booths than there are produce vendors. Ba-Le is also there with a wide selection of baked goods. The Pig & the Lady, Greens & Vines and Guava Smoked are just a few names that come to mind. There are a few stand-up tables and an open area where you can bring your chairs/blankets and sit on the concrete to enjoy your food and the live music. It would be nice to have a grassy area, or seating, but if you know the area, it's just an asphalt parking lot.
Upscale, four-level shopping mall with department stores, boutiques, a food court & restaurants.
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Ala Moana Center
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Upscale, four-level shopping mall with department stores, boutiques, a food court & restaurants.
6-floor mall for international & Hawaiian designer clothing, jewelry & gifts, with a food court.
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Waikiki Shopping Plaza
2250 Kalakaua Avenue
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6-floor mall for international & Hawaiian designer clothing, jewelry & gifts, with a food court.

Essentials

With all due respect to Matsumoto's, *this* is the best shave ice on Oahu!. The ice was powdery and the condensed milk topping and ice cream complemented the shaved ice nicely. I love this place, right down the street from the house, and also one block from the beach. President Obama and his family eats here every time he is on the island.
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Island Snow Hawaii
130 Kailua Road
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With all due respect to Matsumoto's, *this* is the best shave ice on Oahu!. The ice was powdery and the condensed milk topping and ice cream complemented the shaved ice nicely. I love this place, right down the street from the house, and also one block from the beach. President Obama and his family eats here every time he is on the island.