Oahu Activities Guidebook

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Oahu Activities Guidebook

Parks & Nature

Go early or buy your ticket ahead of time online. They have shuttle buses from Waikiki if you're not driving. https://pearlharbor.org/
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Pearl Harbor Historic Sites Visitor Center
1 Arizona Memorial Pl
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Go early or buy your ticket ahead of time online. They have shuttle buses from Waikiki if you're not driving. https://pearlharbor.org/
The best place to snorkel. Check online for closure days. Parking and entrance fee. If you don't have a rental car, take a circle island bus or Uber/Lyft.
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Пляж Hanauma Bay
7455 Kalanianaʻole Highway
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The best place to snorkel. Check online for closure days. Parking and entrance fee. If you don't have a rental car, take a circle island bus or Uber/Lyft.
Between Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hale Koa, within walking distance of the condo. Grab your beach gear and head over!
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Пляжный парк Форт ДеРасси
2055 Kālia Rd
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Between Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hale Koa, within walking distance of the condo. Grab your beach gear and head over!
The Hālona Blowhole is one of Hawai‘i’s natural wonders, created thousands of years ago when molten lava tubes were formed from volcanic eruptions. There aren’t any active volcanoes on O‘ahu anymore, but the blowhole remains a must-see scenic stop. https://www.hawaii.com/oahu/attractions/halona-blowhole-beach-cove/
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Halona Blowhole Lookout
8483 HI-72
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The Hālona Blowhole is one of Hawai‘i’s natural wonders, created thousands of years ago when molten lava tubes were formed from volcanic eruptions. There aren’t any active volcanoes on O‘ahu anymore, but the blowhole remains a must-see scenic stop. https://www.hawaii.com/oahu/attractions/halona-blowhole-beach-cove/
You can also ask about Whale watching tours in the winter time. https://dolphinexcursions.com/
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Dolphin Excursions Hawaii
85-491 Farrington Hwy
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You can also ask about Whale watching tours in the winter time. https://dolphinexcursions.com/
Transquil, calm, and perfect place to take in the beauty of the Ko'olau Mountain Range and great place to take beautiful photos, feed the koi fish with fish food (purchase in gift store) and watch them jump out of the water!
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Byodo-In Temple
47-200 Kahekili Hwy
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Transquil, calm, and perfect place to take in the beauty of the Ko'olau Mountain Range and great place to take beautiful photos, feed the koi fish with fish food (purchase in gift store) and watch them jump out of the water!
In Waimea Valley, North Shore. Entry fee, check hours online. Waimea Falls, also known as Waihi Falls, is one of the more accessible falls on Oahu. It is located within Waimea Valley, which is a unique Hawaiian botanical garden within a significant cultural and archaeological site. There is a small fee to enter the park.
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Waimea Falls
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In Waimea Valley, North Shore. Entry fee, check hours online. Waimea Falls, also known as Waihi Falls, is one of the more accessible falls on Oahu. It is located within Waimea Valley, which is a unique Hawaiian botanical garden within a significant cultural and archaeological site. There is a small fee to enter the park.
Beautiful, scenic drive to the location. There's also a Luau there to make it a fun-filled day! Go online and book early.
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Sea Life Park Hawaii
41-202 Kalanianaʻole Hwy
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Beautiful, scenic drive to the location. There's also a Luau there to make it a fun-filled day! Go online and book early.
Voted one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. When you're there, walk towards Lanikai Beach - you won't regret the beach, sand and scenery!
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Kailua Beach Park
526 Kawailoa Rd
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Voted one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. When you're there, walk towards Lanikai Beach - you won't regret the beach, sand and scenery!
The Nu'uanu Pali Lookout is one of the most stunning views of Oahu's Ko'olau Mountain Range. Located just a short 5-mile drive from downtown Honolulu, this lookout offers the some of the best views on Oahu.From here you can spot Kailua town as well as Kaneohe Bay and, of course, the breathtaking Ko'olau Mountains.
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Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout
Nuuanu Pali Drive
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The Nu'uanu Pali Lookout is one of the most stunning views of Oahu's Ko'olau Mountain Range. Located just a short 5-mile drive from downtown Honolulu, this lookout offers the some of the best views on Oahu.From here you can spot Kailua town as well as Kaneohe Bay and, of course, the breathtaking Ko'olau Mountains.
A garden in the midst of busy downtown Honolulu? Yes! And here at Foster Botanical Garden, visitors find a refreshing change from the chaos of the city. As the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Foster Garden displays a mature and impressive collection of tropical plants. Some of the magnificent trees in this 14-acre garden were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand. They marked the beginning of a heritage that became The Honolulu Botanical Gardens. 180 N. Vineyard Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817 Hours: 9am-4pm. ADMISSION Adults: $5 Hawaii Residents: $3 Children 6-12: $1 Children under 5: Free
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Ботанический сад Фостер
180 N Vineyard Blvd
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A garden in the midst of busy downtown Honolulu? Yes! And here at Foster Botanical Garden, visitors find a refreshing change from the chaos of the city. As the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Foster Garden displays a mature and impressive collection of tropical plants. Some of the magnificent trees in this 14-acre garden were planted in the 1850s by Dr. William Hillebrand. They marked the beginning of a heritage that became The Honolulu Botanical Gardens. 180 N. Vineyard Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817 Hours: 9am-4pm. ADMISSION Adults: $5 Hawaii Residents: $3 Children 6-12: $1 Children under 5: Free
The Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden (approximately 400 acres) is a botanical garden located at 45–680 Luluku Road, Kāne'ohe,open daily, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The garden includes a lake (32 acres) and walking trails, as well as a day use area, campgrounds, and a visitor center with lecture room, exhibition hall, workshop, and botanical library. Wear sneakers or walking shoes. Bring some bread and feed the koi fish in the pond. Sundays are free fishing days, poles included.
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Ботанический сад Хоʻомалухиа
45-680 Luluku Rd
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The Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden (approximately 400 acres) is a botanical garden located at 45–680 Luluku Road, Kāne'ohe,open daily, except for Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The garden includes a lake (32 acres) and walking trails, as well as a day use area, campgrounds, and a visitor center with lecture room, exhibition hall, workshop, and botanical library. Wear sneakers or walking shoes. Bring some bread and feed the koi fish in the pond. Sundays are free fishing days, poles included.

History & Culture

Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, in honor of his wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop—the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha dynasty—Bishop Museum houses the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world.
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Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St
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Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, in honor of his wife Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop—the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha dynasty—Bishop Museum houses the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts and natural history specimens in the world.
Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
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Дворец Иолани
364 S King St
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Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii's monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
The Honolulu Museum of Art is a collection of stunning cultural pieces developed by local artists and expressive of the island's deep, rich culture. As a collection, the museum includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.
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Художественный музей Гонолулу
900 S Beretania St
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The Honolulu Museum of Art is a collection of stunning cultural pieces developed by local artists and expressive of the island's deep, rich culture. As a collection, the museum includes Hokusai, van Gogh, Gauguin, Monet, Picasso, and Warhol, as well as traditional Asian and Hawaiian art.
Queen Emma Summer Palace, or Hanaiakamalama, was the summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii during 1857-1885. Queen Emma Summer Palace is a now a historic landmark (added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972)
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Пляж Praia dos Ingleses
2913 Pali Hwy
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Queen Emma Summer Palace, or Hanaiakamalama, was the summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii during 1857-1885. Queen Emma Summer Palace is a now a historic landmark (added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972)

Sightseeing

Take a walk and visit the iconic and historic Moana Surfrider hotel. It is the first ever resort hotel in Waikiki built in 1901. The Surfrider was once a hang-out for Hawaiian royalty, Hollywood movie stars and high-flying business tycoons. Breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea at the Veranda or cocktails along the beach.
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Moana Surfrider
2365 Kalakaua Ave
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Take a walk and visit the iconic and historic Moana Surfrider hotel. It is the first ever resort hotel in Waikiki built in 1901. The Surfrider was once a hang-out for Hawaiian royalty, Hollywood movie stars and high-flying business tycoons. Breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea at the Veranda or cocktails along the beach.
Three exciting lines for you to explore and see Hawaii the fun way. The ocean line covers the beautiful east Oahu shoreline and includes stops at Diamond Head, Kahala Mall, Halona Blowhole, and Sea Life Park. The city line takes you through historic downtown Honolulu to see amazing places such as the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, and Chinatown just to name a few. The famous Pink Line double decker buses serve the people of Waikiki with a route that will not disappoint, adventure through Waikiki on the biggest bus on the island. Hop on today!
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Waikiki Trolley Ticket Booth
330 Royal Hawaiian Ave
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Three exciting lines for you to explore and see Hawaii the fun way. The ocean line covers the beautiful east Oahu shoreline and includes stops at Diamond Head, Kahala Mall, Halona Blowhole, and Sea Life Park. The city line takes you through historic downtown Honolulu to see amazing places such as the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue, and Chinatown just to name a few. The famous Pink Line double decker buses serve the people of Waikiki with a route that will not disappoint, adventure through Waikiki on the biggest bus on the island. Hop on today!

Getting Around

They have mopeds too! Reserve early during peak season. https://hawaiianstylerentals.com/
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Hawaiian Style Rentals and Sales
2556 Lemon Rd
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They have mopeds too! Reserve early during peak season. https://hawaiianstylerentals.com/
Shuttle to/from the airport. https://www.speedishuttle.com/
SpeediShuttle Tickets
Shuttle to/from the airport. https://www.speedishuttle.com/

Shopping

The largest outdoor shopping mall on Oahu. Incredible mall with everything you can imagine. Hundreds of larger stores (Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales) and high-end specialty stores (Prada, Coach, etc). Tons of restaurants - from high end to casual. It's easy to spend all day there.
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Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
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The largest outdoor shopping mall on Oahu. Incredible mall with everything you can imagine. Hundreds of larger stores (Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales) and high-end specialty stores (Prada, Coach, etc). Tons of restaurants - from high end to casual. It's easy to spend all day there.
Walking distance from condo. Shopping, dining, etc. On Kalakaua Avenue within walking distance, a great place to shop and dine in any one the international cuisines. https://shopinternationalmarketplace.com/
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International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave
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Walking distance from condo. Shopping, dining, etc. On Kalakaua Avenue within walking distance, a great place to shop and dine in any one the international cuisines. https://shopinternationalmarketplace.com/
Walking distance from the condo, shop over 110 renowned retailers in fashion, jewelry, Hawaiian gifts, beauty and more. High fashion houses and local boutiques. Dine at their signature restaurants serving international cuisine and local flavors.
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Торговый центр Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Ave
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Walking distance from the condo, shop over 110 renowned retailers in fashion, jewelry, Hawaiian gifts, beauty and more. High fashion houses and local boutiques. Dine at their signature restaurants serving international cuisine and local flavors.
One of the largest grocery chain located on the ground floor of Ala Moana Center. International food bar and stations, fresh food/fruits.
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Foodland Farms
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
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One of the largest grocery chain located on the ground floor of Ala Moana Center. International food bar and stations, fresh food/fruits.
There are ABC stores in every corner of Waikiki. It's a general store with everything from snacks, bentos, souvenirs, toiletry items, alcohol, you name it, they got it!
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ABC Stores #12
2522 Kalakaua Ave
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There are ABC stores in every corner of Waikiki. It's a general store with everything from snacks, bentos, souvenirs, toiletry items, alcohol, you name it, they got it!
Large shopping outlet with hundreds of name brand stores. Best place to go shopping and find deals on name brand products. https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/waikele
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Waikele Premium Outlets
94-790 Lumiaina St
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Large shopping outlet with hundreds of name brand stores. Best place to go shopping and find deals on name brand products. https://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/waikele
Maunakea Marketplace heightens the senses with sights, sounds, and savory smells at this shopping and food destination in the Chinatown neighborhood of Honolulu. Locals and travelers will find it easy to get to the market, which offers public parking and trolley and bus stops, as well as an onsite Hawaii Visitor Center if you have any questions. If you have never been to this marketplace, look for an entrance featuring a brick arch, Chinese guardian lions, and a green tile roof. On the ground level, visitors will encounter a busy scene with food vendors, and trinket stores.
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Maunakea Marketplace
1120 Maunakea St
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Maunakea Marketplace heightens the senses with sights, sounds, and savory smells at this shopping and food destination in the Chinatown neighborhood of Honolulu. Locals and travelers will find it easy to get to the market, which offers public parking and trolley and bus stops, as well as an onsite Hawaii Visitor Center if you have any questions. If you have never been to this marketplace, look for an entrance featuring a brick arch, Chinese guardian lions, and a green tile roof. On the ground level, visitors will encounter a busy scene with food vendors, and trinket stores.

Hiking

Hike up to the top to see the beautiful view of Waikiki and Honolulu. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water! They're now requiring reservations to limit total number of visitors per day $5/per person, $10 per vehicle (if you're driving) . Please search online under Diamond Head State Monument Reservations to reserve your spot. Open from 6am-4pm.
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Diamond Head Crater Hike
Kapahulu
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Hike up to the top to see the beautiful view of Waikiki and Honolulu. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water! They're now requiring reservations to limit total number of visitors per day $5/per person, $10 per vehicle (if you're driving) . Please search online under Diamond Head State Monument Reservations to reserve your spot. Open from 6am-4pm.
5 miles roundtrip. For intermediate hikers.
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Kuliouou Ridge Trail
Kuli'ou'ou Valley Trail
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5 miles roundtrip. For intermediate hikers.
www.oahuhike.com/manoa-falls. Go early and get ready to get muddy.
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Na Ala Hele: Manoa Falls Trail
Na Ala Hele: Manoa Falls Trail
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www.oahuhike.com/manoa-falls. Go early and get ready to get muddy.
A moderately easy hike to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Windward Coast. A shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach—a stretch of sand known as one of Oahu’s best bodysurfing beaches—and family-friendly Sea Life Park. Fifteen minutes past Hanauma Bay and beyond Sandy Beach, you’ll find the large parking lot that leads to the 2-mile paved trail overlooking the lighthouse. This moderately easy hike pays off with breathtaking views of the indigo ocean and Oahu’s eastern, or Windward Coast. You can even see the island of Molokai in the distance. Two other smaller islands, Manana, also known as Rabbit Island, and Kaohikaipu are visible offshore.
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Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail
Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail
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A moderately easy hike to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the Windward Coast. A shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach—a stretch of sand known as one of Oahu’s best bodysurfing beaches—and family-friendly Sea Life Park. Fifteen minutes past Hanauma Bay and beyond Sandy Beach, you’ll find the large parking lot that leads to the 2-mile paved trail overlooking the lighthouse. This moderately easy hike pays off with breathtaking views of the indigo ocean and Oahu’s eastern, or Windward Coast. You can even see the island of Molokai in the distance. Two other smaller islands, Manana, also known as Rabbit Island, and Kaohikaipu are visible offshore.

Food scene

Local style comfort food. Casual restaurant with local flare. During football season, it's a local hangout to watch football games and have some beer, pupus! Not really suitable for children.
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Side Street Inn Kapahulu
614 Kapahulu Ave
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Local style comfort food. Casual restaurant with local flare. During football season, it's a local hangout to watch football games and have some beer, pupus! Not really suitable for children.
Gotta try their famous malasadas! Plain or stuffed with regular custard, or chocolate haupia. You won't miss the this location on Kapahulu Avenue. It's the one with always a line of people.
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Leonard's Bakery
933 Kapahulu Ave
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Gotta try their famous malasadas! Plain or stuffed with regular custard, or chocolate haupia. You won't miss the this location on Kapahulu Avenue. It's the one with always a line of people.
Gotta stop by on your way or coming back from the North Shore and try their garlic or spicy shrimp plates! Several shrimp trucks to choose from. From the original shrimp truck, Giovanni's, or Fumi's.
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Famous Kahuku Shrimp Truck
56-580 Kamehameha Hwy
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Gotta stop by on your way or coming back from the North Shore and try their garlic or spicy shrimp plates! Several shrimp trucks to choose from. From the original shrimp truck, Giovanni's, or Fumi's.
American/Asian fusion cuisine. Need to make reservations. If you prefer to venture out further, there's one in the North Shore as well - larger than the one on Kapahulu.
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Uncle Bo's Pupu Bar & Grill
559 Kapahulu Ave
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American/Asian fusion cuisine. Need to make reservations. If you prefer to venture out further, there's one in the North Shore as well - larger than the one on Kapahulu.
Stop by and try our local poke (raw fish salad)! So many to choose from. Besides poke, lots of local favorites too! If you're driving out to the windward side, there's also one in Kaneohe.
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Fresh Catch Kaimuki
1113 Kapahulu Ave
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Stop by and try our local poke (raw fish salad)! So many to choose from. Besides poke, lots of local favorites too! If you're driving out to the windward side, there's also one in Kaneohe.
Local "Denny's". There one in every part of town. If you'd like to try local food such as beef stew, Hawaiian plate, chicken katsu, Korean fried chicken, ramen, etc., inspired by the different cultures back in the sugarcane days: Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino. Very casual and can do takeouts.
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Zippy's Kapahulu
601 Kapahulu Ave
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Local "Denny's". There one in every part of town. If you'd like to try local food such as beef stew, Hawaiian plate, chicken katsu, Korean fried chicken, ramen, etc., inspired by the different cultures back in the sugarcane days: Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino. Very casual and can do takeouts.
If you really like to try authentic Hawaiian Food, then here's a place you should visit. Their poi, lomi salmon, and lau lau are da bomb! A definite local favoriate Hawaiian food scene. Reservations highly recommended.
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Highway Inn Kaka'ako
680 Ala Moana Blvd
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If you really like to try authentic Hawaiian Food, then here's a place you should visit. Their poi, lomi salmon, and lau lau are da bomb! A definite local favoriate Hawaiian food scene. Reservations highly recommended.
Iconic restaurant in Waikiki. Perfect to wind down, watch the sunset, listen to Hawaiian music and have a few cocktails on the beach! For reservations or venue program, visit www.dukeswaikiki.com
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Duke's Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Ave
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Iconic restaurant in Waikiki. Perfect to wind down, watch the sunset, listen to Hawaiian music and have a few cocktails on the beach! For reservations or venue program, visit www.dukeswaikiki.com
Along the beach at the Sheraton Waikiki. Great place to wind down and have some cocktails after some shopping while listening to local music/entertainment.
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RumFire
2255 Kalakaua Ave
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Along the beach at the Sheraton Waikiki. Great place to wind down and have some cocktails after some shopping while listening to local music/entertainment.
If you're heading to the windward side of the island, or on your way down from the North Shore, you have to stop by Waiahole Poi Factory to try real authentic Hawaiian food. For a hot day, you have to order the Sweet Lady of Waiahole: Haupia Ice Cream with Kulolo (Hawaiian pudding made with taro, coconut milk, brown sugar). If you're lucky, you can watch local employees pound and make poi from scratch! For more information about this historic landmark, visit: https://www.waiaholepoifactory.com/history
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Waiahole Poi Factory
48-140 Kamehameha Hwy
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If you're heading to the windward side of the island, or on your way down from the North Shore, you have to stop by Waiahole Poi Factory to try real authentic Hawaiian food. For a hot day, you have to order the Sweet Lady of Waiahole: Haupia Ice Cream with Kulolo (Hawaiian pudding made with taro, coconut milk, brown sugar). If you're lucky, you can watch local employees pound and make poi from scratch! For more information about this historic landmark, visit: https://www.waiaholepoifactory.com/history