Guidebook for Honolulu

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Guidebook for Honolulu

Parks & Nature
Free! Arrive early for ample parking. Popular short uphill paved trail along sea cliffs to observation deck and lighthouse with fantastic views, easy to moderate climb, 3.2 miles roundtrip. No bathrooms on premise. http://www.best-of-oahu.com/makapuu-lighthouse.html Free! No admission, arrive early for ample parking.
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Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail
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Free! Arrive early for ample parking. Popular short uphill paved trail along sea cliffs to observation deck and lighthouse with fantastic views, easy to moderate climb, 3.2 miles roundtrip. No bathrooms on premise. http://www.best-of-oahu.com/makapuu-lighthouse.html Free! No admission, arrive early for ample parking.
Food Scene
Perfect, relaxing place with great service for American fine dining that specializes in Hawaiian and Japanese fusion cuisine, with a focus on sushi, seafood, and steak. Prix Fixe menu unbeatable. www.royshawaii.com/assets/roys-menu-hawaiikai.pdf My family's favorite to celebrate a special occasion. Dinner only, opens at 5pm.
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The Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai
6600 Kalanianaole Highway
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Perfect, relaxing place with great service for American fine dining that specializes in Hawaiian and Japanese fusion cuisine, with a focus on sushi, seafood, and steak. Prix Fixe menu unbeatable. www.royshawaii.com/assets/roys-menu-hawaiikai.pdf My family's favorite to celebrate a special occasion. Dinner only, opens at 5pm.
Specializes in fresh local ahi and plate lunches. Poke's the best in town. Expect to wait in line, no seating available. About 30-40 minutes drive across town, worth the trip if you are a foodie. Many times we buy the spicy ahi tempura poke bowls (or choose your poke) and end up eating the meal in the car because it's that good. Waipahu: open daily 9am-3pm.
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Tanioka's Seafoods & Catering
94-903 Farrington Hwy
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Specializes in fresh local ahi and plate lunches. Poke's the best in town. Expect to wait in line, no seating available. About 30-40 minutes drive across town, worth the trip if you are a foodie. Many times we buy the spicy ahi tempura poke bowls (or choose your poke) and end up eating the meal in the car because it's that good. Waipahu: open daily 9am-3pm.
One-stop shop for local Hawaiian flavor. Lau lau's the best in town and poke ( popular Hawaiian cuisines sashimi salad usually eaten with rice) is super fresh. Try different combo plates. Small parking lot but customers go and in out quickly. Open daily 9am - 5pm.
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Yama's Fish Market
2332 Young Street
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One-stop shop for local Hawaiian flavor. Lau lau's the best in town and poke ( popular Hawaiian cuisines sashimi salad usually eaten with rice) is super fresh. Try different combo plates. Small parking lot but customers go and in out quickly. Open daily 9am - 5pm.
Founded and run by Celebrity Chef Lee Anne Wong of Top Chef fame. Island style brunch house, featuring modern takes on Ameican, Hawaiian classics infused with Korean and Japanese elements. Arrive early for quick seating, expect to wait on weekends. Open daily 7am to 2:30pm.
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Koko Head Cafe
1145 12th Avenue
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Founded and run by Celebrity Chef Lee Anne Wong of Top Chef fame. Island style brunch house, featuring modern takes on Ameican, Hawaiian classics infused with Korean and Japanese elements. Arrive early for quick seating, expect to wait on weekends. Open daily 7am to 2:30pm.
Hawaii regional cuisine by husband/wife team, who are 2 former Alan Wong chefs, . Lunch is affordable, range $15-20, best value: Prix Fixe lunch for $25. Lunch bento available starting at $10. Call (808) 955-6505 for daily selection. http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/February-2014/Review-MW-Restaurant/
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MW Restaurant
1538 Kapiolani Boulevard
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Hawaii regional cuisine by husband/wife team, who are 2 former Alan Wong chefs, . Lunch is affordable, range $15-20, best value: Prix Fixe lunch for $25. Lunch bento available starting at $10. Call (808) 955-6505 for daily selection. http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/February-2014/Review-MW-Restaurant/
Fast casual restaurant chain. Open 24 hours and offers a wide variety of comfort food. Signature food: original recipe Chili, saimin noodle soup, and plate lunch like Zip Pac. Dine it or take out.
Zippy's Kaimuki
3345 Waialae Ave
Fast casual restaurant chain. Open 24 hours and offers a wide variety of comfort food. Signature food: original recipe Chili, saimin noodle soup, and plate lunch like Zip Pac. Dine it or take out.
Address: 1127 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816 Smith Street location is closed. If you are a cheesecake lover, you have to try Otto Cake. The 6" cheesecake is a perfect size for 2-4 people. The place is a hole in the wall but the cheesecake is always freshly baked. We also go there for the velvet cheesecake brownies. Open daily late 10am - 9pm. Next door is Sconees Bakery, cash only, freshly baked scones and lemon bars. Everything's reasonably priced. Open 6:30am - 4pm.
Otto Cake
1160 Smith Street
Address: 1127 12th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816 Smith Street location is closed. If you are a cheesecake lover, you have to try Otto Cake. The 6" cheesecake is a perfect size for 2-4 people. The place is a hole in the wall but the cheesecake is always freshly baked. We also go there for the velvet cheesecake brownies. Open daily late 10am - 9pm. Next door is Sconees Bakery, cash only, freshly baked scones and lemon bars. Everything's reasonably priced. Open 6:30am - 4pm.
Essentials
Membership only warehouse club, 2nd largest retailer in the world after Walmart. Bulk-packages products. Perfect place to buy local goods like Macadamia Chocolates and local coffee to bring home as souvenirs. Costco's Food Court (no membership required) Where you can still find beef hot dog and drink(with refills) for $1.50. Whole pizzas for about $10. Call ahead to order whole pizza, and ready for pick up when you arrive (808) 396-6306.
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Costco Wholesale
333 Keahole Street
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Membership only warehouse club, 2nd largest retailer in the world after Walmart. Bulk-packages products. Perfect place to buy local goods like Macadamia Chocolates and local coffee to bring home as souvenirs. Costco's Food Court (no membership required) Where you can still find beef hot dog and drink(with refills) for $1.50. Whole pizzas for about $10. Call ahead to order whole pizza, and ready for pick up when you arrive (808) 396-6306.
My go to supermarket located 2.8 miles away. Freshly cooked lunch/dinner plates between $7-12. Good poke selection at seafood counter, poke/rice bowl start at $6.99. Japanese style St. Germaine bakery on premise. Get there around 6pm and pre-bag bread and pastries and ready-made bento discounted for quick sale.
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Times Supermarket
1173 21st Avenue
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My go to supermarket located 2.8 miles away. Freshly cooked lunch/dinner plates between $7-12. Good poke selection at seafood counter, poke/rice bowl start at $6.99. Japanese style St. Germaine bakery on premise. Get there around 6pm and pre-bag bread and pastries and ready-made bento discounted for quick sale.
Alternate location is 377 Keahole St. in Hawaii Kai shopping center. https://local.safeway.com/safeway/hi/honolulu/377-keahole-st.html Longtime supermarket chain. I like to shop at Safeway on Fridays for their $5 specials. Refer to Safeway weekly ads.
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Safeway
888 Kapahulu Avenue
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Alternate location is 377 Keahole St. in Hawaii Kai shopping center. https://local.safeway.com/safeway/hi/honolulu/377-keahole-st.html Longtime supermarket chain. I like to shop at Safeway on Fridays for their $5 specials. Refer to Safeway weekly ads.
Entertainment & Activities
Kona Nui Nights is a free monthly event that honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. Every third Wednesday of the month, 6pm-8pm. https://www.wardvillage.com/events/kona-nui-nights
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Ward Village
1240 Ala Moana Boulevard
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Kona Nui Nights is a free monthly event that honors and highlights Hawaiian language, music, and the art of hula. Every third Wednesday of the month, 6pm-8pm. https://www.wardvillage.com/events/kona-nui-nights
One of the BEST BEACH on OAHU off the beated path. This beach is open to civilians on the weekends. Else, you'll need a military id to get on. Beach is white sand and the waters just beautiful, wide open...and clean, no rocks to step on . Good WAVES.
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Bellows Field Beach Park
41-43 Kalanianaole Highway
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One of the BEST BEACH on OAHU off the beated path. This beach is open to civilians on the weekends. Else, you'll need a military id to get on. Beach is white sand and the waters just beautiful, wide open...and clean, no rocks to step on . Good WAVES.