For our last day in Hawaii, we decided to visit Foster Botanical Garden (the oldest botanical garden in Hawaii dating back to the 1800′s) which is conveniently located near Chinatown. After our usual problem with directions, we managed to find the place and enjoyed a few hours of wandering through the various flora. Read the rest of this entry
There are 4 Sansei locations in the Hawaiian Islands… one of which is located on the 3rd floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott. Right next door is the d.k. Steak House (both of which are part of the D.K. Restaurant group). Read the rest of this entry
So what’s a Hula Dog? It’s not a canine performing a hula dance on YouTube. It’s not a new dance meme craze from Korea… It’s a twist on the good old fashioned hot dog. Read the rest of this entry
At the far end of Waikiki is the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and on the main floor is a Wolfgang Puck Express. Read the rest of this entry
As I mentioned on our visit to Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, our trip to the North Shore was a bit overcast and rainy. We were driving though Haleiwa after a couple more car navigation snafus while stopping by Ehukai Beach (to see the Banzai Pipeline) and Laniakea Beach (to see the sea turtles) and noticed a long line of people standing in the rain waiting for shave ice.
Our drive up to the North Shore was on a cloudy day with periods of hard rain. After a brief visit to Kualoa Regional Park to see Chinaman’s Hat (Mokoli’i), we headed up to Kuhuku to check out Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. Read the rest of this entry
The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet was on our list of things to do while in Oahu, and since it’s only open 3 days a week (Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays), we decided to rent a car and go shopping before our drive up to the North Shore. However, before all of that, we needed some breakfast so we stopped by Nico’s at Pier 38 which is about half way between our hotel and the stadium.
Kuhio Beach Grill is located on the ground floor of the Waikiki Beach Marriott… just across the street from the beach! They’re known for their breakfast and dinner buffets but the reason for our visit was because of the free Mai Tais that they were offering as part of our stay.
Lawson Station has an interesting history. For instance, from the name, you wouldn’t really expect to find a Japanese convenience store. Lawson actually has roots in Ohio where it was originally known as Lawson’s Milk Company back in 1939 (that’s probably why their logo has a big milk container on it). Read the rest of this entry
Marukame Udon is a popular noodle shop in Waikiki located on Kuhio Avenue (a block over from Kalakaua Ave) and it’s not unusual to see patrons lining up late at night to try out their freshly made Sanuki-style udon. Read the rest of this entry
One of the most prominent landmarks in Waikiki (besides the endless number of ABC Stores that dot the area) is Diamond Head which is a volcanic tuff cone that looms over the city. It’s also a popular hiking location because of the expansive views that it affords from the rim of the crater. Read the rest of this entry