Oahu – Spam and Kimchi Style!
Down and Dirty: The best local grub, quick and easy and easy on the wallet.
Zippy’s – a true Hawaiian diner, a regular stop on Stu & Sandra’s visits. Many locations.
Grace’s Inn – where Stu took Sandra for her first locomoco.
Young’s Fish Market – Kalua pig, lomi salmon, ahi poke, the infamous poi, haupia, and more!
Diamond Head Market & Grill – delicious plate lunches and great desserts.
Kaka’ako Kitchen – a “gourmet” take on Hawaiian favorites.
Rainbow Drive-In – a Honolulu landmark.
Café Duck Butt – a great place to knock back a beer, kimchi quesadillas, and belt out a tune!
Classy But Casual: the Spam and Kimchi Way of Life.
Kochi - Best mochiko chicken in town and delicious ahi poke to boot! A friendly atmosphere with fantastic food and drinks, perfect for large groups.
Side Street Inn – yes, Anthony Bourdain ate here, and it’s a great place to bring a large party and eat family-style.
Town – one of Honolulu’s hottest restaurants, renowned for their stringent use of local and sustainable ingredients.
House Without A Key – check out amazing sunsets while enjoying a cocktail or a delicious, fresh, local meal at The Halekulani’s lanai eatery.
12th Avenue Grill – contemporary American with a Hawaiian twist.
Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar – a new experience from the same chef of 12th Avenue Grill.
Chai’s Island Bistro – a Honolulu luminary, Chai’s restaurant is now a landmark and a tourist attraction in and of itself.
Mariposa – found on the top floor of Neiman Marcus, Mariposa quickly became one of Sandra’s favorite restaurants in Honolulu with excellently consistent contemporary American fare.
Sorabol – a 24-hour Korean restaurant for you night owls.
Yohei – a wonderful sushi restaurant, the chef’s omikase is well worth getting rolled out of the restaurant.
Fancy Night Out:
Orchids – uniquely Hawaiian fine dining, delicious coconut cream cake.
Chef Mavro Restaurant – Hawaiian by way of Greece, Chef George Mavrothalassitis is one of Hawaii’s most well-respected chefs.
Hoku’s – this fine dining restaurant in The Kahala Resort & Hotel never fails to appear on Honolulu’s top ten lists for best restaurants.
Alan Wong’s – one of Hawaii’s most famous chefs, his food represents a great blend of European and Asian cuisine with local ingredients.
3660 On the Rise – a local fine dining favorite.
Local Snacks: To keep you going when the hunger strikes.
Leonard’s Bakery – another Honolulu landmark, definitely stop here for a malasada, one of Hawaii’s best local treats.
Bubbie’s Ice Cream – has been around for over 25 years and is known for their mochi ice cream.
Waiola Shave Ice – a local favorite.
Matsumoto Shave Ice – The famous North Shore shave ice shop.
Mana Bu’s – We haven’t been, but any place declaring itself Hawaii’s musubi headquarters is worth a try!
SeaBreeze Water Sports Hawaii – Through a good friend, we were able to get great deals on water sports activities for our friends and family! In addition to the below activities, they also provide scuba diving, surf lessons, and speed sailing. Just mention the Hong-Hee Wedding to get the special rate when you book.
Parasailing: $35 per person (350 feet) and $45 (500 feet), total time 1 hour (15 minute flight)
Jet Skiing: $35 per person (2 people to a ski), 30 minute ride
Banana Boat: $25 per person
Bumper Tubes: $25 per person
Other Activities/Sites – There are so many things to do on Oahu! If you’re the active type, there are many hikes and other activities that will reward you with stunning views of the ocean and the island. If you’re craving a bit of culture, there’s The Contemporary Museum of Art (a beautiful property) or the Bishop Museum where you can learn all about the history of the islands. Haleiwa in the North Shore is a great little town to explore and check out the big wave surfers. There are plenty of fun activities for the kids like Sea Life Park or the Waikiki Aquarium.
Check out this website for a full list of events and things to do on Oahu: http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu
To get you into the aloha spirit, here are some articles about Honolulu as well as some great, concise guides to the city:
Three Perfect Days: Oahu, Hawaii – Hemispheres Magazine, October 2008
Honolulu, Land of Sun and Sand – Delta Sky Magazine
36 Hours in Honolulu – The New York Times
Food Guide - Modern Luxury: Hawai’i
Night Life Guide - Modern Luxury: Hawai’i
Beauty/Spa Guide - Modern Luxury: Hawai’i
In Honolulu, Chinatown’s Revival – The New York Times
Big Boards, Banana Stalks and Everybody in the Waves – The New York Times
The City: Honolulu – Paul Theroux Reflects on Honolulu – Newsweek Magazine
If You Can Stand Up, Who Cares if Surf’s Up? – The New York Times
My Kailua – The New York Times
To Whet Your Appetite
Anthony Bourdain Goes to Oahu
Farm to Table: 6 Dishes from Hawaii Restaurants – Honolulu Magazine, July 2011
To Live and Dine in Hawai’i from The Restaurant Issue – Modern Luxury: Hawai’i, Summer 2011
If you’re planning to go out for drinks, please be safe and arrange a designated driver or a ride home! Here are a couple of cab services you can call after a late night.
Pony Taxi – This service comes highly recommended by a family member who says their cab fleet is generally cleaner and newer. You can also ask for a double cab service if you’d like your car to follow you back after a night out.
The Cab – Your standard cab service. These cabs can be seen all over Honolulu.