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Layover in Honolulu?

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We might get stuck with a Sunday layover in Honolulu, from about 3pm until a flight out at 8:30pm. Any suggestions about what we should do with our time, food/fun wise? I was wondering about a dinner at Alan Wong's...is the neighborhood interesting there?

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    torta basilica

    Not really, but the food's great - worth the detour.

    1. There's a place called Nicks thats in the area. Better than L&L, decent food, great onion soup.

      Its not Alan Wongs but better than a cheap plate lunch.

      1. sadly none of those are really workable in a 4+ hour layover, which leaves basically a 2 hour window to go do something.

        In response to Tom, if you mean Nick's Fishmarket, it is closed now. If you mean't Nico's at pier 39, it closes around 3:30 or 4, not gonna work either.

        If the luggage is going to be checked through you probably won't have to be back to the airport till 7pm, which means leaving for the airport from town around 6 or 6:15 to be on the safe side (unless you are really punctual, then you may be able to plan only a half hour at that time of day.) Basically that leaves you from 3:30 or 4 till 6 or 6:30 at best. That is gonna be too early for Alan Wong's, Chef Mavro, etc. The pineapple Room at Macy's (run by alan wong) is a possibility. Take a cab through waikiki and around diamond head, then circle back to Ala Moana Center. Mariposa is in Neiman Marcus at Ala Moana as well. A much nicer view, and the food is good. Not Alan Wong good, but good. Ala Moana is also a good place to catch a Taxi back to the airport.

        1. A lay over stop at Alan Wong's would be great imo, nothing really in the neighborhood. In fact it's in a low rise office building. Sounds like you could make two stops...wikiki or a museum seems like something.

          Last time I was held over in Honolulu I went to Kaka'ako Kitchen. I don't how it is now, I heard up and down but better then your average plate lunch place and not that much more in price. Any kind of fish is worth it.

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          Kakaako Kitchen
          1200 Ala Moana Blvd # 135, Honolulu, HI

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          1. re: ML8000

            how long of a layover would we need to be able to go over to the new jimmy buffet's place? we wouldn't have to check our luggage but would have to get back through security to get our flight to kauai

            1. re: toncasmo

              From the airport to Waikiki is a half hour to 45 minutes, or an hour in heavy traffic (barring unforseeable accidents on the highway, etc) So that alone is an hour and a half to two hours. You need another two hours for getting off the plane, getting to the curb, then going through security getting to the gate, boarding etc. Right there the safe zone is approaching or at 4 hours, then whatever additional time required to enjoy your meal.