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Aug 9, 2010 12:39 PM

Must Visit Places in Oahu

Hi Everyone,

My wife, daughter (7 yrs. old) and I will be vacationing in Oahu for five nights. Our options are listed below after reading all the blogs. Any additional suggestions for great food and must visit places will be great appreciated. Please also let us know where to eat great sushi and things to do for a 7 year old.


- Meals:
Luau at Paradise Cove
Alan Wong's
Helena's Hawaiian Food
Nico's at Pier 38
Ice Garden
Town Rest.
Boots & Kimo's
3660 On the Rise
Mitch's Fish Market

- Visits
Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay
One day at Wet n' Wild Water Park -- It is worth the visit?
Pearl Harbor
Diamond Head
Ala Moana Center
Tamashiro Market

Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

3660 On the Rise
3660 Waialae Ave Unit Frnt, Honolulu, HI 96816

Mitch's Fish Market
524 Ohohia St, Honolulu, HI

Ice Gardens
Aiea Shopping Ctr, Aiea, HI 96701

Helena's Hawaiian Food
1240 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Paradise Cove
1860 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

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  1. Waiola Shave Ice
    Leonard's Bakery-Malasadas
    Dole Pineapple Plantation
    Matsumoto Shave ice-in Haleiwa

    1. we were just there last month, damn it was hot.

      i think your daughter will like the pineapple maze at the dole plantation, plus they have a little train that does a mini tour of the plantation. while you're up that way, go to the north shore and have some scampi from giovanni's shrimp truck.

      in waikiki, try matsugen, good ramen but it's also more than that. ezogiku and nakamura are also good for ramen and gyoza.

      shirokiya, a japanese dept store in ala moana has an interesting food section upstairs. try the kona coffee mochi ice cream.

      take a drive up the west coast, you can drive to the end of the road, it's an interesting drive, and you can stop at one of the local beaches. there's also a cave off the side of the road that you can stop at and wander inside.

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      1. re: doubledown

        Forgot to mention the Dole Pineapple Whip.

        1. re: monku

          Thanks for the suggestions! I will definitely try to stop by as many places as possible. Again, thanks!!!!

      2. No plate lunch at all? I know its not healthy, but you gotta try at least one plate lunch place. Rainbow, or Grace's, Diamond Head Market, Sugoi's, Mitsuken, Tsukenjo's, or at least Kakaako Kitchen (even if it's not exactly plate lunch.)

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

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          I was going to say where are the plate lunch places?
          Rainbow Drive-In two blocks from Waiola Shave Ice.
          Give me the Mix Plate anytime.

          How about McDonalds for saimin and Hawaiian breakfast of Portuguese sausage/Spam and eggs w/rice.

          Rainbow Drive-In
          3308 Kanaina Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            My latest favorites from Rainbow, either the half chicken or bbq pork plate with gravy on the rice. That and a slush float, OMG I'm a happy guy. I prefer the bbq pork to the bbq steak now. Mainly because the pork is cooked to order, the way the steak used to be in years past.

            1. re: KaimukiMan

              Oh, I love the roast pork and the meatloaf from Tsukenjo's. Thankfully I don't eat that very often! Used to go to their truck in the furniture store parking lot.

            2. 1. I wouldn't put Gyotaku on MY list.
              2. Do you like water parks? Then you will like Wet 'n Wild, perhaps as much as your daughter will. Plus you can get eggplant fries at Poke Stop on your way back.
              3. Will you have a car? Many people enjoy driving around the periphery and enjoying the scenery. And you can get shave ice and good Thai food on the North shore.
              4. If you are staying in Waikiki your daughter might enjoy "eating out" at Fatty's, particularly the cake noodles.
              5. GREAT sushi doesn't come with moving dishes, but your daughter will enjoy the moving plates more.

              1. Don't kno when you going but., here's a small list of non food things to do so you can get hungry-
                Aloha Festivals Waikiki Hoolaulea -sept 18th
                Bishop Museum
                Iolani Palace 9a-5p mon-sat (Royal hwn band on fri 12n-1p)
                Pearl Harbor-go early
                Marine Time Museum
                Waikiki Historic Trail Walking Tour
                Pali Lookout
                Waimea Falls
                Da beaches..
                Note :Helena's is closed on sat sun mon

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                1. re: flylice2x

                  I just got back from Hawaii a couple of days ago. If you're on the North Shore I'd add Ted's Bakery for haupia chocolate cream pie. And if you're looking for a shrimp truck experience up that way, you might want to consider the shrimp plate at Ted's. Good garlic and butter seasoning but the difference is that they pre-shell their shrimp AND it comes with a slice of your choice of cream pie. The strawberry guava cream pie is good as well. I heard that their pies were better before they became a bit more commercial (you can get them at Oahu Foodlands) but since I hadn't had them before I thought they were pretty darn good. ; )

                  As for things to do, since you'll be jet lagged and getting up early, head over to the Honolulu Fish Auction and check out the action. Think mini-Tsukiji. Get there before 8am or it will be all over. And you can grab breakfast at Nico's afterwards (just a building over from the auction). You'll need to wear shoes (no sandals or slippahs) to enter. It's open to the public....just stay out of everyone's way as they go about their business.

                  A visit to House Without A Key at the Halekulani hotel for pupus around sunset is also warranted. You and your daughter will enjoy the quality musical entertainment and definitely the accompanying hula by either Kanoe Miller or Debbie Nakanelua. My favorite group is Pa'ahana.

                  House Without A Key
                  2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

                  2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

                  1. re: hopkid

                    Thanks again to everyone for all the great suggestions. We will be staying at the Marriott Resort in Waikiki. Yes, we will have a car. We will be looking forward to visting all the local places. THANK YOU!!!!!