September itinerary_appreciate any feedback
- karendor Aug 1, 2014 07:54 PM
Hubby’s first time in Waikiki – I have not been since 2006. (And it was for the Marathon not the eatin and beachin.)
We are staying on east side of Waikiki on Koa St., not far from the Hyatt. No car but we are happy to take The Bus. I am shooting for a good mix of beachy spots mixed in with budget-friendly fare.
(Couple of hours to kill between HNL arrival and time to pick up condo key so I am planning on our first meal/drink/ambiance @ Duke's... have a rezzie but we may be fine at the bar) ~
Duke’s Canoe Club for late lunch/bar/people watching
Blue Marlin, drinks & $5 tapas (‘til closing) OR?
Pick up food/coffee/liquor @ Food Pantry
Eggs’N’Things Express, breakfast
beach picnic, beach fare, lunch
Tiki Grill, drinks & dinner
Iyasume Musubi Cafe, breakfast and/or lunch.
House Without A Key, drinks & dinner
Leonard’s Bakery (this may happen earlier in the trip!)
Diamond Head hike
Lucky Belly, Chinatown, Honolulu – appreciate other suggestions, we may only make it into town this once? (LB is #4 on TA!)
Sunset Sail – Na Hoku II
Rum Fire or ?
Plate Lunch – is there a good spot around central Waikiki?
Hau Tree Lanai or ?
HWAK & Hau Tree Lanai are the "fancier" spots. The outdoor ambiance is the draw as well as favorable reviews.
Your post-arrival hours might be pleasantly spent at La Marianna, if you are into old-school Tiki Bars. Some dishes are OK, but after a Scorpion or two, you won't care. Good for unwinding.
There is a very good, but a bit expensive, Chinese restaurant in the basement of the Marriot (entrance from Ala Moana).
The Hau Tree Lanai is a good choice IMO, and you have enough lead time to find out when the sun will set, and you can request a table by the rail to better enjoy it.
An alternative to Lucky Belly would be Little Noodle House.
In East Waikiki, Thai Herb Garden on Kalakaua would be an interesting choice for Sunday or Friday. Ask if the have the Kabocha squash dessert (not on the menu).
Thanks, Joebob. My husband is not big on Thai. Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean all good options but pretty unlikely I can get him to THG.
I really like the look of La Mariana; will try to get that in either Day 1 or day we have a vehicle.
Looks like I can get a plate lunch @ farmer's market. Any thought on this fm?
Mahiku Farmers Market at King’s Village
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 4 - 9 pm
131 Kaiulani Ave
I would do dinner at Roy's Waikiki or app's and drinks..best Ahi Poke and Hamachi ever and the GM, Diva, is divine for her Aloha love for her guests and the island.
Across the street is HWAK, and I would do that for drinks and app's and listen to Aloha music.
Happy Hour at Duke's, Hula Grill, Rum Fire have great everyday happy hours.
Breakfast at Mooses on Lewers has a 2 for 1 breakfast coupon in the back of the 'Best 101 things to do' and it saves you about $10 and its a great deal and quite good.
You gotta have a drink at the lovely Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai bar..mai tai's are pricey but you can get a beer for about $6.
The Bus is one of the best deals to go around the island but for a day rental car, we go to Enterprise on Lewers for a $50 full size and we book on-line and get it cheap and no fees for from the hotel daily car storage, which can be $30+ a day.
Drive around the island and hit up Giovanni's shrimp truck and Matsumoto's for shave ice.
ABC Store has some great beer specials and we bring a collapsible cooler with cuzzies.
Have fun and O'ahu has the best food!
re: Beach Chick
Thanks Beach Chick, kathryn ssioff & russkar for recent comments/suggestions.
Re: Beach Chick's feedback:
I have certainly done the Royal Hawaiian Mai Tai bar in my day -- great memories for the '80s with big hair and neon accessories! -- so thanks for reminding me. Hubby will love and it is close-by.
Not sure about Roy's for dinner but will take it into consideration. (Maybe we will go for drinks & the chocolate souffle! Diva sounds awesome.)
Yes, happy hours.
Yes, coupons for breakfast - although we do have a condo so breakfasts may be light on our mini-lanai. I like my musubi breakfast idea.
Yes, Enterprise - thanks!
Yes, "Drive around the island and hit up Giovanni's shrimp truck and Matsumoto's for shave ice."
Yes, ABC stores. Remember them well. P.S. my daughter and I debate the spelling of koosies/koozy's/cuzzies -she lives in New Orleans where they are quite the rage.
Yes, we will have fun and there will be lots of food!
ssioff will check out your link ASAP.
Keep the suggestions coming, folks. I am gettin hungry.
Just a reminder that the Roy's in Waikiki is NOT the same as in CA/mainland.
Roy owns the island locations and Landry's owns the rest.
Some days you will see Roy working the kitchen.
Food is that good and they do have a patio outside with bar and you can have app's and drinks..still craving the poke and Hamachi that were beyond divine.
Duke's and Hula Grill are in the Outrigger next door to the Moana Surfrider..the beach bar at the Moana for a cold beer is nice, under the Banyan tree and the old school revolving happy hour at the Top of Waikiki is fun too.
Alan Wongs, The Pineapple Room is quite good and so is Mariposa at the Neiman Marcus store at Ala Moana.