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Ala Moana Shopping Center

If you love to shop, Ala Moana Shopping Center is a must for your time here on Oahu.  Experience the open air and Hawaiian breeze as you shop your favorite brands.  The mall features 350 shops, ranging from departments stores to first-class boutiques.  All that shopping will certainly work up an appetite.  Not to worry, there are 160 different dinning options to choose from.

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Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

The Aloha Stadium Swap meet is the largest swap meet on Oahu with over 400 vendors! Located just a 20 minute drive from Waikiki, this swap meet should be at the top of any souvenir shoppers list.

For the most up to date information on the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet visit their website.

https://alohastadium.hawaii.gov/aloha-stadium-swap-meet-marketplace/

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Basalt

For the latest menu and restaurant information, visit Basalts website below.

https://www.basaltwaikiki.com/

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Byodo - In Temple

Located in the Valley of the Temples at the foothills of the Ko'olou Mountain Range you'll find the Byodo-In Temple.  This stunning temple was constructed in 1968 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese settlers arriving on Oahu.

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Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is known world wide for the pristine marine ecosystem and the snorkeling opportunities it offers.  If this is your first time visiting Oahu, a trip to Hanauma Bay is a must!  Grab a snorkel set and head out for a water adventure you will never forget.

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Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens

The Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden is located in Kaneohe.  This 400 acre garden is home to a wide range of tropical plant life from around the world and features a lake.  It was opened in 1982, today the garden is open daily for those who are looking to escape for a few hours to a tropical oasis.  Ho'omaluhia does not charge an entrance fee, but you do have to stop at the guard shack as they keep track of the number of visitors and vehicles entering each day.  Looking for the best way to experience the garden?  Rent a motorcycle, moped, or slingshot!  Nothing can top an open air driving experience to enhance the sights, sounds, and smells of this beautiful garden.

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Ka'ena Point Trail (North Shore)

Looking for a hike to leave you feeling like you've arrived at the edge of the world?  Ka'ena Point Trail will bring you there.  Ka'ena Point is located on the most northwestern corner of Oahu.  From the point, there are breathtaking views of the north and west shores.

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Kailua Town Market

Theres no better way to connect with local culture than visiting one of Oahu's many farmers markets.  One of our favorite Sunday markets is the Kailua Town Farmers Market.  Here you will find a nice selection of local produce, food, drinks, and art.

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Kona Brewery

Chances are if you've heard of Kona Brewing, it's because you've enjoyed their Longboard Lager or Big Wave Golden Ale.  What many don't know is that Kona also has a restaurant and pub located on the east side of Honolulu in Hawaii Kai. This restaurant sits on the waters edge of the KoKo Bay Marina which provides breathtaking views of the blue marina and green mountain backdrop.  Here you will find all of Kona Brewing's beer on their 24 tap beer delivery system.  The menu at Kona features a wide range of pizzas, sandwiches, salads, as well as classic Hawaiian 'plate lunch' style dishes. 

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Lanikai Juice

Lanikai Juice Hawai'i is a health and wellness company that focuses on making and serving Fresh Smoothies, Acai Bowls, Cold Pressed Juices, Freshly Squeezed Juices and Cold Pressed Juice Detox Cleanse Programs. Lanikai Juice has 5 locations : Kailua, Kahala, Kakaako, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Haleiwa, and Kapolei. Lanikai Juice's mission is to create healthy high quality natural juice products. Organic when possible, local when available and consistently delicious at the best value for our customers.

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Liko's Tap & Table

Liko's Tap and Table is one of our favorite restaurants on island and certainly our favorite place for food or drinks in Hawaii Kai.  Located just a 30 minute drive from Waikiki, Liko's is our recommended brunch, lunch or dinner stop. Perfect for anyone heading to Hanauma Bay, China Walls, Sandy's, Makapu'u, or any other destination on the south east corner of Oahu.

 

 

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Moku Kitchen

Moku Kitchen is a chef-driven concept that brings Hawaii’s rich upcountry farming and ranching heritage to downtown Honolulu’s urban lifestyle. The upcountry way of life echoes a simpler time where food was locally-sourced and cooked over an open fire on the ranch. At Moku, we like to keep things simple and will serve Chef Peter Merriman’s twist on upcountry specials from our lively rotisserie oven.

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Monkeypod Kitchen

 

When it comes to dinning options in Ko Olina, on Oahu's west side, they are pretty limited.  That doesn't mean there aren't good ones out there.  When we're in Ko Olina for lunch or dinner we stop at Monkeypod.  Monkeypod has a good balance of up scale atmosphere while still remaining casual.

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Salt District - Kakaako

Comprised of 85,000 square-feet of curated retail, restaurant and mixed-use space, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is a dynamic city block designed for exploration and engagement. SALT is a special gathering place that embodies the urban, island culture of the emerging Arts District of Our Kaka‘ako, with buzzworthy food and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences.

 

Some History of Salt :

In ancient times, Kaka‘ako was an area comprised of fishing villages, fishponds and salt ponds. To Native Hawaiians, pa‘akai (salt) was valued like gold and Kaka‘ako’s salt ponds were of major importance to the area.
In the 1800s residential construction began and diverse immigrant “camps” grew. Kaka‘ako’s industrial roots began with the establishment of the Honolulu Iron Works, a metal foundry and machine shop. Small stores, churches, schools and parks were built including Pohukaina School next to Mother Waldron Park. Kaka‘ako grew and became a community built on a blue-collar work ethic, social activism and family.
In the mid-1900s zoning for Kaka‘ako changed from residential to commercial. Small businesses and entrepreneurship grew as wholesaling, warehousing and other industrial businesses displaced residents leading to the urban Kaka‘ako we’re familiar with.
The evolution of Kaka‘ako continues with SALT. Along Auahi, a dynamic gathering place is flourishing, built on the hard-working, entrepreneurial spirit of the past. The businesses, restaurants and shops of SALT at Our Kaka‘ako continue to honor the spirit of the past while looking forward to the future. It’s a special destination where you’ll always find something surprising, just around the corner.
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The Shack

The Shack is a conveniently located just off of Keolu Dr. in Kailua.  This is an ideal spot to stop for a beer, lunch, or dinner.  We always enjoy the atmosphere which can be summarized by the name, "The Shack".  This indoor/outdoor surf shack like dining experience is extremely casual and service is always fast.