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lfoo6952
10-09-2018, 07:59 PM
Aloha my friends:

I will be going to Oahu in mid-December on a business trip. We'll be staying at the Hilton Village in Waikiki. Beside looking forward to some good Hawaiian music, I'd like to do some sightseeing and eat some good food.

Can you recommend some off-the-beaten path food places to eat, as opposed to tourist traps?

What historical or nature sights are worth seeing?

Regards,
Luke

Jerryc41
10-10-2018, 03:22 AM
Be sure to visit the ukulele makers and take their tours.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-10-2018, 06:01 AM
take with grain of salt, or drop of shoyu (soy sauce) :)

all on Kapahulu Blvd - Leonard's Bakery for Malasadas [I like plain, but they have lots of options];
Starbucks at intersection of Mooheau (traveling toward Waikiki) [because my daughter, Jennifer, is the Manager there];
Rainbow Drive Inn a few businesses before the Zoo which is on Kalakaua Ave, the main street that runs through Waikiki. Just head toward Diamond Head, then turn left onto Kapahulu Blvd.

those should all be within walking distance from the Hilton Hawaiian Village, however you will be walking a couple of miles in the heat of the tropical Hawaiian sun! (unless it's raining... but that generally doesn't last very long)

If you want a shorter walk in the other direction toward Ala Moana Beach Park, there's the Makai Food Court of the Ala Moana Center. That's where I generally hang out to play for the lei-making group who are at the Waikiki end of the Food Court near Cinnabon and Aja. Speaking of Aja, lots of good boxed lunches at reasonable prices. I generally get the small bento with Roast Beef and Gravy over rice with 2 vegetable sides, about $9, drink separate. Then join the aunties at the table and most likely there will be a few ukulele players making music :)

keep uke'in',

edhaponik
10-10-2018, 07:18 AM
Visit the Kamaka factory specifically! The tour is an amazing look at the history of the ukulele in Hawaii.
Also I know you said Waikiki, but if you have the means/time, try to make your way up to the North Shore! See the crazy winter waves (and maybe some of the Triple Crown if you have time) AND visit Hawaii Music Supply/theukulelesite.com - just outstanding people and nothing cooler than a shop full of ukes.

I'll second Leonards (tourist-trap but worth it) and recommend if you do make it up to the North Shore, visit Ted's Bakery up by Sunset, Waimea Valley (and visit the authentic heiau overlooking it by pupukea - but be respectful), and the shrimp trucks up near Kahuku!

Haleiwa and Waialua are two of my favorite towns anywhere. Surf season Haleiwa can be a little crazy, but still super fun to explore - way better than town IMO and totally worth the drive. If you make it up there, visit Haleiwa Bowls for epic Acai, Kua Aina Burger, and Cafe Haleiwa for great breakfast (with the best surfers in the world lol).

hawaii 50
10-10-2018, 07:44 AM
you can visit the new Ukulele Site at Salt in Kakaako on Ala Moana Blvd in Honolulu(opening in November) there are many places to eat there at Salt other than shopping.. Highway Inn which serves Hawaiian Food there along with Moku and many other small eating places, taverns, coffee shops etc..fun spot in upscale Kakaako...

The Ukulele Site still in Haleiwa if you drive to the North Shore...

WestyShane
10-10-2018, 08:43 AM
After snorkeling Hanuama Bay, a short counter-clockwise drive took me to Waimānalo where I stumbled upon Ono Steaks and Shrimp Shack for lunch. I would go back there if I make it back to Oahu sometime.

Kimosabe
10-10-2018, 09:21 AM
Marukame Noodles on Kuhio. Try to avoid lines at busy times. Curry udon, great and cheap.

Hannosuke tempura in Yokocho food court on Seaside. Outstanding tempura.

Rainbow Drive-In short walk from Waikiki on Kapahulu where locals eat. Try loco moco.

I live in Waikiki. What I recommend is inexpensive. Waikiki can be very expensive.

Da Spot in Ala Moana Shopping Center. About a nice half an hour walk from Waikiki.

The Ukulele Site is the best uke shop in the world but up on the North Shore.

lfoo6952
10-10-2018, 11:07 AM
Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. I will try to hit those places you mentioned!

All the best,
Luke

hawaii 50
10-10-2018, 12:00 PM
Marukame Noodles on Kuhio. Try to avoid lines at busy times. Curry udon, great and cheap.

Hannosuke tempura in Yokocho food court on Seaside. Outstanding tempura.

Rainbow Drive-In short walk from Waikiki on Kapahulu where locals eat. Try loco moco.

I live in Waikiki. What I recommend is inexpensive. Waikiki can be very expensive.

Da Spot in Ala Moana Shopping Center. About a nice half an hour walk from Waikiki.

The Ukulele Site is the best uke shop in the world but up on the North Shore.

I guess you did not read my post above...The Ukulele Site opening a 2nd store in Kakaako in November...:) closer to folks in Waikiki and in town

Kimosabe
10-10-2018, 12:06 PM
Wasn’t sure when it was to open. I heard that Corey Fujimoto is part of it. Not sure whether Kalei Gamiao also, two of the finest players around and really nice unpretentious people.

hawaii 50
10-10-2018, 12:13 PM
Wasn’t sure when it was to open. I heard that Corey Fujimoto is part of it. Not sure whether Kalei Gamiao also, two of the finest players around and really nice unpretentious people.

Zach and Eli will be at the new store..Corey and Kalei will be there a few times a week with others..great location..the shop under construction right now

Anthroterra
10-10-2018, 12:50 PM
I second North Shore, particularly Waimea Valley. It's a plant and bird sanctuary with a waterfall you can swim under at the end. I loved going up there, but be careful of the peacocks stealing fries right out of your mouth lol. I also second touring the ukulele factories. I went to see Kamaka, Koaloha, and G-String (before he relocated to Vegas) while I was stationed there.

Kimosabe
10-10-2018, 01:51 PM
Take your chances with the swimming, beautiful as it may seem. There are warnings of types of bacteria ia in all Oahu waters. I do see tourists swimming at the base of Manoa Falls. Definitely don’t go in with cuts.

No need to worry about sharks st Waikiki. The reef protects.

Ukulelerick9255
10-10-2018, 09:31 PM
Eat at Town restaurant and order the gnocchi it’s amazing. Don’t eat at Roy’s, overrated expensive tourist trap.

kkimura
10-11-2018, 02:10 AM
Have a Zip Min at the Zippy's McCully on S. King St.

lfoo6952
10-11-2018, 09:12 AM
Thanks again for all your recommendations. I'm looking forward to visiting the places mentioned.

regards
Luke

merlin666
10-11-2018, 12:00 PM
I haven't been to Oahu in years always preferred Kauai and BI for our annual visits. But this spring they were sooo rainy. So now I think we should go to Oahu in November and I want to visit K factories and uke stores and all the great places we were before. Hope the GF can find a good deal.

Wukulele
10-14-2018, 06:21 AM
I did the same trip over 5 years ago! Strolled to the top of Diamond Head from Hilton Hawaiian Village, did a surf lessons in Waikiki, best snorkeling was somewhere other than Hanauma (quite a few sad dead zones)... The bus was $1 & I rode it away from Honolulu, around all of Oahu, stopping in a few places Haleiwa for snacks/shopping... HMS is there but that trip was before I ever thought to pick up a uke.

BTW there's a uke shop in Honolulu that has fun looking free daily lessons...

We also flew to Maui. Instead of getting a car & hotel, we rented a camper van & went all over... Top of Haleakaala, to Hana Maui (great brunch at hotel there) to Red Sand Beach, to that other beach w naked people & fire hulas & 7sacred pools & more... There were lots of roadside banana bread stands & I did my best to stop at ALL of them.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-14-2018, 07:22 AM
Spend some time at the Bishop museum if you can. World class and very well worth it. You'll learn much more about Hawaii than the average visitor.

hawaii 50
10-14-2018, 10:11 AM
Spend some time at the Bishop museum if you can. World class and very well worth it. You'll learn much more about Hawaii than the average visitor.

I have ot been to the Bishop Museum since I was a kid..lets go the next time you visit Oahu...:)

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-14-2018, 10:20 AM
I have ot been to the Bishop Museum since I was a kid..lets go the next time you visit Oahu...:)

I'd love that. I haven't been in a dozen years. You can easily spend hours there. it's cool that the UGH show will be held there this year.

hawaii 50
10-14-2018, 12:12 PM
I'd love that. I haven't been in a dozen years. You can easily spend hours there. it's cool that the UGH show will be held there this year.

it will be a Hawaii Ukulele Guild only event...not builders from the mainland etc...i am sure it would be nice if you can come by...i can hang with you and Bonnie...:)

Tonya
10-14-2018, 12:28 PM
Bishop Museum is a definite for me in a few weeks. I *love* that place! From the outside walls right to every display inside. Well, I've never done the planetarium....

bearbike137
10-14-2018, 01:15 PM
The Harbor Pub is great for an inexpensive but good breakfast. Located near the Waikiki Prince Hotel. Avoid the local IHOP - expensive and mediocre.

Dan Uke
10-20-2018, 09:17 PM
it will be a Hawaii Ukulele Guild only event...not builders from the mainland etc...i am sure it would be nice if you can come by...i can hang with you and Bonnie...:)

come the day after!

Kimosabe
10-21-2018, 12:32 PM
The planetarium at the Bishop is great, a lot about navigation using the stars, and what can be seen from Hawaii.

peanuts56
10-21-2018, 02:11 PM
The best Chinese food I've eaten is Kin Wah in Kaneohe on Kamehameha Highway. Don't be fooled by what the place looks like, the food is great. Parking is sometimes a problem but its worth it. The restaurant is located one floor below one of Roy Sakuma's studios. Another great spot is the Pastelle Shop on School St. Like Kin Wah it's nothing to look at but its usually my first stop when I visit. I'm flying in this Wednesday and as soon as I get my rental we're heading there to pick up dinner before heading to my brother in law's house in Kailua.
We also love the sweet potato pie at Ani's Bake Shop in Aiea. I've never had a dessert as delicious as this pie.
Take the tours at Kamaka and Kanilea. I've done both and ended up ordering a tenor from each place.
No visit is complete without a visit to HMS on the North Shore. I call it Ukulele Heaven!
Lot's of good local music as well. Led Kaapana plays at Honey's. Check his schedule to see if he's playing there while you are there. He's fantastic and a real nice guy.
MMStan on the forum lives in Honolulu, message him. He knows all the good places to hear music and all the good places to eat. Stan is a very good friend and we always get together when we visit. He's a great source of information and a great guy.

tangimango
10-21-2018, 02:39 PM
both kamaka and koaloha factory is literally right next to you.
theres a ukulele shop in Hilton Hawaiian village. pricy but kool high end stuff,

what do locals eat thats easy
SUSHI, go genkis (low quality) or kuru ( a little better quality)
Zippys (zip pac etc)
Gen alamoana shopping center.. Korean Barbecue all you can eat, Theres line out the door everyday,Must be good.
Ichiriki good shabu shabu place.
you want lobster? go fook yuen in McCully center , its a Chinese restaurant very good stuff.
good Pho places everywhere.
Desert Malasadas at leonards is good for tourist or locals always go there
What goes good with your malasada, get a Boba tea drink, Tea boss, tesspresso, taste tea etc. theres a lot.

merlin666
10-25-2018, 10:30 AM
After this thread was started I got a big craving for Oahu, so we booked a trip leaving in about 3 weeks. I hope to have a chance to visit Kamaka & Koaloha factories (do we need to make appointment?), and also Ukulele Site on North shore - my GF will like the Giovannis truck that I think is close by the store lol.

We never went to the Bishop Museum - is that easily accessible with The Bus?

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-25-2018, 10:46 AM
Yes, Giovanni's truck is near the Ukulele Site (HMS). call first (HMS) to see if Corey and/or Kalei are there :)

No need to make reservations but check to see when they give their tours. I believe Koaloha's is around
1p after their company lunch! :) I don't remember when the Kamaka tour is.

PS at Koaloha, please let them know that Uncle Rod (STRUM, Seattle) says, "Hi!" :) Thanks, or Mahalo!

keep uke'in', and have a great and safe trip over and back!

PS if you go to the Ala Moana Center, please visit the Makai Food Court and go to the Cinnabon end and
look for a group making paper leis and possibly playing music. I generally hang around with them when
I'm back in HNL. If they are there, please greet them for me... you may get one of their leis as a gift :)

Tonya
10-25-2018, 12:05 PM
We never went to the Bishop Museum - is that easily accessible with The Bus?

Yep, it takes a little bit of time (about 45 minutes, non rush hour, as I recall) but is quite easy from the Waikiki area. Be aware, though, that at the museum end, you must walk through a residential neighborhood for a little over one block.

I'll be on Oahu next weekend (are you there, by chance, at that time Uncle Rod?) and will be doing a lot of the "favorite" things mentioned in this thread at that time. Gotta check and see who's playing at the Kani Ka Pila Grille--but I'm guessing that the loud noises from the striking workers may perhaps drown out this outdoor venue if it's not settled by next weekend...