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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Makua Beach is one of our favorite beaches on the west side of Oahu. This long stretch of beach offers some of the best sand and views on island. There is also plenty of fun to be had in the water! These waters are frequented by dolphins and other marine life, making it a snorkeler or divers ideal beach.
Although this beach may not offer the most picturesque beaches or waters on island, it's location right between Waikiki and the eastern edge of the island make it the perfect place for a quick stop. Maunalua Beach is a relatively small beach park located right in Hawaii Kai. It's just off the Kamehameha Hawaii. As you venture eastward it may be worth the stop. If nothing else, just to use the restroom.
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.
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.
Portlock Beach is a popular beach where area locals often congregate for a little fun in the sun on the weekends. This beach is not going to have the quality sand or amenities of many other Oahu beaches. However, it's location in Hawaii Kai makes it a great pit stop for any moped, bike, or motorcycle renters who are headed to the east side of the island.
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.
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.
If you're looking for the closest beach to your Waikiki accommodations, then Waikiki Beach is the one for you. This beach feature some amazing sand, mostly calm waters, a couple different beach parks, as well as several places to grab food and drinks right off the beach. Many people believe that all the beaches within Waikiki make up Waikiki Beach. In actuality, there are 5 beaches that connect which form this south shore of Waikiki. Read on as we break down each of these beaches for you.