What's good Honolulu, HI?

Discussion in 'General' started by jinkazama, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. jinkazama

    jinkazama

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    Heading to Honolulu in about a week for a much needed vacay. Second time in Hawaii, first time going to the capital. Gonna spend five full days with wifey and no kids :smokin

    Not sure if many NTers live or have been to Honolulu but the advice I got in here for LA was so proper I had to ask my NT brethren for the inside scoop again.

    So let me know NT...must do's...don't do's...
     
  2. fastcash

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    My boy just moved to Maui from NY to live for the next year.

    Eat poke
     
  3. jkballer5

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    Don't spend too much time in Waikiki, drive around and explore the island!

    Check out North Shore
    Koko Head stairs
    Pillbox hike at Lanakai Beach
     
  4. the4fifteen

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    Eats:
    Side street inn
    Alan Wong's - for a fancy, expensive dinner (if in the budget)
    Marukame Udon (Not a huge fan, but my friends all swear by this spot)
    Boots & Kimo
    Rainbow Drive In - classic hawaiian, extremely cheap
    Giovanni's - skrimp truck
    Macky's - skrimp truck
    Matsumoto's shaved ice
    Waioloa shaved ice
    Ono seafood - poke
    Musubi Cafe Iyasume - can't go wrong with musubi's as a small snack on a hike or "long" drive, or even on the plane ride back home
    Dole Plantation - dole whip
    Bubbies - mochi ice cream


    Much more that I'm missing but just a quick list that most end up going to for a reason. Check out yelp for sure, as most people will rave about the good places.
     
  5. jinkazama

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    That's raw fish salad right?
    ok

    Thanks...heard the shrimp trucks are legendary. Can't wait to try some.

    Keep 'em coming NT.
     
  6. davidav

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    rent a car and drive around.  as stated before go to north shore or drive around the island.  They have tour buses but I prefer to rent a car.  My uncle lives there so he drove us around last year.  Wish I didn't stay in touristy areas too often like Waikiki beach.  Should plan an travel itinerary so you get the best out of your experience.  

    I ate poke there from whole foods fresh from the ocean.  delicious.  
     
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  7. jinkazama

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    Thanks for the info so far...how's the nightlife?
     
  8. stuntman mike

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    hawaiian food: helenas
    mom and pop food spot: your kitchen (eat the pork bowl)
    popular spot with the local NT fam: pioneer saloon. monsarrat shave ice is next door and is pretty good.
    best shave ice in kailua: the local. organic and naturally-flavored shave ice. the chili pepper guava is good.
    i'll give you a tip if you want a nice, safe and uncrowded beach spot on the north shore. if you snorkel, you'll probably see some turtles here too. if you go to 68 hau street in wailua, park near this beach access pictured. don't leave anything valuable in the car. go through that small path near the sign and take a left and pick a spot. this is where i take my family to hang out on the weekends.
     
  9. eljefe

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    Don't waste your time going to aulani. Don't go to Waienae. Just stay away from the west side, and Eva beach.

    Check out cromwells though.

    If you are staying in Waikiki, don't waste your time exploring the area when you can go see other cool places, save that for days you don't feel like going somewhere far.
     
  10. jinkazama

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    Keep it coming NT...is Alan Wong's the best place to take wifey for a romantic dinner? I heard it's great but there's not view. Is there somewhere with a great view and great food?
     
  11. stuntman mike

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    morimotos if you like seafood. when the sun goes down on friday there's a fireworks show right there.
     
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  12. jinkazama

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    Thanks for all the info Stuntman Mike. Anybody else with info I'm all ears :nerd: