Thursday, September 22, 2011


(does not include Honolulu; does include Kailua, which is different from Kailua-Kona on Big Island, Hawaii)

Mackey’s Sweet Shrimp Truck – 66-632 Kamehameha Highway; 808-780-1071;; roadside takeaway stand offering fusion of Hawaiian fare & seafood; lunch specials.

Sea & Board Sports Hawaii – 62-400 Joseph P. Leong Highway; 808-352-9775;; to get started on surfing gear.
Sullivan Estate & Spa Retreat – 66-140 Kamehameha Highway; 808-638-7020;; spa described as “1st holistic anti-stress center on earth.”

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck – 56-505 Kamehameha Highway; 808-293-1839;; mainstay eatery for boiled shrimp in garlic sauce & plate lunches; casual digs & picnic tables; try shrimp scampi.
Romy’s Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp – 56-781 Kamehameha Highway; 808-232-2202;; more of roadside shack; not worth special trip (notwithstanding advertising as “must see” site) but worth stopping.

Turtle Bay Hotel – 57-091 Kamehameha Highway; 808-293-6000 or 800-203-3650;; 5 miles of beaches & 42 stylish beach cottages.

Kaimuki Superette – 56-505 Kamehameha Highway; 808-293-9878;; pro-move is to obtain take-out eats here for Diamond Head hike; try shinsato pork sandwich with greens & ricotta.

Kaimuki Superette – 56-505 Kamehameha Highway; 808-293-9878;; for octopus roll; sister restaurant to Town Restaurant (in Honolulu); fresh salads & sandwiches; also for poke (cubed ʻahi (yellowfin tuna) sashimi marinated with sea salt, small amount soy sauce, inamona (roasted crushed candlenut), sesame oil, limu seaweed & chopped chili pepper); ʻahi caught fresh & dropped off in morning; 5-generation-old family recipe; find in back of shop.

KAILUA & LANIKAI (includes Kaneohe)
Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop – 46 Hoʻolai Street (Kailua); 808-262-5367;; best malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts).
Island Snow – 130 Kailua Road (Kailua); 808-263-6339;; where Obama goes for shave ice.

Kailua Beach – 450 or 526 Kawailoa Road (Kailua); 808-263-5959 or 808-266-7652;; half mile soft white sand; local favorite for water sports; beachwear boutiques, dive shops & kayak rentals located nearby; close to several small islands make it ideal for adventuring by kayak; closest to shore is barren Flat Island & farther off to east are Mokulua Islands (commonly known as “Moks” or “Twin Islands”); to east is Kailua’s sister beach, Lanikai Beach, which is another beautiful sand stretch, though less accessible because within residential housing area so parking is limited.
Kalama Beach – 248 North Kalaheo Avenue (Kailua); 808-266-7659;; family-friendly beach with mild waves; great for learning how to body board & surf.

Sea Tiger – on Oahu south shore, about 10 minutes by boat;; intermediate-advanced dive; 168' artificial reef, sunk in 1999; amazing array marine life, including squirrelfish & filefish, morays, endangered green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays & reef sharks; main deck sits at 80', while hull hits sand at about 127'; originally named Yun Fong Seong No. 303, ship apprehended by Honolulu Harbor Police carrying 93 illegal Chinese immigrants (Hawaii’s largest illegal immigrant seizure).

Baci Bistro – 30 Aulike Street (Kailua); 808-262-7555;; Italian.
Buzz’s Original Steakhouse – 413 Kawailoa Road (Kailua); 808-261-4661;
Cinnamon’s – 315 Uluniu Street (Kailua); 808-261-8724;; breakfast & lunch menus include cinnamon buns, crab cakes & red velvet pancakes in casual space.
Crepes No Ka Oi – 131 Hekili Street (Kailua); 808-263-4088;; savory & sweet Hawaiian crêpes; bright cafe with high ceilings & local art.
Kalapawai Cafe – 750 Kailua Road (Kailua, at Kalapawai Market); 808-262-3354;; especially for lunch; sandwiches & salads before 5PM & contemporary dinners with table service at night.
Moke’s Bread & Breakfast – 27 Hoolai Place (Kailua); 808-261-5565;; laid-back, family-run breakfast & sandwich joint.
Ohana Bar-BQ – 16 Kainehe Street (Kailua); 808-263-0024; for lunch; good Korean food at reasonable prices.
Saeng’s Thai Cuisine – 315 Hahani Street (Kailua); 808-263-9727;; Thai, including vegetarian.

Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks – 130 Kailua Road, #101B (Kailua); 808-262-2555 or 888-457-5737;; for lessons & rentals.
Pat’s Kailua Beach Properties – 204 South Kalaheo Avenue (Kailua); 808-262-4128;; for local lodgings.

BookEnds – 600 Kailua Road (Kailua); 808-261-1996;; bookstore with good Hawaiian title selection.
Kalapawai Market – 307 South Kalaheo Avenue; 808-262-4359;; good for snacks & souvenirs.
People’s Open Market – 21 South Kainalu Drive (Kailua, at Kailua District Park); 808-522-7088;; open on Thursdays from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.

Sights & Sites
Haiku Stairs – Haiku Road (Kaneohe);; worth special trip; steep hiking trail consisting of metal steps & ramps (4K steps).
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden – 45-680 Luluku Road (Kaneohe); 808-233-7323;
Kailua District Park – 21 South Kainalu Drive; 808-266-7652;; swimming & tennis.
Kawainui Neighborhood (Kaha) Park – 750 Kaha Street (Kailua); 808-381-7202 (community coordinator);; walk Kawainui Marsh Trail.
Lanikai Pillbox Trail – 382-498 Kaelepulu Drive (Kailua, across from entrance to Mid Pacific Country Club);; also known as Kaiwa Ridge Trail; WWII pillboxes; this sometimes narrow, short trail is among best & most breath-taking hikes on Oahu.
Obama Summer Home – 57-A Kailuana Place (Kailua);
Ulupo Heiau State Historic Site – 1200 Kailua Road (Kailua); 808-587-0300 (main Parks number);; on Kawai Nui Marsh’s eastern edge; ancient site associated in legend with menehune and, later, with high Oahu chiefs such as Kakuhihewa (15th Century) and Kualii (late 17th Century); peaked in importance in 1750, before being abandoned after Oahu conquered in 1780s; massive stone heiau platform.

Rare Hawaiian Honey Company – 66-1250 Lalamilo Farm Road (Kampala); 808-775-1000 or 888-663-6639;; company owes existence to single 1K acre Kiawe forest on island’s dry side; Kiawe (pronounced “kee ah’ vay”) is Hawaiian name for mesquite species (Prosopis pallid) native to Ecuador & Peru; world’s rarest gourmet honey produced from these special trees; Kiawe Honey unique in that it naturally crystallizes into very creamy, white honey with very delicate tropical flavor; certified 100% organic.

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Keneke’s – 41-857 Kalanianaole Highway; 808-259-9800;; good for coffee & shave ice.
Waimanalo Beach – 41-741 Kalanianaole Highway (at Huli Street);,_Hawaii; just 30-minute or so drive from Waikiki but world away; with ample parking, showers & bathroom, this should be enough; but beach is stunning with piercing aquamarine colored ocean, clean sand & trees; and it is not crowded; downsides include fact that you cannot leave anything of value visible in your car (local boys will smash your window & grab); also, sketchy tent encampment in 1 parking lot.

Keneke’s – 41-857 Kalanianaole Highway; 808-259-9800;; good for lunch.

Frankie’s Nursery – 41-999 Mahiku Place; 808-259-8737;; for fresh & obscure fruit.

Sights & Sites
Makapu’u Lighthouse – Kalanianaole Highway (at Oahu’s southeastern-most point); 808-587-0300 (main Parks number);; hike Makapuu Point Trail and make sure to see lighthouse; lovely views.

Sights & Sites
Waimea Valley Visitor Center – 59-864 Kamehameha Highway (Hale’iwa); 808-638-7766;; among Oahu’s last (partially) intact ahupua'a (native Hawaiian land use system); site stretches from mountains to sea; 1.8K-acres; includes only fully restored heiau (temple) dedicated to Lono, agriculture, fertility, music, and peace deity dating back to 1470; Waimea Falls, trails, arboretum (+5K tropical plant species), and Kamananui Stream; Ku’ono Waiwai is store located at Visitor Center; also Waimea Valley Grill; will arrange guided hikes.

Bakeries, Coffee, Ice Cream, Juice & Tea
Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. – 5-5070 Kuhio Highway; 808-826-1059;; great juice & smoothies.
Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. – 5-5070 Kuhio Highway; 808-826-1059;; lunch.

Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. – 5-5070 Kuhio Highway; 808-826-1059;; private farm tours.

Hanalei Taro & Juice Co. – 5-5070 Kuhio Highway; 808-826-1059;; farmstand.

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