Hello there Hawaii CHs!
My husband and I will be going back to Maui and visiting some favorites from our last trip (Kihei Caffe, Mama's, Local Food, etc) but also stopping into Honolulu for 5 days on our way back to Manhattan. This will be a little after the New Year in 2013.
Previous trip report is here:
Note that we are big cocktail fans but have very high standards (think artisanal cocktails made from fresh juice, handmade syrups, good ingredients, custom bitters, hand carved ice, etc), so I think a lot of the happy hours recommended on here will be unsatisfactory, especially to my husband. We're too used to drinking in Boston, DC, Chicago, NYC, I think. :) Wiling to pay for a high quality drink.
He is also not a fan of shrimp that you have to peel to eat -- so shrimp trucks are probably not in the cards for us. We do, however, love shave ice, poke, plate lunches, and want to eat lots of local food while we're here, as well as some Chinese and Japanese food.
We will also not have a car but will probably rent one for one day. Staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikuku.
My tentative itinerary:
- FRIDAY 1/4
Flight lands around 11am
Lunch at Ono Seafood - is this the best poke in the neighborhood?
Leonard's Bakery for malasadas afterwards
Shopping at Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts
Shave ice at Waiola if there's room!
Drinks and snacks at House without a Key - to watch the early evening entertainment
7:45pm Fireworks from our room at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Rainbow Tower, Oceanfront Room
Drinks and snacks at the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian - I'm thinking we just fill up on pupus this night?
Or Lewers Lounge at the Halekulani?
- SATURDAY 1/5
Early breakfast at the KCC Farmer's Market - BBQ abalone, chicken and waffles at Soul, kimchee fried rice with eggs and meat at Grandma G's? Or whatever the Pig & the Lady has on offer, though their menu doesn't seem very breakfasty. Any other standout vendors at the KCC Farmer's market? We plan to get there before it opens.
Hike Diamond Head
Plate lunches at Diamond Head Grill & Market after - plate lunches and a scone or two if there's room!
After this I think we'll need a nap on the beach.
Cocktails at Pint and Jigger before dinner? - Has anybody here been?
Dinner at Chef Mavro - strongly recommended by a friend who is from Honolulu, over Alan Wong or Roy's
Brunch at Orchids at the Halekulani - I already booked for 9:30am, is this a good time? I rarely eat at buffets these days.
Leisurely drive to Lanikai Beach/Kailua/Kaneohe
Lunch at Fresh Catch - Or is Tamura's better for poke? JJ's? Or should we do something different like Dean's Drive In?
Shave ice at Shimazu Store before returning the rental car in Waikuku
Dinner at Nanzan Giro Giro - for their 7 course kaiseki for $50
Breakfast at Whole Ox Deli - foie gras eggs benedict sounds amazing!
Shopping at Ala Moana
Snacks at the Shirokiya Food Court
Dinner at Sushi Izakaya Gaku on King Street
Dim sum at Tai Pan - recommended by a friend, how are their cheung fun or char siu bao?
Shopping on Nuuanu Ave / Chinatown
Grab some snacks for the plane in Chinatown
Our flight leaves at 5:30pm that evening.