My wife and I are very excited to be going to Hawaii again this year! This summer we are fitting in a short Oahu visit, staying at the Aqua Lotus by Kapiolani Park & Diamond Head for just two nights before we move on to Kauai for a week.
I want to do a day trip drive to the North Shore along the windward side. I was thinking about driving around through Kahala and Hawaii Kai past Sandy's and Makapuu up through Kailua and Kaneohe and then on up the coast to Turtle Bay and further west, probably returning to the hotel via the center of the island. Mostly this is a trip to see the island from the car, stopping at particularly nice spots, like maybe Lanikai Beach or the beach at Turtle Bay Resort.
I've done a lot of perusing of the board, but could still use some up-to-date suggestions for places to eat along this route. I was thinking of some good sashimi for lunch at a place that has some cooked fish or other stuff for my wife. We can do anything from casual and inexpensive to pricier spots and it'd be a bonus if it is close to the ocean or has a nice view. Any suggestions for places in Kailua/Kaneohe area? Any places for sashimi along the Windward shore? It'd could even be a food truck or a takeout place to take a picnic to the beach.
Also thinking of appetizers and drinks/Happy Hour on the North Shore before driving back to Waikiki area. The food at Turtle Bay Resort seems to be poor, any body have any suggestions for a comfortable place to sit and eat and drink for Happy Hour on the North Shore?