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Searching for Hidden Gems on the North Shore, Oahu

kwool2004 | Jan 11, 201501:07 AM


I am visiting Oahu from LA with some friends next weekend, and since this everyone's first time on the island, we are in search of some unique and non-touristy experiences while we are there. We rented a house in Punaluu and will have a rental car. Polished establishments ok, but I prefer places off the beaten path. I'm a chef and not really into fine dining while I am on vacay, I much prefer to eat where the locals eat.

Casual/authentic lunch and dinner spots, ideally with an emphasis on seafood. Also love pork and bbq.

Any worthwhile sushi places anywhere on the island? Hole in the wall to high end is fine.

I will be going to the Farmer's Market Sunday Morning, then Tamashiro fish market. Are there any great spots for lunch around there? Asian food a plus, but not a necessity. Also, any recs on local fish to buy? So far Opakapaka, Ono, and Menpachi were my go-to's, but are there any similar fish that I should try? I will be buying them whole and butchering them myself.

Also, we may do one token night on the town in Waikiki. If so, are there any quintessential dining/drink destinations? House without a Key and Roys were mentioned in many threads, but I was hoping to get a few other suggestions. This will probably be our only high end meal. Is it possible to taxi or uber from Punaluu to Waikiki or should we have a designated driver?

I know this isn't food related, but if anyone has any hiking suggestions, feel free to throw them in! Waterfalls a plus!

I looked up as many recent Oahu threads as possible, so I already have my recs for shaved ice, breakfast, and desserts, but had trouble finding recs for the items listed above. Thanks in advance!

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