One of our Oahu insiders offers the following tips to help enhance your Hawaii vacation experience:
Huli Huli Chicken – local style chicken often sold for fund raisers. Check for ads in the local newspaper this summer. Normally held in street side parking lots. “huli” means to “turn over” as you turn over the chicken on the grill to keep from burning. Lots of different recipes, but usually marinated in combo of soy sauce, pineapple, ginger, and brown sugar. Broke da mouth!!!
39th Annual Ukulele Festival -July 19th, Kapiolani Park Bandstand in Kapiolani Park 9:30A-1:30P – FREE!! Food booths, ukulele displays, ukulele bands and soloists. Take a beach mat or blanket!! No not from the hotel!!!!
3660 On the Rise– I’m a big fan of Alan Wongs in Honolulu for that special occasion, but here’s another excellent choice if you are looking for a great dining experience just 10 minutes from Waikiki. The Ahi Katsu appetizer is famous and the desserts are killer! Save room. Entree prices run between mid 20s and mid 30s. Russell Siu’s dishes are remarkable. Validated parking in the back.
Miramar at Waikiki- Just announced 3rd night free for balance of the year plus guaranteed connecting rooms ( at no surcharge) and kids eat free this summer. The only hotel in Waikiki to offer this!! Property is looking great plus you have the most convenient location in Waikiki. Some smoking rooms too, tough to find in Waikiki! (be sure to call Stellar Travel for special rates and amenities).
Kailua Beach park–this is a world class beach just 20-30 minutes from Waikiki. Sandy, not a pebble on it..perfect for families with small children. Pretty flat in the summer, but some nice afternoon breezes also make it an excellent windsurfing spot. This is where the locals go!! Showers and rest rooms also. Go across the street from Miramar to Food Pantry and pack a picnic. Ease into the sun for the first few days..you can get fried in a hurry!!