I sent this out to friends and relatives going to vacation in hawaii.  I’ll keep this running list here.
Places to eat: 
  • Kokohead Cafe!!!!
  • Mac 24/7 – huge pancakes was on man vs food
  • Cinnamon’s (breakfast) – there’s one at the Ilikai now
  • Hukilau café
  • Boots & Kimo’s (famous for their mac nut pancakes)
  • Elena’s filipino food (famous for a fried rice omelet)
  • My Cafe – in Kapolei.  Try the pancake trio.
  • Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
  • Liliha Cafe

Hot plates:

  • Helena’s – must go, parking sucks because it’s in the hood but you must go
  • Nico’s at pier 38
  • Agu ramen (if you like ramen)
  • Lucky Belly
  • Off da wall
  • Jawaiian Irie Jerk
  • Julie’s


  • Mitch’s Fish House
  • tanioka’s fish market – if you like sashimi, poke, etc..
  • Kuru kuru sushi – a better alternative to Genki sushi I think.  Fatty poke bowls. (In Pearl City and Kahala mall)
  • Doraku sushi
  • Sushi ii


  • diamond head, easy
  • koko head, intermediate but the view is awesome
  • Lanikai pill box hike, the first hill is probably the toughest, but again the view is awesome
  • Makapu’u light house, I’ve seen a few whales while hiking here – if you see them likely on the east shore
Touristy stuff:
  • Pearl harbor, they’ve remodeled the exhibits a lot before you get on the arizona.  Pretty cool.  I want to go back.
  • Bishop museum
  • Iolani Palace
  • Kuoloa Ranch
    • ATVing
    • Some van tours to check out TV/film spots (lost, jurassic park, hawaii-five-0)
  • Polynesian cultural center – they have a night show and luau, good ice cream in a pineapple
  • Atlantis tours – dinner cruise, submarine tour for kids
  • Waikiki Zoo
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Sea life park
  • ko’olina (You’ll be here)
  • Lanikai and Kailua beach are favorites
  • haunama bay

North Shore

  • Shrimp trucks – giovanni’s or macky’s
  • Ted’s bakery (pies)
  • Matsumuto’s shaved ice
  • Sunset beach
  • Waimea beach – huge waves, a huge rock that everyone jumps off of
  • Laniakea beach

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