Category Hawaii – Oahu

Rainbow Drive-In Lunch in Oahu

Oahu – Day 3 – Part 6 So we kind of did this out of order and got dessert first, but at least we didn’t really skip lunch. We headed down the street to the Rainbow Drive-In which is now quite a tourist destination since it was featured on the food network (and I heard […]

Leonard’s Bakery for Malasadas Oahu

Oahu – Day 3 – Part 5 I asked my friends for a few things that I had to see, do, and eat in Hawaii and going to Leonard’s for malasadas was on the list from most of my friends. Malasadas are basically Portugese donuts, traditionally coated with sugar. There is a little parking lot […]

Byodo In Temple Oahu

Byodo-In means “Temple of Equality.” Built in 1968 as a centennial commemoration of the first Japanese immigration of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. It is a replica of the temple in Uji Japan also called Byodo-In.

Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside

Oahu – Day 3 – Part 3. Nu’uanu Pali State Wayside Lookout point is one of Oahu’s best scenic points overlooking the Windward coast of Oahu and holds deep historical significance. This is the site of the Battle of Nu’uanu in 1795 which eventually united Oahu. And be prepared for some powerful wind.

Hula Grill Waikiki

Hula Grill Waikiki Breakfast

Oahu – Day 3 – Part 2 After a nice morning hike at Diamond Head, we headed back to Waikiki for breakfast. We walked down the street from our hotel to Hula Grill located on the second floor of the Outrigger Waikiki. There was a little wait, but it was not long before we were seated. […]

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head State Monument: Summit Trail Hike

Oahu – Day 3 – Part 1 Diamond Head also known as Le’ahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater) is one of the most recognized landmarks in Hawaii and one of the most popular hikes in Oahu. The summit trail hike is a 0.8 mile (one way) moderate hike where you follow a switch back trail […]

Side Street Inn On Da Strip Hawaii

Side Street Inn On Da Strip Waikiki

Oahu – Day 2 – Part 8 It is an 1.5 hour drive from North Shore back to Waikiki. I decided to head back a little earlier rather than staying in North Shore for dinner giving us time to go back to our hotel to rest, get cleaned up, and decide on a place for […]

Waimea Bay Beach North Shore. Top left image credits to

Waimea Bay Beach North Shore

Oahu – Day 2 – Part 7 Now that we’ve satisfied our appetite with lots of pineapple, shrimp, and shave ice we’re finally ready to head to the beach and just relax and maybe take a tap. I had asked several people and searched online to see what beach or beaches but it really just […]

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and Shave Ice at M. Matsumoto’s Grocery Store

Oahu – Day 2 – Part 6 After a long morning at Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation, we headed out for a late lunch at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and a quick dessert stop at Matsumoto’s Grocery Store for their famous shaved ice. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck is the probably the number one […]

Dole Plantation Central Oahu

Dole Plantation

Oahu – Day 2 – Part 5 The Dole Plantation is a 30 minute drive north towards the North Shore from Pearl Harbor, making a good half way point. It’s not just any farm where you can just visit and see how they grow pineapples, you can definitely spend a portion of the day exploring […]