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Hawaii Vacation Tips
christiki295
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Posted: 2007-01-06 01:56 am   Permalink

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[i]On 2006-11-09 13:56, TikiJosh wrote:[

At the Volcano park, . . . . we went down the 20 mile chain of craters road to the active lava flows. The weather in the park was cloudy and cold, but was hot and humid down by the coast where the lava pours into the ocean. At the point where the lava blocks the road, you can park and walk across the lava to see the steam plume where the lava hits the water.. . ."




I recommend visiting this area right before Sunset. Witness a spectacular sunset and then the bright orange color of the molten lava becomes visible through the steam.
Somewhat like this (although the photo is a closeup):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usbrits/5547847

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TikiJosh
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Posted: 2007-08-09 12:49 pm   Permalink

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On 2007-01-06 01:56, christiki295 wrote:
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[i]On 2006-11-09 13:56, TikiJosh wrote:[

At the Volcano park, . . . . we went down the 20 mile chain of craters road to the active lava flows. The weather in the park was cloudy and cold, but was hot and humid down by the coast where the lava pours into the ocean. At the point where the lava blocks the road, you can park and walk across the lava to see the steam plume where the lava hits the water.. . ."




I recommend visiting this area right before Sunset. Witness a spectacular sunset and then the bright orange color of the molten lava becomes visible through the steam.
Somewhat like this (although the photo is a closeup):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/usbrits/5547847


I got a few pictures of the same thing. We were there right around which was pretty cool, although none of my pictures turned out as good as the one you posted. I've got one that's close, but the clouds in that one make a big difference!

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desteenation
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Posted: 2007-09-07 10:25 am   Permalink

My husband grew up in Kailua-Kona, and we're lucky to be able to spend time in Hawaii almost every year. A few years ago when we were back in Kona for a visit and were driving all over the island to replace my husband's local t-shirt collection, he came up with the idea to start a business that sells all his favorite t-shirts from all the local spots he loves to visit. Slowly it morphed into a way to spread the word about all of these cool local establishments. Fast forward a few years, and we now have a t-shirt shop in the Kona Inn Shopping Village.

I wanted to mention it here because so many of the places with t-shirts on our shop walls are places that I'm sure all of you here would love to check out. Not a day goes by that we don't have people come into the store and say, "I've been there and there, and oh, we've got to check out that place too." One of our Seattle friends just went to Kona on vacation with his family and ended up touring the island by visiting all of our 'Desteenations' (that's the name of our business).

Even if you don't buy a t-shirt, it's just a fun place to learn about some of the Big Island's cool, local places. You can check out our
Hawaiian t-shirt collection on our website—just click on a shirt to see pictures and learn more about the place, and just so you know, each business gets a percentage of every t-shirt we sell. We're adding new places every week.

Also rest assured, as much as posting this here is about getting the word out about our t-shirt store, it's also a way to remind people to support local places when you're on the islands. As so many of the other posters on this thread have mentioned, when you're in Hawaii, you don't need to go to McDonald's or Walmart. There are so many local establishments that need your business, and visiting them will only make your trip richer and more fun.

Aloha and mahalo!

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oscarjunk25
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Posted: 2007-09-21 10:22 am   Permalink

I love hawaii, I don't think there is a more relaxing place in the islands than Kuaia.

 
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Posted: 2008-07-31 11:36 pm   Permalink

This is a very good business trick. Oh! you can enjoy your place too. Most of the people would not get such a business situation again. Keep it moving with your business and love.

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romarchez
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Posted: 2008-08-28 02:13 am   Permalink

i read thru the whole post and finally finished.... 2.5 hours later... enjoyed every post, but was mostly interested in the Oahu ones. we have family and friends that reside there, so we enjoy going there the most. hopefully, with the superferry available now, we'll be able to check out maui for a day.

it was entertaining to see the changes that had occured in oahu during the threads. for instance, the aston hotels are now resortquest hotels and the dole plantation is now closed. i hope we will be able to see some of the new spots that you all mentioned, which we've never been too, this fall.

my husband totally loves oahu and hopes to retire there one day. his 40th birthday is around the corner and i am surprising him with a 6 day trip to oahu, and leaving the kids behind. our last trip together was taken in 2004, in oahu, to attend a weddng. we only stayed for 4 days. now the same group of friends (5 other couples) are also joining in on the surprise and booked for oahu with us. my husband will be so surprised! lol

anyhow, i have printed out some places that i have not yet checked out, but heard about; such as, puka dog and side street cafe. i'm surprised that one of my favorite spots was not mentioned in this thread, which is ted's bakery in the north shore. they have the best chocolate mac nut pies and haupia pies ever! they also have a mean crab sandwich to die for! when i get a chance, i buy a few pies and hand carry them back with me to the mainland... but not to share with friends, but indulge for myself. lol

so we'll be in oahu mid sept and i'm looking forward to checking out all the neat places to eat. can't wait and thanks for the tips!


 
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Koolau
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Posted: 2008-08-30 12:17 am   Permalink

I'm pretty sure Dole Plantation outside of Wahiawa is not closed - maybe you're thinking about the cannery.

Also FYI - Ted's Pies can be found in most Times Supermarkets on Oahu, so you don't have to drive all the way to the North Shore if you have a chocolate haupia craving in town.



 
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Dr.TikiMojo
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Posted: 2008-08-31 5:59 pm   Permalink

Yea, if anyone has the latest "up dated" tips of places to see and things to do that would be awesome!

Mrs. Mojo and I are going to be in Oahu from Sept 9th - 23rd on our much belated Honeymoon!

I'm excited about the new super ferry and hope we get the chance to hit one extra island while we're there!

We're really into the whole TIKI SEARCH thing! Places with carved Tiki to photograph or actual island carvers!

Our last visit to Oahu 2 years ago we could only stay 2 days, never got near the water, did Pearl Harbor to pay our respects since my Great Uncle was Captain of the USS West Virginia and died there
http://www.homeofheroes.com/pearlharbor/pearl_4fire.html ), then we drove waaaaayy out on the West side to find some local carved Tiki that are still our most treasured!

Feel free to email me directly since I don't know how much time I'll have to keep checking back here!

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Koolau
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Posted: 2008-08-31 8:12 pm   Permalink

Real carved tikis are fairly hard to come by on Oahu - some suggestions:

- Polynesian Cultural Center (although I think many of these are sculpted rather than carved). Also check out the tikis in front of the Laie Inn.
- Bishop Museum (of course), the real-kine thing, but there are less tiki on exhibit than you would expect
- La Mariana Sailing Club for the amazing accumulation of Poly-Pop tikis and tiki poles
- The Hawaiiana Hotel in Waikiki, but many of the tikis are so old, eroded and shellaced that they are somewhat dissappointing
- Tikis Bar and Grill for some fun new tikis and a ton of Shag prints in the back room

Your mention of driving all the way out to the west side was probably a visit to the heiau in Makaha - I've never been out there, but I think there are some repro tikis in the authentic style.

Consider a visit to some of the other old Hawaiian sites - they are mostly piles of rock and/or rock walls, but it is quite amazing to think of all the labor that went into transporting those rocks. And if the weather is right (windy/rainy), and you're alone, they can be quite spooky. Maybe it's the mana.

Heiau: Pupukea on the North Shore, above Waimea Valley; Upo Heiau in Kailua, behind the YMCA; heiau at the end of Aiea Heights Road; Kukaniloko Birthing Stones outside of Wahiawa.

Superferry is about 5 hours each way - 2 hours for car inspection/loading and 3 hours transit. About $70 for your car and $60 for each person.

Have an excellent time.


 
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Posted: 2009-12-11 6:41 pm   Permalink

Da Big Island of Hawaii: Recs, Nov. 2009

Capt’n Skully and I just spent Thanksgiving week on the Big Island and I wanted to give updates as to what’s still there/good/worth it/etc. And since we basically planned our trip from recs here, I thought it only fair to give back

AIRLINES:
Flights were a b*tch. November has got to be about the worst time to fly, price-wise. But the trip was worth it. We went via US Air. No real complaints, save the “Mai Tai.” I was thinking they were serving Trader Vic’s ones, and a stewardess said they stopped 2 years ago. The “Mai Tai” they do serve: Stirrings Mai Tai Mix & a travel bottle of Bacardi Silver... for only $8! YUM!! It contained orange, pineapple, cranberry and I think lemon juice. “And other flavorings.” We passed (after sniffing our seatmate’s).

LODGING:
** First 3 nights at the Royal Kona Resort (3rd night free with two). Not cheap, but not crazy. And beautiful. Gorgeous inside and out. And right in the heart of the beachside Kailua-Kona “stuff.” AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, with Don the Beachcomber’s and Don’s Mai Tai Bar in the lobby and at the ocean. Some of the Mai Tai’s were cheap (Happy Hour) and some were fine. Not Don’s, not Trader Vic’s, but fine. (And we had TV’s brand mix up in our room, so acceptable Mai Tai’s were consumed on the premises... Ssshhh...)

We bought the Squid and Crazy Al mug at Hilo Hattie's; Don's was not using them. Hell, they weren't even using Don's barrels. Nor were they selling them. Grrr. (My only complaint.)
Check out the photos of Don’s:
http://www.hawaiihotels.com/Main/Sub.cfm?Id=200&Ref=HHR

** Last 5 days at a rental condo. BEST DEAL ON THE ISLAND. We found it through VRBO:
http://www.vrbo.com
Approximately 4 miles south of the heart of Kona, Kona Magic Sands was our spot, next door to Magic Sands Beach and on the other side, a green park where local [non-Haole] girls learned hula on Sat AM’s. $75 a night ($100 deposit, plus $100 cleaning fee, which was included in the price). Seriously. Everything provided: full kitchen (including coffee grinder for the of-course 100% Kona coffee), wireless/free internet, AC (which we never turned on), beach towels, snorkel gear, and even binoculars (which we unfortunately did not discover until *after* our volcano excursion - Agh!). But the view: worth 10X the cost. We were 30’ from the water, had palm trees out the window, fish in the waves, and rocky promontories on one side. Even had a Condo Nazi who left little notes on the car, informing us of rules we were breaking (never intrusive and always entertaining). PM me if you want our spot.

Comparison:
We loved both places and were glad that we did both.
AND we regretted not being able to stay at Tiki Dug’s spot (already booked). It too seemed perfect, despite not being on the water. http://tikiislandhawaii.com/

A.) The Royal Kona was great for just lazing around, getting happy at Happy Hour

(with TC’ers and now-locals Brad TikiShark, Thomas from Bamboo Too, Bryce & Lisa, and their friends Jeff & Cindy, who were enjoying their first night on the island with us as well, having just moved there). The silver haired vibes player is still there! Sunday nights. We watched the sun set at Don’s as we heard him play “Quiet Village.” I was pinching myself. Royal Kona also has convenient and delicious dinner at Don’s, walking to the shopping spots, and just relaxing – something I never do on vacation. Just couldn’t afford to stay there the whole time, and we both really wanted to cook.

B.) The rental was good for using as a home base, and when we stayed at the Volcano House another night, we didn’t feel horrible “throwing away” a night at the condo. View from our window. Queen sized bed behind the camera (we had more than a futon):

(Fresh mahi mahi, prepared on the poolside grill at the condo, and fruits/vegetables from the market were as good as we’d dreamed.)

ACTIVITIES:
Snorkeling/Diving with the Mantas at Night
Brad TikiShark and Laney were SO RIGHT; it’s perhaps the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Top three at least. DO IT. DO NOT MISS IT. Brad’s rec of Jack’s Diving Locker http://www.jacksdivinglocker.com/ was dead-on. It’s a 2:45 – 9:30 affair, which was surprising. Lots of waiting around and wetsuit-fitting eats up the time, but you get an afternoon dive and a night one, plus a small dinner (sandwich and chips). We both snorkeled and loved it; there were 2 males and 4 females our night, including a 16 footer. And we both want to get dive certified and do it underwater (and see the eels!) next time.
Not our footage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evMUdYoWaDU
Yes, I’d spend $95 (for snorkeling/$150 for diving) and 6-7 hours to dive for one hour with manta rays a second time. It really was that cool. And it is NOT SCARY, those of you who think the night thing or claustrophobia would get you. It's so well lit (and filled with divers) that you just can't be scared, even if you're floating on top of the water snorkeling.
It was rather chilly when you get out of the water (in November). Bring enough clothes/towels to keep warm.
NOTE: If you get seasick, be prepared. Thankfully, we had Dramamine. Wish the lady doing a fabulous Tretchikoff imitation on our boat had taken it...

Volcano
We didn’t give ourselves enough time to do the hike out across the caldera, but instead drove down to the bottom, SE end of the Volcano National Park to hike out to the water’s edge and watch the lava hit the ocean – at dusk. Pure magic.


View from a boat (which we did not do), from the Tourist Board:
http://www.gohawaii.com/perfect/?cid=10Brand_020#/Lava
All the recs on this thread about what to wear/bring/arrange are still true (flashlight, jeans, water, dinner for later, etc.). Maps and instructions for where is the best current viewing are everywhere, such as at the park info center across the street from the Volcano House.

We spent the night at The Volcano House, a great old hotel. Imperfect, but you CANNOT beat the location!
http://www.volcanohousehotel.com/accomodation.htm
It’s inside the park, so $10 park entrance to enter the grounds. Great old main building with an outstanding view of the smoking caldera...which glows at night. We had a cheaper [rather crappy] room (cheapest are $100 and $130), so I can’t say if a volcano view was worth the extra $ (up to $250). Perhaps. We certainly gawked like tourists when we finally saw it by day the next morning over our kickASS buffet breakfast. (With bacon 2 ways: flimsy and extra crispy!)

NOTE: In winter, the park/hotel was much colder than the viewing spot down by the ocean. Don’t be tempted to buy an expensive (but great looking) Volcano House sweatshirt to stay warm, unless you’ll be in the higher elevations. But do get a $2.50 rain poncho from the same gift shop if it looks like rain – and it’s always dizzling, from what we heard. (Drizzled on us.)
FURTHER NOTE: Their website reads that they are closing for renovations on Jan. 1, 2010. No idea when they re-open. Hopefully they’ll clean the grout in our shower....

Drive Around the Island (we did counterclockwise)
Go ahead and rent the convertible; you know you want to. We found an ok price on Travelocity or Expedia, then called the company itself. They knocked $100 off the week.
Once again, didn’t give ourselves enough time to do all the things we wanted to (like stop for waterfalls on the southern drive from Kona to Hilo), but we enjoyed what we did.
**Stopped at the Ka’u(?) Trading Co. before reaching Hilo. Skully bought a nice tiki from local carver Cisco.
**Saw Hilo on Thanksgiving Day. Everything closed, so can’t give any report.
**Kolekole State Park (10 min N of Hilo). Rock beach, river runs into it. Fun watching the surfers. Too effing cold in November to swim, but we experienced true Aloha there; when we asked for a knife to cut our boulder-sized avocado from the Kona market, we were given plates of turkey dinner and pressed to stay and hang with the providers. (You can take the avocado seeds home to the Mainland to grow your own. Not illegal.)

Notice little surfers in the water.

**Akaka Falls. Almost a cliché, it was so beautiful. Postcard perfect. Walk the full circle. Bathrooms located in the parking area. Shopping alert: little shops at the turn to go there, open on Thanksgiving Day! ha! And yes, they suckered me in bigtime. I bought a ridiculously expensive sarong ($45) from another original hippie-turned-island-girl’s shop, and it’s the most beautiful thing I bought on the trip. Wore it night and day ‘til the plane home. (Another local artist product. We fell for that line every time, I swear! But we really wanted to support the local economy. The public school system is in shambles – NO money.)
Tourist Board footage:
http://www.gohawaii.com/perfect/?cid=10Brand_020#/AkakaFalls
Skully's photo:


**Waipiu Canyon. Didn’t get to do the trading co./antique store in the town mentioned earlier here on this thread, but it’s still there and it looked great. Rats. Hit the canyon rim in the afternoon and hiked down...in the drizzle. Wore my ass out. And that was going *down*. Started too late back up, so by the time we were halfway back up the mile-long, 4-wheel-drive-only road, it was dark. But my muscles did not die the next day, and the black sand beach and Bali Hai beauty made it worth the effort.

But next time, I AM GETTING A RIDE, DAMNIT.
Would love to have seen Pololu Canyon too, recommended here as well.

Luau
We skipped this. We watched the one at the Royal Kona from our balcony and they ain’t got nuthin’ the Mai Kai ain’t got. The one at the King Kamehameha supposedly has The King ride up right to the beach on an outrigger, which sounded like cheesy fun. But these were both running $85-ish, with maybe one shitty drink included. I’m waiting ‘til I go to Kauai and do the one there rec’d by a friend. In the meantime, I’ll gaze at Motor Booty at the Mai Kai and order another Jet Pilot.

Snorkeling at Honokohau Nat’l Historic Park
(Just north of K-K). Didn’t make Mauna Kea Resort and its killer beach (dadgummit), but we loved this spot. It’s actually at the marina where Jack’s Manta Dive takes off from, just north of town. And FI-nally saw honu (turtles) here! Nice sand, few people.

St. Benedict’s (“The Painted Church”)

and
Puuhonua O Honaunau (“Place of Refuge”) National Historical Park.

Both about 30 minutes south of town, at Captain Hook. The former is a precious little jewel, with great tromp l’oiel painting. The latter, we saw at sunset (there aren’t enough sunsets on a trip to Hawaii!!) and it was phenomenal. Took a bajillion shots and wanted to take more. TC-ers canNOT miss this.
(Couldn’t find the purported tiki shop near the church, but I think we weren’t in the right area to look.)


SHOPPING
** Bamboo Too to at least drool, get build-out ideas, and meet the wonderful TC-er (and Gecko-recommended) Thomas, aka Alii Tiki (and co-worker Autumn). Located across/down the street from 2 great thrift stores (I scored a dress and 2 shirts) and from the Kona International Marketplace. One light north of “town.”

** Zan’s stall in the above-mentioned Marketplace. Classic original hippie, super-sweet and friendly, and she carries Gecko’s and other locals’ work, and Tiki Farm mugs. And she’ll tell you which things are imported vs. island-made. Skully and I both picked up the ubiquitous fishing hooks *EVERYONE* wears; we were constantly complimented by dealers who noticed how nice ours were. She’ll also try to sell you her Ka’u coffee (“Better than Kona!”). A bit more expensive...and IMO, it is a little bit better than the Kona we also bought (and brought back tons of).

** Rec’d brand of Kona coffee, according to Lisa and Bryce: Kona Black Label Coffee and No KA ‘OI. Grab whichever is on sale at the grocery store. Still ain’t cheap, BTW. Zan’s Ka’u stuff rocks, too. I’m happy every morning now

** Antiques dealer Dan Brown (ha!) in the same Marketplace. Coooool old Hawaiian stuff, though mostly overpriced, but we got some nice things from him. He’s a carver, and Skully bought a couple of scrap chunks of beautifully grained native woods at a huge discount.

** Wed-Sun Market in town. Fruits, cheaper fishhook necklaces, flower clips for the hair (like I didn’t already have enough from the Mai Kai!! HA!!), and interesting artisan stuff. Do all of your small souvenir gift shopping here or the smaller one a little further south. Don’t forget to bargain. Note: the guys who made tikis and sold tapa are no longer there - making rock walls instead, damnit. Loads of Indonesian fake tiki crap.

** Don’t kill me: Wal-Mart. Yes, we went in there – breaking our boycott - for a camera card...and because we’d heard they had loads of cheap, tropical fabric – the kind you Californians take sooo for granted. Got 9 yards of DREAM stuff for $3.50 a yard. HELLO, FASHION TRAMP! (and new curtains, etc.). But the clincher: whole sets of pre-made slipcovers, in good, ‘50’s-looking barkcloth tropical prints for your rattan furniture!! $166 for a fiver (3-seater couch plus two more chairs, so 10 cushions) or $36 for a single chair (two cushions). Two different makers, who sell only to WalMart - and only on the islands!! Bastards! I bought - *gulp* - TWO complete sets. 7 lbs per set. Yep, 14 more pounds for the bags. I have a lot of rattan...

** Sack N Save, the grocery store in Kopiko Plaza, which also has Hilo Hattie’s, Kona Mix Plate ((808) 329-8104), Long’s Drugstore (north end of town, on the street that runs between Queen K Highway and Ali’i Drive). Got all our booze and mixers (like Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Mix) at the Long’s and Sack N Save (and cheap limes at the market). Great poke in the back, as well as the mahi mahi we grilled. Loved the Mix Plate rec, too; we were the only Haoles in the joint, and the food rocked.
Note: Orgeat, orange curacao, and simple sugar were available at Long’s, S n S, and The Wine Market in the shopping center next to Kona International Market, but we took the easy route.

** Island Lava Java (in the middle of all the Ali’i Drive shopping) has free internet for your laptop, in addition to the desktops you can rent by the 20 minute module.

** Kava. We tried it at Kanaka Kava in the Coconut Grove shopping center (which has or is next to all the shopping plus Jack’s Diving Locker HQ). Trip advisor said it was run by “dirty hippies”. Um...I can see why some would say that. But super nice folks (and a tiki I covet on the bar).

The kava – well – maybe I’m just not into water that tastes like dirt. And we did it on the recommended empty stomach. 2 big cups a piece at $5 a cup. No buzz for me. Nuthin’. Just dirt-water sloshing around in my stomach. Skully had a short-lasting buzz, and it was fun to try, at least. Check that off my list of “Things To Do/Try in Hawaii”...

I gotta go back! I can’t compare with the other islands, since this was my only time ever there, but I can say a big thank you to those who said if you only do one, do The Big Island. A mix of olde/touristy/natural/tiki/busy/isolated. Just perfect.

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Posted: 2009-12-18 2:39 pm   Permalink

Thanks for bringing this thread up to date. Mrs. Bungalow will be celebrating our 30th on the Big Island this spring and are really looking forward to it.


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Posted: 2009-12-25 1:38 pm   Permalink

I suggest that you cover up your rental car bar code with a "got aloha" sticker from Longs. Otherwise.....

 
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Posted: 2009-12-28 9:08 pm   Permalink

Very happy to find these travel tips here! Trevor and I will be visiting Hawaii FEB 13-20 this year, and I have been looking for suggestions.
Any Tiki Central folks local to Oahu or Hawaii interested in meeting up at La Maraiana or Don Beachcombers while we are there? We are doing the first five days at Oahu and the other two at Hawaii.


 
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I suggest that you cover up your rental car bar code with a "got aloha" sticker from Longs. Otherwise.....



...otherwise you're attractive to thieves?


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Posted: 2009-12-30 10:41 pm   Permalink

Yes, do not leave anything of value in your car.

Now with the said, in kalihi (off Nimitz near the airport) there's a market called Alicia's Market and it has the most onolicious Poke' dat da break you mouth no, I'm serious. I also get the Char siu plate with mac salad and rice w/ kimchee. Crazy good

The Waikiki experience Tiki's is fun. Waiola shave ice is tasty, Rainbows Drive in is greasy good, Want a 5 Star meal Hy's steak house on Kuhio is fantastic. Genki Sushi will break your wallet but has tasty sushi.

St.Louis Drive is fantastic it's in Kaimuki. That's if you want the Plate Lunch grindz..oops can't forget about L&L burger get the HAL special (it comes with Terri beef.)

This is all on Oahu of course. I also highly suggest La Mariana for the experience.
Whatever you do here try to keep it local and your stay will be much more exciting.

Many Mahalos



 
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