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Hawaiian Birthday Getaway

A June 2006 trip to Oahu by artbasement

Leonards Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: My husband was sent to Hawaii for business around my birthday. He could NOT go without me unless he wanted to suffer the consequences.

Hawaiian Birthday Getaway


Leonard's Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Restaurants I loved, but haven't had the chance to review yet:- Leonard's Bakery- Pyramids Egyptian Restaurant- Orancino- Aiko & Matsumoto Shaved Ice- Killer TacoQuick Tips: In Waikiki, nobody crosses the street against the red light even if there's no traffic around for miles. They always wait for the "WALK" light. I heard that the police strictly enforce pedestrian laws and that the penalties are steep (although I cannot verify that).Also, it's apparently important that you press the "Walk" button at least 5 times in rapid succession if you want the light to change in your favor. I saw everyone doing that.Best Way To Get Around: If you're stayin...Read More

Cholo's Homestyle Mexican

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Cholo's Homestyle Mexican Photo, Haleiwa, Hawaii
When telling people I was going to Oahu, everyone who'd been there before told me, "Get out of Honolulu. Check out the North Shore." So we took a nice drive around the island. When we got hungry, for some reason we were both craving Mexican food. Cholo's Homestyle Mexican fit the bill perfectly.Cholo's is located in the back of the North Shore Marketplace, across from the Patagonia store. It should be easy to spot with it's ever-present crowd waiting to be seated.While we waited our 20 minutes to be seated, we watched the diners on the patio enjoy baskets of chips and homemade salsa. We saw burritos, enchiladas, and some extremely large salads. Everything smelled and looked d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Cholo's Homestyle Mexican
66-250 Kamehameha Highway
Oahu, Hawaii 96791
(808) 637-3059

When I arrived in Hawaii, my husband picked me up at the airport. He took me to the hotel to drop off my bags. And, based on my exhaustion, he decided to take me to Cheeseburger, since it was just steps away from our hotel.We were greeted by a perky host in a Hawaiian shirt and white shorts. He was immediately joined by an equally perky hostess who tied a grass skirt around the host's waist to complete his uniform. They gave us the option to sit indoors or out. I selected outside and we were taken to a nice patio area.The patio was surrounded by metal fencing. There was a wide swath of tropical plants (I could identify palm trees and ginger flowers) between our table and the sid...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2008

Cheeseburger In Paradise
1945 Kalakaua Avenue
(808) 941-2400

Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 6am to 3pm at the Aloha Stadium: Don't miss the Swap Meet! If you've ever been to a flea market or community bazaar, you've got the idea. But this place is HUGE. It's easy to get lost or disoriented here. And it's even easier to get a good sunburn here, so be smarter than I was and load on some sunscreen before you hit the stalls.The great thing about the Swap Meet is that you can pick up almost any souvenir at STEEP discounts. Hawaiian shirts, which can cost $25-plus in most shops in Waikiki & Honolulu, can be had for $8-$10. (Sometimes less if you buy 2 or more.) We bought 2 adult shirts, a youth sized shirt, a toddler shirt/short set, and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
99 - 500 Salt Lake Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
808 488 0924

Hilo Hattie Nimitz Flagship Store

Attraction | "Hilo Hattie"

Hilo Hattie: home to all the possible Hawaiian souvenirs you could want. Everything here seems to be of good quality, but their pricing seemed a little steep to me. I bought a few small souvenirs here, but spent MUCH less buying my Hawaiian shirts at the Aloha Bowl swap meet. For budget-conscious souvenir shopping, go elsewhere.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 3, 2006

Hilo Hattie Nimitz Flagship Store
700 Nimitz Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
(615) 514-4456