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An October 2006 trip to Honolulu by Eric from Aiea

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Tips for Halloween in Honolulu

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Duke and Halloween Photo, Waikiki, Hawaii
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My first Halloween in Oahu came about when I flew up to Honolulu from Pago Pago for a meeting that happened to coincide with Halloween. Having just left ST Louis before moving to American Samoa, I had no clue about how Halloween was done out in the islands and thought it might just be a few clubs throwing costume parties. What I found was that when it comes to Halloween, you are not likely to find many places that celebrate it as big as Honolulu does. Years later, I am still going back to celebrate Halloween, and thought I would offer a few tips for those traveling to Hawaii or for those who are new living on island on the fun things that are offered and where to go. When Halloween falls on a w...Read More

Home is Oahu

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Overview

Entrance to Pearl Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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When you live in Hawaii, you always find that you have friends coming through the islands that want you to give them a tour and show them a bit that may be they would not otherwise see or places to eat that they probably would have never found if you had not taken them there. It's those small aspects that can change a great vacation or trip to the islands - into an even better one.Quick Tips: Rule of thumb for Oahu - if you cross the canal and depart from Waikiki, prices do tend to fall. Many never get further than Ala Moana Mall, but to see Oahu, you have to leave Waikiki - even though you can find so many things there. Do not miss going to Chinatown for lunch or dinner one day whil...Read More

Eggs 'N Things

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Restaurant | "Eggs & Things"

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Eggs 'n Things is a place that always has a line of people waiting for a table for breakfast. It is pretty easy to spot as you come into Waikiki down McCully. Here you will find a large number of Japanese tourists that have heard that this is one of the "must-eat at" places during their stay on Oahu. If you are by yourself, or if there is just two of you, ask for a place at the counter (which is actually done as a large surfboard) and you usually will have a seat in 10 minutes or less. The hostess will give you a pager and buzz you when either a table or a place is ready. The portions of food served at Eggs & things are truly Hawaiian sized, and even I have split an item before because it real...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2006

Eggs 'N Things
1911 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 949-0820

E & O Trading Co. Southeast Asian Grill

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Restaurant | "E & O Trading Co. Southeast Asian Grill"

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E&O Trading Co. is located in the same Ward Center building that Brew Moon is in. As soon as you walk in the entrance, you are met with an exotic decor that seems to have come strait out of Penang or Singapore. It is actually worth taking a few minutes to look around the restaraunt and see all the unique items they have making up the decor!E & O Trading Co. Restaurant has earned its popular acclaim for its various Southeast Asian cuisine, as well as the exotic ambiance. Like the decor, it is a place that represents the crossroads of foods and cultures well. But it is as the crossroads of spices that make its foods unique.Having first tasted some of the E&O dishes at Taste of Hono...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2006

E & O Trading Co. Southeast Asian Grill
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 591-9555

Green Door Cafe

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Restaurant | "The Green Door Cafe"

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The small Green Door Cafe specializes in Malaysian food and is located on Pahahi Street in Chinatown. With but three tables inside, and food served on Styrofoam, many might pass by the Green Door, if it was not for the wonderful smells hitting you as you pass by the door. But there is a very good reason that the Green Door is always appearing in the polls as one of our favorite small places to eat—the food is absolutely wonderful. And the buzz created makes it usually hard to get a table.The owner, Betty, is a friend of mine, and she does a great job with cooking the Chinese-Malay signature dishes that keep us all coming back to the Green Door. The menu is posted on a signboard, and changes some—bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2006

Green Door Cafe
1110 Nuuanu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii
808-533-0606

Big Kahuna Pizza

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Restaurant

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The Big Kahuna is one of those places that you always hear about, but a tourist never could find. Tucked away in the industrial area of Honolulu on the road between Tripler Army Hospital and the Airport is one of the best lunch locations on the island. The location is one that you have to be looking for it to see it and get into the parking lot!There is a very good reason that a small place with a handful of tables and surf and surfboard decor draws in a clientele that may be locals working near by and surfers to Army and Air Force generals - and that is the huge excellent bar-b-que sandwiches. The Kahlua pork sandwich is big enough to make two meals out even when you are hungry! The beef bri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2006

Big Kahuna Pizza
550 Paiea St # 134
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
(808) 833-5588

Diego's Tacos

Restaurant

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If you are over at the Pearl Harbor Memorial and want to head out for a great quick lunch in the Pearl City area - then head over to Diego's to fill up on some really good South Cali-style carne asada tacos . Diego's Tacos is a small place with about 6 tables that seat two people each. It is located on the left side in a strip mall about 1/4 of a mile after the overpass as your heading down Kam highway from Pearl Harbor - and before you get to Ben Franklins. Parking is in front or in back of the building - and expect a crowd at lunch time.What draws the lunch crowd is Diego's soft tacos that features some of the best shredded beef and chicken tacos on island. And then there are...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Diego's Tacos
97-719 Kamehameha Highway
Pearl City

Ricado's Italian

Restaurant | "Ricado's Italian Restaurant"

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First time I went to Ricados was when riding along a group of Senior Chiefs. I had not found any Italian place here that came close to the Hill in St Louis or Philly - until I had lunch at Ricardos. It might be hard to find - even when sitting right in front of it - because it is a pretty crowded strip mall. But right in Pearl Kai shopping center is one of the best under-known gems around! Other places may get the high marks for Italian food here on Oahu - but they just do not compare to Ricardos. From the fresh bread to the great wait staff to the atmosphere of a small friendly restaurant - they manage to top it all off with really great foods and really good appetizers. They do gr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Ricado's Italian
98-199 Kamehameha Hwy Ste B6
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
(808) 484-0215

Daiichi Noodles Inc

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Restaurant | "Daiichi Noodles Cafe"

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If you are going to the Aloha Stadium Flea market - do not miss the chance to stop in for lunch at DNC. Daiichi is truly one of those places that everyone working around Aiea knows about, and that is why such a small place in the Aiea Shopping Plaza is always busy! That crowd inside anytime of the day says it all, from nurses from the hospital across the street, local families, college students, and even Green Berets from Camp Smith, everyone goes to Daiichi for what is one of the best lunch combos on island for under $10.Their menu is pretty much the standard Japanese noodle fare, but its in the preparation of the food where DNC is anything but standard, and truly makes it one of the best l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2007

Daiichi Noodles Inc
Aiea Shopping Plaza
Honolulu, Hawaii
(808) 486-7432

Halloween

Hotel | "Halloween in Honolulu"

Halloween Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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One would never expect what one can find way out in the middle of the Pacific when it comes to celebrations. Halloween in Waikiki is so big that you had better get your costume items several days ahead of it because most stores will sell out of everything costume wise by Halloween itself. With Maui now coming to Oahu for Hawaii, it is a huge event that makes it one of the best "Must See" events in the Pacific.As the sun goes down on Halloween, many thousands of locals and tourists descend upon the main strip in Waikiki for the evening. The main strip will be packed with people from about 7pm until about 2am. Most of the dance clubs, pubs and bars along the main strip will hold costume...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2006

Halloween
Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard
Waikiki, Honolulu

Mardi Gras in Honolulu

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Attraction

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Yes – Honolulu does have a Mardi Gras street party, and you may be surprised at how many thousands of people show up for what is a pretty fun time - complete with beads, beer, and great music. Coming here from Louisianna, it has all the makings of some of the smaller cities and parish celebrations, and the parking problems of the big ones! The annual Nu'uanu Mardi Gras Block Party is held from 6:30pm to 10pm on Fat Tuesday on Nu'uanu Avenue between Pauahi and King streets downtown. Nu'uanu Avenue and Hotel Street are to be closed to traffic during the event, and open containers are allowed in the blocked off area. That might be a problem when trying to get there, but it is pretty easy i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2007

Mai Tai Bar

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Attraction | "Mai Tai Bar at Ala Moana Shopping Center"

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So you’re looking for a great place to start your evening off in Honolulu – not many tourists would guess that one of the best places to go is on the 4th floor of Oahu’s huge Ala Moana Shopping Center. But there is exactly where you will find one of the best bars in town which constantly is in the top or the running or close to the top for having the best Happy Hour in the city! Best part about it – one of the few places on island where parking is - No Problem! You can park on the top deck of the mall below California Pizza and Bubbba Gump and it is a large parking area.Kick back and take in the trade winds in this no walls establishment while sitting on plush tropical furniture in this...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 25, 2007

Mai Tai Bar
Ala Moana Shopping Center
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814