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Oahu - The Heart of Hawaii

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A February 2007 trip to Oahu by travellingdave

Ono Hawaiian Foods Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
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Ono Hawaiian Foods

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Ono Hawaiian Foods Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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This tiny eatery located in the northeast corner of Honolulu, around two miles from Waikiki, is well-known to locals as one of the only true "locals'" restaurants in Honolulu. The small, unimposing exterior with its signature green awning beckons the customer into its small interior, which features a few tables strewn together, with just enough space in between to walk by. The walls are adorned with Hawaiian memorabilia, and the sounds of the islands play on the stereo (or the football game, depending on the day). There is usually a lineup here, so you may find yourself waiting for a table for up to an hour - phone beforehand for a reservation.Upon arriving, the Hawaiian staff will sea...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 8, 2007

Ono Hawaiian Foods
726 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
(808) 737-2275

Matsumoto’s

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Restaurant

Matsumoto’s Photo, Haleiwa, Hawaii
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On a hot, Hawaiian summer day, what could be better than a huge cone of ice, doused with fresh fruit juices and syrups, topped with vanilla ice cream and red azuki beans? To satisfy these cravings, look no further than the excellent Matsumoto's Shave Ice stand, a small, unimposing building on the Kamehameha Highway in downtown Hale'Iwa, on Oahu's North Shore.Matsumoto's is well-known around the island for its excellent shave ice (snow cones). Locals are known to drive the hour from Honolulu just to enjoy a shave ice, then drive back. It's really that good. The lineup was long when I visited on a busy Monday afternoon in early February. The sun was hot and people were thirsty. Behind the co...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 8, 2007

Matsumoto’s
66-087 Kamehameha Hwy
Haleiwa, Hawaii
(808) 637-4827

Dole Pineapple Plantation

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Restaurant | "Dole Pineapple Plantation Cafeteria"

Dole Pineapple Plantation Photo, Wahiawa, Hawaii
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This small pineapple-themed cafeteria is truly one of the biggest highlights of the like-it-or-hate-it Pineapple Plantation tourist trap. The atmosphere is sunny and youthful, the service is decent, the prices are reasonable, and the food is delicious.Understandably, the menu revolves around pineapple. The menu ranges from "entrées" like sandwiches, hot dogs, pineapple chili dogs, and pineapple chili bowls, to pineapple pastries, ice creams, Dole Whip (a dairy-free pineapple sorbet), and of course, fresh pineapple juice and sliced pineapple. Everything is brightly laid out with fresh pineapples everywhere - if nothing else, you know it's fresh.I wasn't hungry, so I settled with a Dole ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2007

Dole Pineapple Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
(808) 621-8408

Kailua Beach Park

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Kailua Beach Park Photo, Kailua, Hawaii
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Located just outside of the town of Kailua (on Oahu's eastern shore), Kailua Beach Park is a remarkably serene slice of paradise. This is the best beach in Hawaii hands-down, and it's my personal favorite beach in the World. Set apart by its clear, turquoise waters, just a stone's throw from a beautiful set of offshore islands, glistening in the afternoon sunlight, the setting of this beach is remarkably idyllic. The blue waves crashing onto the fine-powdered white sands, palm trees swaying nearby reach near-total perfection. This beach is hardly frequented by tourists, so there is definitely a high likelihood of finding solitude here on any given day.Grab your beach towel, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 18, 2007

Kailua Beach Park
450 Kailua Road
East O'ahu, Kailua, Hawaii 96734
(808) 266-7652

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

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Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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If you've traveled to Oahu on a nice little getaway, and somehow neglected to visit Hanauma Bay while there, you have pretty much wasted your entire trip. Such sacrilege would be unforgivable. This heavily-touristed-but-thats-okay-because-its-awesome hotspot should be on the top of your to-do list while on the island of Oahu. It deserves a full day, if not two. What is it, you ask? It's the Great Barrier Reef of the USA, for all intents and purposes.This secluded bay on Oahu's southeastern shore is THE place for scuba diving and snorkeling on the island, and possibly in Hawaii as a whole. The waters here are impossibly clear, the marine life abundant, and the waves calm enough to sno...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 3, 2008

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

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