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The Really Great Stuff of Hawaii

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Hawaii is truly a World Class Vacation destination that can offer you some of the greatest experiences of your life if you know what to do and where to go. Having lived in the Aloha State all my life my guide will offer you a true local's perspective of some of the very best that Hawaii has to offer.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Teddy's Bigger Burgers

Restaurants

Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant

Restaurants

USS Arizona Memorial

Cemeteries, Historic Sites, History Museums, Monuments & Statues

Leonard's Bakery

Restaurants

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water

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Restaurants

Buffalo Wild Wings

Restaurants

Wailana Coffee House

Restaurants

Hot Pot Heaven

Restaurants

Duke's Waikiki

Restaurants

Happy Days Seafood Restaurant

Restaurants

Gary W's City Tips

  • Make all your purchases with your best Rewards-type Mastercard or VISA where possible. Discover Card and American Express is not accepted at some local stores and restaurants. Hawaii does have many chain-type stores and restaurants that do take all of the major cards, though.
  • Buy yourself a decent dedicated GPS or know how to use your smartphone's GPS features to help you navigate the crowded streets of Hawaii.
  • Stay away from the H-1 Freeway after 3:00 pm, especially if you are heading west.
  • Teddy's Bigger Burgers
    Restaurants (American, Fast food, Diner)
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    Gary W Says:

    One of my absolute favorite burger places in the world. Why do I eat here every chance I get... because you will not find a better tasting burger anywhere. Why do I try to stay away from this place every chance I get... because I don't like having to buy new clothes to replace items I no longer fit. Also, this is one expensive "budget" place to eat.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Always request extra Teddy sauce and/or Teriyaki sauce.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #217 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yummiest Burger in Honolulu! 20/05/2019
    • Excellent Chicken Sandwich 08/05/2019
    • Teddy's Bigger Burgers
    Address:
    134 Kapahulu Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4014
    Phone:
    +1 808-926-3444
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant
    Restaurants
    Gary W Says:

    Good quality Chinese food that is above average and priced fairly. A great place for people who hate crowds.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Great House Noodles and Sweet Sour Pork.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Nice decor. Food ok 21/12/2017
    • Excellent Lunch Specials! 14/11/2017
    • Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant
    Address:
    5724 Kalanianaole Hwy
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96821-2354
    Phone:
    +1 808-377-5555
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • USS Arizona Memorial
    Cemeteries, Historic Sites, History Museums, Monuments & Statues
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    Gary W Says:

    One of the most Historic places to visit in Hawaii. No admission fee makes this a great attraction for the budget minded traveler.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • If possible, avoid weekends to stay away from the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very thought provoking 24/05/2019
    • Great Experience 23/05/2019
    • USS Arizona Memorial
    Address:
    1 Arizona Memorial Place
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96818
    Phone:
    +1 808-422-3399
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Leonard's Bakery
    Restaurants (Fast food, Portuguese, Hawaiian)
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    Gary W Says:

    An example of a true local eating experience that will give you a sample of Hawaii's down-to-earth sweet tooth cuisine.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Very poor parking arrangements. Try parking closer to the ocean and walking to the bakery (after your first few attempts to park closer).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 23/05/2019
    • Malasadas yo die for! 22/05/2019
    • Leonard's Bakery
    Address:
    933 Kapahulu Ave
    Kalanianaole Hwy/Lunalilo Home Road Intersection96825
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1434
    Phone:
    +1 808-737-5591
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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    Gary W Says:

    Worth every effort that you make to get here. It can become very difficult to manage since it is an extremely popular snorkeling spot and involves some vertical and steep walking. Parking can be difficult. A $7.50 entrance fee is accessed to non-locals. Also, a 10 minute video guide is required viewing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Weekday visits is recommended due to heavy weekend traffic.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Picture perfect 24/05/2019
    • Absolutely beautiful and a great place to snorkeling 24/05/2019
    • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
    Phone:
    +1 808-396-4229
    Other:
  • Like Like
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    Gary W Says:

    One of the very last local diners in Honolulu. Extremely fair prices and great tasting food. Open 24 hours.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • One of the best late night eating spots. Friendly local-style service.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #263 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Waitress was extremely helpful 10/05/2019
    • Breakfast lunch or dinner 13/04/2019
    • Like Like
    Address:
    745 Keeaumoku St
    Behind Promenade Mall Across From Walmart
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-3004
    Phone:
    +1 808-941-2515
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Fri
    6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
    Restaurants (American, Bar)
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    Gary W Says:

    Ok, it is a mainland chain-type restaurant that may not have the charm of a local eatery. But when you have that craving for spicy finger-licking fowl you will not find anywhere in Waikiki that can beat this place.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • A great spot for late hunger pains. Open late.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #595 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    • The worst 18/05/2019
    • Sports bar 09/05/2019
    • Buffalo Wild Wings
    Address:
    1778 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1605
    Phone:
    +1 808-983-3933
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • Wailana Coffee House
    Restaurants (American)
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    Gary W Says:

    A true bargain price local-style eatery located at the footsteps of Waikiki. Open all night for those craving a meal when most others are sleeping.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Parking is available in an underground basement. Rare for Waikiki.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place! Too Bad it Closed Down! 13/11/2018
    • Good food and service 11/11/2018
    • Wailana Coffee House
    Address:
    1860 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1632
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-1764
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$20
    Hours:
    Wed
    6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Thu - Tue
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Hot Pot Heaven
    Restaurants (Asian)
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    Gary W Says:

    The best tasting cultural Asian food available. At an average of $25 a head, priced slightly higher than most casual places but worth every cent. My wife will tell every time you ask her. No better tasting food for the refined palate.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The shumai (pork dumpling) and and choi sum (greens) will make your taste buds sing with joy.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #560 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    • Singaporean Chinese impressed by this hot pot 19/02/2018
    • Ohhhh Yessss! 10/12/2017
    • Hot Pot Heaven
    Address:
    1960 Kapiolani Blvd
    Ste 116
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-3975
    Phone:
    +1 808-941-1115
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Duke's Waikiki
    Restaurants (American, Hawaiian)
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    Gary W Says:

    Wow... this place is busy. Wow... this place is fantastic. Wow... this place is really worth visiting. I had a chance to re-visit this rare iconic eatery in the heart of Waikiki just this past week and my family and I were absolutely blown away. The food was fantastic and the prices were fair... considering where we are.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • The casual eating on the beach is truly an experience. Don't miss it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #83 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great breakfast buffet and outside dinner 24/05/2019
    • Mother's day at Duke's 24/05/2019
    • Duke's Waikiki
    Address:
    2335 Kalakaua Ave
    Ste 116
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2941
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-2268
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Happy Days Seafood Restaurant
    Restaurants (Chinese, Asian, Seafood)
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    Gary W Says:

    Very pricey, but good stuff. The luncheon items are a stand out. If you like dim sum, this is the place to come.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be ready to fight for parking since the the parking lot is shared by a lot of other businesses.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #409 of 3,035 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lunch with bow wow 27/03/2019
    • Dim Sum Yummm! 10/03/2019
    • Happy Days Seafood Restaurant
    Address:
    3553 Waialae Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-2701
    Phone:
    +1 808-738-8666
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
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