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A Kaneohe Dweller's Guide to Oahu

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Honolulu is a fun place with a large variety of things to do, places to visit and/or eat, drink and make merry!

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

18 Places

3 City Tips

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18 Places

Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar

Restaurants

Roy's Waikiki Beach

Restaurants

Lewers Lounge

Restaurants

House Without a Key

Restaurants

Magic Island

Parks, Islands

USS Arizona Memorial

Cemeteries, Historic Sites, History Museums, Monuments & Statues

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

Restaurants

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Military Bases & Facilities

Hoku's

Restaurants

Nobu Honolulu

Restaurants

Mariposa

Restaurants

Iolani Bandstand

Historic Sites

Padovani's Grill

Restaurants

Mimasuya Italiano of Kyoto

Restaurants

Chef Chai

Restaurants

Kaimana Beach

Beaches

Chart House

Restaurants

La Mer

Restaurants

Whitsiepoo's City Tips

  • One of the many tours that take you around the islands are very worthwhile.
  • There are lots of wonderful sights to see away from the popular areas such as Waikiki.
  • The Bus is an excellent and thrifty way to get around, probably the best public transportation system in the state!
  • Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar
    Restaurants
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    For many, many years I've totally enjoyed going to this unusual spot right at the edge of the sand in Waikiki. The concept of "grill it yourself" may not be new, and may not be something everyone enjoys, but it's always been fun for me. What makes it totally special is the great meat that you can grill to your pleasure, and doing it yourself means you can say "My compliments to the chef." What you can't do, though, is complain about the cookery. There is a huge assortment of side dishes, with a plethora of salads. Their drinks are only so-so and their mai-tai is not particularly authentic, but who cares when you're sipping it while overlooking that beautiful beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great ocean view 29/01/2019
    • Disappointed .. 07/01/2019
    • Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar
    Address:
    2169 Kalia Rd
    Suite 118
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-2887
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$22
    Other:
  • Roy's Waikiki Beach
    Restaurants (Japanese, American, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Roy's has several locations on Oahu, and this spot is fairly new. I especially enjoy Roy's pineapple martini, and his food, which is a fusion type of cuisine, is filling and delicious. It's unfortunate that the view is not better (it fronts a busy street with no ocean view) but who cares when the food is this good.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • This is a very nice place to eat, and one of the better places in Waikiki. Enjoy one of their pineapple martinis.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #82 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent meal 18/05/2019
    • Surprisingly bad. 17/05/2019
    • Roy's Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    226 Lewers St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1941
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-7697
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lewers Lounge
    Restaurants
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    An elegant drinking spot with excellent entertainment in one of the nicest hotels on Waikiki beach.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #116 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Something just really nice in Waikiki. 22/02/2019
    • Wonderful Lounge 14/02/2019
    • Lewers Lounge
    Address:
    2199 Kalia Rd
    at Halekulani Hotel
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-2311
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:30 PM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • House Without a Key
    Restaurants (American, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    This is my favorite drinking spot on Waikiki beach, not just for the truly excellent mai-tais (which are the most like the original Trader Vic's) but for the laid-back ambience under the palms with the famous surf of Waikiki right next door and the sensational Hawaiian music (often with hula dancers) in the evening.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Just sit back, relax, sip and enjoy!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect first night in Hawaii 17/05/2019
    • Dinner review 07/05/2019
    • House Without a Key
    Address:
    2199 Kalia Rd
    Halekulani Hotel
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-2311
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Magic Island
    Parks, Islands
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Great for diving! Also a vast beachside park that's swell for walking, jogging and just being laid back.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • No filming sadly 19/05/2019
    • Very lovely beach frequented by locals 07/05/2019
    • Magic Island
    Address:
    1201 Ala Moana Blvd
    At the end of Ala Moana Beach Park
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4205
    Other:
  • USS Arizona Memorial
    Cemeteries, Historic Sites, History Museums, Monuments & Statues
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Great for history buffs. The tour includes a very informative film, a ride across the calm waters of Pearl Harbor and a stirring visit to the memorial.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A piece of history 16/05/2019
    • Arizona Memorial 16/05/2019
    • 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:
  • Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant
    Restaurants (Japanese, Asian)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    There are several locations of this fun and authentic Japanese nabe restaurant. I especially enjoy the "do it yourself" shabu-shabu, and the sukiyaki is excellent as well. A limited bar menu, but I recommend the green apple shochu martini.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #453 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    • Sat on the floor 26/12/2018
    • Delicious 13/12/2018
    • Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant
    Address:
    510 Piikoi St
    Ste 102
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4309
    Phone:
    +1 808-589-2299
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial
    Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, History Museums, Military Bases & Facilities
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Another "must" for history buffs. "Remember Pearl Harbor" is definitely an appropriate saying.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Moving tribute 19/05/2019
    • Quick visit 19/05/2019
    • Pearl Harbor National 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:
  • Hoku's
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Hawaiian, Contemporary)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    A luxurious restaurant with a delightful ambience and delicious food, although since it's not in Waikiki it might be a little inconvenient for a tourist. It's worth the trip, though, for the excellent food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Must Visit 15/05/2019
    • Outstanding Food & Service 07/05/2019
    • Hoku's
    Address:
    5000 Kahala Ave
    The Kahala Hotel & Resort
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816
    Phone:
    +1 808-739-8760
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$75
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Nobu Honolulu
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Anyone familiar with Nobu's cuisine will appreciate this spot. Even though I'm not a big fan of fish I enjoyed the hamachi sashimi.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #238 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Late Mother’s Day dinner 19/05/2019
    • Just like Stella, Nobu’s lost its groove! 06/05/2019
    • Nobu Honolulu
    Address:
    1118 Ala Moana Blvd
    Suite 100
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4911
    Phone:
    +1 808-237-6999
    Price range:
    US$50 - US$200
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Mariposa
    Restaurants (American)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    This upscale restaurant located in the Ala Moana Center branch of the upscale (and sometimes snooty) Neiman Marcus store is a fine choice when you're shopping at the center, or just if you want an elegant meal with an excellent view of Ala Moana beach park. Go at sunset for a special treat (such as, if you're lucky, the famous "green flash").

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #272 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Will NEVER Go There Again! Why? 18/04/2019
    • A fine dining setting with local grindz 08/04/2019
    • Mariposa
    Address:
    1450 Ala Moana Blvd
    3rd floor in Neimann Markas,Ala Moana Shopping Center
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4604
    Phone:
    +1 808-951-3420
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
  • Iolani Bandstand
    Historic Sites
    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Hearing the Royal Hawaiian band at the historic bandstand located at the Iolani Palace (the only royal palace in the US) is quite a treat. They are an excellent musical group and play an assortment of traditional Hawaiian music as well as familiar light classics.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #154 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    • Glimpse Into Hawaii's Royal Past 04/11/2018
    • In need of repair 10/07/2018
    • Iolani Bandstand
    Address:
    Iolani Palace
    364 S.King Street
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813
    Phone:
    +1 808-522-0823
  • Padovani's Grill
    Restaurants (Steakhouse)
    Whitsiepoo Says:

    I wish I could recommend Padovani's Grill, because chef Padovani's cuisine is nothing short of miraculous. Unfortunately, his restaurant is now closed. However, you can still enjoy his fantastic chocolates by visiting his shop in the Dole Cannery shopping area. If you're lucky, you'll find him behind the counter!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Too bad....GWTW 08/09/2013
    • Too bad this place won't be around for long 05/01/2012
    • Padovani's Grill
    Address:
    1341 Kapiolani Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4520
    Phone:
    +1 808-955-3582
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$50
    Other:
  • Mimasuya Italiano of Kyoto
    Restaurants (Italian, Sushi)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    I totally enjoyed my meal here. I especially enjoyed the cold pasta dish with a very tasty tomato sauce with lots of cold tomatoes included. It's a little unusual finding an Italian restaurant with a Japanese twist, but it's definitely worth the price of admission. Incidentally, this place is in the same place where the aforementioned Padovani's Grill was located.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • great food, enjoyable lunch 29/10/2014
    • Mimasuya Happy Hour 16/09/2014
    • Mimasuya Italiano of Kyoto
    Address:
    1341 Kapiolani Blvd Ste 101
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4530
    Phone:
    +1 808-951-9000
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Chef Chai
    Restaurants (Asian)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    A worthy entry into the food culture of Honolulu, Chai's has some truly memorable dishes that are a mix of French, Italian and Thai. I've enjoyed it several times and now that I think of it, it's time to go again.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great last meal in Hawaii 08/05/2019
    • Asian Fusion 07/05/2019
    • Chef Chai
    Address:
    1009 Kapiolani Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2112
    Phone:
    +1 808-585-0011
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kaimana Beach
    Beaches
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    If you're looking for a less crowded beach, you couldn't find a better spot than this one. Although it may take some walking to get there if you're ensconced in a Waikiki hotel, this is a relaxing spot with a very nice, uncrowded beach with excellent swimming, surfing and even SCUBA diving. You might do well to book a room at the New Otani hotel located right on the beach!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 292 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Place to Swim 07/05/2019
    • Pretty Beach 22/04/2019
    • Kaimana Beach
    Address:
    2863 Kalakaua Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
  • Chart House
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Soups)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    Although it's technically a chain, it's an upscale one and the steaks here are grilled to perfection! It has a great location, right next to the Ala Wai yacht harbor and affords a great view of the sunset at the appropriate time. Maybe you'll even see the famous "green flash" of Waikiki!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #298 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous a must go to! 16/05/2019
    • Birthday Dinner 15/05/2019
    • Chart House
    Address:
    1765 Ala Moana Blvd
    Spc 2
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1435
    Phone:
    +1 808-941-6669
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$50
    Hours:
    Sun
    5:00 PM - 12:30 AM
    Mon
    4:30 PM - 12:30 AM
    5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    Tue
    4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    Wed - Thu
    4:30 PM - 12:30 AM
    5:45 PM - 9:00 PM
    Fri - Sun
    5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri
    4:30 PM - 2:00 AM
    Sat
    5:00 PM - 2:00 AM
    Other:
  • La Mer
    Restaurants (French)
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    Whitsiepoo Says:

    I'd rate this as the most elegant (and most pricey) restaurant in Oahu. The food is very upscale, tasty and superior. The service is all you'd expect from the magnificent Halekulani hotel. A table overlooking the shoreline is a mind boggling experience, especially at sunset.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 3,037 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good food 15/05/2019
    • Wedding menu is soooo good. 11/05/2019
    • La Mer
    Address:
    2199 Kalia Rd
    Halekulani Hotel
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-2311
    Price range:
    US$40 - US$250
    Other:
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