O’ahu, Hawaii: Do It

O’ahu is one of my favorite places.  It’s easy to get to, the weather and food are awesome, and it’s a perfect weekend away.  Therefore, this list will be constantly updated with new favorites as I find them.  The last trip to O’ahu was literally a 24 hour weekend trip, and as I always say, a day in Hawaii is better than no day in Hawaii.

This update focuses on car-free Waikiki.  Parking (and driving) in Waikiki is pretty expensive and annoying, so it’s nice to be able to wander around and use The Bus or Uber/Lyft for longer journeys.

One day in Hawaii is better than no days in Hawaii.  –Amy

Eat it

Marukame Udon:  it’s worth the wait in line for delicious, fresh-made udon noodles and tempura goodness.  I like the cold zaru noodles.

Bill’s:  An Australian chain, nice for breakfast and lighter meals.  Bill’s salad is my go-to (get the haloumi) and the interior space is fresh.

Roy’s:  Classic Hawaiian.  The prix fixe (lava cake!) is a good value.

See it

Diamond Head:  I like to walk from whatever hotel I’m at to Diamond Head and back for some exercise (if I don’t head out to Koko or another hiking spot).  Yes, it’s crowded and full of tourists, but that view…

Waikiki Beach:  Duh.  Of course.  Lately I’ve been renting an umbrella on the west end, by Fort DeRussy and doing nothing for a day.

Shop it

International Marketplace:  Recently revamped into a 3-story high fashion mall, it’s lost a bit of it’s Aloha and has replaced it with a lot of upscale fashion.  Some of the restaurants on the top floor look amazing, so that’s a tradeoff.  Where will I get my 5 for $20 t-shirts now?

KCC Farmer’s Market:  A stop on Saturday mornings if heading to Diamond Head, get there early.  The market opens at 7 (wait for the bell) and has a wide variety of local produce, and some pre-made goodies.  Gets crowded with tourist busses.

Sleep it

Courtyard Marriott:  Since I go to O’ahu often, I balance out when I splurge vs. save on hotels.  This is my “save” option, with rates usually under $150 and they offer late checkout and a hospitality room to shower in if you take a red eye flight.  I’ve stayed at almost every hotel near Waikiki Beach (it feels like it) and this is a solid option.


O'ahu, Hawaii

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Marukame Udon: 21.279511, -157.825985
Bills: 21.280606, -157.830882
Roy\'s: 21.278734, -157.831508
Diamond Head: 21.263798, -157.804094
Waikiki Beach: 21.276380, -157.827824
KCC Farmer\'s Market: 21.269410, -157.800697
Courtyard Marriott: 21.281283, -157.827872

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