Fodor's Oahu: with Honolulu, Waikiki & the North Shore (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of Oahu, including beaches for surfing and swimming, top resorts in Waikiki and beyond, and the scenic Manoa Valley. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.
MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Honolulu to the North Shore
PERFECT HOTELS for every budget
BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes
GORGEOUS FEATURES on snorkeling, hula, luau, and lei
VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save
INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts
COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip
for pictures of the location when you’re planning. You don’t want to plan a pink wedding, say, and wind up in a room that’s predominantly red. Or maybe you do. The point is, it should be your choice. Finding a Wedding Planner. If you’re planning to invite more than an officiant and your loved one to your wedding ceremony, seriously consider an on-island wedding planner who can help select a location; help design the floral scheme and recommend a florist as well as a photographer; help plan the
breaks exclusively for body boarding. Bellows Beach. On Oahu’s windward side, Bellows Field Beach has shallow waters and a consistent break that makes it an ideal spot for body boarders and bodysurfers. (Surfing isn’t allowed between the two lifeguard towers.) But take note: the Portuguese man-o-war, a blue jellyfish-like invertebrate that delivers painful and powerful stings, is often seen here. | 41-043 Kalanianaole Hwy., Waimanalo. Kuhio Beach Park. This beach is an easy spot for
the new young team continues his signature style of “West & Japan” cuisine. With an emphasis on local ingredients (one of the chefs has served tilapia that he raised himself in his backyard!) mixed with French technique, the menu always intrigues. Order a slew of small plates and share, or go with a more traditional big-plate entrée. Signatures include red wine–steamed veal cheeks, locally raised kampachi fish carpaccio, and misoyaki (marinated in a rich miso-soy blend, then grilled) butterfish.
two, which includes a choice of sandwich or salad for each person, dessert bars, and beverage packed in a picnic basket—grab a tatami mat and lay your spread under the huge monkeypod tree on the museum grounds. | Average main: $12 | 2411 Makiki Heights Dr., Makiki | 808/237–5225 | Closed Mon. No dinner. Oahu’s Best Shave Ice Island-style shave ice (never shaved ice—it’s a pidgin thing) is said to have been born when neighborhood kids hung around the icehouse, waiting to pounce on the shavings
Hawaii Kai Corporate Plaza, 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy., Hawaii Kai | Honolulu | 808/396–7697 | www.royshawaii.com | Reservations essential | No lunch. Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha. HAWAIIAN | Located in a strip mall in the residential neighborhood of Aina Haina, Uncle Clay’s is a happy place. This shave ice stand specializes in house-made all-natural syrups made from cane sugar and locally sourced fruits. They’ve even got a flavor called “kalespin”—a combination of kale and spinach. And the bowl