About John S
Lives in Kapolei, Hawaii
Since Oct. 2013
65+ year old male
Hi! My wife and I travel frequently. I write travel stories that I share with friends and family. I have a Journalism degree from the University of Hawaii and have written for the local newspaper in the past. I don't like to waste people's "reading time" so I try to edit my reviews for reader interest and brevity for Trip Advisor.
Government Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Nature & Wildlife Areas
Tanioka's features good Ahi and Tako Poke--if this sounds strange to you, ask for a little sample. Old-style "Cone Sushi"...known as Inari, but really--this one is not the Japanese kind. It's the best you'll find in Hawaii! Spam and other musubi(rice cakes) are another standard.
If you want a sunny beach without the crowd...a place with warm emerald water, this is one of the beaches you want to play. Watch your belongings. The bathroom may not have tissue all the time. The shower after the beach is great!
If you want to see where local folks go for casual dining on the West Side of O'ahu--if you are on a food budget--if you want to try food you've never had. This place is for you.
L&L's are EVERYWHERE on O'ahu. They're all individually owned and managed. Want a real adventure? Go up Liliha Street to the "Original L&L."
If you go to the Bishop, take the time to see the observatory programs. Go to the Sports Hall of Fame behind Hawaii Hall. Take the time to look up the mountain to see the Kamehameha School campus.
If you like to hike and want to see wild country and life, take the hike to the Ka'ena Point Wildlife refuge. Take your camera: Monk Seals, Humpback whales in season, Albatross nesting, and Honu--sea turtles
Another great plate-lunch joint on O'ahu's West side.
If you like sit-down atmosphere and good food at a price that won't break your budget, try Hapa Grill in Kapolei. Sizzling steak is one of their icons.
Looking for some "quiet time?" Looking for a nice view of Honolulu. Want to remember the sacrifices made for freedom? Take a walk here...
If you've never been to China, this will give you a taste of Asian marketplaces. Check out the food-court. It's not Ala Moana Shopping Center.
This building as well as the Kawaihao Church across the street and the heritage buildings in the area are worth checking. If you walk past the Kamehameha statue, you'll find Hawaii's Supreme court. Go in! Look around--great historical exhibits...and they're free.
If you're looking for a nice sand bottom beach with body surf kind of waves that is not too challenging...this is your spot. If the surf is up--use caution and common sense.
This beach is the heart of the West Side. If you see a white-haired gentleman sitting at a picnic table under the Hao tree near the apartment building...it's probably the legendary Richard "Buffalo" Keaulana. Introduce yourself--show respect--smile! It goes a long way with the locals. "Pushy" gets you pushed.
The 100 year plus Plantation Era is documented in this "living museum" in Waipahu. If you've wondered why "local faces" look like a blend of cultures, Hawaii's Plantation Village will give you an insight. Local docents provide unique tours through the housing and plantation buildings featuring a natural spring and surrounding taro patch. The Okada Educational Building needs to re-open. You can help by asking the City and County why it is still closed. This building houses the exhibits that chronicle the migrations of labor that came to Hawaii to make a new start.
If you like hiking and are tired of the Diamond Head hiking path, try this one. It's not a long trail. There's a he'au in the park here.(Hawaiian temple)
If you're not a hiker but want to see Honolulu from "on high"...take this drive along the winding roads above the city.
Don't just drive the freeway to the Pali...take the old winding road past Morgan's Corner and the Board of Water Supply reserve. This is the old road that is preserved so we remember how travel was in Hawaii.
Go past the North Shore around Kahuku. Look for this hidden gem of a beach. It's worth finding if you want a relaxed atmosphere at a sandy beach.
As you drive past Sunset Beach headed toward Kahuku, look for Ted's Bakery on the right side of the roadway. All their food is good! Try a plate lunch and finish off with Ted's signature Chocolate Haupia(coconut pudding) pie.
The Japanese call it "Ramen"...when it came to Hawaii, the locals turned it into "Saimin." The key is the "dashi" or soup base. Shiro's has a hundred different varieties and toppings on their soup. They also have good local style sushi and plate lunches. Go to the location in the Waimalu Shopping Center just past Pearl Harbor.