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My family and I have made many trips over to Oahu from Maui. We have discovered some of the most interesting and familiar stores and eateries in the Honolulu area.

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17 Places

Mariposa

Restaurants

Hy's Steak House - Waikiki

Restaurants

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Restaurants

Pagoda Hotel

Hotels

Aqua Palms Waikiki

Hotels

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Restaurants

Pearl Hotel Waikiki

Hotels

Morimoto Waikiki

Restaurants

Aqua Bamboo Waikiki

Hotels

Waikiki Beach

Beaches

Ala Moana Beach Park

Beaches, Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Manoa Falls

Hiking Trails, Waterfalls

Waikiki Trolley

Tramways, Bus Tours

Hawaii Convention Center

Conference & Convention Centres

Ala Wai Canal

Bodies of Water

medanne1's City Tips

  • There is a great transportation system with buses, trolleys and shuttles all over. If I plan on shopping then I rent a car otherwise it is very easy to use the transit system.
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    Mariposa
    Restaurants (American)
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    medanne1 Says:

    Great food, good big bar, right inside Macy's, has street access also

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • good martini
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #186 of 2,845 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great lunch in nice atmosphere 10/11/2017
    • Don't underestimate the mixologist! 09/11/2017
    • 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:
    USD 31 - USD 35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Hy's Steak House - Waikiki
    Restaurants (American, Steakhouse)
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    medanne1 Says:

    This is the quintessential old school steak house. Big oil paintings, overstuffed furniture and lots of service. Food is excellent as is the wine list.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • try their oysters
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 2,845 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • First Class 16/12/2017
    • Still a class act in Waikiki 11/12/2017
    • Hy's Steak House - Waikiki
    Address:
    2440 Kuhio Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3347
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-5555
    Price range:
    USD 60 - USD 80
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 21:30
    Other:
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    Pagoda Floating Restaurant
    Restaurants (International, Asian)
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    medanne1 Says:

    Good place for the whole family, lots of selections from the buffet and many local dishes.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • head for the crab legs
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #685 of 2,845 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good atmosphere & friendly service 16/10/2017
    • Adjacent to the Pagoda Hotel 25/08/2017
    • Pagoda Floating Restaurant
    Address:
    1525 Rycroft St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2436
    Phone:
    +1 808-948-8356
    Price range:
    USD 29 - USD 31
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    06:30 - 14:00
    Sun - Sat
    17:00 - 21:30
    Sat
    06:30 - 13:00
    Other:
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    Pagoda Hotel
    Hotels
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    medanne1 Says:

    Very basic with nothing fancy. It is undergoing renovation and parking is cheap but it is away from the beach. However the experience is much more local and close to Wal-mart and Foodland.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Family
    Tips
    • don't let construction fool you.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
    • Noisy - Low Cost 03/11/2017
    • Bereavement Stay 29/10/2017
    • Pagoda Hotel
    Address:
    1525 Rycroft St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2494
    Phone:
    (808) 201-0417
    Other:
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    Aqua Palms Waikiki
    Hotels
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    medanne1 Says:

    Very nice boutique hotel. Has an IHOP right there and close some other good restaurants

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • local style and atmosphere, friendly staff
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #58 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
    • Clean & Good Location 11/12/2017
    • Holiday and Shopping 08/12/2017
    • Aqua Palms Waikiki
    Address:
    1850 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1602
    Phone:
    +1 866-660-2873
    Other:
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    Romano's Macaroni Grill
    Restaurants (American, Italian)
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    medanne1 Says:

    Great atmosphere, a step above the Olive Garden but with the same kind of ambiance. Good food and wine right inside the mall.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • the waiters are entertaining
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #387 of 2,845 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Early dinner 06/12/2017
    • Great service and good food 07/11/2017
    • Romano's Macaroni Grill
    Address:
    1450 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 4240
    Ala Moana Center, Ho'okipa Terrace,Upper Level
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4634
    Phone:
    +1 808-356-8300
    Price range:
    USD 15 - USD 30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Pearl Hotel Waikiki
    Hotels
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    medanne1 Says:

    nice place, good beds, right close to everything, not too noisy

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • catch the trolley
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
    • Pleasure 16/12/2017
    • Not as advertised 25/11/2017
    • Pearl Hotel Waikiki
    Address:
    415 Nahua St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2949
    Phone:
    (808) 922-1616
    Other:
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    Morimoto Waikiki
    Restaurants (Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Fusion)
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    medanne1 Says:

    In the Modern Hotel, great views of the harbor. Bar is good, food excellent.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • have a martini at bar prior to dinner
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 02/04/2017
    • Goodbye Morimoto Waikiki at The Modern Hotel 13/01/2017
    • Morimoto Waikiki
    Address:
    The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard.
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    +1 808-943-5900
    Price range:
    USD 31 - USD 50
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 14:30
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
    Hotels
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    medanne1 Says:

    nice boutique hotel, has a good mini spa for massages.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • rooms are all good
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 84 Hotels in Honolulu
    • Pleasantly surprised 15/12/2017
    • Charming and fragrant 27/11/2017
    • Aqua Bamboo Waikiki
    Address:
    2425 Kuhio Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3301
    Phone:
    +1 866-691-8220
    Other:
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    Waikiki Beach
    Beaches
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    medanne1 Says:

    Can be crowded, great shots of surfers and the police station is right there.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • get there early
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Vacation and visiting our son 16/12/2017
    • Always Beautiful 16/12/2017
    • Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    Kalakaua Avenuue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    0862211885
    Other:
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    Ala Moana Beach Park
    Beaches, Jogging Paths & Tracks, Parks
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    medanne1 Says:

    look out for the homeless, they tend to gather thered

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • more room than Waikiki
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • SURPRISING 17/12/2017
    • Ala Moana Beach 13/12/2017
    • Ala Moana Beach Park
    Address:
    1201 Ala Moana Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4205
    Phone:
    +1 808-768-3003
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    04:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    medanne1 Says:

    Interesting but a bit worrisome after dark, would definitely go during the daytime. Had a great French lunch in a hole in the wall.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    Tips
    • look at the back streets, there are hidden gems
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    • It's sad 07/12/2017
    • Walk around the streets of Chinatown 04/12/2017
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    100 N Beretania St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4712
    Phone:
    +1 808-521-3826
    Other:
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    Manoa Falls
    Hiking Trails, Waterfalls
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    medanne1 Says:

    not too far from it all, can get there by bus, take a lunch and lots of water.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • gives a good feel for old Hawaii
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great short hike! 13/12/2017
    • Nice waterfall, trail can be a little treacherous 11/12/2017
    • Manoa Falls
    Address:
    End of Manoa Road
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822
    Phone:
    +1 877-415-0058
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Waikiki Trolley
    Tramways, Bus Tours
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    medanne1 Says:

    fun to travel in the outdoors with tourists from all over the world.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • goes to most major hotels and shopping malls
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 64 Transportation in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great way to travrl 15/12/2017
    • Terrific Value for Money 12/12/2017
    • Waikiki Trolley
    Phone:
    +1 808-593-2822
    Hours:
    Sun
    08:00 - 20:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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    Hawaii Convention Center
    Conference & Convention Centres
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    medanne1 Says:

    good place for conventions, big open spaces, close to everything

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • architecture is interesting
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #92 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Car Shows, Music & Visiting Conventioneers Go Here 26/11/2017
    • A good place for a concert 26/11/2017
    • Hawaii Convention Center
    Address:
    1801 Kalakaua Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1513
    Phone:
    +1 808-943-3500
    Other:
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    Ala Wai Canal
    Bodies of Water
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    medanne1 Says:

    not a place for swimming but good for walking. Many locals use the walkways.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • can get in a good long walk with usually a nice breeze
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #109 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice walk along the promenade 05/11/2017
    • Canal 28/06/2017
    • Ala Wai Canal
    Address:
    1959 Ala Wai Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1856
    Other:
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