ALOHA All My Fellow Adventure Seekers!!!

My last post was on how to maneuver around the island of Oahu on a shoestring, but today we’re talking about getting fancy. You can still visit these beautiful on-the-beach or rooftop restaurants I’m sharing with you without breaking the bank. Make a point of treating yourself, or sharing a special occasion at one or more of these fabulous places.

Let’s start with Duke’s because they have amazing Mai Tai’s served in fresh pineapples. You can either dine inside or outside  overlooking Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach and it’s a great place to watch the sunset. I had their macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi which I’d highly recommend and then for dessert you’ll have to try their famous Kimo’s Original Hula Pie. It looks like Diamond Head. It’s a mile high of macadamia nut ice cream piled onto a chocolate cookie crust and then there’s a velvety smooth chocolate sauce they cover it with which slowly oozes down like molten chocolate lava, then topped with toasted macadamia nut pieces and covered in a mound of whipped cream. I know your mouth is watering as much as mine is now just thinking about that delicacy.

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You probably won’t have room for another bite after dinner at Duke’s, but after your food’s digested, you should really head on over to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, to their Mai Tai Bar for a nightcap outdoors on the beach. It’s a slick spot for umbrella cocktails, appetizers and live music. The hotel is called the Pink Palace of the Pacific and it’s lovely to walk around the grounds.

Next I want to talk about my favorite rooftop bar called, Sky Waikiki. The views are 360 degrees overlooking all of Waikiki and the ocean. We went before sunset in order to watch it over the water. It’s another place you want to make sure you visit. It’s got a modern twist to it and is an experience from the moment you step onto the escalator which takes you up to the rooftop.

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After the sun sets, head over to another rooftop bar with firepits, called the Hideout at the Laylow Hotel. We sat at the bar and had so much fun watching the bartenders make drinks and they were so much fun to talk to. You can tell this is a real happening place because the vibe was electric.

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We frequented lots of rooftop bars because they always have the best views. Another one that overlooked Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach was, The Deck. I had the scallops in cream sauce and Opah fish with a Nutty Squirrel drink which tasted like a milkshake.

Tommy Bahamas offered rooftop dining as well and we had a front row seat to see the vibrant rainbow directly in front of us overlooking Waikiki. I was so busy taking pictures of the rainbow and sandy beach they had in one of the sections that some nice college kids from New York started posing for me. It was great. They even asked me to join them in one of the pictures. I told them I have a blog and that they’d be in it. They were so excited and started following me—ha ha. For dinner I had their coconut encrusted crab cakes that were out of this world and a pineapple crème brulee that was served in a pineapple slice.

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If you want to experience a restaurant high above a cliff, surrounded by beautiful gardens and a koi pond, then head to Haleiwa Joes & Haiku Gardens. There are tiki torches along the path and the sweet scent of plumeria flowers filled the air. What everyone likes to go for there is their enormous prime rib dinner. It’s massive and delicious.

Now, let’s head over to the North Shore of Oahu and dine at The Haleiwa Beach House. They have live music and the sunsets here are spectacular. Try their tasty BBQ chicken sandwich with cole slaw on a purple ube roll, served with cork screw fries and a Mai Tai. It doesn’t get any better than that!!!

Since you’re now on the North Shore, head over to the Turtle Bay Resort and dine outdoors at Roy’s Beach House. You’ll love sitting under their bright red umbrellas while overlooking the white sand and clear teal water.

Since I was in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year’s, we visited a fun bar called, Workplay. It was all decked out for Christmas and they even offered Christmas drinks (The Rudolph and The Santa) in Christmas themed mugs with candy cane striped straws. The best thing is that the waiter was very cute. Afterwards my daughter told me that he was a contestant on The Voice. I asked why she didn’t tell me while we were there and of course, she knows her mother, I’d have embarrassed her—ha ha. We ordered pulled pork nachos to go along with our Christmas themed drinks while listening to live music. It was a perfect night.

We visited the restaurant, 604, which overlooked Pearl Harbor. I had their Dole Whip Mai Tai, coconut shrimp and mahi mahi served with a macadamia nut sauce. My daughter had a Bloody Mary, which is considered Hawaii’s best. I can attest to that!!! The meal was terrific and it was so relaxing sitting outdoors on the water.

A really nice waterfront place to dine is at China Walls in Honolulu. It’s a stretch of lava rock ledges and cliffs above the ocean that attracts surfers and jumpers and is located in a residential area park. It’s such a beautiful location right on the water. Just pack a picnic and some wine and head over to China Walls. Not only can you watch the sun set here, you’ll also see those surfers and jumpers right in front of you.

I’ll be planning our next adventure together so stay tuned!!!

Huggles and Smoochies,
Your Friend, Susan