I have to admit, it wasn’t exactly love at first sightwith Oahu Island in Hawaii, but as the relationship progressed I discovered more and more awesome aspects of Hawaii’s tourism hub that impressed me, and i would definitely go back to spend some more time there in a heartbeat. We actually stayed on Oahu in 2 separate parts, and had 2 pretty different experiences…
We initially got there ex Australia and stayed at Waikiki for 3 nights. We had always intended on chilling and relaxing (aka “chillaxing”) during these 3 days. We hung out in the hotel, went for some nice walks around Waikiki, but didn’t really smash a lot of activities or sightseeing. Pretty much meal & drinks time were the big events and we visited some great restaurants and bars during this first part of our stay, which I think intro’d us as much to the USA as a whole and the way yanks eat and drink when they’re out (like tipping, what to order, how much to order, tax etc.) as much as it did to Hawaii. Basically, this was our “American Vacation” time in Hawaii i.e. staying in this incredible tropical destination and pretty much living like we would anywhere else in the States, but just wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
And I actually enjoyed the shit out of myself joining in with “the Americans”. Anyone who knows me knows i like the occasional meal and beer, so here were some great places where we consumed stuff:
HULA BAR AND GRILL - A cool little tiki bar and restaurant. We went for the Plantation Bar which had a view of the live Hawaiian entertainment (ukeleles and all), but the restaurant had views of the beach if you’re into that. This was our first dinner in Hawaii and instead of ordering massive burgers, we went for the option of “Pupus” which is basically Hawaiin tapas. We had some great dishes (the crab and macadamia wontons) accompanied by some great cocktails (the Pa’ina Punch) and considering this was bam smack in tourist town, the prices weren’t too bad.