Where to Stay
Built in 1901, this Waikiki grand-dame transports guests back to a less harried time. (Book a room in the original, colonnaded building). Be sure to visit the Historical Room to capture a taste of the hotel's vibrant past.
Don't let the frilly décor in this cash-only spot in the Hawaiian Monarch Hotel in Waikiki fool you. From the baked eggs to the French toast topped with Kahuku bananas, the fare is seriously good.
Lunch and Afternoon Activity
Ono Hawaiian Foods
Locals love their plate lunches and flock to this no-frills joint for smoky kalua pig, laulau (steamed taro and pork) and lomi-lomi salmon. Plan to shar this haupai (a coconut pudding-like dessert).
Snorkel at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
More than 450 types of tropical fish live in the bay. Expect to see lots of parrot fish and green sea turtles.
Dinner and Nightcap
Zagat and others rank this restaurant tops for its nouvelle island cuisine. The five-and-seven-course tasting menus are chock-full of fresh fish and seafood.
Halekulani House Without a Key
A raw sugar cane stick tops off the island's best maitai, while former Miss hawaii Kanoe Miller dances the hula on the oceanside patio.