We are asking every Waikiki local business what their favorite local businesses are, and then going to those local businesses and asking them what their favorites are.
Today we started at Star Beach Boys (one of Waikiki’s original beach boy companies), and they said we should check out adventures_ofjess on Instagram for affordable drone photos & videos at Waikiki Beach, Maguro Spot for fresh fish and poke, Kai Coffee for great coffee AND because they’re a strong supporter of the local community, and also Moku Surf Shop which is nearly next door to Star Beach Boys.
When we walked down to Moku Surf Shop, they said to check out Shorefyre Fresh Grill & Bar (next door) for fresh local breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also the newly opened Deck Restaurant at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, which is a rooftop restaurant & bar with a great happy hour, pool, and an amazing view of Diamond Head Crater and also the beach.
When we went next door to Shorefyre Fresh Grill & Bar, they said to check out Island Vintage Coffee for a nice açai bowl, Tropics Ale House for good drinks, especially on Sundays, and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse for a good cheap happy hour with large portions (try the steak or hamburger sliders, or the steak + two sides + cheesecake for $35ish, it’s enough for two).
Deck Restaurant at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel recommended Local I’a “Community Supported Fishery” for the freshest fish on the island that’s also sustainably fished. If you’d like to try their fresh fish, head down to Mahina & Sun’s at the Surf Jack Hotel.
Queen Kapiolani Hotel valet said to check out Pioneer Saloon for “excellent & unique food,” Health Bar for the “açai bowl paiai,” Ono’s Seafood for the “spicy ahi & miso ahi combo,” the Highway Inn for the “kalua pig combo with side of squid luau,” and Ahi Assassins for “smoked marlin dip.” And if you’re headed to the West side of Oahu, then you have to check out Hanara’s and Shiro’s for their local saimin, and Rocky’s for local style breakfast.
Stay tuned for more, we’re continuing the walk soon…
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