These are just a few of our suggestions. All directions are from Waimanalo. Ask us if you have specific questions......
Our Favorite Hikes… Maunawilli Falls Hike From the house..... Drive out of Lanikai, follow road around, turn left on Kuulei Road, stay on this as it turns into 61 (Pali Highway, main intersection by Castle Hospital), go left on 61. At first light, Auloa Road, turn left. At fork in road, stay to the left. Follow road as it winds through housing. Stay on road to the end, see hike entrance to the left, park in front of houses to the right. You will see a sign that says: "Maunawilli Falls Hike."
This is a nice hike that starts in the rain forest and meanders along, over the stream a few times, up one hill, and then down by the stream to the water fall. There is a pool where you can swim. If you swim across the pool to the other side, climb up the side and go behind the first water fall, there is a second pool and second water fall. If it has been raining, this hike will be quite muddy.
Makapu'u Lighthouse and Tide Pools From the house..... Drive out of Lanikai, turn left on Kuulei Road, turn left on Kalanianaole (Hwy 72), past the pier, past Sea Life Park, past the place where all the people are body surfing, up the hill, around the point. As you come down the hill, you will see cars parked along the side of the road, and a service road on the left hand side going up the hill. Park near the entrance to the service road, about half way down the hill. Walk up the hill via the service road. If you stay on the service road to the end, it will take you to a couple of lookout points. One of Waimanalo Bay, one of the Lighthouse and you can see Molokai and sometimes Lanai and Maui, and during whale season, you will be able to see whales.
If you are adventurous, you can go down to the tide pools. As you are walking up the hill you come to a lookout point where they have installed a telescope and a board about humpback whales. Just to the left of the board, you will see a trail going down the hill. If you look way down you will see the tide pools. Take the trail down the hill. It's not the best marked trail, but you should be able to find your way. At the bottom there are several pools you can swim in. There are fish and crabs and such in the pools and the water flows in and out. Be very careful not to get too close to the edge. Even if it appears the waves are not too big, there are often rogue waves that come up and can cause you serious injury. We usually stay in the back part of the pools, so even if a big wave comes, we are safe. This hike is fun, but remember you have to climb back up that steep hill. In the mornings, this hike can get awfully hot as the sun is all on that side. The afternoons are a lot cooler, after the sun is bit behind the climb back up the hill.
Manoa Falls Hike From the house, drive out of Lanikai, turn left on Kuulei Road, turn left on Kalanianaole (Hwy 72), stay on this until it turns into H-1. Take the University Avenue Exit. Go up the hill and back into the valley. Stay on Manoa Road as it winds through the valley past the houses. The road dead ends at the hike. This is a nice hike to a waterfall along the stream. It can be quite muddy if it has been raining. If you have the energy, just before the falls there is a cut off hike. This hike has 25 switchbacks as you wind your way up the mountain, through the bamboo forest to the top of the ridge. For the Adventurous… Honolulu Soaring One of our favorite activities. You can actually fly the glider, with the pilot behind you. This is on the North Shore, by Dillingham Airfield. The views are great, you can sometimes see whales during the season. Call ahead for reservations 808-677-3404. You can also go up with two people in the back and they will make a video for you. It is really nice to be up in the glider, so smooth and quiet. We took our girls when they were 5 & 6, and they went up by themselves and loved it.
Surfing Lessons Waikiki If you want to surf during your stay in Hawaii, this is the place to go! Kini and I took a lesson from Tony Moniz of www.FaithSurfSchool.com. We both did Paddle Board for the first time; and we are hooked. Tony is a great instructor, great person, professional, and just pure fun. Faith Surf School does private and group lessons on both traditional and paddle boards. Give the Faith Surf School a call and give surfing a try. 808.931.6262. You can also go to Waikiki main beach and sign up on the spot for a surf lesson with the stands that are set up along the beach. Go to the beach where the Duke Kehanamoku statue is located. Snorkel with the Dolphins Did we hear you say you would like to swim with the dolphins and turtles and tons of tropical fish (and the whales during the winter months)? Here is a link to an awesome boat where you can do these things (http://www.dolphinexcursions.com). It is on the west side of the island, be sure to leave at least an hour before you are supposed to board the boat. It is beautiful out there and you can snorkel right off of the boat. We took our family and had an excellent trip. We swam with pods of spinner dolphins, tropical fish, turtles, and an octopus. Our daughters had such a great time. Mention you are staying with Beach House Hawaii for a discount. 808.239.5579 Deep Sea Fishing http://www.maggiejoe.com (808) 591-8888 We have had many guests go out with Maggie Joe; and have enjoyed some of the yummy fish they caught. Kayak Rentals http://www.twogoodkayaks.com/packages.html you might think about going Kayaking in Beautiful Kailua Bay to the Mokulua Islands, or to the Sunken Island in Kaneohe Bay. Twogood Kayaks Hawaii, Inc. has been helping kayakers enjoy our area for 30 years and I'm sure you'll enjoy our Guided Kayak tour or rentals immensely while you're here. If you'd like to have a look at the areas where you'll be paddling, please follow the link. While you're at the site, you can either email the reservation form to us, or call us at 808-262-5656 and refer to our web site and you'll receive a 20% discount from the regular price of our Guided Kayak Tour or Kayak Rentals.
Hawaii Gear Rental: www.hawaiigearrental.com (808) 722-1313 These folks rent all kind of gear you may want in Hawaii, kayaks, bikes, SUPs, etc. They also can deliver. The Oahu Experience is a private tour guide company offering 8-hour tours of the island for up to six people. We will work together to create a unique Oahu Experience built around you and what you'd like to experience. While we specialize in hiking and other ‘off the beaten path’ activities, we will be happy to take you anywhere on the island. When you book a private tour with The Oahu Experience, you will receive pickup and dropoff at any Oahu location, 8 hours of private tour guide services, free water and snacks, and the use of a backpack and snorkel gear. Website: www.theoahuexperience.com Phone: (808) 286-1060 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Must-See Sights The Byodo-In Temple, Valley of the Temples Memorial Park Established in 1968, the Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe is a Buddhist Temple located against the mountains in Kaneohe. We visited recently with family and everybody had a chance to ring the gong and visit the giant Buddha in the temple. There are black swans, koi fish, and an incredible garden to walk through. A very tranquil place to visit.
Hanauma Bay A Beautiful Nature preserve that is located between Waimanalo and Hawaii Kai. Hanauma Bay offers an amazing snorkel experience since the bay is sheltered and protected many marine species call this special bay their home. From the house...Turn Left on Kalanianaole and keep driving until you see the Hanauma Bay sign on your left. Be prepared to arrive in the morning since this is a busy attraction, and DO NOT go on a Tuesday, they are closed. When we go to Hanauma Bay, we go very early, 7am. Miss the crowds.
Laniakea Beach, Turtle Beach The Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles hang out at Laniakea Beach. They come up and sun themselves on the sand and eat the limu (seaweed) in the shallow water. It’s a great place to be up close and personal with a Hawaiian Honu. Located about one and a half miles from Old Haleiwa Town on Kamehameha Highway, North Shore.
If You Have A Little Energy…
Yoga in Paradise Aloha Kula Yoga (http://www.alohayogakula.com/classes.html ) have classes for all different levels. Kini takes yoga with Aloha Yoga Kula 3 times a week. They have two Kailua locations.
Hula Classes Kumu Hula Patty Right in Kailua; 808.261.3579
Paradise… With All the Amenities
Need a relaxation boost? Call Mele: (808)673-9953, for an awesome Hawaiian massage. If Mele is busy, you can also go to Hawaii Healing Arts College in Kailua: http://www.hhacdirect.com/ (808) 266-2468
Would you like to get your nails done? Cutie Nails in Waimanalo is a good place to go get your nails done. They also offer Salon and Spa. Phone: 808.259.3444 Address: 41-1537 Kalanianaole Hwy. #11A Waimanalo, HI 96795 Behind Jack-in-the-Box in Waimanalo town. Keanu's Island Tours, Personalized Private Tours: customized just for you, half days or full days: 808-636-4965, email@example.com.
Would you like your fridge stocked when you arrive at your house? If given advance notice Kristina may be able to go to Costco and/or the grocery store or health food store for you. It is best to email or call first to discuss what you might like. There is a charge for this service. Please contact Kristina directly: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 714-392-2779.
Local, Fresh Food There is a Farmer's Market every Thursday morning at the Kailua Distric Park at 9:00 am. Kainalu
Farmer’s Market Thursday evening right in Kailua Town, behind the Long’s. All local produce, meat, flowers, and yummy snacks. You can grab dinner at the market. Lots of food choices. Farmer's Market Sunday mornings in Kailua Town, @ Kailua Elementary Parking Lot. This is a great one with produce and prepared food, music, and hand made items. A nice place to have a relaxing Sunday breakfast.
Down to Earth Located in Kailua on Hamakua in Kailua, Down to Earth is a very nice, local health food store. They have a super yummy deli and are strictly vegetarian. They have a salad and hot food bar as well. Their pina colada smoothie is one of the best around.
Costco Located in Hawaii Kai and is about 15 minutes from the house. Turn left on Kalanianale, stay on Hawaii Kai Road past the Foodland Shopping center, go over the bridge, turn right on Keahole Street, Costco will be on the right.
Foodland Located in Kailua town; this is the grocery store we use most. They also have an R.Field for specialty and gourmet items. A great place to get all the poke you want as well. You can also use our Makai card: 8082597792 or get your own for free. Be sure to use the Makai card for big discounts.
Safeway in Kailua (Be sure to use your Safeway card or give the phone number: 808.259.7792 for local prices)... Take Kalanianaole right to 61 right to first light, Hamakua Road, go just past first light on Hamakua Road and Safeway is on the left.
The Source Located in Kailua and is our favorite health food store; Mom/Pop store, have all kinds of fruit and vegetables and meat, and tons of other items. You can also ask them to order an item for you in advance if there is something in particular you like. 32 Kainehe St. Kailua, HI 96734 808-262-5604 http://thesourcenatural.com
Whole Foods Located in Kailua Town, just across the parking lot from Foodland and next to Long's Drugs. They do carry quite a bit of local items including: produce, sea food, meet, milk, coffee, eggs.
Waimanalo Co-op Located next to McDonalds; open Thursday-Sundays. Get your local produce here; and lots of local hand made art, jewelry, etc. Also, homemade, local lemonade sold out front of the co-op. They have yummy flavors: strawberry, mango, li hing and original. Buy their mason jar and get refills at a discount. We love Thursday-Sundays just for the lemonade.
Shima's Waimanalo Located in the center of Waimanalo. A local style grocery store. You can do all your shopping at Shima's, but will most likely use Shima's for particular items or last minute shopping. Shima's also recently installed a seafood counter. Located next to the Waimanalo Feed Store; and just across from L&L (local take out plate lunches).
ONO (GOOD) EATS Haleiwa Joe's Kaneohe, 46-336 Haiku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744, (808) 247-6671 We are loving this place. Go early, they open at 5. Get a seat that over looks the garden. Seafood & Steak, bar, gorgeous view and upscale menu. The garden is so beautiful. You can walk around the garden before or after dinner. Check out the monkey pod tables and hostess stand when you first go in. Those are made by Kini@ WoodWorkingHawaii.com.
Tokoname Sushi Bar & Restaurant 442 Uluniu St, Kailua, 808-262-8656. Really tasty Japanese food and sushi. Great spot for a date night! I would recommend making a reservation before going.
Cactus restaurant in Kailua http://cactusbistro.com/ 767 Kailua Road • Kailua, HI 96734 • (808) 261-1000 A nice restaurant for a lovely adult dinner. We have only been for dinner and everything was excellent. They add a lot of flavor to their meals.
Prima's www.primahawaii.com/ Kailua Town Center, 108 Hekili St #107, Kailua, 808-888-8933 Located in Kailua town, right next to Foodland. Excellent food for foodies and folks who love special pizzas. They have a pizza oven, and really fun gourmet specials each night; without the gourmet prices.
Keneke's Waimanalo 41-857 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, 808-259-9800 Next to the 7/11 and Post Office is a great place for lunch. Local style all the way.
Lanikai Juice, Kailua 600 Kailua Rd, Kailua, 808-262-2383 Located in Kailua town. The BEST smoothies around. Acai bowls, funky smoothie flavors. Locally owned juice bar.
Boots and Kimos 151 Hekili St, Kailua A great place for breakfast, awesome banana macadamia nut sauce pancakes (open until 2 p.m. only). Take Kalanianaole right to Pali Highway (Kailua Road), stay on Kailua Road to first light, Hamakua Road, turn left on first street, Hekili Street. Take Hekili to end, Boots and Kimo’s will be on your right at the corner. Always, always a line.
The Shack Located in Kailua and is a great place to grab a quick bite. Go right on the highway to Keolu Drive (the street after the Golf Course, there is a light there), continue straight to the second light and see The Shack on your right side. Burgers, fish, huge salads, kids menu, and sports bar. It’s a good place to get something for everybody and it’s great for the kids ‘cuz they got a cement floor.
Moke's Bread and Breakfast 27 Hoolai Street, Kailua Really great for breakfast/brunch/lunch. They have lilikoi sauce pancakes (passion fruit) that will make you weep. Eggs benedict with homemade sausage. A lot of attention to making good tasting food. Everybody in your ohana will find something they love.
Baci Bistro 808.262.7555, across from McDonalds in Kailua Italian food at its best. Small place, make reservations if possible. Homemade pasta dishes, always have a fresh fish special. Very nice atmosphere. We've been visiting the Baci for lunch recently and it is terrific. Buzz's Steak House 808.261.4661, 413 Kawailoa Road, Kailua Right across from Kailua Beach Park, make reservations; awesome fresh fish and salad bar. Try the calamari steak appetizer. Old Hawaii style.
Pinky's Pupu Bar & Grill 808.254.6255, 970 Kalaheo Ave, Kailua Local Style all the way; extensive pupu menu (appetizers), ribs, kalua pig, fish tacos, coconut crunch calamari, always a fresh fish, prime ribs, steaks, salads; they got something for everybody.
Saigon Noodle House Enchanted Lakes, 1020 Keolu Drive, Kailua Noodles, meat, fish, chicken, shrimp, sandwiches, spring rolls and summer rolls, our favorite is the green papaya salad, lemon grass fish & the spicy shrimp and squid. Fresh and ono. Great for lunch and dinner. We often take out.
Serge’s Mexican Restaurant Next to the Post Office and Keneke’s in Waimanalo Authentic Mexican Food Perfect for after the beach. Tuesday is taco day at Serge's.
Greek Marina Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai. Nice outside eating. Love this Greek place. Go to Bubbie's afterwards for homemade ice cream.
Kona Brewing Company, Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai. On the water, Hawaiian music Thursday-Sunday nights in the bar, all kinds of foods from big burgers to fresh ahi salad, keiki menu, pizza, something for everybody.
Roy's Kalianaole Highway in Hawaii Kai, past Foodland, 808.396.7697 Pacific Rim Style food. Very good food, another well known local chef. A little pricey, but you will not be disappointed. Sit downstairs and outside for the sunset. http://www.roysrestaurant.com/docs/index.html
Assagio's Italian Restaurant 354 Uluniu St Ste 101,Kailua (808) 261-2772 and in Hawaii Kai on the water. Great place for fresh fish and pasta and lots of garlic, don't miss the ceasar salad made fresh at your table.
Thai Valley Cuisine 808.395.9746, Kalama Valley (Hawaii Kai) Take a right at the stop light by Sandy Beach off Kalanianaole Highway, go up about a mile through housing, just after stop sign on right. Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. Herbs from their garden, less oil, delicious. We love the spring rolls, the yellow curry chicken, hot and sour soup, house salad, etc., etc. It's all good.
Bubbie’s Homemade Ice Cream Koko Marina in Hawaii Kai Yum!!! So many excellent flavors of ice cream, plus mochi and cakes and shakes; an old fashioned/local style ice cream parlor.
Ono Steak & Seafood, Waimanalo 41-037 Wailea Street, behind the Post Office: 808-259-0808 Plate lunches, steaks, seafood, Hawaiian food. Many of our guests end up eating most of their meals here. So much variety. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don't go for the atmosphere, go for the flavor.
Nico’s on Pier 38 808.540.1377, 1133 N. Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu This is our good friend Nico’s place; right by the fish auction on the water, fresh fish daily, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Furikake covered ahi steak, voted best burger on Oahu, excellent fish and chips, daily fish specials. Check out the fish auction if you are there early enough. Gourmet at plate lunch prices. http://www.nicospier38.com
Alan Wong's 808.949.2536, Honolulu Alittle pricey, but well worth it. If you're gonna splurge once, this is the place. We loved the "Soup & Sandwich" and Macadamia Encrusted Ono and the Coconut for dessert. www.alanwongs.com
Auntie Pastos 808.523.8855, Beretania/Pensacola, Honolulu, also next to Irifune on Kapahulu Great pasta, all made to order. They always have awesome specials. If you love pasta made fresh, this is da kine. Dinners are around $10-12.
Irifuni 808.737.1141, 563 Kapahulu, Waikiki Garlic ahi and garlic crab to die for, but be sure to get the dessert first (ice-cream banana crepes), cuz you won't have enough room by the end of your meal. It's Japanese with a twist. They have great combo plates, garlic ahi and crab, or chicken, or sashimi. Dinner is usually around $10-15. BYOB
Gordon Biersch Aloha Tower, Honolulu A micro brewery and restaurant, right on the water. We usually sit at the back bar so we can check out the comings and goings of Honolulu Harbor. The brilliant blue of the water makes a great backdrop to any meal. They'll give you a taste of each of their beers so you can decide which one you like best. They have great salads and pizzas, and, of course, their famous garlic fries Natsunoya Tea House 808.595.4488, 1935 Makanani Drive, Honolulu This is a special occasion place for a group of 10 or more, one of a kind dinner, this is it. One of only 3 teas houses left in Honolulu, and is located on the mountain above Honolulu. They serve 10+ course meals Japanese style, you can bring your own sake and they'll heat it up and serve it for you. We had the room to ourselves, awesome room, incredible view and sunset, each course was better than the last. It was a good thing we were sitting on the floor by the last course. Giovanni's White Shrimp Truck On your way to the North Shore, up the East Coast, you will come into the town of Kahuku. There you will see a white shrimp truck on the side of the road with all kinds of graffitti on it. Stop and eat lunch. Shrimp scampi is what they make..... regular, hot and extra hot. Be prepared.... awesome!!!! Don’t go for the substitutes: Giovanni’s is the one.
Casablanca Morrocon Food 19 Hoolai Street, Kailua, 808-262-8196 Nice food, a little pricey, but everything is excellent. Traditional Morrocon fair, eat with your hands, sit on pillows; a nice place for an adult night out.
Side Street Inn 614 Kapahulu Ave #100, Honolulu, 808-739-3939. Family style restaurant, local food for the foodies, great drinks, and a relaxed environment. Side Street is Hawaii’s version of gastropub!
Visit Honolulu’s Festivals
Experiencing a Hawaiian festival is a one-of-a-kind experience and truly one of the best ways to soak up our unique atmosphere and ethos. We’re known for our warm, welcoming spirit and it’s no different when it comes to our festivals. During your stay in Waimanalo, you may want to investigate whether one of the many festivals which takes part in Honolulu is taking place while you’re there. Parades, events and dancing all lines the streets of Oahu every year to celebrate the Hawaiian culture and bring together the strong community as one.
In early March, Honolulu kicks the warmer months off in true Hawaiian fashion with three days of parades, partying and fireworks. A combination oftraditional dances from the multitude of cultures which make up the Hawaiian Islands displays our vast diversity and gives visitors the chance to experience what makes our way of life so special. Performances include singing, hula dancing, drumming and acrobatics. The extravagant parade sees costumes, floats and bands taking to the streets on the final day of the festival to pay homage to Hawaii.
Later on in the summer (June) is King Kamehameha Day, which celebrates the man who unitedthe Hawaiian Islands over 100 years ago. The festival comes to its conclusion in a stunning floral parade. Music and intricate flower floats tour the streets of Oahu, starting at Iolani Palace and making its way towards Kapiolani Park. The festivals pays respect to our independence and shows gratitude towards our country.
Finally, the Aloha festivals, which take place at the end of the summer in numerous locations across the Hawaiian Islands,celebrate Hawaiian tradition and our way of life. Bands, dancing, costumes, chanting and a ceremony all pay recognition to the history of Hawaii. The festival is known for its party atmosphere, chanting and national pride.