Tuesday, March 28, 2006


I read this cool article about the best "Honolulu has to offer" ~ ranging from entertainment to fitness to food and not forgetting shopping. So for those of you planning a trip to Honolulu, I hope this list will be of some help to you. Otherwise...isn't it about time you put Honolulu on as your next travel destination?


  • Best Pancakes: Liliha Bakery (515 N. Kuakini St)

  • Best Lunch Wagon: Pu'uwainani's (corner of Halekauwila & South St)

  • Best Bakery: Ba-le

  • Best Sandwich: A Taste of New York Deli & Market (1137 11th Avenue)

  • Best Gelato: La Gelateria (819 Cedar St)

  • Best Local Coffee Roaster: Koko Crater Coffee

  • Best Artisanal Cheeses: The Moiliili Branch of Star Markets (2470 S. King St)

  • Best Peanut Butter: Down to Earth (2525 S. King St)

  • Best Hot Dog: Great Hawaiian Hot Dog Co's

  • Best Hawaiian Plate: Young's Fish Market (1286 Kalani St)

  • Late-Night Eats: Anna Miller's, Big City Diner, The Bistro @ Century Center, The Cheesecake Factory, Compadres Bar & Grill, Denny's, Eggs N Things, Fook Yuen, Likelike Drive-Inn, Little Village Noodle House, Lulu's Waikiki Surf Club, Mr. Ojisan, Ryan's Grill, Sanoya Rahmen, Sorabol, Sushi King, Tokkuri-tei, Yanagi Sushi & Zippy's


  • Best Open Mic: 1st Thursdays Poetry Slam (Hawaiian Hut @ Ala Moana Hotel)

  • Best Cocktails: Lewers Lounge (Halekulani Hotel)

  • Best Beer Menu: Bar 35 (35 N. Hotel St)

  • Best Free Wine Tasting: Hasr's (31 N. Pauahi St #1B)

  • Best Local Brewery: Kona Brewing Co. (Koko Marina Center, Hawaii Kai)

  • Best Pool Hall: Hawaiian Brian's (1680 Kapiolani Blvd)

  • Best Place to get Your Bowl on: Schofield Bowling Center

  • Best Happy-Hour Specials: Magoo's Pizza (1015 University Ave), Indigo's Martini Madness (1121 Nuuanu Ave), Mai Tai Bar's (Ala Moana Shopping Center), Skybox (1700 Kapiolani Blvd)

  • Best Street Entertainment: Albert Maielua & his Buddies

  • Best Karaoke: Karaoke Hut (909 Kapahulu Ave)

  • Best Bar Food: Side Street Inn (1225 Hopaka St)


  • Best hip, locally made jewelry: Ginger 13

  • Best Men's Boutique: In4mation (Ward Warehouse)

  • best Craft Fair: Diamond Head Arts & Craft Fair (Nov 12, 2006 @ Kapiolani Community College)

  • Best Women's Boutique: Valerie Joseph (1960 Kapiolani Blvd Suite 111)

  • Best Antiques Store: Antique Alley (1347 Kapiolani Blvd)

  • Best Place to Spice up your Love Life: Sensually Yours (1130 N. Nimitz Hwy)

  • Best Maternity Wear: Hot Mama (3435 Waialae Ave Suite 106A)

  • Best Used Bookstore: Friends of Kailua Library Bookstore (239 Kuulei Road)

  • Best Store to Satisfy Hippie Pets: Naturally Pet (535 Ward Ave #106)


  • Best Pet Groomer: Pets in the City (1232 Young St)

  • best Wedding Cakes: Cake Couture

  • Best Interior Design: Mary Philpotts (925 Bethel St #200)

  • Best Pedicure Value: Honolulu Nails Salon (2570 S. Beretaniia St #101)

  • Best Musical Deal: Good Guys Music & Sound (619 Kapahulu Ave)

  • Best Party Supplies: Floradec (373 N. Nimitz Hwy)

  • Best Dog Sitter: Ohana Doggie Care and Spa (611 Cooke St)


  • Best Surf Shop: Local Motion (1958 Kalakaua Ave)

  • Best Bike Bargain: BOCA Hawaii (330 Cooke St)

  • Best Running Store: The Running Room (819 Kapahulu Ave)

  • Best Golf Shop: Roots & Relics (249 Merchant St)
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