Honolulu is a busy place. Locals call it Town, because it’s the busiest section of the island. Town is loaded with things to do, from shopping and spa days, to golf and surfing, tanning, eating, children’s activities and so much more. One day in Honolulu will leave you feeling satisfied and tired, and ready to explore the rest of the island.
Start you day in Town with a good breakfast. A personal favorite is Bogart’s at the south end of town. Here you’ll find a small eatery with an extensive, and good menu. It’s order at the counter and wait for your food (which can take a short while, they get really crowded in the morning), and you can enjoy it inside or take it to go. My favorite meal here is the breakfast bagel. There’s just something perfect about it. It usually comes with egg and bacon (I think) but I order it without egg, and add pesto cream cheese. Spinach and cheddar also come with it. Anyway, I recommend trying it, otherwise there’s waffles, smoothies, sandwiches, eggs, and a lot more. Their coffee is also really good.
After breakfast head over to the Bishop Museum. Check out the Hawaiian Hall for some of the most interesting things to see, if you want to pick one part. It has an awesome collection that tells the story of Hawaiian history. They even have a surfboard that belonged to Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian surfing legend along with a good collection of Hawaiian shell lei and other jewelry. There’s a lot more too, like art, statues, things that belonged to royalty, and tools and other stuff from really early on. There’s changing exhibits and other areas of the museum but to me the Hawaiian Hall is the best one. Even if you’re not usually a fan of museums, the Bishop Museum is pretty interesting.
If you’re hungry, a great Japanese lunch can be enjoyed at Irifune. From Tuesday to Saturday the open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch, and again at 5:30 or dinner. You can go for dinner, it’s always really good, but I’m recommending it for lunch since there’s a lot of other places for dinner. Pretty much everything here is great, and even if you’re not vegetarian, the breaded tofu appetizer is a favorite with regulars. It’s BYOB here so don’t expect to order a beer off the menu.
Now it’s off to Waikiki for some beach time. Surfboards can be rented here with or without a lesson and there’s no better way to experience Hawaii than to give surfing a shot. For those who would rather relax, kick back on the beach and enjoy the sun. When your done with the sand and surf, there’s two options near the beach. Just past the east end of the beach is the aquarium which doesn’t take up too much time and a walk through lets you see a large array of colorful fish. If you head down to Lewers Street at the west end of the beach you can choose from a huge list of great beers at the Yard House Restaurant. They have so, so many beers on tap and the bar style food is really good too.
Head off to Ala Moana Mall for some evening shopping before dinner, or to the International Marketplace (near the Yard House) for shopping through an endless array of booths selling island style stuff.
For a casual or dressy dinner try Duke’s on the water in Waikiki, a local staple. Alan Wong’s is also a wonderful, and more formal restaurant serving really good Pacific Rim dishes, and Roy’s is also a great option.