Adam and I just returned from six fantastically glorious days in Oahu! Best vacation we have taken yet.
Everything was beautiful (of course!), we got incredibly lucky with the weather, we loved our hotel (Hotel La Croix – amazing staff, beautiful views, and perfectly walkable to the beach and downtown), and we swooned over every activity and meal! And we saw a seal!! I did not pack a camera but couldn’t stop myself from Instagramming incessantly.
Some of our favorite activities – – –
Hiking. We went on four hikes this visit. Makapu’u Light House Trail / Kuliouou Ridge Trail / Diamond Head / Ka’ena Point State Park.
We went to Green World Coffee Farm and walked through the coffee plants. We also got a fantastic tour (with tastes) of the Old Sugar Mill Brand Waialua Coffee where they grow coffee and cacao.
Some of our favorite bites – – –
Flavor themes of the week – ahi, malasada, mochi, musubi, passionfruit, poke, taro, and yuzu. I lost my photo but we had a wonderful traditional meal at Helena’s – my first time trying poi!
We walked over to Kona Coffee Purveyors several times. Also to the Starbucks Reserve for this delicious americano con crema with demura sugar and cinnamon.
Guava malasada from Leonards. Also my favorite thing I ate all trip was a taro mochi malasada from a convenience store.
There was a great Japanese store near our hotel and between that and the well-stocked 7-11 I tried some very exciting things.
Passionfruit mochi bar.
Salted cod roe and cheese musubi.
Local fruits from a roadside stand. Starfruit, passionfruit, and coconut.
Shave Ice! We went to Waiola Shave Ice and Matsumoto Shave Ice. The boring looking one was actually white cake and yuzu (!!!) with vanilla ice cream and sweetened condensed milk.
Poke! So much fresh tuna. We went to Maguro Brothers and Ono Seafood.
Dinner at O’Kims. Fried chicken and purple rice with the best kimchi I’ve ever eaten.
Lunch at Piggy Smalls was our favorite meal of the trip! And dinner at Pig and the Lady was a close second. Twice fried brussel sprouts, tea leaf salad, brisket with pancakes and eggs, great cocktails (Adam had a POG slushie!), and an egg coffee.
A perfect trip!