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One of the two original Waikiki hotels, this beauty first opened its doors in 1901 and has been the queen of Kalakaua Boulevard ever since. The turn-of-the-century architecture is lovely; the lyrical Colonial/Hawaiian feeling has been maintained throughout many additions and expansions. Over the years this fine hotel has accumulated a collection of beautiful Hawaiian quilts that are now displayed in the halls and meeting areas. The plush guest rooms and suites provide guests with the utmost in comfort, privacy and luxury. Visit their oceanfront Moana Lani Spa for ultimate relaxation.
Featuring a full-service spa and an outdoor pool facility with dining service, Trump International Hotel Waikiki is less than 5 minutes' walk from the beach. Free WiFi is available. The bright, elegant rooms offer a 55-inch flat-screen TV and a kitchen or kitchenette. An Italian marble bath with bathrobe and slippers is included. A washing machine tumble dryer are included in all suites. Suites offer an additional 43-inch flat-screen TV in the bedrooms. BLT Steak serves gourmet American cuisine in a steakhouse setting. The Wai’olu lounge offers a variety of special drinks throughout the day, including a liquid breakfast. The Spa at Trump Waikiki features a selection of treatments using traditional Hawaiian plants and techniques. Guests can also enjoy the 24-hour fitness centre and the library. The Trump Waikiki Beach Walk is 3 minutes from the Waikiki Aquarium and 3.2 km from Ala Wai Golf Course.
Known for their delicious prime Black Angus beef and French cooking style, this swanky steakery has set up shop on the corner of Kalia and Saratoga Roads in Waikiki. The upscale restaurant has brought to Hawaii many of their most popular dishes, including a twenty-two ounce rib eye and a porterhouse steak enough for two. Seafood items are the best Hawaii has to offer, including Pacific Moi done in a unique Grenobloise style and island Opakapaka for two done in Chinese sauces. Leave the flip-flops in the hotel room and break out those designer duds for dinner at this showplace.
Eating at sushi restaurants can be an intimidating experience for most, and at Sushi Sasabune, it's no different. It's a world of textures, tastes and experiences. It's advisable to try out one of four lunch specials first, which are great at taste and value. For the seasoned sushi aficionado, there's the sushi bar omasake, where you'll be instructed by the sushi master on how to eat each delicious morsel. While very pricey, this is a one-of-a-kind experience highly recommended to those who respect the art of preparing Japanese food. Reservations are required.
Rub shoulders with local celebrities in this casual bistro overlooking Wilhelmina Rise in East Honolulu. Local artwork is displayed in the renovated dining room complete with updated lighting and new booths, which create a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere. The signature appetizer Ahi Katsu represents the culinary marriage of European, Island-Style and Pacific Rim cuisines. The Chilean Sea Bass is a must try for seafood lovers. Numerous other seafood creations are also available along with a notable selection of Hawaiian style steaks. The extensive wine list has earned the Award of Excellence from "Wine Spectator."
With two sushi bars, four master sushi chefs, countless types of nigiri sushi and at least 15 kinds of sashimi, it is no wonder that this place is regularly voted best sushi in Honolulu. In addition to sushi, there is a six-page menu of cooked and raw Japanese specialties ranging from broiled fish to Tororo. The drink menu is equally impressive, including several varieties of sake. Also, the combination lunch menus are a real bargain. The entry walls are decorated with photos of visiting celebrities including Michael Jackson and Gene Hackman. The restaurant can be unpleasantly crowded at dinner, while lunch is more comfortable.
Located in high-end Kahala and overlooking the Diamond Head and Koko Head craters is the luxurious Kahala Hotel & Resort. Known for its plush facilities, this hotel is the favorite haunt of major celebrities. The beautiful rooms, stunning views, and plethora of activities available all compete for your attention. You can pamper yourself to the hilt with the various beauty and relaxation treatments on offer too. Loll around in the beautiful garden, or go meet dolphins at the private lagoon. You can keep active at the fitness club, and indulge in various sports like scuba diving and surfing. Dine at the award-winning restaurant Hoku's, or at any of the 5 other in-house eateries.
The Island Snow in Kailua has become more famous for its "shave ice" (a tasty Hawaiian treat similar to a snow cone) than for its brand of apparel. You'll often see a line of people out the door, especially on the weekend. On the walls (and on the website) you'll find photos of President Barack Obama during his trips to Island Snow, one of his favorite spots while he's in town. In addition to the shave ice counter, the rest of the store sells apparel, mainly catering to surfers, skateboarders and snowboarders. It's a great place for souvenir t-shirts. Snowboards, watches, sunglasses and other apparel can also be found here.