I sure did enjoy Oahu. It was my first trip, so I stayed in Honolulu near Waikiki Beach at the Hostel International, Waikiki. Just a short distance to the beach, it was what I thought would be a great location for a first timer. Once I got to see the rest of the island, that’s when I learned of Hawaii’s beauty. I have a few friends who live on Oahu, and two were available to spend time with me. The great part about them is one, Michelle, wanted to show her part of the island, The West Side, from Kapolei to Waianae where natives live. It was lovely, beautiful beaches and definitely not a part of town where the tourists go. We ended our night at Longboards Bar & Restaurant at the Marriott, and watched the sunset. My other friend, Rumi, who had her 7-month old son, Aidan, wanted to show me her part of the Island, the Southeast Side. She took me to Kailua Bay where President Obama vacations. After seeing that beautiful body of water, she took me to Hanauma Bay which is the touristy bit of paradise just east of Waikiki. For those tourists who stick to Waikiki, Hanauma Bay is their escape to something exotic. Rumi also introduced to the prepared foods heaven and vegetarian grocer that is, Down to Earth. No food pictures are below, but it’s definitely worth a visit for snacks, plane food and so much vegan food.
The day before I met up with Michelle, I found myself on a bus headed north to Haleiwa. It took an hour and a half to get from Honolulu to Haleiwa on a $2.50 bus transfer, but I was itching to see The North Shore and on a budget. I got there and enjoyed the small town feel of it. That’s when I realized I wish I had stayed up in that area. I didn’t know. I hoped on my hostel locator, and sure enough there were two in the area, but they had 2 night minimum stays, and I was already committed to my hostel. I told myself next time.
I didn’t want to take the same bus home because I wanted to drive the North Shore coast. The bus 55 did that. I caught the 55 and took it to Sunset Beach. I had about 30 minutes till the next bus came. It was getting dark and I had just enough time to shoot some pretty shots of the shore. I caught the next bus and it took 2 hours to get home. It was a dark ride home, and I wish I could have seen the coast. That night I booked a reservation for Roy’s Waikiki because I heard they had a fabulous prix fixe vegan menu. After eating for an hour and 15 minutes, I went to my room and crashed.
Hawaii was a great time made up of friends, tasty food, florals, beaches, bays, sunsets and waterfalls. Enjoy some of my highlights below! Mahalo! Feather
On a catamaran on Waikiki Beach
Pacific ocean sunset
Loving Hut, 1614 South King Street, Honolulu
This is the 14th Loving Hut I’ve visited 3 continents.
Loving Hut’s The Mongolian Delight. Best dish. I had it three times.
Loving Hut Island Drums with sugar cane sticks.
Loving hut cupcake
On a different LH, visit I got the lunch buffet and got the Sweet and Sour dish. I wish I had gotten Mongolian Delight again.
Peace Cafe, 2239 S. King Street, Honolulu
The second day, I visited Peace Cafe. I ordered bimbimbap, one of my favorites when I lived in Korea. I had been missing it lately. It was a little different than the Korean version, but tasty for sure.
After I had a large soy latte (not pictured), I decided to cool down with this vanilla ice cream, chocolate swirl and candied nuts dessert.
Peace Cafe’s avocado sandwich. It was good. I could have used mustard and more veggies, but it hit the spot after my 3-hour visit was coming to an end.
Roy’s Waikiki, 223 Lewers Street, Honolulu
I learned about the vegan prix fixe menu on HappyCow.net.
The waiter informed me that the menu changes monthly.
Complementary starter edamame
Cauliflower Chowder. Very well prepared. I used the crostini to sop up the soup.
Hamakua Mushroom. Lemongrasss hoisin, gremolata, roasted grape port wine reduction. This was the only course that wasn’t exceptional. I could have used a little more of it. There were 2 mushrooms and 3 grapes. Meh.
Local Eggplant & B. I. Hearts of Palm Ravioli. This on the other hand was amazing. It’s set on a basil pesto sauce that was to die for. For this dish, I ordered more crostini so I would lose out on any sauce.
Coconut-Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mango-Lime-Jalapeno salsa and Mango sorbet. This was a winner. Perfect conclusion to my meal.
Green & Vine Raw Vegan Gourmet, 909 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu
*Not-Tuna on Onion Bread. Amazing! Ingredients listed on their site include Organic Sunflower Seeds, Macadamia Nut “Mayonnaise,” Coconut Water, Dill, Dulse, Green Onions, Celery, and Licious Date Mustard. Bread: Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Brown Flax, Yellow Onions, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, and Organic Ohsawa Wheat-Free Tamari.
Zucchini Fettuccini, Cashew Alfredo, Marinated Mushrooms. Fantastic!! Ingredients listed on their site include: Alfredo Sauce: Cashews, Mac Nuts, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt. Mushroom Marinade: Ohsawa Gluten-Free Tamari, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
My friend had the Living Lasagna. She gave me a nice bite. Perfect food. Described as Layers of Seasoned Zucchini instead of Pasta, Basil Pesto, Sun-dried Tomato Marinara, Macadamia Nut “Ricotta,” Spinach and Sliced Tomatoes.
And of course dessert, Beet Cheesecake. It first it sounded odd. It turned out to be the second best dessert I had on the trip behind the coconut-vanilla panna cotta. Very delicious.
Some Waimei Valley Florals
The North Shore, Sunset Beach
I was very envious of this driveway. One day! One day!
A beach of Kailua Bay.
Two islands off Lanikai Beach
I started missing my doggie badly, so I had a Skype date with him. Don’t forget me!
Waiting on the bus from Waimei Valley to Sunset Beach, this man was playing his ukulele
On one day it was 80 degrees and started raining hard while I was walking to Peace Cafe. The rain felt nice, and I really didn’t have any worries. Mahalo.