Best of Honolulu | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Best of Honolulu

Best of Honolulu | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Last night I had resigned myself to waking up and taking sad, ugly photos of the desperation brownies I made in an old frying pan that we unscrewed the handle from because I’ve given away all of my baking pans. They were delicious and just about the only thing that made me feel better, but they weren’t very pretty.

As of 4 am on the day of writing (which, in case you haven’t figured it out is the day before posting), my desperation turned to joy. My visa is in the mail, and I won’t have to be left behind after all. Let’s celebrate by remembering all the awesomeness that Honolulu has to offer.

Best Brunch

Sunday Brunch: Sweet E's Cafe

Going out for breakfast is possibly one of my all time favorite activities. There are so many outstanding places to get breakfast in this town, but my favorites are definitely Hula Grill and Sweet E’s. Everything on the menu is awesome. Geoff votes for the breakfast buffet at Duke’s Waikiki.

Best Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Bar 35

Coming in a close second to going out for breakfast is hitting up happy hour. Mexico Lindo has great food specials. Bar 35 has the best cocktail selection. Hula Grill gives you the best bang for your buck. But the place I really want to be is Home Bar. Tater tot nachos, baby.

Best Beaches

Waikiki Walking Tour

Honestly, we didn’t hang out at the beach as much as we probably should have. I get sunburned in about 20 minutes. I wasn’t made for a high UV index. We lived near Waikiki, so our favorite swimming spot was right in front of the Moana Surfrider. That’s the old plantation style hotel. The most beautiful beach with the softest sand has got to be Lanikai in Kailua. The best place to go snorkeling is definitely Three Tables on the North Shore. It’s just across from Foodland in Pupukea.

Best Burgers

Happy Hour: The Counter

We are not fine dining people. $20 a day is a lifestyle, people. Burgers it is! My favorite burger is at The Counter. I never tire of making new creations. Islands is pretty dang good, too. And our final meal in Honolulu will be at Cheeseburger in Paradise because that’s where it all began.

Best Adventures

Honolulu Zoo

The most easily accessible hike from Waikiki is Diamond Head, but that thing is super hot. I prefer Manoa Falls, which is also quite easy to get to and very jungly. They filmed Catching Fire and Jurassic World up there, among many others. If you’re feeling generous, you can also make a donation to visit Lyon Arboretum next door which is breathtaking.

We have slightly mixed feelings about the Honolulu Zoo, but I still love visiting the animals there, and I would recommend it if you’re visiting.

By far our favorite thing to do when visitors come to our island is to take them kayaking in Kailua. Combine it with breakfast at Cinnamon’s, then go to Mexico Lindo afterwards and treat yourself to a giant margarita. It’s the perfect day.

There are so many awesome places to visit on this island. I lived here for four years and have still left so many things unexplored. And so many wonderful places I didn’t get a chance to show you. I hope you visit Honolulu soon and find something awesome.

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