You Had Me at Aloha ❥ Afternoon in Waikiki

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After spending two fruitful days in North Shore, we decided to venture down Honolulu.

As mentioned in ≪You Had Me at Aloha ❥ Turtle Bay Resort [Review]≫, we rented a Toyota Corolla with the Enterprise branch at Turtle Bay Resort. We also paid a little extra for GPS. Definitely very handy when traveling. Cheaper than using Google Maps on your phone and roaming on data.

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Check-out was at 11am and after car rental logistics, our stomachs were grumbling!

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We headed down the Kamehameha Highway to Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp. My friend had suggested this place as he said shrimp trucks are a must try in Hawaii. There were road constructions on our way here, unfortunately, so we were stuck in traffic for half an hour and by the time we got here, they were closed already. As an alternative, we decided to drive straight to Waikiki instead and try the famous Hawaiian masubi snack at Masubi Cafe Iyasume.

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Iyasume is quite small although they do offer seating. We, however, took the snacks straight to Waikiki Beach and enjoyed a mini picnic under the gorgeous sunshine.

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I know I usually describe food to be amazingly delicious here on the blog but trust. Just trust. When I say these masubis were out of this world, they really were. Rice and spam – nothing special. But you put them together, add some Japanese shiso herb or get fancy and throw in egg and avocado and bam! Such simple ingredients yet such rich and vibrant flavors. Absolutely blew me away.

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We chillaxed on the beach a little but it was too hot. Gotta cool down with some shave ice!

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We found ourselves at Waiola Shave Ice and I had the rainbow ice. Despite having good online ratings, this was too sweet and tasted too artificial.

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I had debated hiking the Diamond Head but we were a little rushed on time. Plus the fact that I was flying back to Van and heading straight to work after. I didn’t want to show up smelling like rotten gym socks. Most certainly my biggest regret during this trip but we cruised around town and found a very beautiful lookout near the foot of the volcano.

Since we still had some time to kill, we toured the Ala Moana Center real quick. No pictures because it’s just a big, luxury shopping mall. We literally went for a walk from one end to the other then headed to the Enterprise branch at the airport to return the Toyota.

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Dinner took place in the airport at PGA Tour Grill. They had a three course meal for the price of $20 (or $25 I can’t remember exactly) and I was pleasantly surprised! The portions were huge and for airport food this was pretty darn good. Even better than White Spot or Moxie’s I’d say.

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Quick recap…

  • Masubi Cafe Iyasume for delicious masubis – enjoy them on Waikiki Beach!
  • If you don’t have time to complete the Diamond Head hike, you can opt for a scenic drive along the volcano.
  • Skip Ala Moana Center. You’re in Hawaii!!! What the hell are you doing at a mall instead of sunbathing on the beach? Unless you ripped your bikini bottom or swim trunks bending down, you shouldn’t even be here, period.
  • Hungry at the airport? Make your way to PGA Tour Grill. Go for the three course meal, you won’t regret it.

That’s a wrap for today. See you next time and don’t forget to sign up for newsletters to receive notifications for new posts!

 

18 Comments

    • JASCHEN
      August 24, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Hey Lindsey, thanks so much for checking out my blog. I miss Hawaii as well, talk about vacation withdrawals! Definitely can’t wait to be back!!

  1. August 25, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing!! Love all your food pictures and your amazing story!! We are planning to go in October, can’t wait!! I’ve written your recommendations on my list;)!! Xx Susanne – http://bagatyou.com

    • JASCHEN
      August 25, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Susanne! October would be a fantastic time to visit, can’t wait to read about it over at your blog!

  2. August 25, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I love Hawaii and we go to Oahu every year. North Shore is nice and haven’t been to the Turtle resort yet but the photos look amazing. The food, the ohana, the warm beaches, and everything about Hawaii is so fab. Thanks for sharing these pictures! xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • JASCHEN
      August 25, 2016 / 10:54 pm

      Every year! Wow, that’s awesome!! If you ever stay at the Turtle Bay Resort, let me know what you think! 🙂

    • JASCHEN
      August 26, 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Hey Margaret! Thanks for checking out my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Irene
    August 26, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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    • JASCHEN
      August 26, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Hi Irene! Thank you so much for your kind words. Hope you stick around for more!

  4. August 27, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Such amazing colors and one can never have too many palm trees. We have been to Maui twice but it looks like we need to branch out and visit the other islands too!

    • JASCHEN
      August 29, 2016 / 4:10 am

      Hi Sue. Yes, you most certainly should!! I was originally planning to visit Maui, but we saw a vacation package for Honolulu so oops… Then again, Hawaii is always a good idea so there’ll definitely be other times.

  5. September 2, 2016 / 11:06 am

    This looks like a dream! My parents went to Hawaii last year for the first time and are already planning their second trip. Can’t wait to visit it one day!

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    • JASCHEN
      September 2, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      Hey Caroline, thanks for checking out my blog. And yes, Hawaii is an incredibly beautiful getaway destination. You should for sure visit if you ever get the chance to!

  6. Ashley Huang
    October 18, 2016 / 7:58 pm

    What a dream.

    • JASCHEN
      October 18, 2016 / 9:42 pm

      It is, isn’t it! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day <3

  7. January 29, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    Ooh thanks for sharing Jas, with my trip to Hawaii fast approaching, it makes it that much more fun reading about where to go and what to do! Diamond Head hike is definitely on my list 🙂 Will try and check out Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp truck too! Love the photos btw, the views are so stunning! Xx

    • JASCHEN
      January 30, 2017 / 12:54 am

      Awwww lucky! You’re gonna have such an amazing time there!!! Can’t wait to see your photos. Let me know if the shrimp truck is worth it. I’ll have to live vicariously through you <3

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