We had 23 hours to spend in Oahu, Hawaii. Always up to seize the day, we set off for a road trip around the island as soon as we landed at the airport.
First stop: Nico’s Pier 38 Restaurant, about a 10 minute drive from the airport. Nico’s has a restaurant on the pier as well as a market with take away food items.
The Hawaiian Plate Lunch is a quintessential Hawaiian meal, comfort food for the locals.
Pork Lau Lau is cubed pork belly and taro greens wrapped in Luau (Ti) leaves, then steamed.
Kalua Pork is traditionally baked underground lined with hot stones, but can also be served slow cooked above ground. It’s smoked and shredded, delicious.
We started the hour-long trek to the North Shore via Highway 2 at about 2:00pm, where the traffic wasn’t too bad. Oahu is notorious for horrendous traffic, so I’ll pass on my traffic experiences to you as well.
After some holoholo time, we packed back up the car and headed east along the coast.
Holoholo means “to go out and have fun, have adventures“.
Car Rental tip: All the big car rental companies are quite expensive out of HNL airport. The best deal I found was via Turo, the airbnb of car rentals. Mike runs most of the cars out of the airport and I had a good experience with them.
Our next stop was in Kailua, to hike Lanikai Pillboxes. The parking is in a residential neighborhood and is quite confusing! If it weren’t for my local friend, Nicole, we would have never figured out where to park. There is no designated parking lot and be mindful of the street signs. Make sure your wheels are completely off the main road (there’s no marked lane for parking).
The trailhead is on a small dead-end street in the neighborhood across from a large parking lot (where you cannot park).
My third time to Hawaii was brief, but action packed and delicious.
Mahalo for letting me “talk story” with you.
Mahalo means “thank you”.
Talk story means “chit chat”.
All photos taken by Melllypoo via Canon 6D & iPhone 6.