Dear 100 Hour Homies,
My lovely wife and I are looking to plan a trip to Hawaii for our 1 year anniversary sometime in August. We've never been before, and I remembered that like a bunch of you are from Hawaii, or have taken trips recently. So what wisdom do you have for us? We'd appreciate trips about anything. Travel, places to stay, things to do, and especially food. Thanks friends!
-Tipperary, no wait, 'Trip'perary
I reached out to Tipperary and he said he's not going to Kauai, which is the only island I've been to (and so the best in my obviously objective opinion). If you're going to Kauai, let me know, and I can give you some awesome suggestions.
Hey that's funny, Pebble and I want to go to Hawaii for OUR anniversary (YAY NOT GETTING A HONEYMOON /s)
I've only been to Oahu, and mainly only the North Shore since that's where our friend and his family live. So that's where most of my tips and recommendations are for!
- Walk to Goat Island from Hukilau Beach at low tide
- SNORKEL! The best place I've ever snorkeled is Electric Beach - but if you're not with someone who knows what they're doing it can be a little scary to get out there. Snorkeling at Three Tables/Shark's Cove, or Waimea bay might be better for you. The snorkeling is soooo cool.
- Setting up hammocks at Three Tables is super fun too, and the sunsets are frequently dreamy
- If you're interested in making it a fancier experience, you could put more money into doing activities at Kualoa Ranch (i.e., Jurassic Park filming location). They have horseback riding, Jeep tours of the park, a zipline, and lots more. The pricetag isn't actually too hefty, but we were looking for almost-free things when we went.
- Definitely don't pay money for dolphin tours, because those disrupt the wildlife and are just... rude.
- I'm not sure if the PCC will be open when you go, but the night shows are really amazing and beautiful, and the food that they sell is pretty good.
- Kahuku Farms - this is my FAVORITE place of all! It's out there on its own, but pretty much all of the food they sell is made with farm-fresh ingredients that you can walk around and see! I've gotten the pizza and it was pretty delicious, as well as the soups. But the NUMBER ONE THING YOU HAVE TO GET is the lilikoi sorbet. It is to die for.
- Ted's is pretty popular, but it's for a reason. Almost everything they sell is top-notch - except the cinnamon rolls. Sadly, those are a pathetic joke. Their burgers are pretty good, and the pies and desserts are yummy too!
- There are a lot of food trucks over by Sharks Cove, but I haven't been to all of them. It's worth stopping by to see the menus, but a lot of times it's quite expensive right there since it's a tourist-heavy area. There are lots of food trucks that sell plate lunches, and those rarely disappoint.... unless you're Anathema ;)
- Another one of my favorite experiences was when we stopped at the fruit stand, we got some beautiful bananas and also bought just little bags of assorted chopped fresh fruit. Seriously some of the BEST fruit (coconut, pineapple, mango, kiwi, etc.) that I've ever had in my life.
- Last, but probably the best is Hukilau Cafe - GO GET THE HUKILAU BURGER. It is SO GOOD every time I have had it. It's a burger with teriyaki beef and a fried egg on it, and man it really is award-winning. They also have pretty good breakfast options.
- I hope you have a lot of fun! Remember to respect the wildlife, be kind to everyone and the island, and tip really really well whenever you go out to eat somewhere, because the tourist economy is really struggling.
Dear Tripp Tripps,
Pfft, go to Tonga instead. Things are SO cheap there!