I always enjoy visiting Waikiki and am glad that we had the opportunity to spend some time there prior to departing for the main land. We are big fans of Hyatt and have stayed at both the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach (http://www.hyattplacewaikikibeach.com/) and Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa (http://www.waikiki.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html). For this trip we returned to the Hyatt Place. Thankfully they were able to give us two rooms that were across the hall from one another. Our room had a great view of Diamond Head and my parent’s room had an awesome view of the ocean. (Last time we visited the Hyatt Place we walked from the hotel to the top of Diamond Head and back. It’s a pretty long walk, but totally worth doing!) This property has an outstanding breakfast, which is outside, and the rooms are modern and clean.
We always enjoy walking around Waikiki and there are a couple of places that we always seem to gravitate to while there. First, we are big fans of Cheeseburger in Paradise (http://www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com/). It’s located right across the street from the beach and the service is usually pretty quick. The burgers and fries are good and it’s just a fun place to visit while in Waikiki. I also recommend checking out Lappert’s Hawaii, located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. They have tons of different flavors of ice cream and other delicious treats (http://www.lappertshawaii.com/).
During this visit we decided to do some exploring away from Waikiki. Josh rented a car so that we could explore the North Shore. Overall, the entire drive, including a few stops, took approximately 3.5 hours. The actual distance is approximately 90 miles, though it does take some time since a majority of the drive is on a two-lane road. We stopped at Kualoa Regional Park so that we could take some pictures. This park has a great view of Mokoliʻi, formerly known as Chinaman’s Hat.
The drive along the North Shore is worth doing. The ocean is beautiful and there are some huge waves to see. We passed the famous Turtle Bay Resort, though it was pretty difficult to see from the road. I was particularly excited to visit one of my favorite Hawaiian eateries, Hula Dog (http://huladoghawaii.com/). There is a Waikiki location, which Josh and I have been to in the past, but we thought it would be fun to check out their North Shore food truck. This Hula Dog is located in Haleiwa next to the North Shore Marketplace. Chase enjoyed being able to get out of his carseat and move around!
We finished off the day by walking down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. There are tons of shops, luxury stores, and restaurants. Along Waikiki there are great views of the beach and the sunsets are fantastic!