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There are many cities I love, many of which I’ve had the pleasure to visit and some of which are still on my bucket list, but I can’t wait to go back to Waikiki.

Prior to visiting Waikiki, I had heard many past visitors complain the island was “touristy” and lacked culture. I didn’t know what to expect, so I set aside their remarks and explored the city and fell in love. I celebrated my 5th year wedding anniversary and attended one of my best friend’s wedding in Oahu. I had a chance to see and do so much, I realized those visitors who were previously complaining were the ones who lacked culture and appreciation.

Waikiki is gorgeous, the different parts of the island offer a variety of things to do and see. The food was amazing and sure if you’re staying on the main strip in Waikiki, you’ll see a lot of shops and bars, but that’s any city. The whole purpose of traveling is to venture out and explore.

My husband and I tried to do and see as much of the island as we could and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and enjoyed meeting the locals. Everyone had a story of what brought them to Waikiki and I can see why they stayed.


While there are many “beautiful California beaches” along the coast, Hawaii’s vibe is a warm welcome from the hectic life of LA. Oahu is so picturesque, the rocks, the dancing waves – it’s beautiful. Just being there on the beach is calming. The cute little shops and eateries around the town are just lovely. You just never want to leave. Living in LA, Malibu will never do.

My favorites include:

  • Breakfast: Duke’s breakfast – sure it’s touristy, but the food is good, the price is right and the location is gorgeous. Just do it if you can.
  • Lunch: Rainbow Drive-In for some delicious island food
  • Dinner: Best luau is Chief’s Luau, location is unbeatable, you get a chance to participate in activities before hand and the show is so entertaining.
  • Activities: Aside from enjoying a nice beach day we went parasailing, enjoyed a luau, as well as embarked on a fun island tour – be sure to also check out the Royal Hawaiian Center which offers free ukulele classes, hula classes and lei making classes.
  • Don’t Miss: Waimea Falls Waterfall Hike, Hanauma Bay for snorkeling, Halona Cove (which is nicknamed Eternity beach as it was featured in the movie “From Here to Eternity”- it’s beyond gorgeous!), North Shore, Kualoa Ranch and Dole Plantation because everyone needs a Dole Whip. You can do all of these on an island tour. I highly recommend Discover Hawaii Tours, we loved it.

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  • Reply Kiki - According to Kiki

    I’m one of those people that doesn’t mind “touristy” things. However, before we go somewhere, I always do a bit of research to get an idea of local dining spots. I totally agree the best way to get into the culture on an area is to wander off the beaten path. These photos are stunning! Congrats to the new bride and groom. I’m sure it was a wonderful ceremony. (:

    01/29 at 5:47 am
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