A trip to O'ahu is not complete without attending a luau!
My friends and I chose Germaine's Luau as the winner of our last minute decision to attend a luau before departing the great island of O'ahu. There are two main choices out there but this one had a less expensive yet well-reviewed profile.
So, what exactly is a luau? I'll leave it to our hosts to better explain it to you here.
Good to know:
This pig has been underground for at least 6-7 hours absorbing the smoke and steam from banana leaves, koa wood and its own fat in order to create a consistent flavor! Hmmmmmm!
So on your next visit to O'ahu ... make Germaine's Luau a must!
House without a key which is the best place to wind down and enjoy a mai tai (but not cheap) while listening to a live band accompany one of the former winners of Miss Hawai'i dance; and all of this set, having the beach of Waikiki and Diamond Head (volcanic crater) as background.
So once you have gotten your fair share of stumbling upon ABC Store after ABC Store, just head to the beaches that form part of this stretch of white sand, lay back and relax.
These same pigeons are known for being used in years past as messengers as they are quick to recognize individuals and even letters. In short, whether these white rock pigeons are a menace or not, it will definitely be a conversation starter with the Waikiki residents!
I only knew about this place thanks to a colleague/friend of mine with whom we exchanged text messages while I was in Hawai'i and she told me not to miss this ice-cream parlor; and let me tell you, after a full day of sightseeing and perusing around the area ... a well-crafted and exquisitely delicious ice-cream came in as a blessing and a well-deserved reward!
Amongst their gourmet ice-cream selection, I would recommend coming up with your own creation (Hana Hou) but do make sure to try out the Can't decide if you just simply can't.
Depending on the season, you may also be lucky enough (but be cautious) to see some monk seals resting and sun bathing on the beaches nearby.
Just a few minutes East of Waikiki, you'll reach the Diamond Head park. I would highly recommend that you head out there as early as 7 a.m., and even at this time, you will still find quite a crowd making their way up to the summit of this 760 foot tuff crater, being O'ahu's most famous landmark.
The views from above are stunning as you gaze at Waikiki and O'ahu's southern shores.
Heading a bit further north, you'll come to ...
A little hasta pronto with a Hawaiian flair ...
... and although there are many other sites to visit, places to explore and food to try out, these are my best memories while in Waikiki and the Honolulu area as I shared them with new friends.
So to conclude, make sure your visit to O'ahu is not void of getting "leid".