Chef Ed Kenney is behind some of Hawaii’s most exciting eateries. This is his fourth establishment, based on local farm to table ingredients and featuring a rotating, seasonal menu.
A small cafe owned by a half-Australian couple, sharing a space with a plant shop and a surf shop. It’s a bright, friendly and photogenic breakfast favorite, and the coffee is second to none.
Another popular restaurant by Ed Kenney, where traditional Hawaiian fare meets creative plating and modern flourishes.
For authentic local street food, there’s no better option. The bento boxes are straightforward and delicious, well worth the lines forming around lunchtime.
Offering a casual take on Vietnamese food, Piggy Smalls has excellent pho and seriously addictive ‘pho-strami’ banh mi sandwiches.
One of Waikiki’s best boutique hotels, the easy going Surfjack is a successful homage to retro surf culture, with midcentury inspired touches and lots of sunlight.
Yes, it’s a resort, but The Modern truly stands out thanks to its clean design, beach views and elevated amenities, like the secluded ‘sunset pool’.
Take a surf lesson at Queen's Beach
Even beginners walk away from the beach feeling excited about surfing. There are plenty of opportunities along the coastline.
One of Honolulu Museum of Art’s two locations, the house is a mix of galleries, café, pop-up gift shop, and sculpture gardens. When there, don’t miss the permanent installation of David Hockney's L'Enfant et les sortilèges.
Dolphins, whales and Galapagos sharks are all frequent sites on this company’s diving tours. Cultural coastal tours for the less adventurous are also available.
This attractive ‘botanical boutique’ offers classes on everything from flower crowns to succulent gardens, as well as private workshops upon request.
Olive and Olive
Kaili and Isaac Moore
Lindsey Higa and Meleana Estes