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Waikiki Menus - The Ultimate Guide to Waikiki Dining

Waikiki Menus
The Ultimate Guide to Waikiki Dining

If you’re interested in fine dining in famous Waikiki, there’s a magazine exclusively for that purpose—and it’s full of appetizing, mouthwatering food photography. Asian fusion, American favorites, Hawaii regional, seafood and special features like best locations for date night, girls’ night, holidays and late-night happy hours, all come together in Waikiki Menus.

We found this magazine at nearly every concierge desk in Waikiki’s hotels and were thrilled to discover a comprehensive map to the area. Whew! Waikiki can be pretty overwhelming, jam-packed from block to block with local to high-end retailers, street-side entertainment and long stretches of world-famous sands. But with this guide, anything your heart, or stomach, desires is easily found. Italian? Just around the corner. Hawaiian-Cajun? Cool, try it. Munchies at 3 a.m.? Yes! How about happy hours and live music? You bet—there’s a schedule for that too. Read More
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Menehune Fishpond

Hawaiian Histories by Carol Silva:
Land of the Menehune

IN ANCIENT TIMES, deep inside Kauai’s northern valleys, lived a native race of people known as the Menehune. According to Hawaiian tradition, they resided for a while at Lumahai, crossed upland into Wainiha and settled in Limahuli. In Limahuli, they cultivated plants that are still found growing there—taro and yams, bananas and edible greens.

Today, this coast abounds with reminders of the Menehune. The valleys of Hanakoa and Hanakapiai in Napali, for example, commemorate two much-loved Menehune chiefesses: Hanakoa, who lost her footing on the cliff trail and fell to her death, and Hanakapiai, who delivered her child at that place and died soon after from complications. The dry cave at Haena is called Maniniholo, after the Menehune fisherman who dug it in order to trap a thieving spirit. There are breadfruit groves, hills, boulders, heiau (temples), trails, fishponds and river crossings that all hold stories about this energetic race. Read More
 
The Slow Road to Haena

The Slow Road to Haena

There is only one road from Hanalei to Haena, a narrow, winding road that hugs the coastline through some of the finest scenery in the Hawaiian Islands. So, fortunately, it is—by necessity—always a slow road.

What a blessing! There is the occasional local who has the pedal to the metal, late and in a hurry. But, on most occasions, the road to Haena is a journey back in time. It’s like driving used to be all over the Islands circa 1955: slow, rural, scenic and absolutely wonderful.

Forget the traffic lights, high-rises, freeways and frantic pace. Here are towering coconut trees, remote white-sand beaches, native plants and an azure sea graced with the white spray of surf. There are rows of taro growing in irrigated fields and wonderful views of mountains with poetic names like Hihimanu and Mamalahoa. This is Hawaii at its pristine best. Read More
 
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