Honolulu in 2 days (The iPhone Edition)
I have a considerable amount of family in Oahu. Telling people this bit about myself usually elicits a "You're soooo lucky" type of reaction, to which I'd like to counter with a polite "Aw hell no" right back. Why is it so dreaded you ask? Let's recap.
It's my middle school and high school era and my parents think it'll be fun if they fly me out to Hawaii to visit my family during the summer. (In retrospect, it's more likely that they're trying to gain two months of freedom; I don't blame them.) Repeat this for several summers. At the very least, I'm thankful that this has trained me to comfortably fly on my own at an early age. If you've never been stranded on an island with your family while your friends are having their fun California summers together, let me tell you: it can get stuffy real quick.
Fast forward to the present: I don't go as often as I should anymore, and when I get a wedding invitation from some Hawaiian relatives, I'm ecstatic that I can go for just a brief weekend and knock out seeing all of my relatives at once. Hallelujah for efficiency.
When you're a seasoned Honolulu traveler, you learn to stick to the basics, especially when there's always touristy things to do everywhere. To me, this is about good food and doing absolutely nothing on beaches. I even traded my DSLR for my iPhone, because I'm just too lazy for that around here. So I present to you some of my favorite Honolulu locales through my iPhone lens.
Leonard's for Malasadas
For those who haven't had the pleasure of trying these sugary deep-fried Portuguese delights, Leonard's is the place to get yourself educated.
Leonard's is a classic Honolulu establishment. Sure, you'll get the occasional person who will squawk about how some other malasada shop is better, but don't listen to that nonsense. OG malasada shop.
933 Kapahulu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816
Goofy Cafe & Dine
Brunch doesn't get better, and Goofy covers all of your bases. Health nut? Get on over to their selection of açaí bowls or green juices. In the mood to indulge? Portuguese sausage, loco mocos, and mojitos. I picked the latter category, of course.
This menu plus cozy surf decor = winning combo.
1831 Ala Moana Blvd. Ste. 201, Honolulu, HI 96815
Let's go to the Beach (each, let's go get away)
My goal in Hawaii is to hit up as many beaches as possible. How else will you get in the envy-inducing ocean pictures onto your preferred social media platform?
My general tip when it comes to choosing beaches on Oahu: avoid Waikiki beach like the plague. Some of my favorites are: Kalama Beach in Kailua (which I've been going to since forever), Waimea Beach in North Shore (for the rock and to get Dole whips on the drive back down), Cockroach Cove (really rocky, but great as it's more secluded), and Ko' Olina Beach (which I used to go to all the time as a kid but was recently bought by Disney for their resort so... nevermind).
Aloha & have fun out there my beach babes!