Jan 16 2011

oahu – day trip

we spent  almost a week in honolulu when heidi ran the marathon last winter. we stayed at the 100-year-old  moana surfrider and had a great room in the original building that faced the beach as a vanishing point and the lapping waves made it seem as if we were actually outside. hawaii seems way too decadent for me – you can appreciate why people move here and never return. on our last day – we rented a car and drove to the north to the waimea valley, past the pipeline, then along to the east and back to the city…

about the moana hotel:
The Moana Hotel, also known as the First Lady of Waikīkī, is a famous historic hotel on the island of Oʻahu, located at 2365 Kalākaua Avenue in Honolulu, Hawaii. Built in the late 19th century as the first hotel in Waikiki, the Moana opened its doors to guests in 1901, becoming the first large hotel in Waikīkī. In the center of the Moana Surfrider’s courtyard stands a large Banyan tree. The Indian Banyan tree was planted in 1904 by Jared Smith, Director of the Department of Agriculture Experiment Station. When planted the tree was nearly seven feet tall and about seven years old. It now stands 75 feet high and spans 150 feet across the courtyard. In 1979 the historic tree was one of the first to be listed on Hawaii’s Rare and Exceptional Tree List. It has also been selected by the Board of Trustees of America the Beautiful Fund as the site for a Hawaii Millennium Landmark Tree designation, which selects one historic tree in each state for protection in the new millennium.

Moana Surfrider
2365 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-3111

Waimea Valley
59-864 Kamehameha Highway
Hale`iwa, HI 96712


Dec 17 2010

aloha table, waikiki

we were walking from the moana surfrider towards the convention center and found this place on a side street in a non-descript building. the food was amazing – fresh and tasty – better than some of the higher end joints we ate at on our visit. try the loco moco the salmon

about Loco Moco (loh-koo moh-koo) is Hawaii’s original homemade fast food and can be found at just about any fast food joint, roadside diner, mom and pop restaurant or lunch wagon in the Islands. It is truly unique to Hawaii, and it is a comfort food, or “local grind,” of the Hawaiian Islands. Local food is not the cuisine that is served in upscale hotels and restaurants of Hawaii. It is a basic structure was established soon after World War II – the best fast food or mixture of cuisines from many Pacific rim countries, with a special Hawaiian twist.

Loco Moco is a mountainous meal consisting of a heap of white rice topped with a hamburger patty and a Sunnyside-up egg, and then smothered in gravy. This dish is popular for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and is a candidate for the Cholesterol Hall of Fame.  As you eat, break the egg – then blend the burger, egg, rice, and gravy on your fork for each bite for a real taste of paradise.

There are many people who claim to have invented Loco Moco, but it is generally agreed that around 1949, either the Cafe 100 or the Lincoln Grill (both in Hilo, Hawaii) originated the first dish of Loco Moco. According to the story, the dish was created for teenagers who wanted something different from typical American sandwiches and less time-consuming than Asian food to eat for breakfast. The nickname of the first boy to eat this concoction was Loco (“crazy” in Portuguese and Hawaiian pidgin). Moco rhymed with loco and sounded great, so Loco Moco became the name of the dish.

2238 Lua’ula St.
2nd Fl
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-2221


Dec 16 2010

ted’s bakery, north shore

we did a day of driving around oahu and after walking the waimea valley – we were starving. the locals suggested ted’s bakery for their lunch specials and pie. ted’s did not disappoint. the crowd is mostly the healthiest surfers and tanned girls in bikinis. great lunch and at 20 dollars for 2 people – you cannot lose…

from their website:
Ted’s Bakery is located in beautiful Sunset Beach on O’ahu’s famous North Shore.  Ted’s Bakery is a popular eating destination for both locals and visitors.  Ted’s Bakery has become known for its wide assortment of pies, pastries, cakes and breads.

Ted’s Bakery
59-024 Kamehameha Highway
Haleiwa, HI 96712
(808) 638-8207
www.tedsbakery.com