Showing posts with label North Shore. Show all posts
Showing posts with label North Shore. Show all posts

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Our Favorite Beaches In #Hawaii + Where To Find Sea Turtles

This week I am going to share with you our favorite beaches that we visited in Oahu, Hawaii. If you've been following along then you probably read all about the great places that we ate in Hawaii and all about where we stayed in Hawaii.

We ventured to many beaches in Hawaii during our vacation. We rented a car for the last half of the trip and we visited the North Shore, Aulani, Ko'Olina Lagoons, Kailua and Lanikai Beach. Out of all of the beaches we visited our absolute favorite beach was Kailua Beach. If you are trying to find it just put in this address: 526 Kawailoa Road Kailua, Oahu HI 96734


Kailua Beach is about 30 minutes from Waikiki and the parking was difficult. This beach is so gorgeous and many locals go here. The parking lot was full by the time we arrived but we circled around and eventually someone left. I would recommend arriving very early. You can read all about this gorgeous beach on Trip Advisor. The sand at Kailua Beach is so incredibly soft. This beach was just gorgeous. This is the type of beach that people dream about. Beautiful clear blue water, calm ocean and no rocks or shells.


Kailua Beach

Our second favorite beach was Lanikea Beach also known as "Turtle Beach". This is a must see for anyone visiting Oahu. We were on the way to the North Shore and noticed a lot of people were parking on the side of the main road at this little beach called Lanikea Beach. We weren't sure what was so special about this beach but we decided to stop and check it out. I am SO thankful we did!! When we crossed the road we noticed a big crowd of people standing on the beach. As we got closer and closer we realized they were watching the most gorgeous sea turtles! Read all about this beach on Trip Advisor We saw 5 + sea turtles on the beach and swimming in the ocean. This was such a special experience. 



Sea Turtles are a protected species and it is a law in Hawaii that you must not touch them, feed them or get within 10 feet of them. 



Lanikea Beach 

Another great beach for families and especially young children is Ko Olina Lagoons. We visited Lagoon #4 which is located furthest from Aulani. The lagoons closest to Aulani had no parking available when we arrived. The parking lots offer free parking which is so nice. We spent several hours playing in the protected calm waters of this gorgeous lagoon. Then we ventured up the sidewalk for a nice walk to Aulani Resort. The walk only took us about 10 minutes from Lagoon #4. 

Ko Olina Lagoon


Ko Olina Lagoon #4 

After playing in the lagoon we walked to Aulani and visited the gift shop. Then we grabbed pizza at the quick service restaurant called Ula Cafe. We were able to sit outside and enjoy a gorgeous view of the ocean. The pizza was very affordable and big enough for our family of 5 to share. I believe the entire dinner cost about $40 for drinks, pizza and Mickey ice cream bars. We also stocked up on some Mickey rice krispie treat's and pastries to take back to our condo in Waikiki. Here are a few photos I snapped while walking around Aulani. We hope to actually stay a few nights at Aulani on our next Hawaiian vacation. 


We visited around 5 pm and I think the pools had just closed or something because there were not many people out and about. 


                                                          Pizza dinner at Aulani's Ulu Cafe 

Stay tuned next up: Pearl Harbor & Battleship Missouri Memorial


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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Our #Hawaii Vacation: Part 3 Where We Ate

We spent ten amazing nights in Oahu, Hawaii over spring break. Read more about where we stayed here. Today I am going to share with ya'll some of the restaurants and food trucks we enjoyed. The condo we were staying at was located in Waikiki within walking distance of Ala Moana Center which is a huge outdoor mall with tons of great restaurants, a food court, Target, Barnes & Noble, Macy's, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and a Ross.

We walked from our condo at The Ilikai to Ala Moana Center several times for dinner. Our first night we dined at California Pizza Kitchen. This is located on the 4th floor of Ala Moana Center. We asked to be seated beside the window and we had a great view of the ocean y'all! My kids love pizza and we have dined at California Pizza Kitchen many times before. It was nice to hop off of a 9 hour flight and have some comfort food :) 

California Pizza Kitchen

Day 2 we spent at the beach and we had lunch from Gilligan's Beach Shack. The food truck is parked pretty much everyday in the same area near the Hilton Lagoon. Here is the website: http://gilliganswaikiki.com/ We enjoyed the food from the food truck. My husband had the taco plate and I had the teriyaki steak bites. I felt like it was a good amount of food for the price. The coleslaw is so delicious and I usually do not like coleslaw. The line does get a bit long but we arrived right when they opened at 11 am. My kids loved the shave ice.

Menu

                                                 Terryaki Steak Bites, fries and sweet coleslaw

Day 3 we ventured to Duke's Lane Market & Eatery for breakfast. It was about a 10 minute walk from our condo. This is a great spot to grab a quick breakfast, snack, lunch and even ice cream! https://www.dukeslanehawaii.com/ What is neat about Duke's Lane is that you can shop here and buy your groceries or you can dine here. They sell fine gourmet foods, spirits, craft beers and wine's. They have excellent coffee, POG juice and malasadas!

They are located at 2255 Kuhio Avenue Honolulu, HI They are open daily from 6 am until 11:30 pm There is also a great sit down restaurant located inside Duke's Lane Market & Eatery called Basalt. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer a great happy hour daily from 3 - 6 pm and you can score mai tai's for $6

Breakfast of champions! Malasada's and POG juice 

Look at all these amazing pastries and breakfast goodies to choose from!

Breakfast sandwiches and doughnuts 

                                                                     Delicious gelato

We rented a car for the last 5 days of our vacation. We ventured to the North Shore several days and we absolutely loved the Surf & Salsa food truck! I highly recommend this if you like mexican food. *They are closed on Sundays* Here is the website: https://www.surfnsalsa.com/ and their social media:
https://www.instagram.com/surfnsalsa/
They have a nice seating area with tables located behind the food truck.


They have parking available


Complimentary chips and salsa


The most delicious cheese quesadilla ever 

The burrito's are so delicious! 

My favorite lunch in the North Shore---Surf & Salsa

We made reservations for dinner at https://www.tanakaoftokyo.com/ to celebrate my husband's birthday. We really enjoyed the hibachi style restaurant. The food was excellent and we will definitely return. Tanaka of Tokyo has several locations in Oahu. We dined at the Ala Moana Center location which is the "west" location. Excellent service and super yummy food! 

Sadly I did not snap any photos of our meal but here is the chef cooking our dinner! I ordered the chicken teriyaki and my husband had the filet. They were both amazing.

Next up, my all time favorite lunch spot in Waikiki..... Duke's!! This is a must eat spot in Waikiki. Located on the sand at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. 2335 Kalakaua Avenue Validated self-parking is available at the Ohana East Hotel! The rate for validated self-parking is only $6 for 4 hours.

Hours: Breakfast buffet: 7:00 am - 10:30 am $18/person
Lunch from 11:00 am 
Lunch Buffet: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm $29/person
Dinner: 4:45 pm - 10:00 pm
Barefoot Bar: 11 am - Midnight



                        We asked to be seated outside and check out this gorgeous view from our table!!


My kids enjoyed the kids meal's

Delicious Duke's cheeseburger and fries

Chicken fingers and fries at Duke's 

Up next.... Leonard's Bakery! I'm sure you have heard of the world famous malasadas from Leaonard's Bakery! They have been featured on the Travel Channel and various other tv shows. Arrive early because the line can be long. We waited about 20 minutes but it is SO worth the wait!! 


           3 happy kids eating in our rental car on our way to the North Shore for a day of fun in the sun!

Malasada's are Portuguese donuts without a hole. They are so yummy!! 

Located at 933 Kapahula Avenue Open Sun-Thur 5:30 am - 10 pm & Fri & Sat 5:30 am - 11 pm

Up next....our favorite beaches in Oahu and our sea turtle sightings!

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