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Oahu – Sights & Tastes

Our first four days in Hawaii were on the island of Oahu, often called “The Gathering Place.” This island offers a significant contrast between the ancient and modern. From the big city of Waikiki to the small towns of the North Shore, there is something for everybody and an island that shouldn’t be overlooked.

The island boasts some incredible hotels and resorts, including The Modern, Kahala, Halukulani and Disney’s Aulani. We enjoyed hiking Diamond Head; boating with dolphins; and of course experiencing the beach and resorts.
I must admit that one of my favorite reasons to visit Hawaii is the food. A longterm foodie dream of mine was to eat at Morimoto and I finally had the opportunity at The Modern in Waikiki. It was one of the best meals of my life. Somewhere between the tuna tartar and the Wagyu beef, I looked up and saw the legend himself… Morimoto! In his own restaurant! It was so exciting to see him and I must thank my friend and colleague Whitney for giving me a signed copy of his cookbook. I won’t bore you with every meal I’ve had so far, but between the brunch at the Halukalini and lunch at Rainbow DriveIn (featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives), I’m in heaven. After all this food I just might have to hike Diamond Head again.


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