Why Oah’u Is Still No Ka Oi (Number One) An Hawaiian Vacation
I am very much in LOVE with Hawai’i. The “808 State” is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. We went in May of 05. We visted Maui. The weather was perfect, the ocean was gorgeous, the sands beautiful, the towns amazing…. ok yes you can see I am In Love.
My friend Anne from http://www.jerseyhi.blogspot.comwho use to work with me now lives in paraidse aka Hawaii 🙂 She is going to be our guest blogger today! She’s helping me plan my next trip which will be the best hawaii trip ever(a trip with local places and local events, so i dont spend an arm and a leg on tourist traps) and she is here to help you see the real beauty that is natural local hawaii)
Annes going to get a few more awesome food and resturant ideas for all of foodies out there.
But for now here is an Oah’u Drink recipe 🙂
What you Need:
2 cans of lychee (should be sold in asian or ethnic food store)
Svedka vodka (or anykind will do)
What to do:
Dump all vodka and lychee, juice included into a pitcher.
Let soak in your fridge for at least 2 days.
You can serve straight up in a chilled glass with a lychee and plumeria fruit to garnish.
Anne’s favorite is to mix pineapple, orange, and guava(you can usually find that frozen, may be mixed with passion fruit or orange juice) juice, add vodka and serve with fruit in a chilled glass.
Anne also says: “Be sure to eat the lychee (it is the best fruit ever in the history of fruits, they grow wild and are so Ono “
Here is is…. “Why Oah’u Is Still No Ka Oi (Number One) An Hawaiian Vacation”~~~~~~Anne Hudson
So, you are planning a vacation…Where to go, what to do? Answer, Hawai’i, the 50th state (bonus, you won’t need a passport), more specifically, the island of O’ahu.
Over the years, O’ahu has been snubbed by the media,”purist tourists”, and otherwise less informed people as being a concrete jungle, mini L.A., and even (gasp) overrated. I (humble resident of said jungle) beg to differ. Literally translated from the Hawaiian language,O’ahu means “the gathering place”, even hundreds of years ago, people knew this was the place to be! This island is a buffet of options for locals and vacationers after their slice of paradise alike.
Want a fast paced, bright lights, city that never sleeps? Waikiki has got you covered with it’s 5 star restaurants and shopping, night clubs, street performers, and dancing with the beach as your backdrop. It’s NYC with tropical breezes and coconuts (bonus, no pollution). By far the best hotel (not to mention a great off season bargain) is
Are you an early bird with a craving to watch the sun rise between swaying palms? The sleepy town of Kailua (ky-lou-ah) is calling your name. Stunning white sand beaches, mom & pop style eateries, kayaking to a multitude of smaller outer island bird sanctuaries, listening to waves rock you to sleep each night. This town shuts down about 9pm, so plan accordingly. As there are so many great places to stay in Kailua, try googling “Kailua Beach Rentals”, and choosing the one that fits your style.
Perhaps a retro surf town is what gets you going…Hale’iwa (ha-lay’-eve-ah) is your dream sprung to life. Every Winter (Octoberish-Marchish) this quiet surf town becomes home to epic big wave surf contests, and wave riders from all over the globe descend in this tropic wonderland. It is the start of the 7 mile miracle, it is home to locals who are passionate about their love of this island, organic eats and treats abound, the famous Hawaiian Shave Ice originates here (be sure to ask for the beans in yours…no, I’m serious here, trust me on this, you want the beans). I recommend checking out http://www.sharkscoverentals.com/ for a great lodging place.
If you enjoy sleeping in and would trade a sunrise for a sunset, Makaha (Mah-kah-ha) is just your thing. A small town far from the bustle of Honolulu, dark lava rock covered with green plant life, a few “secret” surf breaks, and an uninhibited view of the setting sun painting the sky as it disappears on the oceans horizon. Makaha is perfect for getting away from it all, plenty of vacation condos located right on the beach, note that if planning to stay in this part of the island you should be prepared to eat in, as it is sort of far from dining. But peace and quiet is a fair trade in this case. For some of the best condos check out http://makahabeachcabanas.net/.
O’ahu offers the vacation of a lifetime, no matter where you choose to stay the island is small enough to explore and large enough to escape reality.
Check back for : Getting the most out of your 5nights/6days (A heads up on what’s really going down in the 808)
Alohas from the 808 State!
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