Every so often in my travels, I discover a hidden gem that excites the f*ck out of me and throws me into vortex of manic happiness and inspiration.
At first glance, Sidewalk Deli is not much to look at. The 2nd and 3rd glances aren’t great either. In fact, it probably won’t be until you take your first bite of kimchi pancake that you’ll actually start to trust this recommendation.
At least that’s how it went for us.
Apparently Ronald Reagan really liked his ice cream because in 1984 he declared the third Sunday of July National Ice Cream Day and he designated the whole month of July to be National Ice Cream Month..
My sister Shannon attended college at the University of Hawaii and fell in love with Oahu. She now works in forestry and conservation on the island, and has been asking me to visit for years.
The truth is, I’ve traveled to Oahu several times and have never really felt a connection with the island. It’s always seemed so busy and expensive, and I usually prefer to travel to lesser known destinations.
The Hamakua/Kawai Nui marsh complex is not only the largest remaining wetland in Hawaii, but it’s one of the only places in the world where you can find several species of native and endangered Hawaiian birds.
With only a few days in Oahu, our itinerary was packed solid from morning until night, so the only time we we had to squeeze in hiking Lulumahu Falls was right before we flew home.
Kakaako is an up and coming neighborhood located in between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. It used to be an industrial ghost town filled with auto body shops and old warehouses, until a local gathering of artists breathed new life into the area by using it as their canvas.
Traveling with a local is my favorite way to find the best hidden gems in a destination. My sister Shannon has lived on Oahu for several years and she had a list of restaurants, food trucks and markets for us to try on our last visit.
We are in Oahu visiting my sister Shannon, and she’s giving us a local’s tour of the island. I told her that I wasn’t going to research anything before our trip, and that I just wanted to do all of her favorite things.. except hiking.