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Hawaiian Getaway

Hawaiian Getaway

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Trip Plan Tags: 
adventure,
beach + island,
diving + snorkeling,
family,
green/eco-friendly,
hiking + trekking,
outdoors + nature
Destinations: 
Big Island,
Hawaii,
Maui,
North America,
Oahu,
United States

Hawaii. I've always wanted to go there.

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Nightlife

Sunset on the Beach, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii
Website: www.sunsetonthebeach.net

Visitors often wonder about the 30-foot screen on Waikiki Beach at the spot known as Queen's Surf, across Kalakaua Avenue from the Honolulu Zoo parking lot (believe us, you'll see it). The answer: Since 2001, the city has sponsored free movies here every Saturday and Sunday at sunset, in an attempt to bring locals back to Waikiki. Food vendors set up stalls adjacent to the area, though people often come with their own picnic baskets. You'll see folks staking out spots with blankets and chairs starting in the late afternoon, but it's also possible to wander up and find a place on the sand even after the film has started. The intensity of the crowd depends on the popularity of the movie; family films draw the noisiest masses. See the website for a schedule.

See + Do

Pacific Tsunami Museum, Hawaii

130 Kamehameha Avenue
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Tel: 808 935 0926
Website: www.tsunami.org

In Hawaii, tsunamis, more than any other natural disaster, have been responsible for killing the most people. From 1900 to 1964, small tidal waves hit Hilo every seven years. A 1946 tsunami destroyed beachfront neighborhoods, flooded downtown, changed the coastal landscape, and killed about 159 people. This museum stands as a memorial and a source of information to demystify the big-wave phenomenon.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm.

Lost

Eating

Java on the Rock, Hawaii

75–5828 Kahakai Road
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Tel: 808 329 9262
Website: www.javaontherock.com

Alii Drive is pretty insufferable, especially at night when hordes of spring breakers are on the prowl. That's why it's best to experience Kona's oceanfront main drag in the morning. Java is pricey for what it serves—simple breakfast foods like bagels, eggs, and fruit salad—and the service is slow, but there are great views and an opportunity to imagine what a special spot this once was. The place turns into Huggo's on the Rock, a fine lunch and dinner option on the strip, after 11:30 am.

Open daily 6 to 11 am.

See + Do

Snorkeling in Maui

Snorkeling is the most democratic of all water activities—you don't need expensive equipment or certification, to be in good shape, or even to be able to swim (although it sure helps). Most resort beaches have a spot where you can spy on colorful coral, fish, and turtles. But the really special underwater life can be seen at Molokini Crater, located between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe. Kai Kanani, which leaves from the Maui Prince Hotel in Makena, stands out from the crowd of outfitters because of its location. Makena is much closer to Molokini than Maalaea—where most other boat tours launch—so you can get to the crater in just 20 minutes.

Eating

D.K. Steakhouse, Hawaii

Waikiki Beach Marriott, 2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii
Tel: 808 931 6280
Website: www.dksteakhouse.com

Dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection, plus a view overlooking Waikiki Beach, have made this place a major hit since it opened in the fall of 2004. D.K. Kodama is one of Hawaii's most ambitious chef-entrepreneurs; in addition to this steak house at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, he owns the islandwide chain of Sansei sushi bars and the conjoined Honolulu hot spots Vino and Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas. Kodama may have a lot of pots boiling, but what's cooking is undeniably good. D.K. Steakhouse's double-broiled, butterflied filet mignon, for example, served with shiitake mushroom demi-glace and a side of asparagus Milanese, is satisfying to both the local and tourist palate. There's also a special menu of dessert martinis, including the well-named "Bomb" (Godiva white chocolate, Baileys, and Kahlúa). The portions are big here, so unless you've hiked Diamond Head or surfed Pipeline all day, consider sharing.

Dinner only.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.