La Renaissance is my favourite French cafe patisserie at the Rocks. Their cakes are sophisticated yet comforting, and never fail to bring a smile on my face.
Honolulu Ocean View Retreat was like a clipping taken straight from the Home & Garden magazine.
Like the place we stayed at on the Big Island (link), I found our Oahu accommodation through Airbnb. I turned my eyes to Airbnb because I found the rooms and facilities in most big shot hotels in Waikiki dated and unflattering. The common theme with these big old hotels seemed to be: dark patterned carpet, yellowish vanity set and an ancient TV set that is as thick as the mini fridge. Ugh.
What to eat in Oahu? Here’s my list of the glorious food we had:
- Helena’s Hawaiian Food ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Macky’s Shrimp Truck ★★★☆
- Teddy’s Burger ★★★★☆ (for all burger lovers!)
- Dole’s Whip ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Ted’s Bakery ★★★
- Matsumoto Shave Ice ★★★
- Duke’s Steak House ★★★☆
- Cheesecake Factory ★★☆
- Ramen Nakamura ★★☆
The Dole Food Company is the world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetable. Mr James Dole opened the first pineapple plantation on the island of Oahu in 1901. Nowadays, the iconic Dole logo has become synonymous of pineapples worldwide.
When I was researching our itinerary, Dole Plantation was under my “skip if no time” column due to my fear of it being a tourist trap. Turned out, I probably should have skipped it.