December 28, 2017
Market on the PlazaLocation: Waikiki Beach Walk
A splendid farmers market appears magically in the heart of Waikiki every Thursday from 4 to 8 pm. You’ll find terrific local products to sample, savor and stash in your recyclable bag to take home: jams, jellies, honey, mochi and chocolates for that sweet tooth; seasonal veggies and fruits to balance the menu; Big Island abalone, local beef jerky, coconut water and more! It all happens in convenient, refreshing, open-air Waikiki Beach Walk, which is a delightful place to dine and shop throughout the week. Have fun!
December 29, 2017
Friday Night FireworksLocation: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
We’re a bit spoiled where fireworks are concerned. Growing up, watching them was an annual event. Now it’s weekly, thanks to the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Every Friday night, the skies light up on the Ewa (away from Diamond Head) end of Waikiki. The show is brief but potent, and vivid colors spilling over the ocean make for a dazzling display.
You can see the fireworks from nearly anywhere on the beach, as long as your toes are in the sand. One inviting spot is the Barefoot Beach Cafe on the far Diamond Head side of Waikiki. Music, BBQ, families — it’s fun!
December 30, 2017
KCC Farmers MarketLocation: Kapiolani Community College
The granddaddy of Honolulu’s farmers markets can be overrun by shoppers, but it’s still a whole lot of fun. You’ll find all sorts of fresh local produce, fruits and flowers, of course, and the variety of prepared foods is marvelous. Our votes for best take-home treats go to Hawaiian honey, local chocolates and specialty coffees. Take your appetite with you, because food booths have become a big part of the action. Everyone raves about the unique BBQ abalone and garlic shrimp, and the fresh lemonade really hits the spot.
While you’re in the neighborhood, you might want to hike Diamond Head. Or you can do what we do: amble back to Kapiolani Park, turn left and head to lovely Kaimana Beach, then take a refreshing dip … and perhaps a nap!
Note: There’s a farmers market at Kapiolani Community College on Tuesday evenings, too, but it’s a much smaller, mellower affair.
December 31, 2017
Art on the Zoo FenceLocation: Zoo Fence
A marvelous way to begin your Saturday or Sunday is with a stroll down Kalakaua Avenue toward Diamond Head. Many restaurants along the way are open for breakfast; we favor Tucker & Bevvy on Kapahulu Ave., right across from the Honolulu Zoo.
To the right of the zoo, hanging on the fence that separates the lions and tigers from the truly dangerous animals, is an array of original art — the most recent examples of a Waikiki tradition spanning more than 50 years. Best of all, the artists are there, too!
From whimsical to mysterious to bold and cheerful, the artwork is a rainbow of individuals’ expressions of their home, Hawaii. All of the pieces are for sale at reasonable prices, and the artists are happy to discuss their work.
By the way, if you’re a late sleeper, not to worry: The exhibit is open until 3 pm.