Experience Hawaii: Most popular Hawaiian locations and eats
Hawaii means “place of God” or “Homeland”. Hawaii is the ultimate beach haven for beach enthusiasts who believe that life is a beach. Honolulu is the commercial capital of Hawaii. Waikiki Beach is the Surfer’s Paradise. Waikiki Beach is the perfect destination for surfing and long boarding.
Diamond Head is a volcanic cone on the Hawaiian island overlooking Pacific Ocean. Diamond Head trail is one of the best Oahu hike and is one of the most famous landmarks.
Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve has the best marine ecosystem especially tropical fish. It is a great spot for snorkeling.
Lanikai beach in Oahu is ranked as one of the best beaches in the world. The Lanikai Pillbox Hike also known as the Kaiwa Ridge trail is one of the best hiking trails in Hawaii. Snorkeling is the best activity in the Pillbox Strait. Oahu, North Shore is a haven for bodysurfing and outrigger canoeing. Mount Olympus in Oahu, Hawaii is the perfect spot for tropical skiing. Jurassic park is shot on the island. The underwater sea hotel is a must do.
Koko Head is called Nature’s Stair master. It has 1,048 steps to the top. Hawaii Kai is a residential estate over Hanauma Bay as the Koko Head trail ends 1,200 feet above. Bodysurfing is the most popular activity in Koko Head.
Makapuu Point Lighthouse trail is a 3.3 mile trek located near Honolulu. Whale watching and spotting dolphins is a favorite activity from the lighthouse top.
Kauai island or the Garden Isle with Na Pali Coast and Ni’ihau as backdrop is replete with activities like Forbidden island Kauai snorkeling cruise, hiking and zip lining. Na Pali coast State Park and Waimea Canyon State Park are must do. Kauai back country tubing adventure is a must do.
Maui offers a variety of activities like zip line and aerial and adventure parks, National parks, boat tours, bicycle tours, dolphin and whale watching cruises from Lahaina harbor, skim boarding and downhill biking.
Waimea is Mexican food and homemade beers galore on the Big Brewhaus. Waimea Farmer’s market is a must do. Waimea has petroglyphs and waterfalls. A ranch tour gives an insight on being Hawaiian cowboys. Waimea is big on canyon and cliff trails, beach parks and homestead stays.
Poke Bowl is a popular Hawaiian dish and is a must do while in Hawaii. It is simply pronounced as pohkeh is a raw cubed fish dish with a variety of seasonings and served in a bowl with sushi rice, quinoa and couscous. Poke bowl is a healthy dish is served with spicy garlic, sesame, soy sauce and onion dressing.
Poke has pick rice and blue corn chips variations. It is made of spicy salmon, masago fish roe, sweet miso dressed tuna, jelly candy pink ahi tuna, Abalone, Amberjack and katsuo skipjack tuna fish types. It is accompanied by mashed avocado, mango, shallots, scallops, scallions, sesame seeds, panko bread crumbs, ponzu, macadamia nuts, jalapeño salsa, saltwort, white jelly mushrooms, Hawaiian seaweed, Kamuela Ogo sea moss, wonton strips, daikon and cucumber slices.
Poke dressing is done in spicy mayo, vinegary shoyu marinade, chayote squash pickles, pickled ginger, yuzu chile, ponzu , spicy gochujang and sesame oil.
Poke is served with the side dishes of zucchini noodles, tortilla chips, avocado fritters, seaweed salad, pickled matchstick carrots and radish, crispy shallots, garlic crispies, watermelon and tomato salad and ricotta cheese.
Hawaiian quick bites are called grinds and some of the must haves are burrito, sandos, ahi sandwich and taro buns.
The side dish of lomi lomi is an authentic Hawaiian Macaroni salad similar to salsa made with salt, salmon, tomatoes and green onions is a must try. Loco Moco is a contemporary Hawaiian dish made of white rice topped with hamburger patty, fried eggs topped with thick and rich brown gravy and served with katsu guava BBQ sauce.
Mahi Mahi is a baked fish dish. Cod fish is seasoned with garlic, lemons and pepper and coated with bread crumbs. A mayonnaise roux is prepared for crab meat. An emulsion of Beurre Blanc sauce is prepared with kaffir lime, rice wine vinegar, peppercorns, shallots, lemon grass and butter. Cherry tomatoes, beans and asparagus are stir fried. It is served with hapa rice and pineapple chunks.
So Ono! Pau Hana! This means delicious food after work for relaxation. Do the Hula dance while at Hawaii.
One is welcomed with a Hawaiian welcoming prop ‘Lei’ which is a Polynesian garland of flowers.
Hawaiian restaurants have a permanent feature of Lanai which is a porch or a veranda. They also offer Hula dance.
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