THE IN­SID­ERS WAIKIKI, HAWAII

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - BITSY KEL­LEY

TREAT: Fresh co­conut juice from the Satur­day morn­ing farm­ers mar­ket at the Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii’s Ka­pi­olani Com­mu­nity Col­lege is a must-try. The stall­hold­ers chop off the top of the co­conut and drop in a straw — so sim­ple, yet su­per-re­fresh­ing and de­li­cious. Af­ter you grab a co­conut juice, browse stands filled with fresh flow­ers, is­land-grown fruits and veg­eta­bles, lo­cal honey and baked goods. If you still have en­ergy, head across the street for a hike up the vol­canic cone of Di­a­mond Head. The view is spec­tac­u­lar; ka­pi­olani.hawaii.edu.

DRINK: Lo­cated on the beach, Duke’s Waikiki mixes a re­fresh­ing mai tai, which is best paired with the view of a gor­geous Hawai­ian sun­set. Named in hon­our of Olympic medal­list and fa­ther of mod­ern-day surf­ing, Duke Ka­hanamoku, Duke’s of­fers a fun, friendly at­mos­phere to kick back and en­joy lively per­for­mances by some of the is­land of Oahu’s most no­table mu­si­cians; dukeswaikiki.com/.

SHOP: Vi­brant Waikiki Beach Walk is a gath­er­ing place where vis­i­tors and res­i­dents shop, dine and play. Stroll through the two-storey, open-air cen­tre and ex­plore more than 40 world-class re­tail­ers; waikik­ibeach­walk.com.

EX­PLORE: Walk along Waikiki Beach at night and you’ll hear gen­tle waves lap­ping on the shore, see the flames of ho­tel tiki lamps flick­er­ing in the breeze and hear Hawai­ian mu­sic fil­ter­ing out of beach­front restau­rants. Find a spot un­der a co­conut tree, watch the moon rise over Di­a­mond Head and re­lax in the most ro­man­tic place in the world; go­hawaii/com/au/.

EAT: Ocean­front dining on Waikiki Beach is an ex­pe­ri­ence no one will for­get. But like pizza in New York and hot dog in Chicago, Hawaii has a sig­na­ture food ... Spam. The is­lands’ affin­ity for the canned lun­cheon meat stems back to World War II when it was served to GIs. We hold a street fes­ti­val in its hon­our, this year on May 2 ; spam­jamhawaii.com.

STAY: Of course I have to high­light our two beau­ti­ful beach­front re­sorts – the Out­rig­ger Waikiki Beach Re­sort and Out­rig­ger Reef Waikiki Beach Re­sort. Each boasts spa­cious, mod­ern guest suites, un­ob­structed views of Di­a­mond Head and the Pa­cific Ocean and all the ameni­ties ex­pected of a re­sort. What they also boast is a group of hosts who pro­vide the very best in is­land hos­pi­tal­ity and aloha; out­rig­ger.com/.

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