Waikiki Ed­i­tor’s Picks

Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME -

2013 is off to a won­der­ful start! With the hol­i­day rush well be­hind us and the re­cent ar­rival of Chi­nese New Year, we can now all look for­ward to (hopefully) less­fraz­zled days ahead. Be­ing in Hawai‘i, there’s a nat­u­ral propen­sity to slow down— af­ter all, it’s dif­fi­cult to ig­nore a Waikiki beach sun­set or Di­a­mond Head view—and ac­tu­ally stop to take a look at what our sur­round­ings have to of­fer.

And boy, do th­ese sur­round­ings have plenty to of­fer. Waikiki is a shop­ping, din­ing and ac­tiv­i­ties play­ground, to say the least, and you can have a taste of ev­ery­thing all within the same vicin­ity.

For starters, check out the wide va­ri­ety of sou­venir shops, trendy bou­tiques and high-end fash­ion houses. From the di­verse DFS Gal­le­ria Waikiki to the goodsspe­cific Leather Soul, re­tail venues cer­tainly run the gamut. We also have a slew of con­ve­nience stores for sun­dries and last-minute pur­chases. More than just con­ve­nience stores, th­ese bud­get-friendly shops have ev­ery­thing from potato chips to sun­block to slip­pers. For more in­for­ma­tion on th­ese one-stop shops, turn to p. 28.

Come meal­time (or snack time) take your pick from hun­dreds of din­ing op­tions. Those who want to sam­ple one of Hawai‘i’s most rec­og­nized restau­rants should head for Roy’s Waikiki. Flip to p. 63 and read more on how celebrity chef Roy Ya­m­aguchi de­fines Hawai‘i Re­gional Cui­sine. But if you’re any­thing like me— some­one who bases din­ner on dessert— go to p. 60 for our run­down on sweet treats around Waikiki. Whether creamy, fruity or re­fresh­ingly tart, you’ll surely find some­thing to in­dulge in.

We have happy hour cov­ered as well. If bar hop­ping is on your list of to-dos, how about paying one of Waikiki’s Tiki bars a visit? We give you a few sug­ges­tions on p. 72.

Fi­nally, take in your lo­cal en­vi­rons by par­tic­i­pat­ing in an ac­tiv­ity or two. Whale-watch­ing sea­son is still in its peak, so get out there and ex­pe­ri­ence the true majesty of th­ese grand crea­tures ( p. 52). Or if pam­per­ing is on your agenda, you may want to book an ap­point­ment at The Spa at Trump. Aside from ten­sion­bust­ing mas­sages and skin­re­liev­ing body wraps, the tony spa is the only place in Waikiki that of­fers Kate Som­merville fa­cials. Glow­ing skin is just a moment away ( p. 45)!

For more timely sug­ges­tions, check out our cal­en­dar of events on p. 54. Hula lessons, live con­cert sched­ules, farm­ers mar­kets and more—we def­i­nitely have you cov­ered! Aloha and en­joy the is­sue.

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