Hawaii top tips

Little Treasures - - TRAVEL -

The Flight

Our Air New Zealand flight to Hawaii was 8.5 hours on one of the new Dream­lin­ers. Though we flew at 9pm, with the in­ten­tion that the kids would sleep through and wake fresh and rested, a fam­ily nap was needed that first day.

Where to eat

Many places of­fer a happy hour be­tween 3-5pm, which is a boon for those with young kids who eat early – not only are the drinks cheaper, the meals are too. Here are some ca­sual din­ing spots we’d rec­om­mend:

Lulu’s for break­fast – it’s just what you ex­pect from an Amer­i­can diner. With views over the beach, US$4 break­fast for the kids (eggs, French toast or pan­cakes), US$12 for adults, plus colour­ing and crayons for the kids

Cheap and cheer­ful: Cheese­burger in Par­adise. It’s not listed on the day menu but you can get adult brekkies (eggs on toast etc) for US$8. My son is still telling any­one who will lis­ten about the stack of choc-chip pan­cakes cov­ered in cream. My hus­band tried the tra­di­tional Loco Moko meal: rice, beef patty, two fried eggs and gravy. It wasn’t a re­peat or­der

Two of the food courts we loved was the one in Ala Moana Mall and one at the Royal Hawai­ian Cen­ter in Waikiki. Clean, mod­ern and with lots of op­tions to choose from in­clud­ing tacos, Ja­panese op­tions, and the most amaz­ing New York-style pizza where you can get a gi­ant slice for US$5

Cheese­cake Fac­tory. Get there early or be pre­pared to wait – grab a timer and head to the beach un­til it buzzes

Maui Brew­ing Com­pany, our favourite restau­rant. With amaz­ing fu­sion food, craft beers made on site and a cool vibe. An ex­pen­sive op­tion but so, so good. I still dream of the pork belly in steamed buns

If you drive to the North Shore, stop at a food truck that sells co­conut shrimp, chilli shrimp, dumplings and shave ice

Other fam­ily-friendly restau­rants I’d been rec­om­mended: Dukes, Hula Grill, The Yard House on Lew­ers St, Gio­van­nis on Lew­ers St, Cal­i­for­nia Pizza Kitchen and Buho Cantina. You can book in for a char­ac­ter break­fast at Dis­ney Re­sort in West Oahu. Tikis (rooftop din­ing) and Sur­f­jacks (a favourite of Obama’s) were rec­om­mended but save them for adults only.


Hawaii is a part of the United States, where tip­ping is ex­pected. In restau­rants and bars, the rule of thumb is 15 per cent for good ser­vice, 20 per cent for great and +25 per cent for excellent. Ho­tel house­keep­ing and valets will also ex­pect to be tipped around US$2 per day/trans­ac­tion.

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