Waikiki in the night, city lights bright, mountains to the left and ocean to the right…
…and Waikiki in the day. Quite a showstopper, no? I might be biased because I’m from Honolulu. But I think you’d agree with me :)
Just last week, the Hilton Hawaiian Village generously invited mom and I to stay a night. They put us in the Rainbow Tower (or as dad would say, “the building that made Hawai’i famous!“), known for rainbow mosaic panels. Half the tower faces the widest part of Waikiki Beach and the other half faces Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. We got the beach side where I took all the above photos…
…and caught these awesome views of their weekly firework show.
Look how crowded the beach gets in preparation for the fireworks!
Earlier in the day I joined the lovely Cynthia and Dara for lunch at Tropics. Sign me up for the seared ahi salad! Can never get enough fresh fish when in Hawai’i. This one came with hijiki, pickled ginger and wasabi-ponzu dressing.
In addition to our entrees, we all shared this grilled mushroom and chicken pizza with goat cheese from the Big Island and local Hamakua Mushrooms. On my next trip home I hope to visit all our local farms…we’re growing some incredible things in Hawai’i. Think lavender and honey, mushrooms, the sweetest tomatoes, and goat cheese. And get this, Hawai’i is the only place in the US that grows vanilla, cacao, and tea! How amazing is that? Right up my alley.
Later in the evening mom and I dined at Bali Steak & Seafood, the hotel’s signature restaurant. Raw oysters with strawberry mignonette, abalone salad, and a steak done perfectly rare, creamed spinach on the side.
Can’t skip dessert, this pineapple pie is a classic – buttery puff pastry shell baked with local pineapples, served warm. The crust comes outfitted in crushed macadamia nuts and accompanied with a scoop of mac nut ice cream. Yes please!
We finished on hot tea and I was extra happy to find Mamaki on the menu – a herbal tea grown only in Hawai’i. Already ordered a stash to take back to NYC, there’s nothing else quite like it.
Late to bed and early to rise, a morning stroll on the beach, then check-out time.
Rainbow Tower recently got a $45M renovation to the tower itself and all the rooms and it’s looking fabulous! We did some shopping (there are a bunch of local shops within the Village) at Honolulu Cookie Co, Martin & MacArthur – am eying this koa wood iphone case, and a mandatory scoop of Kona Coffee ice cream at Lappert’s.
Say bye to the penguins!
Hilton Hawaiian Village | 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96815 | (808) 949-4321