Rest. after all the full day adventures, and heavy drinking paired along with early morning disturbances, my body was dying. My nightly average of sleep during the trip was probably like 4–5 hours and i’d debate whether how much of this period was actually good sleep since i was highly intoxicated lol. So this day was pretty much some r&r for me. For those of you who don’t party as hard as i do, i’d throw in one of the tourist spots like diamond head, kokohead, or hanauma bay. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, check out the white…

Helena’s grill

After all the hype from countless of food shows, my trip to helena’s grill was pretty underwhelming. Our actual first choice was to hit up ethels grill but for some odd reason they were closed. I double and triple checked their signage and google but for some reason they were closed and without reason. So the options were alicias market or helenas and i opted for that heavy hawaiian food.

them ribsssss

Still somewhat excited, a quick drive later and we end up at helena’s. Atop from the area where the kitchen staff work were glorious rows of drying, aging beef short…

Kokohead cafe

Kokohead cafe — chashu, kalua pulled pork, pork rinds, and eggs on rice

Americas top chef…. I scoped out pictures of this place and i had my hesitation but there were a couple of things that looked promising. After a drunken night together with this new group of friends i made, i convinced a bunch of them to try out this brunch place with me. There was a long line the day before when i walked passed it so i thought it may have been a good idea.

As we all sat down and ordered, a friend of mine replied to my instastory telling me that the place was horrible and…

makapu tide pools

Makapu tide pools

Natural tide pools are a thing of wonder. These tide pools were unreal and tourist in hawaii pass them without a single clue they exist when they do the makapu lighthouse trail. The crowd was mostly younger adults or teens. To get here, you do have to climb down the side of an unpaved mountain. Personally, i went down the wrong path (too much to the right) and i had to back track to get down safely towards the tide pools. …

Once you’re in the core of wakiki, there are many options of what to eat. One of the main reasons why i wanted to go eat in hawaii was their japanese food. It’s odd to think “oh hey, go to hawaii and eat japanese food” but it really is one of the best places outside of japan to eat japanese food because of the islands heritage make up. In addition, they also have a ton of japanese tourist flocking in and out every day. Honolulu is definitely a tourist city but it’s also known to be quite transient. Within my…

pillbox hike — lanikai

Alright, so you’ve book a trip to hawaii, and most people stay in honolulu for about 5–7 days. This guide would be more appropriate of people who are more physically capable and adventurous. For those of you who are concerned, you don’t really need to be an athlete or anything but an ability to do some hiking and i’ll try to put ratings on how difficult something will be.

To start, hawaii is really hard to do wrong. This island is stunning and depending where you’re from, its quite clear once you step off the plane and breathe that wondrous…

blue pillbox hike — lanikai

So where to begin, after many years of being told “hey John, you should really write a blog or something. You’d be really good at it”. I’ve finally caved in and decided to write something. For a quick blurb of why i kind of decided to do this, you can read the next section or skip the intro for the good stuff.

It probably took about 10 solid years of people telling me i should blog plus my epic trip in hawaii to spark the start of my content sharing. In hawaii, i was able to meet an amazing group…

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