Feast on the “Obama” burger made famous by President Barack Obama, the one he always orders when he’s in town: the half-pound cheeseburger at Kua ‘Aina at the Ward Center and in Haleiwa. Definitely one of the best burgers in Hawaii.
The Honolulu Cookie Company, for pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies excellent for pasalubong; in Chocolate Dipped Macadamia, Butter Macadamia, Dark Chocolate Kona Coffee, Coconut, and many more flavors.
Hilo Hattie, the famous local fashion store, to gawk at the largest Hawaiian shirt (size 400 XL). Good place to get souvenirs, Kona natural sea salt, coffee, chocolates, all-natural dog treats (with pineapple, in some varieties), even an authentic Hello Kitty sporting a deep tan and a grass skirt.
Honolulu Chocolate Company at the Ward Center for some yummy unique treats.
Polynesian Cultural Center, an hour’s drive from Waikiki, where you can watch a canoe pageant featuring the different origins of the people of Hawaii, and immerse yourself in on-the-spot Tahitian dance lessons and learn about Hawaii’s history in the most interactive way.
Magic of Polynesia dinner show with master illusionist John Hirokawa at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort. Highly entertaining, as you watch him make cars levitate then disappear. The audience participation makes it even more fun.
Atlantis Submarine dives up to 100 feet while you’re seated comfortably in an air-conditioned vessel.
Hotels worth noting: The Kahala, the posh hotel where stars like George Clooney, Elizabeth Taylor, and Enrique Iglesias, love to stay; The Modern Honolulu, an Ian Schrager-designed boutique hotel with a restaurant that features Iron Chef Morimoto’s finest creations.