Nothing screams United States of America more than a Starbucks Non fat, No Whipped, Grande Cafe Mocha Latte and Cup of Granola and Yoghurt..Well to me anyways….That was the brekky of choice on Day 2. A quick dip in the refreshing ocean at Waikiki beach and then it was off to do some SERIOUS shopping. Off to the Ala Moana Centre..Hawaii’s biggest outdoor shopping mall. Prada, Gucci Chanel, Saks 5th Avenue, Nordstom, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Gap..the list goes on and on. It was full and successful day..the Mac store being the overall winner for me, and then back to the Trump to freshen up before dinner.
Dinner was booked in to the hottest new restaurant in Honolulu. Salt Bar and Kitchen. Winner of Hawaii Magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2012. Its off the beaten track, downtown in the CBD. You wouldn’t just stumble across this bar unintentionally, it’s a drive or a taxi run. It was unassuming and quite small. Pretty casual in fact. The decor simple with black and white images on the walls and banquettes in dark leather. The chef specialises in creating the menu with all locally grown Hawaiian produce. The mix of flavours is quite unique. The menu reads exceptionally well..however, the tapas style flavours were a little lacklustre. I ordered the local tako with sweet corn puree, house chorizo, papas, grape tomatoes and almonds. Tako..in case you’re wondering is octopus tentacles..I forgot to ask…mistake. The wine and the company were better than the food for me…just sayin’
Day 3 Breakfast was divine. The location, the food, the weather. Picture Perfect. ‘Orchids’, ocean front and located practically on the white sands of Waikiki Beach, is the signature dining area for the 5 star hotel Halekulani. It is casual, yet elegant, set amid an abundance of colourful orchid trees. Idyllic. Sunday Brunch is legendary and is called ‘Oahu’s Best Brunch’ by Honolulu’s Magazine. A perfect way to start the day..which involved checking out of the Trump Hotel in Waikiki and jumping on a jet to island hop over to Maui. The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua Maui…