Take a walk outside of Waikiki – Kapahulu Dining Adventures

July 10, 2010 by  
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Have you been longing for new experiences and taste treats?  Are you sick of lounging on the beach while on your stay in the Waikiki area?  Don’t you think its about time you go out on a new adventure and try something different?  You may want to try walking down Kapahulu Street to experience cuisines which will definitely take you on a journey around the world.  Situated between the H1 freeway and Kalakua, Kapahulu is filled with exotic and interesting restaurants.

To get there, you can travel from the Diamond Head side of Waikiki and head north (towards the mountains) to Kapahulu Street.  Since parking here is quite scarce, it is highly recommended that you instead walk your way through this mile long road.  This will not only allow you to experience the local flavors of the area, but it will also provide your legs with plenty of exercise.  A lot of dining spots here are Mom and Pop shops, in which service is personal and food is pretty much affordable.  President Obama usually visits this area for his favorite local food, care to know which one?

This adventure of yours will definitely take you for a travel around the world.  You might want to try the local ono (good) Hawaiian specialties such as pupus (small samplers), shave ice, plate lunches and pork sandwiches.  Asian dishes are also part of the regular fare, with the likes of ramen (Japanese noodles), Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup, pronounced as “fuh”), tempura and sushi gracing the tables.  Mediterranean specialties do not come far behind, with well-known dishes such as hummus and stuffed grape leaves among the most common requests – all while enjoying a gracious performance by colorful dancers.  If you love Mexican food, you can also get your fill and have them served to your liking, be it spicy or mild.  For those who can’t leave the American fare behind, you can also stick with the usual biggie burgers with fries.

Try not to eat up to your limit as there are also plenty of luscious desserts waiting for you at one of the specialty bakeries along the way.  The ever popular chocolate cake and Baklava are both must-trys – you simply can’t afford to miss these.  I personally can’t find the strength to resist the freshly baked masalas, especially the cinnamon sugar variant.  Should you find yourself in the midst of a long line, don’t be discouraged – the line moves pretty quick, and the wait is always definitely worth it!

Make sure that you drop by and have the adventure of your life in this Kapalulu strip.