Spam Sushi Rolls, the New California Roll?
Our previous trips to Hawaii always had us spending time meandering the shops in Lahaina and wishing we knew how to play golf when walking across the green at Kaanapali. Wait, are you not supposed to do that?
This time, however, we jetted straight over to Oahu where we thought we might mix our days by watching the surfers on the North Shore and catching the Canucks games in a busy Waikiki bar at night. Although we were a tad apprehensive that staying in Waikiki would decrease our chances of experiencing the “true” Hawaii that we were so used to, we couldn’t have been more wrong! The air was scented with hibiscus, the beaches were gorgeous and more importantly, there was an ABC store on every street corner.
For anyone interested in visiting Oahu, here is your “must do” list, no Frommers required:
- Lanikai Beach, situated along Oahu’s Westward coast, is touted as the #1 beach to visit in America. We were a bit suspicious of this high rating and therefore entered a bet – if we didn’t agree with this ranking, we would have to find our own way back to your hotel. Readers will be pleased to know that we did NOT, in fact, have to take a crash-course on Hawaiian public transit. It truly is a gorgeous beach and lives up to its translated name of “heavenly sea”. Added plus – Don Ho’s house is literally situated along the water. Feel free to hum a little “Tiny Bubbles” in memory.
- Duke’s on Waikiki Beach – our Hawaiian home away from home. Well, one of them! See below! We will forever have fond memories of the Mahi Mahi fish taco’s and fun atmosphere.
- The Yard House was a frequently visited restaurant during our stay. Any venue that apparently has the “world’s largest selection of draft beers” is a friend of ours! After a long, “tiring” day at the beach, a casual dinner is always welcome, especially one that will have you surrounded by an energetic crowd – we compare it to Hawaii’s version of Bentall’s Cactus Club!
- And finally, if you are looking for accommodation that is perhaps a bit off the beaten path of Waikiki, a venture out to the North Shore will bring you out to the Turtle Bay Resort. Fellow fans of the Jason Segel movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” will especially appreciate the fact that it was filmed at this resort! Sadly, a room at the hotel does NOT include dinner with Jason. Trust us. We asked.
One question that we are still trying to get to the bottom of though: Does Spam originate from Hawaii? Because this must be the only explanation (and excuse) for “spam sushi” and “spam macadamia nuts”! No joke.