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My trip back to Hawaii

February 16th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

So if you read my past posts you know I was on vacation visiting family and stuck using dial up service.  But on the bright side I was back home in Hawaii.  Some people have asked what to do, where to eat, etc.  So here are the places I have to hit whenever I am home.

To eat:

1. Young’s Kalbee-The best Korean take out place and the owners are super nice.

98-084 Kauhale St. #A2

Aiea, HI 96701

2. Zippys-there are many locations but my favorite is the Pearl City one.  The surf pac is great to take to the beach.  The fried chicken mini pacs are also good.

806 Kamehameha Hwy

Pearl City, HI 96782

3. Shiro’s-the won ton min and fried noodles here are awesome!

98-020 Kamehameha Hwy

Aiea, HI 96701

4. Jurison’s Inn-you have to get the fried noodles from here.  It’s different from Shiro’s but just as good.  It’s located in an outlet mall open air center.

94-799 Lumiaina St. #2H

Waipahu, HI 96797

5. Chun Wah Kam Manapua-the best manapuas around and you can head next door for some shave ice or a couple doors down for malasadas.

98-040 Kamehameha Hwy

Aiea, HI 96701

6. Kabuki-their cone sushi is a handful and tasty.  Go early in the morning though as they sell out quickly.

98-042 Kamehameha Hwy

Aiea, HI 96701

7. Rainbow Drive Inn-it’s a little far from my house but if you are in Waikiki you should definitely stop by for a plate lunch and ice cream slush.

3308 Kanaina Ave

Honolulu, HI 96815


1. Leonard’s Malasadas-super tasty but eat them while they are hot.  There are two locations:

933 Kapahulu Ave

Honolulu, HI

and in the Waimalu shopping center.  Not sure of the exact number but it’s the same shopping center as Kabuki’s, Chun Wah Kam’s Manapua, Shiro’s and Baldwin’s.

2. Baldwin’s Sweet Shop-the best shave ice (other’s like Matsumoto’s but to me Matsumoto’s isn’t as good and is a farther drive).  Unless it has changed Baldwin’s is closed on Mondays.

Waimalu Shopping Center

Aiea, HI 96701

3. Wholesale Unlimited-if you are looking for goodies to take back home stop here for arare, Betty’s cookies(yum!), crack seed, li hing pretty much everything and more.  There are several locations so check out their website for the location nearest you.

Hiking and beaches:

1. Ko Olina beach-I just discovered this on my last trip and it was great because it wasn’t too crowded, there were hardly any waves so made it great for little kids to play in and there is a nice walking trail.


2. Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail-it’s been awhile since I’ve been on it since my hiking buddies no longer live in Hawaii but it was one we went on often.

3. Diamond Head-of course this one is more touristy but it’s a quick hike and you get a nice view at the top.  Bring a flash light if you don’t like dark tunnels or stair wells.  There is one flight of steps that makes you feel like you are on a stairmaster.

4. Shark’s Cove– if you want to go scuba diving or snorkeling but want to avoid the tourists at Hanauma Bay check out Shark’s Cove.

Used bookstores for all the book lover’s.  I live in Aiea so these are the three located in that area:

1. Rainbow Used Books & Records

99-185 Moanalua Rd #100

Aiea, HI 96701

2. Jelly’s the Original: Books

98-023 Hekaha St. #B1-9

Aiea, HI 96701

3. The Book Rack

4510 Salt Lake Blvd

Aiea, HI 96701

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  1. Trish

    LOL–wish I had known about these yummy places before we went! The only really memorable place we headed to was Ted’s Bakery on Kamehameha Hwy. Very tasty!

  2. dsuzuki

    Oh yes. Ted’s pies are the best!

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