Hello! It’s Grace again, one of the Summer 2021 interns at Moonlit Skincare. After finishing up my sophomore year at the University of Washington (and hopefully my very last virtual college quarter), I took a trip to Oahu, Hawai’i.
I used to live on Oahu so this trip was a combination of seeing my friends, relaxing after finals, and also showing my boyfriend around the island. I want to note that I am fully vaccinated and complied with all of the safety precautions put in place by the state of Hawai’i. Also, I want to acknowledge the importance of the culture, land, and the locals that live there as well. In this blog post I will be sharing some of my favorite food spots and my favorite spots to relax around the island.
1. Heavenly Island Lifestyle Instagram @heavenly.hi - I would have to say Heavenly is my favorite breakfast spot in Waikiki. It is connected to the Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, which was the hotel that I stayed at for the majority of my trip. It is a great affordable option if you are looking for hotels in Waikiki. Heavenly specializes in brunch foods and has a wide variety of Hawaiian fusion food to energizing smoothies.
*Moonlit Tip: Heavenly opens at 7AM and I recommend getting there as early as possible because the line gets long. There was already a long line forming by 7:30 am! I would recommend anything on the menu because everything I’ve had there so far blows my mind every time, but if you’re looking for something to start off with I would suggest getting the Kalua Pork Eggs Benedict or the Loco Moco.
2. Manoa Falls Hike - This beginner friendly hike is straight out of a Jurassic Park movie. The vines traveling up trees and wild monstera plants growing right off the road transports you to a different world. Located in the Manoa Valley, the 1.7 mile hike is a 20 minute car ride from Waikiki. Admission to see the beautiful greenery and waterfall is $5 per vehicle.
*Moonlit Tip: My favorite thing to get at the Sunrise Shack is the blue dream bowl which is kind of like an acai bowl but with blue majik spirulina powder. If you have never tried an acai bowl I would definitely recommend trying an acai bowl because they taste 100 percent better in Hawai’i. There are two locations on the north shore and one location in Waikiki. I went to the north shore location around 4 pm on a weekday because I was already at the beach and I got my smoothie bowl fairly fast.
*Moonlit Tip: My friends recommend getting ice cream, snow cap (condensed milk), and mochi balls with either the original rainbow combination or any of the fruit flavors. You can find lots of parking behind the shopping center Matsumoto is located in and there is a bathroom as well.
*Moonlit Tip: One of the best features of the Sheraton is the 18+ infinity pool. It showcases amazing views of Diamond Head and is one of the best places to relax while watching the waves (without sand getting everywhere). If you stay at the Sheraton they also have a free GoPro rental available for guests.