Hawaii Honeymoon Ideas
Mr. Eel and I are *so so so* blessed that we get to call Hawaii home. We were both born and raised on the islands—Mr. Eel has never lived anywhere else, and I only briefly lived in the Pacific Northwest while attending college. Living on the islands, we sometimes take the warm weather, cool beaches, and delicious food for granted. What better way to reflect on how lucky we are to live here than a Honeymoon in My Hometown post?
What do you get when you cross a Horseshoe and an Eel? We were lucky enough to meet the Horseshoes when they honeymooned in our hometown!
For starters, let’s get some of the common misconceptions out of the way. Yes, we are one of the 50 states, we speak English, and we have cell service . No, we do not live in grass shacks, we are not located next to Texas even though it may appear that way on maps, and you do not need a passport to come here.
Accommodations. The most common area to stay on Oahu would be Waikiki. There are a number of hotel options in this area with beaches just a quick stroll away. While I haven’t stayed at all the Waikiki hotels, I have stayed at quite a few and can safely recommend The Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki. Both of these hotels are great beachfront property options if you’re looking to stay in the middle of Waikiki within walking distance of shopping and tons of dining choices. Because of their convenient location, they can also command a pretty penny during peak season. If you’re looking for something a little more affordable (and also further away from the action) the Hawaii Prince or Hilton Hawaiian Village are other great options. If you don’t like the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, consider staying at Disney’s Aulani Resort. (Mr. Eel and I staycationed there last weekend!)
Eels at Aulani meeting Mickey!
Dining. If you’re coming to Hawaii, you have to eat as the locals do. Hawaiian food should top your list, and while it may appear daunting at first, I can guarantee you that it will be delicious! Some of our favorite Hawaii food spots include Helena’s and Highway Inn. (On Friday’s we love the watercress soup!)
If you’re looking for something with a little more ambience and romance—it is your honeymoon after all—some of our favorite spots include Morimoto Waikiki located in The Modern Hotel, Azure, and Beachhouse at the Moana. The Eels have personally tried all of these restaurants in the name of good blogger research and give them our seal of approval!
Eating freshly caught Onaga (red snapper) at Azure Restaurant
If you’re willing to travel outside of the Waikiki area, some of our other favorites are Alan Wong’s (the Obamas often eat here when vacationing on Oahu), Ichiriki, and Zippy’s (a favorite of locals, affordable, and open 24 hours).
Ichiriki, a local hot pot restaurant, is one of our favorites.
Activities. Of course, there are a number of beach activities including surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding (which I did for the first time on Maui last December), snorkeling, and swimming. Other areas of interest you may want to see are Pearl Harbor, Bishop Museum, and Sea Life Park if you’re interested in seeing and learning more about the islands. We also like to take visiting friends and family to Haleiwa for a garlic shrimp truck lunch and shave ice from Matsumoto’s.
My first time SUP-ing (stand-up paddle boarding) in Maui
If you’re looking for a luau, truthfully I haven’t been to any on Oahu, but I’ve heard good things about the Polynesian Cultural Center where you can spend an entire day learning about the different Polynesian cultures and finish the night with a luau feast.
All photos are personal.
Catch up on the rest of the Honeymoon in My Hometown series here.