What’s New on Oahu > Aug 2022
*This is a copy of the Waikiki Beach Stays Monthly Mailer (sent out 25 Aug 2022). Click here to subscribe for future editions.
Welcome to Waikiki Beach Stays monthly mailer, the best place to keep up to date with everything happening on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
We’re pleased to announce, that after lots of hard work and preparation, we’ve got another Apartment in Waikiki to add to our vacation rental portfolio. Introducing “Take-It-Easy Waikiki Beach Condo” featuring 2-Bedrooms 2-Bathrooms 1-Parking and sleeps up to 6 people.
On a different note, we want to remind visitors to respect Hawaii’s marine life – do not approach, touch or feed them and keep a safe distance. As a general rule, remain at least 300ft (90m) away from whales, 150ft (45m) away from other marine life (like dolphins and monk seals) and when meeting a sea turtle on land or in the water, stay at least 6-10ft (2-3m) away.
And before we sign off, we wanted to congratulate our dear friend Kainoa Daines on his new book with Annie Daly “Island Wisdom: Hawaiian Traditions and Practices for a Meaningful Life” due for release 25 Oct 2022.
It’s a celebration of Hawaiian culture, language, and values that will give you a deeper understanding, appreciation, and respect for Hawaii and the Hawaiian way of life. It features interviews with many Hawaiians – including our very own Keli’i Wilson. Christmas gifts sorted much!? Click here, to pre-order your copies online.
We hope you find the updates below useful, and please let us know if we can be of assistance. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for a roundup of “Special Offers” on tours and activities.
Happy vacation planning!
Ash & Keli‘i
COVID-19 HAWAII TRAVEL UPDATES
- As of 17 Aug 2022: There have been 335,518 cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii to date, resulting in 1,619 deaths. Average daily new cases 452 island-wide (295 Oahu, 42 Maui County, 17 Kauai and 51 Hawaii Island).
- For Australian travelers wanting to learn more about how COVID-19 could affect their travel plans, CoverMore Travel Insurance has a free COVID-19 Travel Guide.
- Expect to see more outdoor dining options pop up on Oahu after a pilot program to allow dining on Oahu’s sidewalks and other public spaces has been approved.
- The city has approved a $1.3 million budget to remove the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven.
- If you need the support of a fully-equipped business center, whether you’re a local or a visitor, Hub Coworking Hawaii at the International Market Place is a top solution.
- Travel between Japan and Hawaii is resuming at a fast pace. Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Delta Airlines, ANA and Zipair offer direct flight connection.
- Hawaiian Airlines will cease flying between Honolulu (Hawaii) and Orlando (Florida) on 4 Sep 2022. This route was one of the longest domestic flights in the US.
- Southwest Airlines has revised its scheduled cancelling direct routes from Phoenix, San Diego Sacramento to Kauai and Hawaii Island and Long Beach to Maui. At the same time, they have increased flight service on many Hawaii inter-island routes.
- Arcimoto Hawaii has launched 3-wheeled electric Fun Utility Vehicles (FUVs) on Oahu. Rent an FUV for 4, 8 or 24 hours. With a top speed of 75mph (120kmh) and a range of 102mi (164km) per charge, these vehicles are great for island joyrides.
- Please avoid the areas of Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai on Oahu’s East Coast during scheduled construction from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri, through 2 Sep 2022.
- Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore has had a US$250 million facelift. We were able to experience the new-look property first-hand in Jul 2022. While the experience definitely wasn’t cheap, every aspect of the property has been elevated to luxury status – and it proved to be an unforgettable few days! We’d recommend a stay here for a special occasion or milestone event.
- Click here for Hawaii cruise options.
RESTAURANTS & BARS
- Portuguese-style donuts are now available at Penny’s Waikiki Malasadas in the Paina Lanai food court at Royal Hawaiian Center. Choose from Traditional Malasadas dusted in Hawaiian White Cane Sugar or Cinnamon Sugar and Filled Malasadas including Coconut Creme, Azuki Bean, Nutella Creme or Original Custard. You can even make a Malasada Ice Cream Sandwich!
- Halekulani’s House Without A Key has reopened for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy views of Waikiki, new lounge seating and nightly music/hula from 5:30pm.
- Aloha Plate Food Truck Hawaii, champions of “The Great Food Truck Race” Season 4, have opened a permanent location on Seaside Ave in Waikiki (next to Ross).
- Tokiwa, a secret sushi counter inside Restaurant Suntory at the Royal Hawaiian Center, is now open every day of the week. Lunch courses start at US$100 and dinner ranges from US$250. Book online through RESY or call (808) 922-5511.
- A New York-style pizzeria, Pizza Dadi, has opened at Ward Village (Kakaako). They serve hand-tossed pizza, salads, buffalo wings, eggplant parmesan sticks and more.
- Rock Island Café has just celebrated their 22nd anniversary! Stop by this Waikiki cafe for an American-style diner experience and shop retro collectibles and memorabilia.
- Sunrise Shack, a coffee shop that first opened on Oahu’s North Shore, has opened an outlet at Ala Moana Center. Stop by for bullet coffee, smoothie bowls and merch.
- Hawaii’s first Wahlburgers restaurant has opened at Ala Moana Center. Created by Paul Wahlburg, brother of Donnie and Mark. Try Paul’s Choice, ‘The Our Burger’!
- Honolulu Bistro, home to the famous “Da Aloha” rainbow-colored grilled cheese sandwich, has a new shop at Ala Moana Center (near Makai Food Court entrance).
- Sugarlina Bakeshop has opened at Ward Village (Kakaako). They specialize in custom cakes, cupcakes, French macarons, banana pudding and other desserts. They also carry gift items including stationery, stickers, bags and accessories.
- Liliha Bakery, a local coffee shop/restaurant/bakery, will open its fifth Oahu location at Pearl City on 31 Aug. Other locations include Kuakini, Nimitz, Ala Moana and Waikiki. We highly recommend their hotcakes for breakfast!
- Paia Fish Market has opened a second Oahu location in Kailua, in the space that formerly housed Boots & Kimo’s (which has moved to Enchanted Lake Shopping Center). Paia Fish Market’s first location is on Kuhio Ave in Waikiki.
- Due to their supplier going into retirement, McDonald’s in Hawaii will no longer serve saimin on their menu (a heart-warming noodle soup that’s popular in the islands). If you’d still like to try this local dish, we recommend Zippy’s or Sekiya’s.
- The following two restaurants are closing for good, Square Barrels in Downtown Honolulu on 26 Aug and HeiHo House in Kaimuki on 28 Aug.
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
- There’s a new eco-friendly luau on the island – Mele Luau at Coral Crater Adventure Park in Kapolei on Oahu’s West Side. The luau pays tribute to the culture of Hawaii with authentic food, dances and songs. It’s three hours long and transport is available from Waikiki and Ko Olina.
- The Search for Snoopy A Peanuts Adventure is a live interactive experience now available at Ala Moana Center. The adventure takes place across eight different zones representing iconic Peanut locations and features hands-on activities.
- For do-it-yourself GPS Audio Tours, download the Shaka Guide Oahu app. You can plug your earphones into your cellphone and take yourself on the Heart of Waikiki Walking Tour. If you’re hiring a car on Oahu, check out the self-drive itineraries including the East Oahu Shoreline Drive and Grand Circle Island Tour.
- Resort Pass enables you to book day pool passes, spa experiences and/or hire cabanas at Waikiki’s most luxe resorts (no need to pay the big bucks to stay there!). Holiday Inn Express Waikiki is new to the site and offers hotel room day passes, too.
- Noho Home, founded by a Native Hawaiian designer, is now available in Bloomingdale’s at Ala Moana Center. They sell island-inspired home décor including luxury comforters, sheet sets, pillows, kitchen textiles, shower curtains and more.
- Jana Lam has relocated to South Shore Market at Ward Village. The shop offers hand-printed and sewn products from one-of-a-kind pillows to bags and accessories.
- Find Hawaii’s first Nectar Bath Treats shop inside Sheraton Waikiki. Founded in Las Vegas, Nectar creates plant-based soaps and bath bombs that look like desserts.
- Football Fanatics by Island Sportswear opened a new store in Kapolei’s Ka Makana Alii. It carries NFL and University of Hawaii gear and features an entertainment area.
- K-Pop Friends Hawaii sells K-pop and K-Drama inspired gifts, merchandise, and memorabilia at two stores in Royal Hawaiian Center and Ala Moana Center.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
- The free Waikiki Hula Show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound is on Wednesdays and Saturdays 6:30-7:30pm (weather permitting). Find it ocean side of Kalakaua Ave near the Duke statue, opposite of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort.
- Ala Moana Night Market runs twice a month, on the second and last Friday, at Ala Moana Center (corner of Ala Moana Blvd & Atkinson Dr). Enjoy food, drinks and desserts, retailers, crafts, DJ/sounds, oversized yard games and more!
- Malama Hawaii Makers Market has launched a new monthly event at Waikiki Elementary School. Shop and support 45+ local artists, makers, and designer craftspeople from 10am-3pm on 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov and 10 Dec 2022.
- Broadway in Hawaii presents Jersey Boys (13-25 Sep 2022), Hamilton (7 Dec-29 Jan 2023) and CATS Let The Memory Live Again (13-18 Jun 2023).
- Don’t miss Waikiki Block Festivals, fun events held on Kakalaua Ave: Aloha Festival (10 Sep), Waikiki Fall Festival (8 Oct) and Kalakaua Festival (12 Nov).
- The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival runs 20 Oct through 6 Nov 2022, with events taking place on Maui, Hawaii Island and Oahu over three weekends.
- The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu exhibition at Bishop Museum until 15 Oct, explores the history and meanings of four large pohaku (stones) on Waikiki Beach.
- Box jellyfish (stinging invertebrates) tend to appear in Oahu’s ocean 8-10 days after the full moon. According to the Waikiki Aquarium Box Jellyfish Calendar 18-20 Sep, 17-19 Oct and 16-18 Nov 2022 have a high probability of a box jellyfish arrival event.
- For a comprehensive list of Oahu Events by Month, click here.
- Book Resort Pass Waikiki pool, cabana, spa and amenity passes!
- Venetian Gondola Cruise in Waikiki (Daytime) from US$74.10 per person (save US$3.90)
- Half-Day Guided Tour to Turtle Canyon from US$76 per person (save US$19)
- 24 Hour Rental Snorkeling Gear [Mask, Snorkel, Fins] from US$13 per person (save US$7)
- Circle Island Tour from US$183.20 per person (save US$45.80)
- Mele Luau with Round Trip Transportation from Waikiki from US$133.98 per person (save US$33.50)
- Book More Oahu Tours
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Image Credit: Jon Walker, 808 Property Photography