Manu Kai

 
Manu Kai Catamaran Waikiki
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Manu Kai Catamaran
Manu Kai Catamaran Waikiki
Manu Kai Catamaran
Manu Kai Catamaran
Manu Kai Catamaran
Manu Kai Catamaran
Manu Kai Catamaran Waikiki
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Afternoons in Waikiki can be spent a number of wonderful ways. Cruising and sun baking on the beach, watching the day go by from your favorite spot at Duke's or aboard one of the colorful catamarans for a sail around the 96815 all sound a-ok to me. On this Sunday, we joined our friends on the Manu Kai, the yellow and blue cat that calls home to the curvaceous shoreline fronting the Outrigger Waikiki. Join them for one of their many sails which run throughout the day and into sunset. On the sail & swim, which departs at 1:30pm daily, we stopped for a quick 10 minute dip in the somewhat shallow, crystal clear waters just off Diamond Head. Back on board, it's all smiles and good times coasting over the waves and sharing a laugh with the new friends we've made while out at sea. Happy, sun-filled days like these won't soon be forgotten even when our polaroids begin to fade. 

Manu Kai Catamaran offers seven distinct sails daily as well as private charters. Check out their website or give them a call for more information!

Photography by Jessica Tronoski

 

Taormina

 

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a friend for lunch at the Sicilian restaurant, Taormina, in Waikiki. I arrived hungry and ready to chow down, so we went for a tasting of the chef's latest and greatest menu items. If you have been to Taormina, you know that it is a deliciously slow, fine dining experience. The pace is perfect for me. When things taste this good, I like to savor every last bite. At lunch, however, savoring time isn't always on the menu. I am generally not a lady who has time to lunch, so I was pleasantly surprised to find Taormina now offers a lunch menu that can be served up fast if you are short on time.  Favorite dishes: Pork Milanese and the Seared Ahi salad. The rich, tasty balsamic vinegar tomato sauce served over a perfectly crisp pork cutlet is superb! The fresh seared Ahi salad is tasty, lighter fare and lovely to look at (while it lasts!). Taormina has perfected savory fine dining in a flash and I wouldn't expect anything less from Chef Hiro. A true craftsman, he travels to Italy a few times a year to study and to scout out new dishes to bring all the way back to the 96815. Any time of day, I say, "Bravo, Taormina!"

The 96815 Tip! Taormina is offering 50% off the prix fixe lunch menu every Sunday through March from 11am to 3pm. Normally $42, enjoy a four course Sicilian style dining experience for $21! Free parking with validation at Wyndham and Embassy Suites during lunch, daily. 

Taormina, Sunday to Thursday 11am - 10pm, Friday & Saturday 11am - 11pm, ph. 808-926-50550, 227 Lewers Street, the 96815. 

 

 

Aloha Saturday

 
Kapiolani Park Waikiki
Kapiolani Park
Waikiki Style
Kapiolani Park
Kapiolani Park
Waikiki Style
Kapiolani Park

Someone recently asked me, "What does your ideal Saturday look like?" There are lots of ways I like to spend a Saturday in paradise. Sometimes, believe it or not, I'll even venture out of the 96815. A day in the white, baby-soft sand of Kailua Beach or running wild on the untamed coastline of Oahu's North Shore is how I like to get out of town. But, in all sincerity, a Saturday spent just a few blocks away from home in the lush, green landscape of Kapiolani Park is ideal for me. Grass under my feet, midday sun on my back and a crystal clear view of the blue pacific from my swaying hammock, are nothing short of perfect. 

Aloha Saturday - I wish there were more days spent just like this. 

Photography by Jessica Tronoski

 

Back to Bills

 
bills Waikiki
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bills Waikiki
Bills Waikiki
bills waikiki

Most people know bills Waikiki for their famous banana ricotta hotcakes. It's not easy to dine here without ordering this signature scrumptious dish, even for dinner. On this visit, I resisted the urge as I was dying to try their gorgeous new menu items, which proved to be just as wonderful. Both sweet and savory toasts have been added to the lineup. A colorful, jaw dropping raspberry and vanilla jam, labneh and pistachio on toasted brioche and a lightly tea smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill, pea shoots and edamame number layered high atop fresh toasted rye were pure brunch perfection!  I could just eat these two forever, but then we were introduced to their friends: the healthy charged buckwheat bowl (quinoa, avocado, beets, poached egg, harissa) and zucchini fritters served with fried egg, cucumber and haloumi cheese. Meatless never looked so good! Of course, all accompanied by stumptown coffee and lattes endlessly flowing for another one of my favorite days spent at bills. And hey, it feels great to support the only green certified restaurant in Waikiki! High efficiency kitchen fixtures, biodegradable takeout containers/cups, LED lights that turn off during bright, sunny daylight hours and local/sustainable produce and meat whenever possible all help to lighten bills carbon footprint on our lovely island paradise.

bills - food you can feel good about!

More delicious stuff to come from bills in 2016! An all new Happy Hour from 3 to 6pm beginning in March - stay tuned!

bills, daily 7am to 10pm, ph. 808.922.1500, 280 Beach Walk, the 96815.