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IST 605: Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide

An in-depth guide to where to stay, eat, and visit in Honolulu, (and to a lesser extent Oahu moreover) Hawaii.

Wish You Were Here!

Welcome to Kaimuki!

A largely residential district with a lively main strip (Waialae Avenue), Kaimuki is little known to most tourists; but there is a world to be discovered there! Starting on the far-west end with Leonard’s Bakery, Kaimuki is a foodie’s haven from cheap eats to expensive sit-downs. More than just food, locally owned small businesses line Waialae Ave., as do several local landmarks, such as the now dilapidated Queen Theater. Just north of Diamond Head and a fifteen-minute drive from Waikiki, this simultaneously charming and eclectic neighborhood is not to over missed!

For a bit more on where to go and what to do in Kaimuki including some unique boutiques, check out Catherine Toth Fox’s article, Your Guide to Kaimukī on Oʻahu. And for a heartwarming look at what it means to call this neighborhood home, be sure to read Kristen Lee’s brief article, The Soul of Kaimuki.


Pro Tip: Long for the days of a local candy shop or simply hankering for something sweet to eat? Stop by the famous Kaimuki Crack Seed Store! “Crack seed” comprises of any number of sweet and savory snack items dried mango, candy coated peanuts, arare (such as teriyaki rice crackers wrapped in seaweed), and gummy bears dipped in “li hing” powder (a sweet and salty powder made of dried pickled plums that is very popular in Hawaii)!

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