Five Days on Oahu Part 2

Driving to Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp
Is everyone hungry?
The answer is a definitive yes from everyone. Everybody is in high spirits after swimming in the water falls. But everyone is mostly excited about what’s coming up next. Garlic shrimp scampi on a bed of rice and a side of macaroni salad.
We are only 6 miles away according to the GPS. We could hardly contain our excitement.
Along this stretch of Kamehameha highway you may decide to stop and check out the beaches here, notable ones are Shark’s cove, Banzai pipeline, and Sunset beach.
Let’s pull over real quick and check out a row of fruit stands: Kahuku Land Farms.
Try their pineapples, they are sweet. Also, their deep fried banana fritters are so cheap and delicious. You get a bunch of them in a bag, share them with someone. Don’t eat too much because you don’t want to spoil your appetite for what’s coming up ahead.
Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp
The original Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp is located in the town of Kahuku. I recommend this location because parking is never an issue here. There are other food trucks available for those looking for an alternative. Everybody wins.
Like most food trucks, this place only takes cash. So I hope you brought some money along with your appetite.
After lunch, check out the shops in the area. Talk to the locals. Earlier, I spoke with a wood carver and he told us about how the craft was passed on from generation to generation. His stories are especially entertaining as he’s carving a Maui totem God.
Let’s get back on the road, it’s getting late. We want to have enough time to check in at our VRBO and be able to watch the fireworks at sunset in Waikiki. But if we see something along the way, we’ll stop by and check it out real quick.
Notable quick stops:
Kualoa Ranch
Anyone who likes Jurassic Park the movie, is in for a treat. Kualoa ranch was one of the locations where they filmed the movie Jurassic Park. The ranch provides ATV and bus tours showcasing areas where they filmed and old sets that remained on site. You can also go horseback riding here.
Macadamia Nut Farm
Free samples! They have about a dozen different varieties of macadamia flavors to sample. Have you tried a macadamia flavored coffee? You’re in luck, you can sample that as well. Walk around the property, you can crack your own macadamia nut open. Buy your mother a pearl necklace. You can also buy some handmade soap and local art. This place is a must see.
Let’s get back on the road and check in at our VRBO. If we get there early enough, we can still go to the beach and watch the fireworks from there. Quick tip, if you get a VRBO close to the zoo, you may park at the zoo overnight and pay a dollar per hour. That’s a great deal.
It’s been a tradition to watch the fireworks in Waikiki every Friday night. I’m not sure how long this tradition has been going on but I can tell you that it is a wonderful way of capping off Day 1 of our tour.
Dinner recommendations: Try Tiki’s Grill and Bar. They have good food and live music. Located in the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Order a Pina colada and enjoy the show.
Alright, see you tomorrow, for day two!
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