Hukilau Cafe

Perhaps it’s only fitting since our favorite beach is Hukilau Beach that our favorite place to eat on the entire island of Oahu is Hukilau Cafe.  Fitting it’s name it’s only across the highway and a couple blocks from Hukilau Beach.  It’s hidden back in the local neighborhood and is our absolutely favorite place to eat on the island.  They serve breakfast and lunch and are closed on Sundays and Mondays.  Don’t miss this place, we eat there multiple times while we are there, you must at least try breakfast and lunch.  Both  meals are delicious, large and affordable.  We love the scoops of rice that come with every meal, and often try to emulate the meal at home on a Sunday.

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Hukilau Beach

I know we are biased but the best beach on Oahu bar none is Hukilau Beach. This is the beach nearest Laie on the North Shore of the island. It’s a small beach not heavily used and not a lot of tourists. It’s more for locals and BYU Hawaii students. In addition, it has nice sized waves for body surfing and boogie boarding. Our family are good swimmers, but we are not crazy surfers and enjoy this beach tremendously.

Last time we were there some new friends taught us the sport of chasing crabs. If you go to the beach at night with flash lights and buckets you can catch crabs, which the children love to do. These aren’t the large, let’s eat them kind, but we mainly caught the little ones that we then released.

We have run into the occasional “blue bubbles” on this beach. Blue bubbles are a small jelly fish but their sting is painful.

Airfare to Hawaii – From the West Coast

The fare prices to Hawaii from Salt Lake City for example have just seemed astronomical lately.  $750 and more seems to be the regular price now, so when I saw $384 from San Diego it caught my attention.  I am signed up on the American Express Travel Farewatcher Plus program which notifies me of fare price decreases to Hawaii.  On June 14th the roundtrip fare from San Diego to Honolulu decreased from $493 to $384.  I just ran a search on American Express for a round trip fare from SLC to HNL and the lowest fare was $722.

With a difference in fare price of $336 that can be well worth a drive to San Diego.  I am looking at taking our entire family of seven so with a savings of 7x$336 totaling $2,352 that can be well worth a drive including a hotel to put us up if we want to cut the drive down.  Since we have grandparents in St. George we can stay at no cost their for a night and then make our way to San Diego from their.  Granted not as convenient, and will take a couple of extra days, but it will keep the costs down.