Day 3 – Saturday
Aloha Festivals Floral Parade
This parade was a complete surprise to me on Saturday morning! But after a morning in which the group activity I had planned was canceled last-minute, it was the perfect way to fill my new-found time.
The parade came down along Kalakaua Avenue and featured a variety of people, none of which I knew but I’m sure were important in some way. If I’d known about this, I’d have done a little research beforehand, but it was still fun to see.
I felt the need to get out of the Waikiki area for a bit, and a little research online led me to a fun-looking, artsy neighborhood called Kakaako. There were some cute little shops and restaurants here, and I ended up grabbing a quick bite at a Vietnamese place called Insomnia. There is a shared, flower-covered outdoor eating space in front of the restaurant, which was an awesome place to eat and people-watch.
Afterward, I just wandered around in search of street art, and there’s a lot of it in this area! It appeared to be a draw for others as well as I passed at least twenty other people wandering around taking pics around the area as well.
Visiting Kakaako was a great way to spend a couple of hours before needing to head back to the hotel. I highly recommend the area if you’re in Waikiki and need a break to a quieter place on Oahu.
The Best of Hawaii’s Best Kitchens Food Festival
Located in the Hyatt Regency, the food festival was a great way to get to try a lot of different restaurants without having to visit them all separately, which would have been impossible in the amount of time I was visiting.
The event featured 14 different area restaurants and was also a great way to meet other foodies in the city. This is another event that I have a lot of thoughts about, so I’ll expand on the night in a separate post.
Day 4 on the next page