Day 3 of a 3-day weekend on a budget

Back in the Water and Antiques Shopping
Erin Kunkel


Finding paradise in Waikiki Day 1: Kapiolani Park and Waikiki’s Main Street
Day 2: Royalty, Chinatown, and movies on the beach 

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At 8 a.m., Lisa and I hit the Diamond Head Tennis Center in Kapiolani Park for a set or two in the shadow of the inactive volcano. The public courts (free) are excellent, and the views are stellar.

Famished, we took the Ala Moana Shuttle Bus ($1.50 per person each way) to the Ala Moana Center, a huge mall where Hawaiian chef extraordinaire Alan Wong serves a mean breakfast at the Pineapple Room. I ordered Hawaiian-style eggs Benedict: poached eggs on savory kalua pig and taro hash. Lisa opted for the Belgian waffles with Macadamia nut sabayon. With a black Keemun tea and a strawberry-banana smoothie, the feast came to $30.50.

I couldn’t resist one last swim in the Pacific and an outrigger canoe ride off Kuhio Beach, three waves for $5 per person. After checking out of our room we decided to go antiquing, boarding the #14 bus ($1.50 each, one way) on Kapahulu for the 10-minute ride north. At the Hawaii Antique Center we admired classic rattan. T. Fujii Japanese Antiques is like an interactive museum of Japanese antiquities, with centuries-old scrolls, woodblock prints, and pottery.

We took our time on the long, hot walk back, stopping to grab a late lunch at Ono Hawaiian Foods, where we noshed on traditional laulau (pork, butterfish, and taro wrapped in ti leaves and steamed) and lomi salmon ($14). For dessert, Lisa steered us to Waiola Shave Ice, where we slurped down our frigid coconut and lilikoi (passion fruit) cones ($3.50 for two large cones). With a few dollars left in my pocket, I picked up something to help us remember our long weekend―a banana-shaped harmonica from an ABC Store ($1.55). Ah, sweet paradise.

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