Where to stay
New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel
2863 Kalakaua, Honolulu
This Waikiki beachfront property is just far enough from the center to offer solace, but close enough to walk to everything. With two restaurants, parking, and a friendly staff. From $213.
1300 Kamehameha V Hwy
This simple oceanfront resort offers a friendly staff, onsite restaurant and bar, a pool, and tiki-style interiors. Most units feature kitchenettes. Continental breakfast is included. From $179.
Marjorie’s Kauai Inn
3307 Hailima Road, Kauai
Each of the three modern-style rooms has its own deck and mini-kitchen. Perched atop National Tropical Botanical Gardens, this sweet retreat beckons those wanting to escape the hustle and relax in the jungle. From $150.
76-5932 Mamalahoa Highway
In the hills above Kona in coffee country, guests are treated to upscale rooms, a delicious breakfast, and plenty of caffeine. From $355.
Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
2199 Kaho'okele St., Maui
This historic bed-and-breakfast is a bit far from Maui’s storied beaches but it makes a great base for exploring the island. From $165.
Where to eat
Coffees of Hawaii
1630 Farrington Ave. (Highway 470)
Minimal breakfast and lunch, pastries. From $4.
He’eia Pier General Store and Deli
46-499 Kamehameha Highway
Plate lunches from $9.
Julia’s Banana Bread
Along Kahekili Highway about a quarter mile into Kahakuloa Village, follow the signs to the green shack. Sells out daily. Prices vary.