STAY at the Modern Honolulu, at last a luxury boutique hotel that combines Hawaii’s mainland style and natural splendour with sleek and sophisticated design, cleverly avoiding any island kitsch! Located at the west end of Waikiki it sits on the marina close enough to experience what’s left of Waikiki’s golden beach history yet far enough away from the crowds to feel that you are living more local. We really liked the music both live local acts and recorded groove giving soul to the pool lounge and lagoon-side beach club. Add a very hip nightclub frequented by music celebs, a secret door from a study that leads to a bar and the new Ravish restaurant and you have a very modern Hawaii. The secret is to keep up to date with local events and advice from the hotel concierge, who artfully guide guests around local music, art and food scenes, along with the best footy seats at the Hawaiian Bowl!
EAT and support the local food movement and spend a morning at the local Farmers Market. Both locals and travellers are up and about early to experience this market-cum food festival, where local Hawaiian fresh produce sits next to pop-up booths from some of Hawaii’s best restaurants and food establishments. Our favourite Chef Andrew Le’s, ‘Pig and The Lady’, serve up playful and eclectic food inspired from his Vietnamese heritage but with a Pacific edge. ‘Local first, organic whenever possible, with Aloha always’, this best describes a new Hawaiian food revolution, and noted local chef Ed Kenney’s soulful food, experienced at his Honolulu restaurant Town