Last February's Shriners' Group to Waikiki

Posted on 06/22/2020 | About Honolulu, Hawaii

We were so lucky to be able to take our Hawaii group trip in February before the virus pandemic halted travel. Being unable to go anywhere now has emphasized how much we enjoyed the Hawaiian hospitality. Waikiki is always exciting and gives the traveler many choices of dining and entertainment.

Duke’s Restaurant is a great place for breakfast. Their buffet has foods ranging from waffles to omelets. From tasty potatoes to oatmeal. And there’s lots of fruit. The coffee is excellent and is a great start to the day. I never miss a chance to eat here when I’m in Waikiki. Dinner is popular here, too, so you need a reservation several days in advance.

Moco Loco at Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo

Moco loco is one of my favorite Hawaiian dishes. In Honolulu, I like Rainbow Drive-in or Zippy’s. They were both a short walk from our hotel, the Aston Waikiki Beach. The hotel provided us with vouchers for the Wolfgang Puck Express which were good for all three meals. Several of us enjoyed the Belgian waffle with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast. They also had tasty spaghetti with or without meatballs for lunch and dinner. These vouchers provided a great added value to our hotel stay.

Moco loco at Ken's House of Pancakes in Hilo

Malasadas at the Tex Drive In on the Big IslandSeveral people walked up to Leonard’s Bakery for great malasadas. These are Portuguese donuts that are heavenly. You can order these for delivery to the mainland, but they are currently not available from Leonard’s because of the lack of a guaranteed quick delivery. (A side note: you can order a 12 pack from Pipeline Bakery for $49 including shipping. They arrive in two days and they are delicious. I tried it.)

Malasadas at Tex Drive In on the big Island

The group took an evening to enjoy the Paradise Cove Luau which provided a good buffet and an excellent show featuring many native performers from several Polynesian cultures. This is one of the leading luaus in the islands along with Smith’s Tropical Luau on Kauai and the Royal Lahaina Luau on Maui.

Many people from the group took advantage of the breakfast buffet provided by Aloha VIP Tours to book several tours including a trip to the North Shore, sunset cruises and whale watching. I think one of the local jewelry stores got quite a bit of business from several of the ladies. Most of our group went to the Arizona Memorial and some visited the USS Missouri as well.

I would like to thank Abu Bekr Potentate Sheldon Menin and his Lady Rita for allowing me to arrange this trip for the group. Traveling together with friends like this is a great way to share the joys of travel.