Aloha my fatboitendencies Ohana! (trust me I’m cringing just as hard as you are). It’s Christie checking in after what seems like the longest food blogging hiatus since ‘Nam. (Shoutout to Jess for keeping it moving and being the hero we need but don’t deserve, you a real one)
It’s been about a month since I went to Hawaii, and as I sit at work watching old men play soccer, I figure now is as good of a time as ever to share my awesome Hawaiian experience with yall.
I was lucky enough to spend nine days at the Disney Aulani Resort with two of my closest friends, Kristen and Anthony, in what was supposed to be our final farewell to our Spartan Race career. Hurricane Lane had other plans and our race was cancelled, so we made the most of it by doing/eating as much as we could.
On our first day of adventuring off the resort, we decided to get our hike on and check out Diamond Head. In order to get the most out of our hike, we decided to fuel up with a nice breakfast from Eggs ‘N Things. We ended up having breakfast here a couple of different times on our trip, and I got the same thing every time; the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. The crab cake was super fresh, and not all bread crumbs which was awesome. 10/10 would recommend that bad boy to a friend.
With our stomachs pleasantly full, it was time for a hike. With our portable speaker in tow, we began the trek up Diamond Head. After what seemed like an eternity, we finally made it to the lookout, and it did not disappoint. Honestly, pictures don’t do it justice. If you ever have the chance, definitely do it!! After we took the obligatory snaps and instas, it was time to get back down and harass more people with our Disney power hour playlist.
Once we got back down to the parking lot area, refreshments were in order. Kristen had been eying the coconut stand since we pulled into the parking lot, so we made a beeline over and hopped on line. I’m not the biggest fan of coconuts myself, but I have to admit it was pretty cool to watch the guy tomahawk a fresh one like it was no big deal.
On our next adventure day, we decided to take a trip over to Waimea Bay for a proper beach day/cliff jumping session. As much as I would like to brag to yall that I was doing crazy backflips off the rocks, the reality of the situation was that I probably stayed up there for half an hour watching seven year olds jump as if it were no big deal. I without a doubt took years off my life, but I digress. After the three of us got our jumps in, our next food destination was calling our names.
Our next meal was the brain child of Kristen. She had the inside scoop about the food truck scene, so we decided to check it out. Guys, if you ever go to Oahu, GO TO THE FOOD TRUCKS. THEY ARE SO BOMB. We got a shrimp plate from Giovanni’s and it was without a doubt the best shrimp I ever had. The portions are huge, and just thinking about it now has me wanting to open a new tab and book the next flight out.
After we finished our meal, it was time to head back to the hotel, or so we thought. As we were driving back, we made a spur of the moment decision to stop at the Dole Plantation. Like the overgrown children we are, the three of us ran to make sure we would make it in time for the train tour around the plantation. We learned a bunch about the different produce that Dole Cultivates, and much to my surprise, we didn’t get in trouble for talking too loud or making inappropriate jokes.
After our tour, we made it a priority to try their world famous Dole Whip. It has the same consistency as frozen yogurt, but is super sweet like a pineapple. I was a fan, but it’s definitely not something I could eat a lot of. I do think it would be great for some kind of frozen alcoholic beverage.
The next power move of the trip was actually planned way before we even stepped foot on Hawaiian soil. Anthony had the foresight to book a Disney Character Breakfast, and safe to say ya girl was pumped. As much as I’d like to say I was paying close attention to the food, my inner five year old was too busy being starstruck by my favorite characters.
On what was probably the coolest adventure of the trip, we took a raptor tour through where Jurassic Park, Lost, and other famous movies and shows were filmed at Kualoha Ranch. The fact that someone thought it was a good idea to let me and Anthony drive a raptor was kinda wild, and we took every opportunity to drive through any puddle we saw. It was safe to say we brought the most hype in our group, if only because we were screaming the loudest about nothing. We were the definition of hype nation.
On our way back from our last adventure, it was safe to say we had worked up an appetite. A quick Yelp search landed us at Honolulu Kitchen, where we were greeted with full size samples of their Manapua. In what can only be described as “tasty pillows you just want to eat” this had to be one of the best things we ate. Each Manapua came stuffed with a different filling, my favorite being the spicy crab. It took every fiber of my being to not eat them right when they came out and burn my face off.
If there’s one thing you take away from this blog post, I hope it’s this; when you travel, but more importantly in life, it’s super important to find people who genuinely care about and support you no matter what. As much as this trip was an amazing, once in a lifetime experience, we all had things throw us through a loop. I can’t begin to explain how thankful I am that I had Kristen and Anthony there to help me through probably the toughest time in my life. I can only hope that anyone reading this is lucky enough to find a group of friends that you can travel the country with, laugh with, cry with, and not want to kill each other at the end of it all. So Kristen and Anthony, if you read this, thanks again for being so great. I love you guys.
“Ohana means family. Family Means no one gets left behind or forgotten.”