Roy’s Waikiki Beach


As Cindy wrote in her last post, the four of us recently went to Waikiki. While Cindy and James were off somewhere else, Rob and I hit the beach.

Rob wanted to go surfing, and I wanted to lay on the beach, have a drink, and relax for a while. I’m not a big fan of tanning; I tend to get sunburns instead, so I usually slather myself in sunscreen before we hit the beach. In fact, I usually keep Meladerm, my best whitening cream, on hand to help lighten my skin if I tan too much. I’m always worried that too much melanin in certain parts of my skin will cause an uneven skin tone.

After we had some fun in the sun, we decided to get some dinner. We visited a restaurant called Roy’s Restaurant on Waikiki Beach while we were there. As the name suggests, it’s right along the beach, which makes it very convenient to grab a bite after a day on the beach. We found that it had very good reviews on Yelp. In fact, it’s one of the top-ranked restaurants in Honolulu. Intrigued, we decided to give it a try.

This restaurant is a little on the expensive side. Many of the entrees are between $30 and $40. Nevertheless, it’s very good. Rob and I split the macadamia-nut crusted shutome, which is a kind of lobster with asparagus, and a very nutty flavor to it. We both highly recommend it.

If you’re visiting Waikiki and want a convenient place to get some food after a day on the beach, Roy’s is a great choice. Next time we’re down there, we’re going to drag Cindy and James with us to Roy’s. Cindy will want to tan on the beach, and James likes to surf too.

I give Roy’s 5 out of 5 stars.

– Jenna


Bird of Paradise


The last time that we were in Waikiki, we stayed at the Hawaii Prince Hotel, which has its own golf course. Rob and Jenna are big golfers, so we decided that it was a nice, convenient place to stay. The hotel itself is a bit pricey, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. It definitely has the “tropical paradise” vibe. You could take a postcard-worthy picture to send to your friends back home without ever leaving the grounds of your hotel. It’s also conveniently located near lots of the fun touristy activities in Waikiki.

After the four of us played a round of golf, we all found are way to the Bird of Paradise Restaurant, which is located on the grounds of the Hawaii Prince Golf Club. It’s a very convenient place to grab a bite to eat before or after you play a round of golf. I would recommend going there after you’re done golfing, because the portions are huge. There’s no way I’d want to play golf after eating here.

One of the nice things about this restaurant is that it doesn’t cost as much as some of the “touristy” restaurants in Waikiki. You can get a nice dinner for $20-$30. It’s not as elegant as what you’ll find inside the Hawaii Prince Hotel itself, but it doesn’t need to be elegant if you’re out playing golf anyway.

Rob highly recommends the Pulehu Steak. I didn’t try it myself, but it looked juicy and delicious. James liked the Roast Turkey. I had a couple bites of his, and I can vouch for its deliciousness. James went into a food coma after we got back to the hotel and slept like a baby. He didn’t even need his Good Morning Snore Solution anti-snoring device to sleep through the entire night.

Jenna and I both had the Mahi Mahi, and we both enjoyed it. Normally I’m not very adventurous when it comes to seafood, but what trip to Waikiki would be complete without some Mahi Mahi? I love to eat it wherever I can find it, because you rarely see it on the menus back on the mainland.

All four of us recommend the Bird of Paradise restaurant, and we plan to go back the next time we’re golfing in Waikiki.