Seaside Jaunt: The macadamia nut pancakes at Boots & Kimos (151 Hekili St.; 808/263-7929; breakfast for two $20), smothered in a sugar and butter concoction with macadamia shavings, are reason enough to make the 15-minute drive along the lush Pali Highway to Kailua. But don’t miss Lanikai Beach Park, a few minutes east, where locals take their morning strolls on the mile-long white-sand beach.
Far East Flavors: The Honolulu outpost of Japan’s oldest department store is now locally owned, but Shirokiya (1450 Ala Moana Blvd.; 808/973-9111; shirokiya.com) still delivers all the products any Japanophile could crave, from rice cookers and red bean–filled manju buns to $200 bottles of sake.
Comfort Food: The house-made noodles at the always crowded Jimbo (1936 S. King St.; 808/947-2211; lunch for two $40), in the bustling center of town, have a cult following. Order the nabeyaki udon, served in an earthenware pot with a smoky bonito-based broth and topped with shrimp and eggplant tempura.