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Two Days in Honolulu

Surfers at daybreak on Waikiki Beach, with Diamond Head Crater in the distance.

Photo: Susan Seubert

Day 1

Morning Hike: Honolulu is a city of early risers, so join predawn joggers and bikers on the two-mile coastal path that skirts Diamond Head Crater, where you’ll pass sleepy-eyed surfers scoping out the water conditions below. For Oahu’s best sunrise, take the invigorating 45-minute hike to the summit.

Weekend Market: The starting bell rings at 7:30 a.m. sharp at the Saturday KCC Farmer’s Market (Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd.; 808/848-2074), but if you’re akamai (“smart,” in Hawaiian), you’ve arrived early to preorder your tart apple bananas, purple Okinawan sweet potatoes, aged honey, and fresh-baked breads. Fuel up on aromatic Kona coffee and sliced papaya with a wedge of lime.

Lunch Break: The office crowd lines up at Yama’s Fish Market (2332 Young St.; 808/941-9994; lunch for two $20), a concrete-floored takeout joint specializing in Hawaiian plate lunches. On the menu: laulau (pork and chicken wrapped in ti-plant leaves), 14 types of poke (marinated raw fish), sweet-and-sour spareribs, and Yama’s creamy, coconut-based haupia dessert—one of the island’s best.


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