A Weekend In Your City

October 18, 2007 by Kailani  
Filed under hawaii, memes

In about 2 weeks, my cousins from So.Cal will be visiting us for the weekend. They’re a little strange in that they never make any plans about what to do or where to go. They just show up with their rollerboards and kind of expect my family to entertain them.

The first time they did this, I was caught off guard. I had no idea where to take them so we ended up on a train ride through sugar cane and pineapple plantations. It was the most boring hour we have ever had! You would think this would have taught them a lesson, but noooooo.

So here I am again, trying to figure out something for them and their 2 boys to do. And since I also needed a post for today I decided to be efficient and conquer two things at once. What am I talking about?

Introducing the Weekend in Your City Meme!

Here’s how it works. Pretend that you have out of town guests visiting your city for the very first time and you’re the tour guide. Where would you take them? What would you do? Then tag 5 other people so they can proudly show-off their hometown, too! Remember, you can only mention one thing in each category. This is going to be harder than I thought!

Best Place to Eat: Zippys. It’s not the fanciest place but they have a wide variety of local style food including saimin, chili, broasted chicken, and the ever famous Zip Pac (rice, chicken, teri-beef, mahi mahi, spam). Fridays are Hawaiian plate lunch day!

Best Shopping Mall: Definitely Ala Moana Shopping Center. It’s the largest outdoor shopping mall in the U.S.

Famous Landmark: Diamond Head. I think pretty much everybody can recognize Diamond Head if they were to see a photo of it. Why not try hiking to the top of the crater and checking out the breathtaking views?

Best Tourist Attraction: The Polynesian Cultural Center. If you want to really experience the different cultures that make up Hawaii and the South Pacific, look no further. You can visit different villages and learn about the Hawaiian history and culture. If your feet get tired, you can take a canoe ride down a peaceful river. Top off the night with an authentic luau complete with hula dancers and a fire knife show you won’t forget.

Entertaining the Kids: The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center. This is one of the coolest places for kids to visit. Here children can spend the day with various hands-on activities that are not only fun but also educational. My favorite area is Your Town where kids can dress-up like grown-ups in various occupational uniforms. It makes for great photo opportunities.

Popular Outdoor Activity: The Beach. My favorite beach, hands down, is the Ko Olina Beach. These are actually man made lagoons with rock wall shelters that make it safer for the little ones to enjoy the water. The only downside is that parking is very limited. If you get there too late, they won’t even let you in to see if you can find a spot.

Breathtaking Views: Tantalus at night will give you an amazing view of the Honolulu City Lights. Some first time visitors are surprised at how populated Oahu is.

Only available in your city: The Aloha Spirit. Every where you go, people are generally warm and inviting. And the diverse mix of cultures and nationalities are something you really can’t find anywhere else. In Hawaii, no one is considered a minority.

Tagging: These are the 5 people I’m tagging.

  • Are We There Yet?
  • Sandier Pastures
  • Philly Transplant
  • Pinkjagxj
  • Heart of Rachel

Please feel free to play along. Just let me know so I can come by and check out your hometown!

About the author:
Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


37 Responses to “A Weekend In Your City”
  1. Carey says:

    How i wish i could come visit. Sounds like a lovely place to go. I would love to go to the beach and take a hike on Diamond Head…have you done that.
    Oh, and i would love to go to an outdoor mall.

  2. Baby Advice says:

    That is so beautiful! I hope to go one day, but we will see how that goes!

  3. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Ooh, I’ll come visit for a weekend! Or a week, or a month… Or two… Maybe someday. :)

  4. Grace says:

    thanks for the tag! I would love to answer this one. Wait, I need to research first :-)

  5. Tiffanie says:

    Oh man. . Now i want to come visit!! I have family that live there. hmmmmmm. Cheaptickets.com here I come! LOL!

  6. Lissete says:

    Zippy’s! We saw one on practically every corner but never ate there. Next time for sure! Plus, I’ll call YOU to be our tour guide! ;)

  7. Melissa says:

    I’m taking notes so that one day when I show up in Hawaii I will know what to do and where to go! :D

  8. Holly Schwendiman says:

    What a fun share! I feel like I just took a short trip to Hawaii. :)


  9. Liza's Estrella says:

    I like this post! Thanks! Now I have ideas on what to do when our family goes to Oahu.

  10. Christine says:

    How FUN! Thank you for the tour of your city. Your a fabulous tour guide, Kailani.

    As this is the perfect time of year to come visit Arizona, temps are going to be in the 80’s next week. I’ll have my post up this weekend.

  11. MARILEE says:

    ooh, what a great idea. I am going to start right away….

  12. Desert Songbird says:

    Hey, I’ve actually heard of Zippy’s – they featured it on Food Network once.

    I convinced, though; you can be my tour guide any time!

  13. Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    Hi Kailani. I enjoyed the virtual tour around your city. The beach looks like a piece of paradise. It’s nice that you have those man made lagoons where parents can bring their children. We have nice man made lagoons in Cebu, another part of the country.

    I’ve never experienced an authentic luau celebration before. It must be a great experience.

    I love how the evening comes alive with the city lights.

    Thanks for the tag. It’s a great way for me to share more about our city. I have a few memes to do but I promise to put this one on queue.

    Happy weekend!

  14. And Miles To Go.... says:

    what a great place you live in! Such fun stuff to do–that meme looks like so much fun.

  15. Alice says:

    I’m moving back home soon! I’ve been to all those places except the kids center and that beach! I always always go to Kailua Beach. It’s my favorite. But… let me know where that beach is and I will just HAVE to try and get in. I can’t wait to be back. And Tantalus at night… breathtaking. I used to love driving aimlessly up there with my bf and his friends. Truly good times!

  16. Amy says:

    Thank you for our virtual tour! It’s rainy today so I didn’t want to get out, but I still feel like I’ve had a day of FUN!

    I think I want to do this meme too, but I live in a small town so it’s gonna take some work. It’ll be good for my brain to do a little thinking! I’ll let you know when I’m done.

  17. And Miles To Go.... says:

    OK, I played!! That was fun!!

  18. Renee says:

    I should get that together for when my Mom gets here…although I don’t know how much she’ll be able to do. We have quite a few homeschooling things planned already…so she can tag along with us for those.

  19. momto3cubs says:

    When I flew into Honolulu, yes, it was very shocking to see such a big city and all those skyscrapers!

  20. Vader's Mom says:

    That’s fantastic! You’ll see it on my blog soon!!

  21. Marilou says:

    Oh, seeing all those pictures made me a little homesick. I lived there for 9 years in the 70’s/80’s. Tantalus! Oh, my what a great place. When we had visitors that is one place we would take them to. My sister and I did a Coke Ad with Dick Van Dyke back in 1977 up there at the park. Ala Moana looks So different. I worked at Liberty House. Loved it.
    My fav beach was in Waimanalo . Never knew the name. Maybe there wasn’t a name.
    Living in Hawaii was the best!

  22. Dana says:

    Your city is sooo absolutely beautiful Kailani. I just cannot imagine being surrounded by that much beauty!!! Breathtaking. Thanks for the tour. I’ve never been to Hawaii and someday I hope to go, but in case I don’t, I feel from reading your blog, I’ve been able to experience some of it . So, thank you :)

    And, thanks for not tagging me cause I don’t have time to do this right now :)

  23. BeachMama says:

    Can I visit you?? You would only have to direct me to the beach, I wouldn’t need anything else :)

  24. susiej says:

    Everyone in your city, including you, does such a wonderful job of showcasing your city.

  25. Terri says:

    My husband and I would love to go to Hawaii someday. Maybe we’ll get the opportunity to check out some of these places you’ve mentioned.

  26. Jackie says:

    We’ve been to Maui twice. I’d love to visit the other islands as well. Hawaii is true paradise.

  27. Jen @ One Moms World says:

    Oh I want to visit your city. How fun! Good luck with the family and hopefully everything will work out.

  28. Tonya says:

    I want to go to Hawaii one day. The rest of my family went on vacation there without me (yeah I’m still bitter about it). All my town does is make carpet so not much to see.

  29. Pamela says:

    you have so many exciting things to offer. Heck – just going to the beach is a wonderful trip.

    I think mine would pale in comparison.
    (we could go watch the wheat turn golden) ha ha

  30. Pinkjagxj says:

    Kailani, As I stated on my blog, I am honored that you tagged me. How fun this is! I must tell you, in 1975 when I was 18, I had “Beef and Broccoli for the very first time. It was at Patti’s Chinese Kitchen in the Ala Moana mall.

  31. pinks & blues girls says:

    This is such a good idea! I will have to do this for our little city of Providence, RI!! It’ll be a bit different from yours, I am sure… especially if you were to come in the winter!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  32. Li'l Foot's Mommy says:

    I’ve spent most of our visits to Hawaii on Maui where my brother and his family live. We’ve been to the Big Island and went to Kauai for our honeymoon though. We’ve only been through the airport on Oahu. Thanks for the tips on what to do when we finally make it to Oahu.

    BTW…put my post up for my hometown. Thought I’d let you know.

  33. Britney says:

    Wow, I really want to come there. It looks amazing! I’d do this meme if my city (town, actually) wasn’t so boring.

    Britney’s last blog post..Idiot drivers!

  34. JHS says:

    Here’s a blast from my blogging past:

    “Thirteen Fun Things to Do When You Get Stuck in Lodi”


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  35. Stephanie says:

    I’m only 13 years old and i’ve already been 4 times, i feel so priveledged to go to somewhere so beautiful!


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