Ala Moana Beach Park & Farmers’ Market and Hula Dancers at Dinner

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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After breakfast, Mal and I checked out of the Hawaii Prince Hotel and drove to Ala Moana Beach Park, which is located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, to do some stand-up paddleboarding.

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Unfortunately, when we arrived, we were told it was too windy and unsafe to paddleboard. Bummer. It was still a gorgeous day and we were in Hawaii, so Mal and I enjoyed the beach, went swimming in the ocean, and then took a walk around the park.

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My bathing suit cover up (tunic dress) is from Albion Fit, who sent it to me to try out for free. It’s comfy and really flattering. The fabric hangs straight down, so it’s slimming and doesn’t flare out like a moo-moo. Haha!

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Oahu is gorgeous!

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After our time at Ala Moana Beach Park, we checked into our second hotel where we’ll stay for the remainder of the trip. We had a couple of hours to kill before the next activity on our agenda, so Mal and I headed to the hotel pool and enjoyed a cocktail.

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I was being indecisive with my cocktail selection, so the bartender offered to make me a drink. He asked what I liked, so I told him “not too sweet” and then jokingly added “and boozy.” He ended up making me what he called a “Hawaiian Creeper,” which was Hawaiian moonshine, Kinky liqueur (blood orange + passion fruit), pineapple juice, and soda water, and it was SO GOOD! Exactly what I wanted! The bartender called it a “Hawaiian Creeper” because it tastes so delicious, you end up drinking them so quickly and then the booze creeps up on you! Ha!

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After a couple of hours by the pool, Mal and I headed to the Ala Moana Farmers’ Market, which was located on the upper level of the parking garage near Sears in the Ala Moana Center (holy shopping – so many stores and restaurants!!).

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The farmers’ market is held every Tuesday from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM-noon.

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Mal and I wandered around for awhile and checked out the various vendors. We saw lots of fresh fruits and veggies as well as other prepared foods and treats.

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Including healthy dog treats! I bought some heart-shaped sweet potato cookies for Murphy. Shhh! Don’t tell him! Haha!

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Dinner

After the farmers’ market, Mal and I were starving for dinner. We drove back to the hotel and then headed out in search of food. We didn’t walk for long because we stumbled upon a Yard House right outside our hotel. At first, I was like: No way, we’re not eating at a Yard House in Hawaii. We have them back home.

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But then we heard music playing and saw hula dancers nearby, so we figured why not? It looked like a fun place to have dinner and we were getting a little Polynesian culture at the same time.

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Mal and I scored a seat outside at the Yard House with a great view of the performers.

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As an appetizer, we started with truffle fries (obviously).

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To drink, I ordered a Skinny Margarita with salt.

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And, for my entrée, I ordered some pork tacos with pineapple and avocado with rice on the side. They were excellent and definitely hit the spot!

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After dinner, Mal and I walked around for a little bit and then headed back to our hotel for the night. Check out the amazing sunset views from our room!

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Beautiful!

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We ended up sitting on our balcony and talking for a few hours.

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We grabbed a couple of drinks from the hotel happy hour, so we had some good laughs too!

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The night concluded with Dark Chocolate Pecan cookies!

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It was a sweet way to end Day 2!

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57 Comments

  1. It’s always great when the bartender picks out a drinks. The beach looks so lovely. I dare say Murphy will be happy with his treats 😉 I love it when markets have pup treats.

  2. I am so jealous…I love just relaxing and chatting like that! At least I never just get time to sit down like that with the busyness of life. I guess thats why its vacation! You guys have fun.

  3. There’s another farmers market on Wednesday nights at the Blaisdell Arena (in Honolulu). Many vendors at this particular night market sell prepared food, but you should still check it out if you have a chance…especially this popular stand called The Pig and the Lady (http://thepigandthelady.com/)

  4. I LOVE when the bartenders make me drinks. Especially because my bartenders know me too well at my favorite bar…they always hook me up with something delicious and surprising (Promise I’m not an alcoholic, just a 22 year old grad student). That’s a bummer you didn’t get to go SUPing. I LOVE IT! It’s so much fun and an amazing upper body workout. Ala Moana was an amazing shopping center; my mom and I spent SO much time there! SO CRAZY! You could get lost.

  5. I’m loving these Oahu posts! We went there on our honeymoon and it’s bringing back such awesome memories. We went to that same Yardhouse to watch the Red Sox playing in the World Series (this was back in 2007) and it was so odd to watch them playing a night game when it was 1 pm Hawaii time. Looks like you’re having a fabulous time and thanks for sharing with us!

  6. Your trip looks amazing! Just wanted to share to be careful when purchasing homemade dog treats. We bought some while on vacation also and they turned out to be tainted :/ Our little pup was so sick, throwing up blood and almost didn’t make it; $2,000 vet bill later we’re lucky he’s here 🙂

  7. Too bad you didn’t get to go paddle boarding, it sounds like so much fun and looks like a great core workout. That’s okay, I’m sure that Hawaiian Creeper made up for it! Holy cow, does that sounds awesome. I’m going to impress those Hawaiians if I ever go and ask for one. Hopefully they will know what I’m talking about! 😉

  8. You have done so much in just a few days! I am loving your recaps and can’t wait to put my toes in that water and pick the perfect place for our Oahu home ;)! I also got excited to try the Farmer’s Market! We have them in abundance in Korea, but many of the veggies are fermented instead of fresh!

  9. I went to that yardhouse when I was in Hawaii a few years ago! We were staying right near there. There’s a restaurant called Rum Fire nearby that was A-MAZ-ing. You should definitely look for it. There was also a restaurant we went to where you choose your protein and then you grill it yourself on this huge habachi type grill. So fun! I forget the name of it, but it was right on the beach if you happen to discover it. Ahhh I want to go back. Look’s like you guys are having a blast!

  10. Reading your posts made me almost feel like I was on vacation WITH you guys! The small gold Aviator Ray-Bans on the Sunglasses Shop page are divine!

  11. Go to the House Without a Key and order a Mai Tai. So good. One will knock your socks off! Seriously, we had to walk around after dinner before my husband could drive home.
    You’re making me miss Hawaii. It was an amazing trip for our honeymoon!

  12. You and Mal are just so cute! I’m so glad you all are enjoying your vacay! I’ve been to hawaii several times but only to Maui. It’s awesome to see the other parts through your photos! Have fun!

  13. Oh my gosh, I got chills looking at the pictures of the scenery-so beautiful! I’ve always wanted to try paddleboarding; hopefully you can try squeezing it in before you leave.
    How you do order a “skinny margarita?” I mean, what do you ask the bartender to put in there? One time I tried and ordered tequila on the rocks with a little soda water and just tried squeezing lime into it, but um it didn’t work out so well.

  14. Tina, what’s the weather like there? I notice one minute your in your bathing suit and the next with hoodies on. LOL
    It’s so beautiful there, thanks for sharing pics!

  15. So my husband literally used to live in the twin tower condos right down the street from your hotel! Did you get a chance to go into the Peter Lik Gallery next to Yard House? If you have some free time in the next few days, treat your eyes to that. You will be amazed at the quality and amazing light capturing techniques in his photos. My mother and father in-law gave us a gift certificate there for a wedding present (extremely generous) and the photo is one of our prized possessions. Man, I wish I was there enjoying the Hawaiian sun! You guys are missing another awesome winter storm in the NE!

  16. I think we have eaten at that Yard House everytime we go to Oahu! it’s such a nice location. Hope you are enjoying your trip!

  17. That drink sounds amazing. And so does pineapple and avocado on a pork taco- yum. I think I’d probably come back from Hawaii with an extra 5 pounds- the food there looks so fresh and delicious. Enjoy!

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