Happy Hour at Chart House Waikiki (Honolulu, HI)

Like so many restaurants these days, Chart House offers a happy hour menu. Here, you can order from 7-10pm daily. It’s a prime spot overlooking the water on Ala Moana Blvd, an unbeatable ambience when sipping tropical cocktails and partaking of Hawaiian pupus. A friend of ours from Seattle joined us.

There was a small selection of drinks, including a lychee martini and fruit margaritas. The mango margarita was a fine way to start things off.

Mango margarita rimmed with ground li hing mui

The batter on the fried calamari was light and crispy, served with sweet chili sauce that seems to be gaining popularity even on the mainland.

Fried calamari with sweet chili dipping sauce

Firecracker unroll is essentially an opened-up sushi with the rice laid out flat, piled with poke, pickled ginger, green onions, radish sprouts and shredded nori. With all those ingredients, it could only have been made in this manner, but there was no vinegar flavor in the rice. A little messy and difficult to scoop up.

Firecracker unroll

Garlic chicken nuggets were battered and deep-fried, then sprinkled with sesame seeds. These were sweetened and, therefore, not to my liking, but they weren’t bad.

Garlic chicken

There were other things on the menu, most notably a fried rice and ahi limu poke that I might order next time.

Chart House Waikiki
1765 Ala Moana Blvd.
Waikiki, HI 96815
Pupu menu

Diamond Head Summit Trail (Honolulu, HI)

View of Honolulu from the Diamond Head summit

There is a hiking trail to the top of Diamond Head, accessible from a parking lot not too far from the Saturday Market. Diamond Head itself sits on the edge of a large volcanic cone. The trail to the summit follows the steep interior slope of the crater wall, ascends over many switchbacks 560 feet over a distance of 0.8 mile. A part of the trail goes over uneven, rocky surfaces. So you can imagine our surprise and amusement when a group of young female tourists tried to negotiate this portion on high heels. We imagine they didn’t get very far. There are also steep stairs, one section of which climbs 74 steps and another, 99 steps.

Part of the trail consists of 99 steps

Despite the moderate challenge, there were tons of people on the trail. At the very top, it wasn’t possible to mount the highest viewing platform (not very big) without waiting your turn. The view from up here was as you would expect—magnificent and breathtaking—where you can see shoreline from Koko Head to Wai’anae.

View of Diamond Head Lighthouse from the summit.

By the time we got back to the parking lot, the hot weather was enough for us to purchase some shave ice from the concession stand. So refreshing.

Shave ice!!!