SEE

The Honolulu Museum of Art is home to some of the most stunning art on Hawaii. They have lots of incredible works on display with a focus on Asian and European influence. A must-see is Doris Duke's Shangri La. Her beautiful home showcases the best of Islamic art and culture, and the interiors and architecture of the beachfront estate make it well worth a visit. Fishcake, in the Chinatown area, houses many of amazing artists and curated furniture. I always buy a few things when I visit. They also have a small cafe so you can enjoy coffee while you browse.

Doris Duke's Shangri La, Honolulu. Photo / Getty Images
Doris Duke's Shangri La, Honolulu. Photo / Getty Images

EAT

For dinner, Nanzan Giro Giro is stellar — I went back three times on one trip. It has a contemporary, kaiseki-style seven-course menu. A favourites is Nobu by Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa. The Asian-fusion restaurant is always on the agenda when in Hawaii.

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Buzz's is a great spot for lunch — it's local and right on the beach. It can be a bit touristy but the food is good, service is great and it's on the way to Waimea Bay and Lanikai Beach. If you're in need a drink, Azure at The Royal Hawaiian is worth a visit but make sure you have a reservation.

Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii.
Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii.

DO

The Outrigger Canoe Club is always a top spot to enjoy the sun. It's a members-only beach club but definitely swing by and take a peek.

Hawaii has so many beautiful and pristine beaches. I love Lanikai Beach — the gorgeous white sand and crystal clear water is absolutely stunning. Waimea Bay is another amazing beach; if visiting it's a must to jump off the rock into the water below. If you fancy swimming with turtles, Waimanalo Beach is the place to be.

Azure restaurant, in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaii.
Azure restaurant, in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Hawaii.