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Koko Marina is a nice place to stop on your way to the beaches on the southeast shores of Oahu. The architecture is 1980s-style nautical. There are gorgeous views from the walkway behind Zippy's. Misty clouds gather over the jagged mountains and light shimmers on the water of the marina. The boats are fun to look at. There is a movie theater and it feels great walking out amongst the coconut trees and the warm evening air when your movie is done. There are quite a few places to eat:
Kona Brewery has great live music and tiki torches at night. Greek Marina has good food. Try the Spanakopita.
There is a Starbucks, Subway sandwiches, and a local food place called "Loco Moco" where you can get "plate lunches," which are very greasy: meat, rice, and macaroni with mayonnaise. Good to get a taste of local culture but only if you have time to take a nap after eating something so heavy! Assaggio is a good, formal, indoor Italian restaurant with delicious eggplant parmigiana. The AC is a little freezing in there so bring a jacket. Further down is Bubbies Ice Cream, where the names of the flavors are interesting in a sleazy sort of way.
On the very end is Zippy's, a local-food diner, with a bakery where you can get Haupia Cake. You must try Haupia (Coconut) Cake while in Hawaii and this is the best place to get it! It's light and creamy. The whole wheat brownies are also good. The pink seating by the marina is nice at Zippy's, with mountain views and wonderful breezes.
Many tourists stop at Koko Marina on their way to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Another wonderful spot nearby is Portlock Point. For more places to eat in Hawaii Kai, check out Hawaii Kai Places to Eat.
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Head east on the H1 until it becomes Kalanianaole Hwy. Once you reach the suburb of Hawaii Kai, you will pass Hawaii Kai Drive on the left, pass Keahole St, go over a bridge by the ocean, and then see Koko Marina on the left (before Lunalilo Home Rd).
Assaggio Italian Restaurant, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu HI 96825, call (808) 396-0756.
Zippy's Diner, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu HI 96825, call (808) 396-6977.
Loco Moco, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu HI 96825, call (808) 396-7878.
Greek Marina, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu HI 96825, call (808) 396-8441.
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