The Cream Pot

The Crème Pot is a relatively new eatery that opened up its kitchen this past February. It’s clean, cute and frilly with lots of flowers, lace and pastel colored pattern thingies. Although the eats are heterosexual, the décor is definitively geared toward those with less testosterone and more estrogen.

Enough about the décor. The food at this cutesy little European styled restaurant at the Waikiki Monarch Hotel totally delivered. I indulged in a nice serving of Belgian waffles. The waffles came topped with a lovely butter topping, maple syrup and powdered sugar and fresh bananas. The waffles were out of this world good! The syrup and butter topping did not overpower the taste of the waffles. It’s not unusual for me to only eat half the plate when ordering pancakes or waffles but to my surprise I was able to gobble up the hearty serving of waffles in its entirety.

I’m usually an eggs and bacon kind of guy, so luckily, Michelle and I ordered some maple bacon and baked eggs with potatoes on the side. The eggs were incredibly good even though the side of bacon was disappointingly small. Michelle ordered a breakfast set that included an omelet served with rice and greens as well as a crepe with fresh bananas.

If you’re into breakfast then The Crème pot is a must visit. We ended up paying about $45 for a breakfast for two. The prices are on the high end, but as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. What you get is a great breakfast with quick, efficient and friendly service (not to mention lots of girly decor!). 

The Cream Pot
44 Niu St.
Hawaiian Monarch Hotel Waikiki
Honolulu, HI 96815 
(808) 429-0945

Koko Head Crater Trail

95% of the Koko Head Trail Hike is climbing and sometimes crawling along an abandoned military track that was previously used to transfer supplied from the bottom of the crater to the top. The last 5% of the trail more than makes up for the challenging hike up the 1,100 steps of beaten up train track. Once you   reach the last track on the trail, follow the dirt path and that will lead you to an abandoned Helipad as well as a beautiful view into Koko Head crater and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll also get great views of Makapu’u, Diamond Head, and the Honolulu skyline. It will take about 90 minutes to reach the end of the track and less than 5 minutes to get to the part of the hike with the beautiful scenic views. We ended up spending about 3 hours total on this trail with most of the time spent lounging at the top of the crater. Be forewarned that this hike is entirely an uphill climb, as you can probably tell by the pictures.

About midway though the trail you will encounter the track trestle that spans a ravine. This is the part of the trail that is a bit daunting, especially if you are afraid of heights. Carefully maneuver yourself across the worn out bridge and try not to think about the steep fall you’ll experience if you miss a step. Cross with caution!

To get to the Koko Head Trail take H1 toward Hawaii Kai and continue on to Kalanianaole Highway. Continue driving down Kalanianaole Highway towards Hanauma Bay. You will see the Hanauma Bay entrance on your right, once you have passed the Haunama Bay entrance take the first left. This road will take you to a parking lot and the start of the hike.

It’s probably best to do this hike during the morning hours since the trail provides no shade and the sun can be harsh during midday. Speaking of the sun, the day after I hiked Koko Head I was pretty sun burnt so be sure to lather yourself up in lots of sunscreen! Most importantly, bring water and maybe an energy bar or two. 

Mama’s Island Pizza

If you’re looking for quality pizza in Hawaii then skip all of the chains like Papa John’s, Dominos, Pizza Hut and even California Pizza Kitchen and instead opt for some great tasting, traditionally made pizza at Mama’s Island Pizza.

Mama’s Island Pizza has been serving the Kailua community since late 2005, and recently underwent management changes in early 2008. Even though there’s a new mama in town, the staff is still just as friendly and the pizza is the same cheesy and meaty goodness that customers have come to expect.

They offer seven types of Hawaii themed pizza’s, from the Kailua supreme with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and sweet red onions to the Island Veggie Spectacular which is topped with a slew of top quality veggies. My favorite pizza has to be the Hey Brah Meat Delight, it is definitely the pizza for the meat lover in you. It comes with a colossal combination of Portuguese sausage, pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, and meatballs. Another favorite of mine at Mama’s are the Midwestern style chicken wings.

One of the best things about Mama’s other than the great tasting and high quality pizza is that they accept competitor’s coupons. If you bring in a coupon from Pizza Hut, Papa John’s or any other pizza company then they give you a discount on your pizza order! The discount ranges depending on the size of pizza you are ordering, from three to five dollars.

Be sure to make the trip to Mama’s Island Pizza the next time you’re in Kailua town, you’ll be greeted not only by friendly people but by the best pizza on the island.

Mama’s Island Pizza
108 Heikii Street, Suite 107 (Foodland Plaza)
Kailua, HI 96734