Oahu: Waikiki and the North Shore

After checking out of The Royal Hawaiian, we hopped a few doors down to the most historic hotel in Waikiki: the Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa.

Where: Oahu, Hawaii

When: March 2017

Stayed: Moana Surfrider

Instagram: #wellsinhawaii

We were ecstatic to get a corner room facing the ocean, with the sound of the waves lulling us to sleep at night. Moana Surfrider is a beautiful hotel, with a big pool and direct access to Waikiki beach. They also have an open-air restaurant called the Veranda, where we had the most scrumptious and filling breakfast buffet. Normally, I am all about the savory, but I could not get enough of the french toast on this trip!

We started our first day with sunrise yoga on the beach. (In case you haven’t seen her website, Em is an all-star yogi)!

We then headed straight to breakfast at Haleiwa Bowls, plopping down at Pipeline to watch the surfers do their thing. Our next stop was Shark’s Cove, where we swam about, and then grabbed lunch across the street. Post Shark’s Cove, we made our way to Hale’iwa center for Matusomoto Shave Ice. If we had another day on Oahu, we would have headed even further north towards Turtle Bay and Laie, taking the scenic road back – but it’s always nice saving something for next time. And while we were too full to sample the shrimp, both Macky’s and Giovanni’s come highly recommended!

Until next time, Oahu!



Thank you to Moana Surfrider for collaborating on this post, and to you for reading! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Myrna Martinez

    Hi Lauren,

    I visited Hawaii in October and loved it. We also went to North Shore Pipeline & Sharks Cove and ate at that food truck – hands down best chicken tacos. Sharks Cove was gorgeous but I did leave with several scrapes from slipping on the rock. lol. We didn’t dry shaved ice because the lines were soooo long. Of course you captured these spots perfectly and you make me want to go back . So well done!


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