Waikiki is an obvious choice for those who want a Hawaiian vacation -- sun, sand, luaus, surfing, hula, mai tais -- without sacrificing the creature comforts of home.And since it's only 10 minutes from the Honolulu Airport, you can be off the plane and enjoying those sandy beaches in no time.

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That approachability extends from the people to the terrain itself whereas the island is small enough that you can drive the entire insanely gorgeous coastline in one day.

However, don’t let a somewhat modest perimeter trick you into thinking there isn’t a lifetime’s worth of adventure tucked within Oahu’s borders.

It offers everything: great weather, beautiful beaches, all kinds of local and ethnic food, museums and culture, shopping and nightlife.

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My favorites here are the pork lau lau, kalua pork, and poi with lomi lomi salmon.

Pearl’s Korean BBQ is a chain, but it’s one of the places I miss most in NYC: hearty Korean food with lots of veggie choices, where a -12 plate easily feeds two hungry people.While I enjoyed the variety of the omakase, I’d order a la carte next time, and also order Hamachi kama ahead. Malasadas are Portuguese hole-less doughnuts, rolled in sugar while still hot.The best ones are made at the Iolani and Punahou school carnivals, but since those are only held once a year, the best alternative is to get them made to order at Champion Malasadas.The place itself is no frills, so don’t dress up, but the sushi is great.It’s BYOB, and do bring some beers for Morio and his staff.Below are our preferred partners: BIO: Hilary Stockton is the founder of Travel Sort, which helps members book their perfect luxury or boutique hotel at wholesale prices, and shares tips and tricks for flying first class and business class free, using frequent flyer miles.