Activity Finds: Honolulu
Formerly known as The Contemporary Museum, Spalding House offers a tranquil art oasis mounted above Honolulu in Makiki Heights. With a collection of galleries and stunning statue gardens (including a permanent installation of some of David Hockney's work) the museum is the perfect escape to explore great Honolulu art and enjoy a light lunch at the museum's carefully cultivated café.
For those taking a tour of Tantalus' winding roads, a pit stop at Spalding House (the sister museum to the Honolulu Museum) offers an artful escape. Show your Waikiki Parc key card and gain complimentary access to the museum's rotating exhibits of contemporary art before breaking for lunch at the Spalding House Café.
Café Chef Susan Lai Hipp's equal parts artful and contemporary menu features Mediterranean-influenced fare spread over a menu of salads, soups and sandwiches. If you've got the time to spare we recommend phoning in (in advance!) an order for the café's Lauhala and Lunch picnic service. At $30 for two it includes a choice of sandwich or soup per person, dessert bars and beverages all prettily packed inside your picnic basket - plus a tatami mat for you to lay out in the garden. Luscious views of Honolulu and Diamond Head included free of charge.