My trip to Honolulu was as much of a quick jaunt as one can achieve when living five time zones away. My three-night stay may have been bookended with two 10-hour flights, but that didn’t stop me from getting the most out of my trip. Highlights included Doris Duke’s Shangri-La, racing an outrigger, and learning to surf (that last one being something I had predicted I would totally crush with mad skill and yet I turned out to be just as mediocre as ever). But the main attraction for my trip was the newÂ Modern HonoluluÂ hotel, which, with minimalist decor and a cool South Beach vibe, truly lives up to its name. Throw in a Morimoto restaurant and spectacular Waikiki views and you’ve got the hottest ticket in town. Does it get any bigger than Wilmer Valderrama spending his 33rd birthday at the hotel’s Addiction nightclub? (I’m told it doesn’t). ThenÂ this happenedÂ a few weeks later on one of the hotel’s balconies, just after the Academy Awards, which, if you ask me, would have been a way cooler sighting.
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