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Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim and the show’s executive producer, Peter Lenkov, pass along their picks on where to go when visiting Honolulu, where the show is filmed:


Ono Hawaiian foods
(Local cuisine)
According to Kim, Ono is perfect for trying “Hawaiian food in a dinerlike, low-key atmosphere — although you’ve got to be prepared to wait.” 726 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 737-2275

Side Street Inn
(Local cuisine)
“It’s pretty famous among the locals because when [the other] restaurants shut down at night, a lot of the local chefs go there. So you can imagine if they’re going to a place to eat, it’s probably really good,” Lenkov says. “You would never really take a second look at the place — it almost feels like one of those joints you’d find in an alley. But it’s amazing.” 1225 Hopaka St., (808) 591-0253, www.sidestreetinn.com

Nobu Waikiki
(Asian cuisine)
“The people in there are so great,” Lenkov says. “Usually, I’ll hop in there after work and go for dinner. It’s comforting because the people there are so nice.” Waikiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Road, (808) 237-6999, www.waikikiparc.com

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Ala Moana Center
(One of the largest open-air shopping centers in the world)
“It’s a really fantastic place to do the mall experience because it’s outdoors and it has shops that are in a range of prices. It’s nice to be outside while you spend some hard-earned cash,” Kim says. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 955-9517, www.alamoanacenter.com

Surf N Sea
(Apparel, diving and surfing gear, and surf lessons)
Kim encourages people “to head up to the North Shore, because if they’re surfers and they love the water, Surf N Sea is an incredible surf store. It’s locally owned, and they have wonderful stuff there. It’s a good reason to head up to Hale’iwa and enjoy the day.” 62-595 Kam Highway, Hale’iwa, (800) 899-7873, www.surfnsea.com


Waimanalo Beach
“I was surprised a few weeks ago when I saw the beaches at Waimanalo. They’re completely out of the way, and they’re very local, but they’re as beautiful as any of the beaches I’ve seen on this island,” Kim says. In the district of Ko’olaupoko, east end of Oahu

Lanikai Beach
“If you want to people-watch a little bit, get more of a communal experience, then Lanikai Beach is gorgeous. It’s on the windward side of the island, and it’s spectacular,” Kim says. In Kailua, east end of Oahu; Mokulua Drive


House Without a Key
“It’s an outdoor lounge, and at sunset they have a ukulele band and hula dancers there. I’ve taken so many people there to watch sunset, and usually they go back the night after I’ve taken them. It’s that great an experience,” Lenkov says. Halekulani hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, (808) 923-2311, www.halekulani.com


North Shore Shark Adventures
Lenkov says he “tends to steer people toward the shark dives up on the North Shore. You go about three miles out in a boat, and you get into a shark cage. It’s very interesting, very safe. Daniel took one of his sons with us. … It’s a lot of fun. You can’t experience it anywhere else.” Town Harbor, Hale’iwa, (808) 228-5900, www.sharktourshawaii.com