Pet-Friendly Fun on O’ahu

P

ets saved us during the pandemic, cheering us up and being our most loyal, loving companions during all the disruptions. This summer, why not thank your furry pals by taking them out for a paw-some adventure. We’ve rounded up six animal-friendly spots, from a summer pet fair to a trendy doggy bakery, where you and your four-legged friends can live it up O’ahu-style.

Summer Aloha Pet & Family Fair

The Summer Aloha Pet & Family Fair returns to Ward Village on July 9 and 10, from 10 am to 3 pm The weekend event features pet-friendly activities, contests, vendors and more. Past fairs included animal obstacle courses, a charcuterie board for dogs (a “pawcuterie”) and meetups for dogs and their humans. There’s a reason it’s known as “Hawaiʻi’s favorite pet event.”

Ward Entertainment Center, 1044 Auahi St., (808) 239 7777, https://hawaiipetdirectory.com/event/summer-aloha-pet-family-fair.html, @alohapetlife


The Laylow Waikīkī

If you’re looking to staycation with your four-legged friend, The Laylow Waikīkī will accommodate your dogs and cats for an additional cost of $150 per night (only one pet allowed). The only requirement is that all pets must be under 50 pounds. The hotel will provide them with food and water bowls, along with ample grassy areas, and the artistically designed rooms make for good backdrops for pooch-and-you selfies.


The Laylow Hawai’i, 2299 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 922-6600,
https://www.laylowwaikiki.com, @laylowwaikiki


Dogtown Bakery

“Bon” appetite! Dogtown Bakery in Kailua is the perfect place to take your pup for a snack, with its delicious and realistic-looking treats made fresh every morning. From mermaid tails to tennis ball-shaped cakes, Dogtown Bakery also provides a selection of party cakes for any type of celebration. The cuteness does not stop there. Dogtown Bakery also sells bandanas, harnesses and toys for your furry bestie.

Dogtown Bakery, 600 Kailua Road, (808) 892-5756, https://www.dogtownbakery.store, @dogtownbakerykailua


Photo: Noriko Lancaster

SALT at Our Kaka’ako

Pooches are welcome at this fun outdoor plaza, filled with trendy boutiques and cafes. My personal favorite spot at SALT to take my dog ​​is ARVO, with its specialty drinks and relaxed outdoor seating. And be sure to grab a snap of you and your pup for the ‘gram.

SALT at Kakaako, 691 Auahi St., (808) 521-4578, https://saltatkakaako.com, @saltourkakaako


Island Brew Coffeehouse

Photo: Emily Smith

Island Brew Coffeehouse, Hawaii Kai

If you want to kick back, have a cup of coffee and relax with your pup, head to Island Brew Coffeehouse in Hawai’i Kai. The waterfront patio is pet-friendly, so you can enjoy one of the coffeehouse’s menu items (my personal favorite is hot chocolate paired with a “veggie veggie” oven-roasted sandwich) while looking out to the crystal-clear water. It’s also a prime spot for people-watching, boat-watching and dog-watching for both you and your pooch.

Island Brew Coffeehouse, 377 KehasHole St., (808) 394-8770, https://www.islandbrewcoffeehouse.com/#/, @islandbrewcoffeehouse


Kahala Beach

Photo: Bryn Yamaguchi

Kahala Beach

With summer in full heat, head to Kāhala Beach for a dip, just as long as your pup is on a leash. If swimming is not your fort, you can stroll along the shoreline and take in the stunning scenery. There are also benches, tables and grassy areas to picnic with your pup.

Kahala Beach, 4999 Kahala Ave.

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