Kimee Balmilero's Travel Hotlist Hawaii Five-0 star Kimee Balmilero shares her favorite travel experiences, top tips, and must-haves.
Posted on Aug 29, 2019 12:00pm

Reporting by Marc Berman

With the premiere of Hawaii Five-0's exciting tenth season just around the corner, we caught up with Honolulu native Kimee Balmilero—who plays Dr. Noelani Cunha on H50 and Magnum P.I.—and got the scoop on her gallivanting greats.

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Favorite Destination
I love going to New York City. I lived and worked there for a couple years and I loved it. I just enjoy the energy of a big city and nothing beats the vibes in New York. I'm such a city girl even though I was born and raised in Hawaii. My friends tease me all the time because I can't swim and I hate commuting.



Most Memorable Vacation
Our honeymoon was pretty epic. My husband is a huge baseball fan and so I've become one too. We did an East Coast tour of a bunch of ballparks and games. We ended up in a lot of big cities like Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York, so I was excited to check out the museums and restaurants too.

The best park was Fenway in Boston. My husband is a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, so I hooked us up with a backstage tour of the park through a friend that works for the team. He won't admit it, but he totally teared up when we stepped onto the field during batting practice.



Amazing Hotel
I love the Surfjack in Hawaii. It's a small boutique hotel in Waikiki. I just dig their mid century modern vibe. We took our wedding photos there too, so it will always have a special place in my heart. My husband and I will go back all the time and we love the food at their restaurant Mahina and Suns. It is a definite must-see for visitors!


The bar at boutique Honolulu hotel Surfjack.

Favorite Way To Discover A Destination
I love food, so I'll base a lot of my travel plans around foods I want to taste. Good food usually means cool places.

Cool Amenity
Room service and robes. Who doesn't want Eggs Benedict and the Sunday paper delivered to your door while you rock some awesome bed head?



Travel Must-Haves
My neck pillow! I even sleep with it in my own bed! I have to sleep on planes otherwise I will go nuts. The more comfortable, the better.

Next On Travel Bucket List
I would love to go to Japan. I grew up around Japanese culture, so I'd love to visit and learn more. I still can't believe I've never been!


A bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan.

Photo Credits: Justin Stephens/CBS (Kimee Balmilero); spreephoto.de/Getty Images (NYC/Sunset); Busakorn Pongparnit/Getty Images (NYC/Statue of Liberty); Michael Ivins/Getty Images (Fenway); Laura La Monaca/Surfjack; RBP Trust/Getty Images (Room Service); tawatchaiprakobkit/Getty Images (Japan).

Season 10 of Hawaii Five-0 premieres on Friday, Sept. 27 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.