- See a sunrise at Lanikai Beach – As I mentioned in the previous weekly photo challenge post, my family and I woke up at 5 am to witness a sunrise at Lanikai Beach. We missed the sunrise, but were welcomed with vibrant colors in the sky.
- See a sunset on the Westside- The westside of Oahu is the ideal location to catch a last glimpse of the sun. We stopped by Shark’s Cove on the North Shore, but didn’t see much due to hindering clouds. We settled for Waikiki and weren’t disappointed. (Top: Waikiki Beach, Bottom: Shark’s Cove)
- Go Hiking – Oahu has over 50 trails that accommodate all skill-sets of hikers. My family and I hiked a different path every day on the island, conquering Koko Head, Lanikai Pillbox, Makapuu Trail, Moana Falls, and Diamond Head. My favorites are listed below.
The view of Makapuu Beach ParkManoa Falls Trail Lanikai Pillbox Hike4. Drive along the Windward side – So many white sand beaches, palm trees, and mountains. Although the drive is only 30 minutes to the Eastside, it feels like a totally different world – one that lacks the pollution and tourists present at Waikiki. Byodo-In Temple
5. Try the food trucks at North Shore – I made it my mission to find good garlic shrimp and shaved ice in Hawaii. Garlic shrimp at Giovanni’s and shaved ice at Matsumoto tasted absolutely scrumptious. 6. Visit the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet – This is the place to buy all your souvenirs. Vendors sell everything from ukuleles and Hawaiian shirts to fresh fruits and guava butter. 7. See an aerial view of Honolulu – The 10th floor of the Aloha Tower is a lovely spot to catch a 360 degree view of Honolulu. It’s free and fairly unknown by most tourists! Thanks for visiting! Stay tuned for another post of Hawaii that is coming in 2 weeks!