Oahu

Ala Moana Beach Park

Ala Moana Center (huge shopping mall near Waikiki)

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Marketplace (outdoor market, $1/pp)

Aloha Tower (go to the top of the tower for some awesome views of Honolulu)

Chinatown (great place to get produce for cheap, if you have visitors coming to town go grab fresh leis for a deal here to greet your guests with)

The Dole Plantation (it’s okay-really touristy, but the Dole Whip in the concession stand inside is good, fun photo ops)

Diamond Head (hike up the crater (.8 miles) and overlook the awesome views of Waikiki)

Drive around the island to the North Shore (famous beaches, visit Haleiwa)

Halona Blowhole (natural lava tube blows water into the air, stop to see it on your way around the island)

Hanauma Bay (great snorkeling, touristy, small parking lot, fee, can rent gear there, bring your own water and snacks)

Hilo Hattie (lots of Hawaiian souvenirs, go to see the worlds biggest Hawaiian shirt, they even have shuttle from Waikiki)

Ka’alawai Beach (hidden beach in Kahala, no facilities or parking, a bit rocky, great for snorkeling, tons of fish in the eastern end)

Ka’ena Point (as far west as you can get on the island, can get there from the North shore or the Wai’anae Coast (southeast-great hike), 3ish miles, look out for whales and turtles, once you get into the fenced in reserve watch the albatross and maybe some monk seals)

Kahala Mall (love this mall, small but great local shops (SoHa is my favorite))

Kailua Beach Park 

Kalakaua Street in Waikiki (lots of high end shopping, restaurants)

Kapiolani Park (great park to run/bike through, lots of events, Zoo and Aquarium are here too)

Ko’olina Lagoons (4 man-made lagoons in the resort area: #4 has the most parking, #3 complimentary lounge chairs, #2 built in umbrella huts, a paved path connects them all, beautiful beaches, must check it out)

Kuhio Beach (nice chill beach in Waikiki, has a nightly torch lighting ceremony with a hula show following some nights)

Kuilima Cove (on the north shore, next to Turtle Bay Resort, nice cove for snorkeling)

Kuliouou Beach Park (in Hawaii Kai, great beach for a picnic, watch all the water sports going on here, lots of grass)

Lanikai Beach (great hidden beach in Kailua, no facilities or parking, nice snorkeling-not too many fish but tons of coral)

Luau (we did Paradise Cove- it’s the one of the best ones and it’s in a nice area, the other luaus are near buildings and aren’t as authentic, it’s a little cheesy but fun, you have to do one-it’s Hawaii)

Makapu‘u Point trail hike (parking, amazing paved hike, great views of the lighthouse and whales (if its whale season), check out the 7 blow holes- ‘Dragons Nostrils’ along the path)

Manoa Falls (go for a muddy hike to see the falls then continue further up the back trail and bring a picnic to enjoy the gorgeous views at the top looking out, filmed some Lost and Jurassic Park scenes here)

Mural (see the 100 ft tall mural by John Pugh) 401 Kamakee St.

Pali Lookout (along the Pali Highway, stop by for a nice quick view of the eastern part of the island, pay to park lot)

Pearl Harbor

Pupukea (Shark’s Cove , Three Tables) (great beaches on the North Shore, “non” touristy, have facilities, bring your own gear, snacks, etc.)

Sans Souci beach (nice quiet beach, short walk from Waikiki, facilities)

Shark Dive (North Shore Shark Adventure takes you out in the middle of the ocean (about 3 miles from shore) and you go into a cage while sharks swim around…it’s pretty cool, a little freaky though)

Spitting Cave of Portlock (in Hawaii Kai, must see this amazing view!, hidden access, quick walk down a steep dirt path to the water)

Surfing (take a lesson, its really fun)

Tantalus Mountain Drive (take the round top drive around this great mountain, stop at the lookouts and at Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park on the drive for great views)

Valley of the Temples Memorial park (in Kaneohe, go see the Byodo-In Temple, $3/pp)

Waikele Premium Outlets

Waikiki Aquarium (its pretty good, or you can go snorkel and see the same thing 100 feet away)

Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden (nice place to walk around, waterfall)

Ward Center (has a farmers market Saturdays too)

 

 

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