Unless you want to hike with a guide and a bunch of strangers, you must go out and do a hike (or several!). It’s beautiful through out the entire hike, there’s always a magnificent view, it’s free, and it’s healthy! I haven’t had the chance to do hikes on the West side or North shore, so my examples are limited to hikes in the East side, South East side, and North East side of Oahu.
Although these hikes are a once in a lifetime kind of activity, please do in-depth research. It is dangerous to hike, you know. We might not have bears, but we do have pigs, dehydration, lots of people get lost, and people have died on these trails. It’s really easy to get yourself in trouble if you don’t know how to hike, so BE WISE!!! Or be the laughing stock of the 7 o’clock local news. Below are easy hikes that I highly recommend.
- Makuapu’u Light House
- It’s paved, so it’s mostly easy.
- If you are not an experienced hiker, clumsy, pregnant, or elderly, then DO NOT GO DOWN THE CLIFFS to the tide pools.
- Lots of young people go down
- Tide pools are very dangerous
- Many people have been hurt by the waves
- Diamond Head
- Lots of stairs to climb when you get towards the top
- $1.00 entry and $20.00 parking
- Koko Head (this is actually a little harder)
- Lots of “stairs” straight up
- Great view from above
- Aiea Loop
- Drive out far and little confusing to get to
- Lush green nature all around
- Pali Look Out
- Not really a hike
- Beautiful, stunning view
- Police always in area
2. Beach Hopping
One of my most favorite things to do withe my friends is going to the beach. I actually have a semi-annual North Shore excursion that I orchestrate. But there are so many other beaches to go to! I mean, it is an island! However, to keep some beaches a secret (for local reasons), I’m just going to list some general areas with great beaches that are not so intense.
- North Shore
- Sunset beach, Turtle bay, Haleiwa Beach
- No huge waves, pretty safe
- White sand
- Perfect for picnics after visting Dole Plantation
- East Side Beaches
- Avoid Sandy’s and Makapu’u if you value your life
- Beautiful teal waters and white, fine sands
- Gaze up at the cliffs and explore the little towns
- North East Side
- White, fine sands
- Beautiful teal/blue water
- Nice shopping areas nearby
- South Shore
- This is Waikiki area
- Highly populated, but still pretty to see
- Much prettier beyond the shore
- You can go on tours or go snorkeling
3.First Fridays/Art & Flea
Like New York, there are lots of cool, free things to attend. There are a lot of cool vendors and stuff that would make great souvenirs. Lately, Hawai’i has been strongly promoting local boutiques/businesses, and art. Thanks to gentrification, these places are in the trendiest and coolest part of Honolulu.
- First Fridays
- Chinatown block party
- Fashionable boutiques with local designers
- Good food, good drinks, good bars
- Lots of bars and a few pool halls to visit
- Art exhibits with local artists
- Parking is hard to come by
- Art & Flea
- Every third Thursday of the month
- Held at various areas in Kaka’ako
- Vendors, good food, good drinks
- It’s according to a theme, so dress up for it! (The last one I went to was dog themed)
- Fashionable, stylish, cool, trendy!
- Parking is hard to come by
4. Watching sunsets/sunrises on the beach/cliffs
How can you resist or avoid doing this? Sunsets are magical back a home! It’s a wonderful backdrop for photos, proposals, dates, and so on. It’s so serene with all the ombre of orange to midnight blues! The best places to view it is on the beach or on sea cliffs.
5. Exploring Waikiki at night
Although it’s a tourist trap, Waikiki is so much fun to explore at night. It’s actually one of my favorite things to do at night! I love walking by the shops, walking on the beach (which really isn’t allowed), and seeing the street performers.
The last time I was there, an Middle Eastern dance troupe was running around. They were blasting their folk songs, dancing, and had a train of people following them! They were even dressed up in costume!
Also, every Friday night, there’s a fire work show at the Hilton!!!!