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We have met with a few locals to provide the best recommendations on the island!

Lanikai Beach

Kailua, HI 96734

Category: Beaches Area: Kailua Note from the locals: Bluest water and calmest surf. There are islands called the mok’s that you can rent a kayak and paddle to. You will see turtles and other sea life along the way. If you’re lucky, a monk seal likes to hang at the Mok’s. You can also snorkel to an island about a half a mile swim away. You are guaranteed to see turtles. ALSO there’s a hike called Lanikai Pillbox, really great sunrise hike that overlooks the beach.

Waikīkī Beach

Honolulu, HI 96815

Category: Beach Note from the locals: A tourist beach but for a good reason. You have access to shops, bars, and restaurants—one of the most popular beaches on island.

Waimea Bay Beach

North Shore, HI 96712

Category: Beach Note from the locals: Great spot to see the north shore and still have your own “private beach”. Parking is limited, so try to get there early. This is a great place to watch big waves when conditions are right.

Ko Olina Beach

HI 96707

Category: Beach Note from the locals: Home to the Disney resort and 4 seasons. Most people don’t know they are public and there is limited parking— super chill vibe and few people.

Banzai Pipeline

59-355 Ke Nui Road, Haleiwa, HI 96712

Category: Beach Note from the locals: A surfing competition is held here every year - The pipeline masters. This is one of the most popular surfing comps in the world. Worth seeing.

Waimanalo Beach

Waimanalo Beach, HI

Category: Beach Note from the locals: Favorite beach on the island. A local beach that still offers the same blue water Lanikai has but fewer tourists. Plus, you get a sweet mountain view in the background

Kaena Point

HI 96763

Category: Beach Note from the locals: WAY over on the Northwest side of the island. Can truly find your own beach here. Usually seals and turtles are around!

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

66-472 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712

Category: Lunch Theme: Seafood/Shrimp Area: Haleiwa

Ted's Bakery

59-024 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712

Category: Lunch Theme: Plate lunches and great pie Area: North Shore

Han no Daidokoro

1108 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814

Category: Dinner Theme: Korean/Japanese BBQ Area: Kakaako Price: $$$$

Ono Seafood/ Poke Bowl Patrol

501 Kealahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96825

Category: Lunch Theme: Poke (Best Poke on the island, get the Spicy Ahi! Area: Honolulu

Haleiwa Joe's Haiku Gardens

46-336 Haiku Road, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Category: Dinner Theme: Hawaiian Food Area: Kanaohe Price: $$$ Note: Kaneohe Location, the one in Haleiwa is not as good

Poke for the People

66-528 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712

Category: Lunch Theme: Poke Area: Haleiwa Note from the locals: Second best poke on the island!

Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant

510 Piikoi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814

Category: Dinner Theme: Japanese - Best Hotpot on the Island! Area: Pear City Price: $$

The Pig and The Lady

83 North King Street, Honolulu, HI 96817

Category: Dinner Theme: Vietnamese, best Pho on the Island Area: Chinatown Price: $$

Helena's Hawaiian Food

1240 North School Street, Honolulu, HI 96817

Category: Dinner Theme: Hawaiian Area: Honolulu Price: $$

Marugame Udon

2310 Kūhiō Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Category: Dinner Theme: Udon/Ramen Area: Honolulu Price: $

Dillingham Air Field (HDH)

69-415 Farrington Highway, Waialua, HI 96791

Category: Must do activities What: Skydive/Glide at Dillingham Airfield

Kualoa Ranch

Kaneohe, HI 96744

Category: Must do activities! What: Jurassic Park Tour Note: This is our venue!

Dole Plantation

64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa, HI 96786

Category: Must Do Activities! What: Get the Dole Whip and skip the paid tours, can be a short stop when heading up to North Shore

Green World Coffee Farm

71-101 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa, HI 96786

Category: Must Do Activities! What: Cute coffee farm and a great mid-day stop

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818

Category: Must Do Activities What: Memorial + Historical Site Visit

Ala Moana Center

1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814

Category: Must Do Activities What: High-end outdoor mall

Waikīkī Beach

Honolulu, HI 96815

Category: Must Do Activities What: Surfing lessons at Waikiki Beach! Note: Plethora of vendors and people that will take you out and the surf is perfect for beginners!

Hanauma Bay

HI 96825

Category: Must Do Activities What: Snorkle Notes: It’s a nature preserve and protected by very shallow water - no need to fear sharks!

China Walls

Hanapepe Place, Honolulu, HI 96825

Category: Best Sunset Spots Notes: Saw a green flash there a few months ago. Also has a 15-foot cliff everyone jumps off of!

Overlook Shelter

Nutridge Street, Honolulu, HI 96822

Category: Best Sunset Spots Notes: Overlooks the city at sunset, arguably the second-best spot on the island!

Sunset Beach Park

Pupukea, HI 96712

Category: Best Sunset Spots Notes: Really hard to beat this spot!

Crouching Lion Hike

51-676 Kamehameha Highway, Kaaawa, HI 96730

Category: Hikes Notes from the locals: Pretty intense hike, but personally, my favorite hike by far. Takes you up a mountain ridge and is relatively short. 2 - 3 miles depending on how far you go

Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail

Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail, Waimanalo, HI 96795

Category: Hikes Notes: Paved hike, can bring the whole family. Great views and a spot where you can climb down to the water and see blowholes. Not that long and not that challenging. 2.5 Miles.

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

265 Kaelepulu Drive, Kailua, HI 96734

Category: Best Hikes Note: A must do for sunrise. Takes you up to pillboxes that overlook the Mok islands. 1 mile!

Mānoa Falls Trail

Na Ala Hele, Honolulu, HI 96822

Category: Best Hikes Notes: A green hike that takes you back into a waterfall. Not challenging at all but make sure you have some rain gear because it tends to rain back in Manoa quite a bit.