2 April 2009
1. Hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse
Its not a difficult hike, but the views are stunning, and there is a possibility of seeing humpback whales (check out Hike to the Makapu’u Lighthouse).
2. Kailua Beach
Great beach to relax on, swim, and have a picnic.
3. North Shore
World class surfing, great places to swim, and some good snorkeling, all found on the North Shore.
4. Climb Koko Head Crater
Great exercise and great views of the island (check out Koko Head Crater Hike).
5. Shave Ice
Whether it be Waiola or Matsumoto, one must indulge in shave ice.
6. Eat Plate Lunches
Popular take away plastic containers of local style food, usually consisting of a meat such as bbq beef or chicken katsu, with 1 scoop of macaroni salad and 2 scoops of rice.
7. Pali Lookout
Drive the Pali highway to the lookout and enjoy the cool blowing breeze and excellent views.
8. Sandy Beach
Get torn up by the choppy water and waves breaking into the sand. Great place to body board or body surf.
9. Drive around the Island
It only takes a couple hours, yet it can be spread out to take a whole day with various stops along the way.
Tourism central can be a great place to shop, eat, and just look at the gobs of random tourists. It’s also a great place to stay as some of the island’s most popular resorts are located here (check out the Hilton Grand Waikikian, a timeshare resort).
11. Ala Moana Center
A huge open air mall that has hundreds of stores and one of the more extraordinary food courts I’ve ever seen, Makai Market. It can take hours just to decide what to order.