1. Watch the sunset at Sunset.
Located on the North Shore, packed with surfers, sunsets, and sea turtles...what could be better?
2. Hike the Kokohead stairs.
Quite possibly my favorite thing in all of Honolulu. This was the most grueling and strenuous hike I've ever done, but I loved every minute of it. Ok, maaaaybe not every minute, let's just say I was very happy to make it to the bottom...alive.
3. Get a Hula...pie!
Trust me when I say it's worth every penny and calorie. Hula Pie is a tourist favorite and can be found at Duke's in Waikiki.
4. Grill on the beach.
We did this at Waimanalo beach, however it may be a good idea to grill on a beach where you can watch the sunset, aka the North Shore, ironically located on the west side of the island.
5. Island hop.
(Preferably to Maui!) Prior to visiting Maui I heard great things about this island, in addition to The Big Island, which we decided was too big for the amount of time we had. Here's a few sites to see:
- Haleakala Crater (watch the sunrise, you'll need to wake up around 4am)
- Hana Highway
- Black sand beach
- Seven Sacred Pools
6. Visit Lanikai beach.
One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to. The Mokulua islands in the background make for the perfect photo shoot as exhibited above. :)
I hiked down to the tide pools by the Makapuu lighthouse, which was pretty neat. There's a lot of shimmy, shake, and balance involved but you should be alright. Wear good shoes and minimal clothing - gets pretty hot down there.
8. Be cheeky at Sandy's.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Hawaii...wear cheekys! I never thought I'd be one to expose my booty in such a way where I barely had tan lines due to the amount of coverage, or there lack of, that my bathing suit bottoms provided. However, it was quite liberating if I do say so myself and if you're a girl, I highly recommend investing in some cheekys. If you rock 'em at Sandy's beach or the North Shore, you'll fit right in! (This picture was actually at Lanikai).
9. See a waterfall.
...or 100. See as many waterfalls as possible. It's very Hawaiian. I liked Manoa Falls. There are also several hikes you can do once you get to the waterfall, which made it all the more enjoyable.
10. Visit the Kaneohe Bay sandbar.
Now, I'm not positive, but I think you have to be with someone of military relation to get in on the action at this sandbar, but if you have the chance, definitely take it. There's this random, (but huge), sandbar, literally in the middle of the ocean and on the weekends military personnel and all their friends gather here for some fun in the sun. Though, there's not a beach, if you get tired of the knee high water you can lay out on the boat. Pretty rad.