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8 Unique Things To Do In Oahu

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If you’re in Oahu, you’ll be tempted to just lounge on the beach and do nothing all day. That’s your prerogative, of course, but c’mon! You’re in Oahu! You can find several unique things to do in Oahu that you won’t be able to do anywhere else. So take full advantage of it, and try the following:

  1. Visit the Ka‘ena Point Natural Area Reserve. You’ll go through the Kaena Point trail with 2 route options. The Mokuleia route lets you travel along sand dunes and a raised limestone reef. The Waianae has high mountain cliffs, tide pools, and beaches along the way. They both end in the nature reserve where you’ll find whales, Hawaiian monk seals, beautiful plants, and albatross seabirds that look like ancient dinosaurs. 
  2. Check out the Honolulu Fish Auction. This is the only tuna auction held in the US. There’s also a short educational tour explaining in detail how the fish come from the ocean and into your dinner plate. 
  3. Ride an ATV through Lost and Jurassic Park territory. You can have an ATV tour through Kaaawa Valley. If the lush location seems familiar to you, that’s because the TV show Lost and the Jurassic Park movies were shot here. 
  4. Don’t forget the Polynesian Cultural Center. It’s unlikely that you will, since it’s regarded by most as the #1 tourist attraction in the whole state. A single day may not be enough for you to see everything in the 42-acre center. Here you can take canoe tours on the lagoon, and shop at a Polynesian marketplace with all manners of local items. You also get live shows featuring Samoan fire knife dancing! 
  5. Make a pilgrimage to the Punchbowl Crater. About 5 million visitors come here each year, so you’ll hardly be alone. The Punchbowl Crater is inside the Punchbowl National Memorial. So here you have a 360-foot extinct volcano offering a unique commemorative setting for American fallen heroes. 
  6. Brave the Makapu‘u tide pools. If you have the stones for it, you can try to cool down from the heat in this rocky inlet. You just need to be careful, as even during seemingly calm days you can get an unexpected strong wave. With the sharp lava rocks under your shoes, you can’t be careless here. 
  7. Climb Pele’s Chair. This is the famed rock formation on the South Shore, and you can try to climb if you’re experienced enough. But even newbies can enjoy the fresh air here, and it’s somewhat eerie. According to the stories, this is where the Goddess of Fire left Oahu for Hawaii Island. 
  8. Join in the Summer Obon Festival. This local community event is fun and colorful, and you don’t have to be a Buddhist to appreciate its charms. After all, here you can also enjoy delicacies like teri beef, stir-fry noodles, and deep-fried donuts. 

So don’t just stay in your room, and try to leave the beach once in a while. Do something that you can only do in Oahu—once you leave, the chance to do those things are gone! 

Top Hiking Spots In Hawaii (Oahu Island)

With its pristine beaches, picturesque seascapes, tropical foliage, jaw-dropping sceneries, and rugged landscape, Oahu Island in Hawaii is definitely an adventure seeker’s dream. The third largest Hawaiian island, it is also home to some of the best hiking spots in the world.

If you’re planning to visit this tropical paradise and go for the trek of a lifetime, the good news is there are so many trails you can do, with different levels of difficulty and varied views. Below are some of the Top Hiking Spots On Oahu that you shouldn’t miss, according to the level of difficulty:

Level: Easy

  • Lanikai Pillboxes Hike

Type: Ridge

Distance: 2-3 miles

Time Needed: 1 ½ hours

As one of the easiest hikes in the island, the Lanikai Pillboxes hike (or the Ka’iwa Ridge Trail) is rare because it gives you stunning views without making you work so hard for it. This is a short, kid-friendly hike that gives you some of the best views overlooking Lanikai Beach and the Mokes. You begin the hike in the residential neighborhood in Kailua, and while you can be done in an hour or so, you might stay longer for the views. 

Unique and Fun Hawaii Travel Ideas

Traveling to Hawaii and looking for exciting things to do? Well, for most people, spending a week or two in the Aloha State conjures up images of white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and unlimited piña coladas. But the truth is, these aren’t the only things that Hawaii has to offer. Here are some unique and interesting Hawaii travel ideas you can consider:

1. Race through the Pineapple Garden Maze in Wahiawa. This giant maze spans 2.5 miles of paths that weave through 2 acres filled with 14,000 native plants. There’s a pineapple shaped garden in the middle of the maze and it normally takes an hour for visitors to get to the finish. The current record holder completed the maze race in just 7 minutes.

2. Climb the Haiku stairs in Kaneohe. Dubbed the Stairway to Heaven, the climb will take you to the highest point in Oahu, with a total of 3,922 steps. Please take note however that the trail has been officially closed since 1987 although there are still hikers who simply ignore the No Trespassing signs and make the climb.