Hawaii is a breathtaking island, with so much to offer! The Hawaiian culture will engulf you and make you never want to leave. While on vacation in September of 2017, I was able to explore the island of Oahu with my family and friends! I believe these are 6 must do's when visiting Oahu!
1. Diamond Head Crater Trail
Although it’s only a 0.7-mile hike, it’s most definitely intense. It’ll take about an hour to reach the summit, and about 30 min. to head back down the mountain. There’s a trail with the mountain on one side and a railing on the other. You know you’re almost at the top when you reach the 99-step climb. These steps not only lead you to the summit, but also to a World War II bunker. From there, you’ll be able to view the impressive panoramic scene of Oahu. I love going on trails and hiking while on vacation because not only is it a workout, but you also get to see beautiful views and more!
2. The Polynesian Cultural Center
Attending a Luau is a MUST when you visit Hawaii, however, I strongly recommend you attend that Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center! This was one of the highlights of my trip because it was a full day event (from noon to 9 p.m.) learning the cultures of the various islands of Hawaii. We also enjoyed classes making fishes from leaves, the meaning behind a lei; the culture of the Samoans, Tahitians, Hawaiians, Tongans and more! The event is all day, so they provide dinner allowing you to eat traditional Hawaiian foods while enjoying more performances from the Polynesian Cultural staff. The finale was an amazing show, combining the history of all of the cultures!
[featured photo: My mother and I standing in front of the entrance of the Polynesian Cultural Center!]
3. Pearl Harbor Historic Sites
The tour of Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, included viewing the USS Arizona and other ships that were lost at sea that day, and touring the iconic USS Missouri. This tour was full of knowledge, but very touching. I learned a lot that day about our history, and actually being there and witnessing it, gives you a completely different perspective versus learning it in the classroom. I think everyone should visit this site to learn about what really happened during the invasion of Pearl Harbor and to pay your respects to those men who gave their lives to protect ours.
4. Dole Plantation
After viewing so many historical sites, it’s nice to visit a place that’s laid back and offers pineapple galore! The Dole Plantation is a huge farm and tourist site, to purchase and see any/everything pineapple. There is a maze, a gift shop, train ride and more! We took the train ride through the farm and learned a little about the history of Dole, while viewing all the agriculture!
5. Flea Market at the Aloha Stadium
The flea market at the Aloha Stadium is held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday! It’s the perfect place to get souvenirs and just things in general because it’s super affordable, great quality and tax free!
6. Go to the North Shore – Waimea Bay Beach Park
The north shore has many beaches that have HUGE waves! You’ll enjoy seeing the skills of the many surfers on the north shore.
Hope you enjoyed my suggestions and when you visit Hawaii will have the chance to check out these places!
This article is featured from travel blog, Beach Love Peace (www.beachlovepeace.com), and reproduced with permission.