One of my most favorite places to visit in the U.S. is Hawaii…
Here a list of some of my favorite things to do on the island. I would say they are MUST DO’s and below is a small snipit with photos of my last visit there, March 2017.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Royal Pineapple Drink at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand near Kapiolani Park
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Waimea Falls Park
Pali Lookout Point
Diamond Head Volcano
Hanauma Bay snorkeling
My latest trip there:
I recently got back from Oahu, Hawaii with my close friend Ahmi. Since this was my 6th time here, I have a few favorite things I like to visit and do while on the island. I will share those with you. This was Ahmi’s FIRST time in Hawaii, so I wanted to make sure he got the full experience. Here you can see I made sure that he was welcomed with the traditional floral Lei.
From there we decided to check out the sites on Waikiki Beach…
After the beach it was time to check Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand for more drinks and watch the sunset from their balcony. Hula’s is my favorite bar to go to at sunset and enjoy a Mai Tai…
You can also learn how to dance like a native. Here is Ahmi learning how to hula…
After all that dancing and walking around visiting the different areas “islands” it was time for the big feast, The Luau! This is by far my favorite dining experience while in Hawaii. The Luau is a traditional family like experience filled with music, more dancing, food and a pig roasted in an earth oven. Don’t forget to try the poi, a staple in the Polynesian diet…
As the night closed it was time to say goodbye to the Polynesian Cultural Center and their students. Be sure to throw up your shaka with the famous bronze statue honoring the Founder of the Shaka, Hamana Kalili…
Ahmi REALLY enjoying that Dole Whip!
Ahmi trying to look a little slimmer after all that Dole Whip
The Pineapple Express
Other vegetation at the plantation
Garden waterfall at the plantation
Another must see is the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. A great learning experience about the Attack on Pearl Harbor and the Beginning of American Involvement in World War II…
Ahmi and I taking the boat trip out to the Arizona Memorial
The wall inside the Memorial honoring those that had fallen in the attack
Pali Lookout Point (Nuʻuanu Pali)
Pali Lookout Point, viewing the wayward valley and coast of Oahu
On our final day, I booked another Luau, as a island send-off and romantic closure to our trip. My absolute favorite of the island is one offered by Germaine’s Luau, the Original Backyard-style family luau–right on the beach! They offer hotel pick-ups at various locations. This is also must-do…
Ahmi watching the dance during dinner
Ahmi and I at dinner
Thank you for viewing my trip to Oahu, Hawaii. There is still plenty more to do on the island. I have just shared with you a few of my favorites. I hope you will try them when you go. Hawaii is truly The Gem of the United States! Let me know where you have been and what are your favorite spots and things to do.