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This is a guide from a person who enjoys simple things but also enjoys to splurge every once in a while. Its purpose is to share my personal thoughts about the popular attractions and the little known ones on Oahu. Don't claim to be an expert -- I just know what I have fun doing.

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  • Nature Lover

16 Places

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16 Places

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

Restaurants

Tamura Super Market

Restaurants

Uncle's Fish Market & Grill

Restaurants

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water

Leonard's Bakery

Restaurants

Buho Cocina y Cantina

Restaurants

Hula Grill Waikiki

Restaurants

Diamond Head State Monument

Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails

Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Waikiki Beach

Beaches

Chinatown

Neighbourhoods

Waimea Bay

Bodies of Water

Banzai Pipeline

Beaches, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Reefs

Aloha Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

Halona Blowhole

Geologic Formations

Sharks Cove

Beaches

hmmbirdpat's City Tips

  • Learn to try "off the beaten path" and enjoy the island among the locals.
  • Pack a lunch when you go to the beach or driving around the island, it is much cheaper. Or, stop at the local markets and eat from their deli section. Some are very interesting.
  • Save money buying gifts to take home to others by shopping at the local supermarket or Walmart or the "big box".. They carry the most of the brands you will find in the botiques.
  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fast food, Hawaiian)
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is just a tradition and a must do to make every trip to Oahu complete. The Garlic Shrimp are delicious and the day's excursion driving up through Haliewa and snorkeling at Turtle Bay is just one of my favorite days on the island. I always visit the local vendor's shops which are close to the truck. I have met some nice and interesting people while eating here.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The spicy shrimp is REALLY hot. A little too hot for my taste buds.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #187 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really bad 18/10/2018
    • Loved this!! 17/10/2018
    • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Address:
    56-505 Kamehameha Hwy
    Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731-2202
    Phone:
    +1 808-293-1839
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Other:
  • Tamura Super Market
    Restaurants
    hmmbirdpat Says:

    This super market has a great service deli that gives a chance to eat like a local. Whenever I've gone here I'm not sure what half of the food items are, but I watch what the locals are ordering and I do the same. I enjoy tasting different foods and this is a chance to do just that. The wait staff are very friendly and helpful as are most of the customers waiting in line. The food is placed in containers and then I find a nice table on a local beach and enjoy my lunch watching the waves. This is a no frills meal, but it is always delicious and fun.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your time to watch what others are ordering and to look at all the dishes displayed. Then take your number and order up.
    • Add an item from the bakery for dessert!!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #431 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Better and better 01/10/2018
    • Just a stop for your need 19/09/2018
    • Tamura Super Market
    Address:
    86-032 Farrington Hwy
    Waianae, Hawaii
    Waianae, Oahu, HI 96792-3099
    Phone:
    +1 808-696-3321
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    7:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Uncle's Fish Market & Grill
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Hawaiian)
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    As soon as I am off the plane and in my rental car, I head to Uncle's Fish Market & Grill for lunch. The food here is "out of sight". I have not had a bad selection from the menu either for lunch or dinner. Everyone I take here loves the food. It is a wonderful start to vacationing on the island.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take your time to peruse the menu. Try something different.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great local, fresh seafood 17/10/2018
    • Yummy 17/10/2018
    • Uncle's Fish Market & Grill
    Address:
    1135 N Nimitz Hwy
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4522
    Phone:
    +1 808-275-0063
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Other:
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
    Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    If you want to snorkel and see fish, then Hanauma Bay is the place to go. I have seen more beautiful fish and turtles in Hanauma Bay than I have on any of the four snorkeling trips I have participated in in the Caribbean. Yes, there is an admission fee, but it is well worth the admission fee to have such a lovely, clean beach, showers and restroons. Not to mention the added safety of lifeguards.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you bring your own food, make sure that you pack it well because the mongoose will help themselves, especially if you sit near the fence.
    • Observe the rule of not walking or standing on the reef. Treat the reef with respect -- it is home to the sea creatures!!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful but filled with tourists that just don't listen. 22/10/2018
    • Not what she used to be :( 22/10/2018
    • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
    Phone:
    +1 808-396-4229
    Other:
  • Leonard's Bakery
    Restaurants (American, Portuguese, Hawaiian)
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    The small parking lot is always full and there is a line inside but the wait is well worth it. Have only visited Leonard's once, but I can assure you that I will visit on every future trip. The bakery items here are unbelievable. I can't wait to try everything.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Plan your approach because Kapahulu is a one-way street north in the vicinity of Leonard's and you want to be on the east side of the street to pull into Leonard's parking lot.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hot and sweet 22/10/2018
    • Very good 22/10/2018
    • Leonard's Bakery
    Address:
    933 Kapahulu Ave
    Kalanianaole Hwy/Lunalilo Home Road Intersection96825
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1434
    Phone:
    +1 808-737-5591
    Price range:
    USD 1 - USD 20
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    5:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    5:30 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
  • Buho Cocina y Cantina
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Bar, Central American, Contemporary)
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Buho's was recommended to me by one of the staff at the condo I was staying last October. He indicated it was a new restaurant that he thought had a great deal of potential. Well, I along with my Nephew and his wife tried it during our stay and it was very impressive. It was not busy when we visited which made it quite nice for us to enjoy talking with our waiter and spending time to look at the menu and seek his recommendations. The food presentation was beautiful and the servings were very generous. The taste of the food was outstanding. I have only visited this one time, but you can be sure when I return this year in September Buho's will definitely be on my list of places to eat. I will not be one bit surprised if it has become a very popular place to eat. It is not cheap but the price is fair. The atmosphere is casual.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Buho's does not have a big presence on Kalakaua Boulevard. Elevator doors located next to Victoria's Secrets. As questions about the menu so you know what you are getting.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #347 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    • Great fun on Taco Tuesday 22/10/2018
    • Good foodlet down a bit by service 21/10/2018
    • Buho Cocina y Cantina
    Address:
    2250 Kalakaua Ave
    Rooftop
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2542
    Phone:
    +1 808-922-2846
    Price range:
    USD 8 - USD 28
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    11:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Fri - Sat
    11:00 am - 1:00 am
    Other:
  • Hula Grill Waikiki
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    I had often viewed the Hula Grill Waikiki balcony from the beach and thought what a nice view it must have for dining. I have eaten dinner here twice now and have enjoyed the food both times. The menu provides many selections and the food is prepared beautifully and it tastes delicious also. Naturally, a table by the rail is the coveted place to be, but really any table in the restaurant has a beautiful view. The wait staff were very friendly and helpful both times I ate here and they seemed to enjoy their work. I did really did not notice any employees who did not have a smile on their face. It was a pleasure to eat here.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Plan for an early dinner time if you want to try for a table at the railing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 2,975 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect location for a meal 22/10/2018
    • Exceptional 21/10/2018
    • Hula Grill Waikiki
    Address:
    2335 Kalakaua Ave
    Ste 203, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2941
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-4852
    Price range:
    USD 20 - USD 40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:30 am - 10:00 pm
    Other:
  • Diamond Head State Monument
    Scenic Walking Areas, Hiking Trails
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    This was a great morning hike. The views from various locations on the way up the trail are wonderful and the views from the top are spectacular. Don't think that this is a "walk in the park." It is a serious trek up the trail and the trail is not a level, paved walkway. It is a maintained trail but there are several areas where footing is uneven and there are many stairs to climb if you want to make it to the top. There are also many areas where you can stop to rest, but recognize your limits and don't try to make it to the top if you unsure. If you are used to walking and exercising it will be a piece of cake -- if not -- do what you can and call it quits when the going gets to tuff.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Use common sense in hiking this trail. Remember you need to get back down to the bottom. Hike in cooler morning hours.Take water. Hike at your own pace. Let faster hikers pass.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing views! 22/10/2018
    • So worth it! 22/10/2018
    • Diamond Head State Monument
    Address:
    18th Ave.
    Waikiki
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Phone:
    +1 808-587-0300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    6:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Other:
  • Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    What a beautiful garden. I have visited Hoomaluhia three times now and each time has been a rewarding trip to get somewhat of a feeling for how incredibly beautiful the islands were many years ago before all the buildings and cars. I will never grow tired or cease to be amazed by the majestic mountains that provide the backdrop for this area. Don't hurry through the gardens. If you can't visit every section, take the time to really explore through a couple of areas and come back another time to spend in different sections. Enjoy the tranquility. Enjoy the birds and other creatures of the garden. Enjoy the spirit of Hawaii.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Park your car in the lots at each section and explore. The main road ends and there is no exit. You need to backtrack and exit through the main entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Kaneohe
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tropical Nature at It's Best! 09/10/2018
    • Nice 13/09/2018
    • Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    45-680 Luluku Rd
    Kaneohe, Oahu, HI 96744-1855
    Phone:
    +1 808-233-7323
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
  • Waikiki Beach
    Beaches
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Waikiki Beach is just a fun place to visit. Sure, it is crowded, but there is plenty of room on the beach and the swimming is fun and relaxing. People watching is one of my favorite things to do at Waikiki. And don't be surprised if you have a turtle join you during your swim.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • It is very enticing to keep walking out into the water because the shore is so shallow in many areas. Just remember that you have to get back to the shore.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not the best on Oahu 22/10/2018
    • Beach is nice 22/10/2018
    • Waikiki Beach
    Address:
    Kalakaua Avenuue
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    Other:
  • Chinatown
    Neighbourhoods
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Chinatown, as I feel in most cities, is a fun location to explore at least once. There are some wonderful "lei stores" where you can purchase beautiful leis for much less than you can in Waikiki. The food available from the many stands and restaurants is always fun and interesting to explore and the bakeries are fantastic. If you aren't interested in goods from China, then Chinatown is not for you. Some areas are not the ideal of cleanliness.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Some of the lei stores also have "marked down" leis that are cheap. They might not be fresh that day, but if you only plan to wear it for one or two evenings, they are a steal.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #136 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    • Different and strange 15/10/2018
    • So gross. Please avoid. Don’t waste your holiday time. 06/10/2018
    • Chinatown
    Address:
    100 N Beretania St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4712
    Phone:
    +1 808-521-3826
    Other:
  • Waimea Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Waimea Bay Beach Park is one of my favorite stops driving up the North Shore of Oahu. I have not visited the Bay during the winter months so it has always been very calm wave activity. I have enjoyed watching the youngsters jumping from the rocks into the ocean and also have had some wonderful conversations with fishermen along the shore. This is a very clean and picturesque bay and I love the "shoe tree".

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Parking lot can be crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Haleiwa
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • My favorite beach 22/10/2018
    • Rugged coast with beautiful beaches 20/10/2018
    • Waimea Bay
    Address:
    Kamehameha Hwy
    Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1304
    Other:
  • Banzai Pipeline
    Beaches, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Reefs
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    The Pipeline is a "must stop" on the drive up the north shore. It is always fun to watch the surfers and enjoy the beauty of the ocean. I have never gone swimming at the pipeline but it is a spectacular beach for surfing.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Pupukea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Bucket List Ticked off 17/10/2018
    • Surfer watching!! 28/08/2018
    • Banzai Pipeline
    Address:
    Sunset Beach Park
    Pupukea, Oahu, HI
  • Aloha Stadium
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Aloha Stadium Swap Meet is a great place to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon. he variety of vendors is incredible and the variety of merchandise is unbelievable. I used to really enjoy shopping in the International Market Place in Waikiki, but now that one of the swanky stores has replaced that, the Aloha Stadium is my favorite place to shop for those inexpensive souvenirs and gifts. I have found many of the vendors from the IMP are now selling at the Stadium.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 274 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Swap meet 16/10/2018
    • Impressive considering what it is used for 13/10/2018
    • Aloha Stadium
    Address:
    99-500 Salt Lake Blvd
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96701-3770
    Phone:
    +1 808-483-2500
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:45 am - 4:30 pm
    Other:
  • Halona Blowhole
    Geologic Formations
    See more photos
    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Always a beautiful location to stop and hopefully see the blowhole spouting it's stuff. This is a truly breathtaking section of Oahu's eastern shore. Parking is available and if you are adventurous you can even climb down to Halona Beach and stand on the shore where the famous "beach scene) from From Here to Eternity was filmed.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 497 things to do in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Cool place to spend a little time 21/10/2018
    • Worth the stop 21/10/2018
    • Halona Blowhole
    Address:
    Kalanianole Highway
    Oahu, HI 96825
    Phone:
    +1 808-464-0840
    Other:
  • Sharks Cove
    Beaches
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    hmmbirdpat Says:

    Another beautiful stop on a drive up the North Shore. Good snorkeling when conditions are right. Also lots of shallow tidal areas to explore.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear water shoes because the walk to the water is extremely rocky.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Pupukea
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Happy days 19/10/2018
    • Snorkeling in North Shore 16/10/2018
    • Sharks Cove
    Address:
    59-711 Kamehameha Hwy
    between Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline
    Pupukea, Oahu, HI 96712-9404
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