If there’s one take-home point that I want you to put in your back pocket it’s this: you MUST visit Hawaii. Friends, you will see waterfalls that leave you speechless, experience beaches that induce heavenward nostalgia, and hike trails that end in the most memorable & picturesque scenery. Book your trip. WHEN you do, revisit my list of insanely beautiful things to do. We visited Oahu & Maui, so I’ll break down our list into two blog posts. I’ll start with Oahu:
Pearl Harbor- This is a must see. Also touristy, you have to line up around 7 am if you want tickets for that day. We tried 3 different times to try to see the USS Arizona, and finally succeeded on our 3rd try! Tickets are free for the 75-minute experience that includes an informative movie and boat ride to the actual memorial. A tear-jerking experience that leaves you with great appreciation for our nation, military, and men who lost their lives on that day in 1941.
Dole Plantation- If you would like to see how a pineapple grows and would like to experience every pineapple treat imaginable, check this place out. It is definitely touristy, and not quite a must-see (in my opinion). The train ride is cute, and the little ones loved it. I also thoroughly enjoyed my gallon of fresh-squeezed pineapple juice even though I got laughed at as I ordered it. haha. They also have a garden that you can explore as well as a gigantic maze to peruse, but you need to pay for each attraction individually, so we only did the train ride. Again, not #1 on my list of things to do.
Waimea Bay/Waimea Rock- This is a great beach on the north shore. Somewhat small and the parking isn’t great, so get there early. The rock is super fun (if you’re brave enough!). You can jump off at different height levels despite the sign out front advising beach-goers against it. This beach is not very touristy, so bring an umbrella if you want shade. You can not rent one here. Shade was a must for our 4-month-old, so we ended up with a make-shift tent for her. Local vendors can park out in the lot, and I got lucky enough to find a truck serving cold coconuts and fresh fruit smoothies on our way out! Noms!