Mahalo, O'ahu

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There's no better way to kick off the end of summer with a trip to HAWAII. Back in March, Ian and I scored an amazing deal to the beautiful island of O'ahu and in early September, we finally got to go! It was my first time in Hawaii and Ian's first time on this island, and it's safe to say that we fell in love with O'ahu.

I haven't traveled internationally just yet, but as of right now, O'ahu is definitely home to some of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. I was in love with the greenery and the gorgeous white sand beaches.

It was definitely my favorite vacation of all time, and it was the hardest goodbye compared to the rest of the trips I have been on. I have never felt so heartbroken having to leave a new place but I have no doubts that I will return to Hawaii soon. Thank you for the most beautiful memories O’ahu!

I've curated a list of the things we did and the spots we ate at. Let me know if you get a chance to use this list!

FOOD & DRINKS

  • Tamura’s Poke - My favorite poke on the island!

  • Shirokiya Japan Village Walk - A huge food court for Japanese food! Loved this spot.

  • Hau Tree Lanai

  • Ono Seafood

  • Leonard’s - Worth the hype. Eat it right away while it’s warm! Thank you Ate Tiff for the tip!

  • Rainbow Drive In

  • Island Vintage Shave Ice

  • Hawaii Sushi - A cute little hole in the wall with amazing, fresh and cheap sushi!

  • Bubbies

  • Dokkaebi

  • Izakaya Kai

  • Kokoro Cafe

  • Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

  • Musubi Cafe Iyasume

  • Foodland

  • Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

  • Da Cove Health Bar

  • Modo Donuts

SIGHTSEEING & PLACES

  • Ala Moana Center

  • Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden - One of my most favorite views full of lush greenery. A must-see.

  • Waikiki Beach Walk

  • China Wall

  • Halona Blowhole

  • Makapu’u Lookout

  • Waimanalo Beach

  • Hanauma Bay - The spot everyone goes snorkeling at!

  • Dole Plantation - A great stop for so many souvenirs plus dole whip!

  • Laniakea Beach - Come and see the sea turtles sunbathing on the sand.

  • Shark’s Cove - Super beginner friendly spot to go snorkel and see fish!

  • Yokohama Bay - My absolute favorite beach. White sand for daaays. The most gorgeous views with pretty intense waves.

  • Aulani Resort

  • Kahala Beach