Even living in a sunny, vacation destination like Los Angeles, we sometimes need to get away to somewhere even more relaxing: Hawaii! For this last trip, I snuck off to the island of Oahu.
/ L E I S U R E /
What better way to travel around the Island than packing your CalPak luggage and tossing it into the back of your convertible for some adventure? While Hawaii is known for their relaxing beaches, there are also tons of other activities to take part in like hiking, kayaking, shopping, and eating!
Waikiki beach is famous around the globe and offers lots of mainstream shopping and lounging. I prefer to indulge a little more into the Island life and lay out and watch the surfers at Sunset Beach on the North Shore or swim with turtles at Lanikai Beach on the East. Lanikai is also one of my favorite kayaking locations as you can kayak out to some close islands!
Most people who visit hike Diamond Head which, as the most popular hike on Oahu, offers really beautiful views and is an easy-moderate hike. I also love the Lanikai Pillbox Hike which offers a gorgeous view of the ocean and is more of a moderate hike and is less crowded. If you want to go for more of a rainforest hike instead of ocean, Manoa Falls is a beautiful hike right through the rainforest and straight to a beautiful waterfall! They filmed parts of Jurassic Park along this trail.
/ F O O D /
As a huge foodie (and food blogger), I am obsessed with eating good, local food while traveling. My absolute favorite place to eat on Oahu is easily Ono Seafood. It’s a tiny spot, but they offer the most amazing poke I’ve ever had in my life.
• B R E A K F A S T •
One of my favorite dishes for breakfast is at Cinnamon’s. Their pancakes are killer and my favorite is their guava chiffon pancakes. Hawaii is also famous for their malasadas (based on the Portuguese dessert which are like donuts), so I always stop by Leonard’s Bakery for some fresh malasadas stuffed with dobash (chocolate), haupia (coconut), and custard.
• L U N C H & D I N N E R •
If you are into musubi, especially spam musubi, stop by Musubi Cafe Iyasume where they have a huge variety (my favorite is their spam/egg/avocado/bacon musubi).
On the North Shore, I stop by my favorite shrimp Truck: Fumi’s Kahuku Shrimp Truck. It’s like a food truck but permanent and they offer a variety of seafood which includes garlic shrimp, which is famous in Hawaii.
Marukame Udon is a famous udon noodle shop that almost always has a long line but is completely worth the wait. And if you are looking for something fancy, head to Alan Wong’s for a nice dinner where you can get a butter flight (yes, a butter flight - all made at local dairies) to some amazing seafood.
• D E S S E R T •
For something sweet, head to Matsumoto’s Shave Ice which is one of the most popular Hawaiian desserts. They offer fun flavors from watermelon or strawberry to green tea and azuki.
For ice cream, I love Lappert’s which offers Hawaii-only ice cream flavors like their Kaua’i Pie (kona coffee base, coconut flakes, dark chocolate fudge, macadamia nuts, and vanilla cake crunch).
• F O O D A D V E N T U R E S •
For something a little more interactive than just eating at a restaurant, there are a couple of places to stop by. At Green World Coffee Farm, you can snag a cup of freshly brewed coffee, walk along their coffee garden to see the coffee trees and berries, and see how coffee is processed inside.
Just down the street from there is the Dole Pineapple Plantation. This place is basically the Disneyland of pineapples. You can see pineapples and how they grow, take a cute train around the plantation, and also feast on all the pineapple goodies, like their famous Dole Whip!
Hawaii is such a perfect location for someone seeking both relaxation and adventure. Thank you CalPak for outfitting me with some great luggage to help keep me in style and also rugged enough to last through some crazy activities for the week!