MUST DO’s of OAHU

MUST DO'S FO OAHUToday Bruce and I shoot the shit about what’s been going on in Hawaii this week, CRAZY ASS VIDEOS, WWH TOURS, Tipping in Hawaii as well as your Guides and other venting and nonsense…We next cover all the great Q & A we got from our members, fans, friends and Ohana. We cover best Sunset and Sunrises on Oahu…People living in the rainforests and woods along with the homeless situation. What kind of income you need to make it in Hawaii and on Oahu. Fishing in Hawaii…Gambling in Hawaii…Hiking, snorkeling…Laws on smoking, alcohol, seatbelts and speed limits…The Best Hawaiian Plate lunches in Waikiki, where to get Hawaiian Coffee and other local items shipped to your home around the world and the issues concerning Hawaii and where they are getting their energy.

KAYAKING OAHUNow we jump into the MUST DO’S while on OAHU…First up is: KAYAKING: One of the first places people think of is Kayaking to the Mokes in Lanikai, to Chinaman’s Hat or even the Kaneohe Sandbar…each one is more extreme…There are many Kayak rental spots on Oahu, too many to count….The most famous located in Kailua near the Mokes of Lanikai: KAILUA SAILBOARDS & KAYAKS INC.

SWIM WITH DOLPHINSSWIM WITH DOLPHINS: on the WEST SIDE…DO NOT visit or give your money to locations that house Captive Dolphins who are brought in from outside Hawaii. The parks who house Dolphins house Atlantic Bottle nose Dolphins, like Sea Life Park and Dolphin Quest at the Kahala Resort…NOT HAWAIIAN Spinner Dolphins. So you have DOLPHIN EXCURSIONS and EO WAIANAE TOURS. Also you can see them freely out at Electric Beach and POIKAI Bay, West Side.

CAGE DIVE WITH SHARKSCAGE DIVE WIH SHARKS: There is one Shark Cage dive we recommend only: NORTH SHORE SHARK ADVENTURES. Remember, take the meds and chew on Ginger root…It could be a bumpy ride out there till you get in the water!

 

 

 

SURFGO SKYDIVING: with “SKYDIVE HAWAII” on the far North Shore. GO HORSEBACK RIDING: at Kualoa Ranch on the 2 hour Kaaawa Valley Tour.

TAKE A SURF or PADDLE BOARD LESSON: in WAIKIKI or find a private surf Tour that will take you out to Kuilei cliffs at diamond head or to Haleiwa Town on the North Shore. You can hit up John at YOLO SURF which is a very private locally run business who doesn’t advertise much, but I am pushing them to do so and Bruce will be offering their surf and paddle board lessons soon on the North Shore. Also Uncle Bryan at SURFNORTHSHORE.COM or hit up Sunset Suzy at SUNSETSUZY.COM…As for Surf lessons in Waikiki…just step onto the beach…there are a million to choose from.

FISHINGGO DEEP SEA FISHING: (if you have a little money to spend) or KAYAK FISHING: (if you want to do it old Hawaiian style, in a more raw and much cheaper way)…There are many Boat and Kayaking tours that do fishing tours on Oahu.You can head up NORTH SHORE FISHING ADVENTURES which has a NO CATCH NO CHARGE Policy or go on a top notch fishing Charter with Capt. MICK at KANALOA SPORT FISHING where he’ll bring your catch back to his beach house on Pipeline and cook the catch for you with some beers. If interested in Kayak fishing you can do it with Isaac of AQUAHUNTERS ON the WEST SIDE or with David of Coastal Kayak Tours on the EAST SIDE.

LUAUGO TO A LUAU: Either CHIEFS LUAU or PARADISE COVE…also if you want an alternative a Hawaiian show called “HA” Breath of life which gives into the life of a Hawaiian family.

 

 

 

KAENA POINTTAKE AN OFF ROAD ADVENTURE out to KA’ENA POINT: Rent a 4 door Jeep (STAY ON THE MAIN ROAD or DESIGNATED Fishing areas, but NEVER drive over native plants or go off the main paths. At the end you will park and walk to the point where you will see the West and North shide of the island and many local species such as Hawaiian Birds like the Albatross, Monk Seals and Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

Go to TROPICAL FARMS: located in Kualoa…Here they grow local Hawaiian coffee and Mac nuts… you can these great produce and many other locally grown products not found anywhere else. I buy all my coffee and nuts here…the GEM…Coconut Peanut Butter!!!

SNORKELINGGO SNORKELING: You have the top places on Oahu: For overall sea life:
HANAUMA BAY, KUILIMA COVE, SHARKS COVE, THREE TABLES, and ELECTRIC BEACH (advanced). For swimming with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles: KAIONA BEACH, LANIAKEA BEACH, ALI’I BEACH and PAPA’ILOA BEACH (Lost beach, Police Beach)

 

GO HIKINGGO HIKING: if you want to choose from HIKES and 3 WATERFALLS: Hikes would be: KULIOUOU RIDGE, LANIKAI PILLBIOX TRAIL and KOKO CRATER. Waterfall Hikes would be: HAMAMA FALLS, LIKEKE FALLS and WAIMANO FALLS.

 

HAWAIIAN PLATE LUNCHGET A HAWAIIAN PLATE LUNCH: at either ONO HAWAIIAN FOODS or RAINBOW DRIVE-IN both in WAIKIKI.

The LOCO MOCO or TERI BEEF, BBQ CHICHEN or GRALIC AHI with 2 scoops rice and Hawaiian Mac Salad.

 

 

 

 

HAWAIIAN SHAVE ICEGET A HAWAIIAN SHAVED ICE: There are many on the North Shore, but my favorite is THE ALOHA GENERAL STORE and get it with VANILLA ICE CREAM on the bottom with ICING on top (condensed Milk)

 

 

KONA BEERGO TO THE KONA BREWING COMPANY: and try LOCAL FRESH BREWED BEERS and PIZZA.

GO CAMPING: either at HO’OMALUHIA GARDENS, MALAEKAHANA, BELLOWS BEACH or CAMP MOKULE’IA

 

 

SHRIMP TRUCKHIT UP A SHIRMP TRUCK: on the North Shore: THE SHRIMP SHACK which is the first on the Far East side before La’ie Point, where the North Shore starts (My Fav) or, GIOVANNI’S and MACKY’S. Taking the Senic route from East side to the North Shore is best, don’t forget…Skip H1 to H2…you can see the Highway on the way home!

 

 

 

 

WHALE WATCHWHALE WATCH in WINTER with: CAPT DON and THE SAILING CAT, HO’O NANEA…sailingcat.com

 

 

 

 

SUNSET CRUISETAKE A SUNSET CRUISE: off Waikiki with either; WAIKIKI RIGGER CATAMARAN SUNSET CRUISE or THE NA HOKU II CATAMARAN SUNSET CRUISE

Go to the ALOHA STADIUM SWAP MEET: for the best deals and finds on Ohau for cheap.

 

HAWAIIAN ACAI BOWLGet the BEST HAWAIIAN ACAI BOWL on OAHU: The “MANA BOWL” at the DIAMOND HEAD COVE HEALTH BAR.

 

 

 

MALASADASGet a HALF or FULL DOZEN MALASADAS: at either LEONARD’S BAKERY or CHAMPION MALASADAS. Try different ones, just don’t get one kind…try them all.

 

 

 

NORTH SHORE SURFAnd last, but not least…BIG WAVE WATCHING ON THE NORTH SHORE: Watch the big surf on the North Shore in the Winter at: PIPELINE, WAIMEA and SUNSET BEACH.

That ends this weeks Podcast on all the best of Oahu’s MUST DO’S while vacationing here…We’ll cover each island as we continue our Podcats, but if there are future Podcasts you would like us to do we are taking ideas of what to base our future shows on…it’s about you guys…so let us know!

23 thoughts on “MUST DO’s of OAHU

  1. These are fantastic suggestions! We have been to Hawaii many times and plan on returning very soon. We have done a lot of these, but there are many more that we have not. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Jenny, you make a valid point, but if you have heard many of our Podcasts in the past or our newer ones we have an opinion that visiting Pearl Harbor is not a necessity when visiting Hawaii or during your first visit for “MUST DO’S”. You can agree or disagree, but it’s our opinion. If you are a VET, currently serving or stand behind our Government and the ways they run this country then by all means show your respect by visiting Pearl Harbor…We have MANY TIMES. Although Pearl Harbor is a part of “AMERICAN HISTORY”…it’s not so much a part of the Fabric of Hawaiian culture and history. Although we hold the highest respect to the men and women who lost their lives at Peal Harbor as well as those who serve today…many,many more Hawaiians have lost their lives in the illegal take over and annexation of the Hawaiian Kingdom by America…The destruction of it’s sacred temples, lands, even some of the islands have been completely destroyed by the American war machine that the US Government leads and the Hawaiian people are being removed from the face of the earth…A true genocide by US Occupation…We can either learn from our past or be ignorant of it…Many who stand behind the sovereignty of the hawaiian kingdom, do not support the Military complex that stood yesterday or stands today and is continueing to destroy what is left of Hawaii. We are no less Americans because we protest…we are more Americans because FREEDOM allows us to do so.

    • This is the main reason we are going to Oahu, for Pearl Harbor, my boys love history and are looking forward to this and also enjoying the scenery/relaxation. Those brave Americans who were attacked that day are the real heroes. 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

    • Pat…the MAIN Acai mixture will require you to get an ACAI SMOOTHIE PACK or POUCH…Many make them out there like the Acai company SAMBAZON! Once you got the Smoothie pack you can blend it with greek yogurt if you wish to thicken it up even more…maybe Blueberry or Strawberry…pick a berry no matter what for your Greek Yogurt. Ok…LETS MAKE THIS THING: Take a bowl, put Granola on the bottom…next add the Acai Smoothie mix on top of the Granola…Next cut up: Stawberries and bananas…next add raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Next ad some chopped up Mac Nuts and shredded coconut…finish it off with some Pure Organic Bee honey and Pollen on top and a little more granola…if you can get pure Honeycomb you got the ONO BOMB of HAWAIIAN MANA ACAI BOWLS!!! Have fun and good luck!!! Aloha!

  2. I can’t thank you enough for this suggestions . I been to several websites researching about Honolulu for the past two weeks, since I’m going for only 4 days and it’s my first trip. You seem to be the correct on everything , everything I want to do or see as much as I can while in the island it’s explain here plain and simple in a couple of words, and with images . Perfect ! You guys are awesome!

  3. Aloha, we are visiting Oahu next month for a week. We want to do many things you suggested like snorkeling, kayak, swim with dolphins and turtle, and experience locals. do we need to sign up for tours or can we just rent equipments and go?

    Thanks for suggestions,
    Soo from Seattle

  4. Hi! We’ll be staying in Oahu for 5 days in early May. Is there any more easy to moderate hikes you would suggest on the island? I spent a couple hours researching, but it seems a lot tend to be closed or are deemed dangerous. I’d like to do one or two moderate hikes (~2hrs) with a good view.

  5. We are going to Hawaii in a couple days! Love all your suggestions listed and will definitely keep my eye out. We are very interested in the dolphin tours..Out of the two companies listed, do you guys have a preference on which to book with and if so, why? Thanks so much 😀

    • Either one is Great…but if you want to See Dolpins for Free…Hook Up with Uncle George on the West Side at POKAI BAY called “BAY OF DREAMS”…he gives FREE PADDLE BOARD LESSONS and if you go at SETUP at 6:30am in the monring there are DOLPHINS always in the pay and you can paddle out to them…He is a TRUE HAWAIIAN and all he asks is for you to listen to his story and life and how he becaome who he is today…he will teach you to paddle board and you can go out to the dolphins…JUST KNOW…If you don’t know how to Paddle Board this could be a challenge for you…I would highly suggest you JOIN his FACEBOOK GROUP “BAY OF DREAMS” and talk to him about coming out and taking a paddle board lesson…once you do a lesson you can return the next day he will be there and go at SETUP and take a board right out to the Dolphins…he doesn’t do his first lesson till 8:30-9:00 so the Dolpins will be leaving the bay by that time to go out and feed…They rest in the bay until about 8:00am. I just wanted to put this out there for you…nothing like FREE Paddle Baord lessons, listening to a great story from a local Hawaiian and Dolphins. Good Luck!

  6. So thankful that I happened upon your page!! We are going to Oahu in 13 sleeps 😉 This will be the first time myself and my 9 year old have ever been. I have been looking at many whale and or dolphin watching tours and I am having a hard time settling on one particular company. Is there anyone you recommend more than the other and why? Having a meal on board is NOT important to me 🙂 Thank you in advance <3

  7. Coming back to Ko alina in 2 weeks. We hiked Waimai (sorrynfor spelling) falls. Is there any other hikes with better falls we can go into on island?

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