Honolulu is my home away from home. I truly miss it every time I visit. Heading back to the main land I had to stop and say hello to old friends, and surf spots. I lived there for just under a year but my roots are memories run deep through the island. Even held a great job shooting photography for Hawaiian Airlines Magazine. Below are a few highlights of my time on Oahu.
Oahu, the third largest of the US Hawaiian Islands, is best known for the presence of its capital, Honolulu. Hawaii might just be the ultimate vacation destination, with its stunning views, blue skies and swaying palms. Oahu boasts some excellent places to visit, some of them extremely popular, and others that are hidden gems. The site of one of the worst attacks on US forces during WWII, Pearl Harbor is now an interesting memorial and a must-see.
The idyllic, iconic Waikiki Beach encompasses all that visitors seek in a Hawaiian stay, from warm waters to water activities, and from dinner cruises to bars and restaurants. You don’t even need to be semi-fit to hike up the state monument of Diamond Head and once you reach the top, you will enjoy jaw-dropping views of the island. The less commercialized but equally rewarding hike is the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, dotted with old military bunkers and a picturesque lighthouse along the way. To truly appreciate the lush, jungle-like qualities of Hawaii, stop off at the Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe, botanical gardens that should not be missed. Alternatively, you can take the hiking trail to Manuawili Falls, famous for its virginal landscape. On the far southwest side of the island, you will find Ko’Olina Lagoons with white sand, calm waters and superb beaches. Driving up the North Shore of Oahu towards Haleiwa, visitors can stop off at Turtle Beach, also known as Laniakea. Watch the turtles as they float in the waves or climb ashore to eat the algae off the rocks. The drive up to North Shore in general is a beautiful one, allowing visitors to stop along the highway to enjoy fruit stands and shrimp trucks.