Since we moved to Oahu two-and-a-half years ago, we’ve had several visitors. We probably have a friend come visit every month or so, at least, so we’ve had a lot of practice playing host.
When entertaining guests, I think the best plan is to create a schedule so that we don’t have to waste any precious time sitting around saying, “What should we do?” or “Where should we eat?” When you are the host, you are the expert and the local, so it’s up to you to show your guest the best possible time. Therefore, before guests arrive, I create a “Best Vacation Ever" schedule.
In creating these schedules, many Insiders threads have been helpful for me in the past, including https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/blogs/travelKS77/2014/10/20/oahu-and-maui, and pretty much everything @Kharada46 (the real local) writes, including: https://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/people/kharada46/blog/2013/02/03/practical-information--oahu and many, others.
The “Best Vacation Ever” schedules varies depending on length of trip, but it goes a little something like this:
- Sunrise hike at Pillboxes (http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/09/lanikai-pillboxes-and-crag/)
- Body Boarding at Bellows Beach (http://www.bellowsafs.com)
- Dinner at Pig and the Lady (http://thepigandthelady.com)
- Breakfast in my hood () at Morning Glass Café (http://www.morningglasscoffee.com)
- Trail run to Falls (http://www.everytrail.com/guide/manoa-falls)
- Live Hawaiian music, authentic Hula dancing, and cocktails at the Hotel (http://www.halekulani.com/dining/house-without-a-key)
- Trail run at Aiea Loop Trail (http://www.yelp.com/biz/aiea-loop-trail-aiea)
- Ramen for lunch at (http://aguramen.com)
- Try a surf lesson in Waikiki (One option: http://www.bigwavedavesurfco.com)
- Beach BBQ down at Ala Moana Beach Park (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ala-moana-beach-park-honolulu)
What would you other Oahu locals recommend?