Oahu, Hawaii

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looking for some tips + tricks for your next adventure that don't break the bank (or your finally-developed self-care habits)?! i've compiled everything i found during my favorite trips around the globe so you don't have to! 


before going to hawaii, i had never felt so immediately connected to a place. but, as soon as i stepped off the plane, it seemed like it was in a place that was extremely familiar...even though i had never been there before. i can't understate the insanely natural beauty of hawaii--it's vibe and magic are everywhere. you just have to look outside of the normal spaces! 


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we opted not to stay in waikiki because it was a bit touristy for us, and stayed in a (barebones) bed and breakfast in kailua called pillows in paradise. i would highly recommend kailua beach - the beach is one of the best in oahu, it has an adorable town (with a whole foods!) and it's pretty central. 

a few other places we were looking at were: surfjack (if you want to stay in waikiki i'd go for this one!) or b&b's on the north shore (if you're looking for something super remote and chill, do this).

 

move

we ended up renting a car (classic) which was so worth it. i'm honestly not sure how else you would get around if not. there's uber/lyft but it was almost just as expensive for one ride as our entire car was! and, the drives are so beautiful you honestly can't miss them.

 

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eat

we opted for lots of little, local spots instead of splurging on the fancy this time around. these were some of my favorites: 

  • hibachi: best poke bowls. hands down. it's a tiny deli-like spot in kailua; come here and grab a massive, fresh poke bowl and beer for lunch on the beach. so worth it.
  • nalu health bar & cafe: this spot was also in kailua and was super cute. they served acai bowls and smoothies out of fruit (like papaya!). super yummy coffee too.
  • island brew coffee house: soooo cute! awesome seating near the water. serves acai bowls, toasts, coffee and other healthy grub. perfect spot for after your hike up koko head! 
  • giovanni's shrimp truck: must. go. their original location is at a food truck stop on the north shore. get the fresh grilled corn at the stand next store, too. you will die and go to heaven.
  • haleiwa bowls: this is your acai bowl stop on the north shore. too cute, and serves great coffee for your post-surf chill.

 

do

hawaii has such a perfect mix of beach and outdoor activities. here are some that you can't miss! 

  • take surf lessons on the north shore (via north shore surf girls)
  • drive along the coast!
  • hike / sweat up koko head stairs
  • snorkel at shark's cove
  • catch a surf competition if you can! 
  • have a picnic at makapu'u tide pools
  • grab some shave ice!
  • check out waimea falls
  • relax at kailua beach
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