One Perfect Day for Visitors in Honolulu
The island of Oahu has an endless supply of activities, sights and food. It can be overwhelming to decide where to start and can get expensive easily. If you’re visiting Honolulu and want an itinerary to help you start exploring that includes some awesome free and cheap activities, let the Menehune be your guide. All you need is your bikini, sunscreen, a rental car and some cash for food.
9 am: Be the first in line when Diamond Head Cove Health Bar opens. Order any of their fresh and delicious acai bowls to get you ready for your big day. Toppings include fresh fruit, honey, pa’i’ai (pronounced pa-ee-eye: raw taro mashed) and bee pollen just to name a few. Eat it there or take it go and walk to Kapiolani Park to enjoy it with a view.
10:30 am: Take a scenic drive to the east side of the island and get ready for an epic hike. The Hanauma Bay Rim Hike has unreal views of Koko Head and Hanauma Bay from a unique angle not seen anywhere else. On clear days, you can even see some neighbor islands in the distance. You can walk right down to the water to take in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean and natural rock bridge. This hike can take an hour or four hours depending on how far and long you want to explore. Make sure to bring water and sunscreen since there is very little shade on this hike! For more tips on hikes, check out Venture Hawaii’s blogincluding a post on this hike.
12:30 pm: You’ve earned yourself a little mid-day treat after that adventure! Hop over to Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha for an all-natural, real fruit shave ice that locals love. Every shave ice is made with love and aloha, and Uncle Clay is always looking for new members to add to his Ohana (family).
1:30 pm: Since just a shave ice won’t hold you over, it’s time to get some lunch to fuel you for the rest of the day. Head to Rainbow Drive-In and get ready for some plate lunch, another must-try while in Hawaii. A classic plate lunch has meat, 2 scoops rice and mac (macaroni) salad, but other sides are available. Rainbow is known for their chili plates, loco moco (gravy, egg, rice, hamburger plate), and teriyaki beef. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
2:30 pm: After that big meal, you might need a little siesta. Walk or drive over to Kaimana Beach for some relaxation. If you have energy left, jump in the water and make the swim out to the wind sock.
5:00 pm: Get ready for sunset and see if you can catch the green flash! Ala Moana is a great beach park for taking in the end of the day. If you have room left, make sure to stop by Foodland on your way and pick up some poke (pronounced poh-kay: fresh ahi tuna with a variety of toppings – shoyu (soy sauce), wasabi, spicy, etc. – they give free samples so find your favorite!) Grab a spot on the beach, on the rock wall, or find a park bench. Keep your eyes out for honu (sea turtles) in the water!
If you want a unique way to experience the sunset, sign up for a class withBeach Sunset Yoga Hawaii (if you’re visiting on a Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday). It is a class for all levels (starts at 5:30), a good work out yet very relaxing, and has the best view around to really help you achieve inner peace.
7:00 pm: Once the sun is down, walk over to Real – a Gastropub serving up craft beer and delicious eats. They usually have live music and always have friendly, knowledgeable servers. Enjoy the rest of your evening here and then rest up for another fun day tomorrow!
We hope you enjoyed this day as much as we did! The menehune loves to explore, and this list just scrapes the surface. Check back for other itineraries coming soon. Aloha!