Everyone is super friendly. It’s a very unique place.
Hawaii offers experiences that you cannot have anywhere else. The food is special, the culture is special, the sights are special, even the words you use are special and will stick with you for a couple weeks after you get home.
Honolulu offers all this but with a lot of people to share it with. It would be hard to come to Honolulu and not meet any new people.
One of the best places to go if you want to see a natural Hawaiian environment near Honolulu is the Lyon Arboretum. This botanical garden is actually located in a rainforest and, in addition to the over 15,000 different kinds of plant species you can see there, the views are spectacular. It’s a unique and beautiful place, there’s nowhere else in the world quite like it. And if you go far enough into the forest you’ll get to see the Manoa Falls. The falls are not so much spectacular as they are serene, definitely worth the hike.
Honolulu is also great because of the less natural parts. It would be worth your time to take a tour of the city. A lot of companies offer tours but some of the more outstanding are:
Oahu Spot Tours
Genesis Aviation Helicopter Tours
Hawaii Food Tours
Aloha Private Tours
These beaches are not only beautiful but also historical. They may have been the sight where the first ancient Polynesian rode a wave on a piece of wood. Back then surfing was considered an art and it actually decided where you were placed in society. Today there’s way less pressure to perform well (thank god), if you’ve never surfed before this would be the place to start. There are a number of surfing schools and instructors throughout the area. Some of the best are:
Gone Surfing Hawaii – BIG Thumbs Up! This is the one that we went on.
Hawaiian Fire Surf School
Hook Up Surfing
Of course surfing is not for everyone. To spice up your relaxing Hawaiian vacation you can also go diving, go on an ocean excursion, or visit monuments and memorials.
You’ll need to eat too. I was actually pretty disappointed by the food selection, I was hoping there would be more exotic foods to try but it is technically the USA so maybe I didn’t fly far enough. I did find one place however that was absolutely extraordinary and that was unlike any restaurant I had ever visited before albeit very expenisve.
Vintage Cave. Super unique. They combine flavors that you would never think to combine. And the fusions are amazing. Do not miss this place if you are in the area.
Besides Vintage Cave here are some other places to eat:
Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
Roy’s Waikiki Beach
La Mer – L’Apertif
Island Vintage Coffee
d.k. Steak House
Plumeria Beach House
Morton’s Steak House
Roy’s Hawaii Kai
Hy’s Steak House
Have fun in Honolulu and don’t forget, you’re here to relax, so relaaax.