Last updated: 1/17/20
1. Hike to the Lanikai Pillboxes
This is our favorite hike we’ve ever done. It wasn’t the easiest hike, but it also wasn’t too hard. There are a few pillboxes you can hike to. The view of the ocean is amazing from them!
You can climb on top of the pillboxes or you can get inside of them.
2. Watch the fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village
3. Stand up paddle board at Hilton Hawaiian Village
I’m not sure if stand up paddle board (SUP) rentals are something that anyone can do or if you have to be staying at the Hilton Hawaiian Village to rent them. We loved doing this here because they have a lagoon to do it in. The water was super calm, unlike the ocean.
4. Get an acai bowl or pitaya bowl at Eggs ‘N Things
5. Hike Diamond Head
|Stairs you’ll find while hiking Diamond Head|
These stairs are at the end of the hike to the top of Diamond Head. You can either turn right and go up these miserable stairs, or turn left and walk right up. The left would obviously be easier, but we think the stairs are part of the experience.
|One side of the view from the top of Diamond Head|
|The other side, looking down at Waikiki beach|
6. Visit the Waikiki Beach
|Waikiki Beach at sunset|
7. Go eat lunch at Disney Aulani
|The Beach at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa|
8. Drive to Round Top drive
|The view from Round Top Drive|
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9. Visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation
|View of the pineapple fields|
We rode the Pineapple Express train that takes you all around the plantation. It’s so cool to see how pineapples grow. Before this, I had no idea what pineapple plants look like.
|Adam and I sharing a Dole Whip cone|
You’ll want to get the delicious Dole Whip while you’re there!
10. Go to Pearl Harbor
|Pearl Harbor Memorial|
Take the boat out to the Pearl Harbor memorial from the Visitor’s Center. This can be a busy tourist attraction, but it’s a good one to go to if you’ve never been before.
11. Get a picture with the Chinaman’s hat island
12. Go to the Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center (aka the PCC) is located on the north shore of Oahu. There’s so much to do here. Make sure you get there early when it opens, as you’ll want to spend all day here. There are 6 villages filled with fun activities.
|Cute waterfall inside the Polynesian Cultural Center|
At the village of Samoa, you’ll see a man climb a 40 foot tall coconut tree with his bare feet!
|Look closely to see the guy climbing the tree|
We also went to the big show after the luau, but wouldn’t recommend it. The show at the luau was much better!