1. Honolulu, KoKo Head Hike
(Wake up at 4am and hike this trail for an incredibly rewarding Sunrise up top, it's a tough hike, but you will get a butt lift after, I promise!
2. Maui, the Hana Drive
(breathtaking views and hard to drive road, recommend renting a jeep for this route)
More to dos:
- Lavender Farm (good tea and scones, their cooking salts work well on fish as well, book ahead to get a guide to walk around with you to explain things. better than wandering yourself not knowing what you're looking at)
- T Komoda Store, delicious bakery. nice stop on the way back from the sunrise.
- Wailuku/Kahului, I'ao needle, short walk and nice view, with plaques describing the historical significance of the site
- Okay, beach wise, Ka'anapali. If you are daring, you can jump off black rock (which is fun).
- Out south past Kihei there's Makena Beach Park / Big Beach / etc
BEACHES there's waikiki, its going to be super crowded, here are some others
- Hanauma Bay one of the prettiest beach areas out there, really cool bay/cove thing going on
- Sherwoods/Waimanalo, on the way to Kailua, in between there and Hawaii Kai. Really pretty, not dangerous like Sandys
- Kailua Beach Park really nice out on the windward (eastern) side of the island. Really beautiful picturesque beaches.
- Diamond Head pretty standard, just one stair section is pretty steep but good views and a nice light workout
- Makapuu Lighthouse Trail pretty easy, good views
- Manoa Falls, not too bad, relatively short, not good if its raining (gets muddy)
- Koko Head, a.k.a. the stairmaster, this is a big workout. only takes up to 2 hours total but its a beast (like 1000+ stairs)
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