Explore O’ahu like a local with our locals’ guide. We gathered some of our favorite activities, food spots, and hidden gems. While you shouldn’t miss some of the major attractions like Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head, we’re happy to share some places off the tourist circuit.

Be safe and enjoy our island home!

Fireworks every Friday night at 7:45pm at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Fireworks every Friday night at 7:45pm at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Events and Exhibits

Epic Aloha - Interactive Photo Experience @ Hilton Hawaiian Village Get tickets:  https://epicaloha.com/

Epic Aloha - Interactive Photo Experience @ Hilton Hawaiian Village Get tickets: https://epicaloha.com/

Lunar New Year Parade and Chinatown Festival - 2/2/19  https://www.chinesenewyearinhawaii.com/

Lunar New Year Parade and Chinatown Festival - 2/2/19 https://www.chinesenewyearinhawaii.com/

Honolulu Museum of Art - Art and beautiful spaces.  www.honolulumuseum.org/

Honolulu Museum of Art - Art and beautiful spaces. www.honolulumuseum.org/

Bishop Museum Rapa Nui Exhibit  https://www.bishopmuseum.org/rapa-nui/

Bishop Museum Rapa Nui Exhibit https://www.bishopmuseum.org/rapa-nui/

Get Outside

Some places to take in the view.

Koko Head Crater Trail - If you’re looking for a stair workout with a spectacular view.  https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/koko-head-crater-trail--2

Koko Head Crater Trail - If you’re looking for a stair workout with a spectacular view. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/koko-head-crater-trail--2

Take the scenic route by bike. Biki Bikeshare stations can be found throughout Honolulu. Get the app or visit:  https://gobiki.org/

Take the scenic route by bike. Biki Bikeshare stations can be found throughout Honolulu. Get the app or visit: https://gobiki.org/

‘Iolani Palace - This was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III and ending with Queen Liliʻuokalani.  https://www.iolanipalace.org/

‘Iolani Palace - This was the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii beginning with Kamehameha III and ending with Queen Liliʻuokalani. https://www.iolanipalace.org/

Taste of Hawaii

Don’t miss trying local Hawaiian food before you go - poi, lau lau, luau, kalua, poke, and haupia. Here are a few of our favorite places, but you can find many of these food items at local restaurants.

Waiahole Poi Factory for poi and Hawaiian food. Try the Sweet Lady of Waiahole desssert!  https://www.waiaholepoifactory.com/

Waiahole Poi Factory for poi and Hawaiian food. Try the Sweet Lady of Waiahole desssert! https://www.waiaholepoifactory.com/

Yama’s Fish Market for poke and Hawaiian plates.  http://www.yamasfishmarket.com/

Yama’s Fish Market for poke and Hawaiian plates. http://www.yamasfishmarket.com/

Beer Scene

Check out what’s hopping in Hawaii’s vibrant craft beer scene.

Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room - Local beer and wine on tap and in the bottle.  https://www.villagebeerhawaii.com/

Village Bottle Shop & Tasting Room - Local beer and wine on tap and in the bottle. https://www.villagebeerhawaii.com/

The Brewseum - WWII artifacts and craft brews  http://www.brewseums.com/

The Brewseum - WWII artifacts and craft brews http://www.brewseums.com/

Aloha Beer Co. - Did you know there’s a speakeasy upstairs?  https://www.alohabeer.com/

Aloha Beer Co. - Did you know there’s a speakeasy upstairs? https://www.alohabeer.com/

Waikiki Brewing - in Waikiki and Kaka’ako.  http://www.waikikibrewing.com/queen-street.html

Waikiki Brewing - in Waikiki and Kaka’ako. http://www.waikikibrewing.com/queen-street.html

Off the Wall Beer and Wine in the trendy South Shore Marketplace  https://www.offthewallhawaii.com/

Off the Wall Beer and Wine in the trendy South Shore Marketplace https://www.offthewallhawaii.com/

Honolulu Beerworks - Excellent brews and bars foods in Kaka’ako.  http://www.honolulubeerworks.com/

Honolulu Beerworks - Excellent brews and bars foods in Kaka’ako. http://www.honolulubeerworks.com/

Chinatown/Downtown Scene

Adventure around Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu as you discover hidden gems, fine dining, boutique shops, and the hustle and bustle of a vibrant Chinatown district.

The Pig & The Lady  https://thepigandthelady.com/
Maguro Brothers - No-frills fresh fish and poke counter in Kekaulike Market  https://www.yelp.com/biz/maguro-brothers-hawaii-honolulu-6

Maguro Brothers - No-frills fresh fish and poke counter in Kekaulike Market https://www.yelp.com/biz/maguro-brothers-hawaii-honolulu-6

Restaurant Senia  http://restaurantsenia.com/
J.J. Dolan’s Pizza and Drinks  http://www.jjdolans.com/

J.J. Dolan’s Pizza and Drinks http://www.jjdolans.com/

Ali’i Coffee - Locally roasted coffee, tea, and food. Try their “coff-tails.”  https://www.aliicoffee.com/

Ali’i Coffee - Locally roasted coffee, tea, and food. Try their “coff-tails.” https://www.aliicoffee.com/

Little Village Noodle House  https://www.littlevillagehawaii.com/

Little Village Noodle House https://www.littlevillagehawaii.com/

Off the Beaten Path

Side Street Inn - No frills, great local food, friendly service.  https://sidestreetinn.com/

Side Street Inn - No frills, great local food, friendly service. https://sidestreetinn.com/

Ali’i Agricultural Farms - Fishing  https://www.fishingfarmshawaii.com/#home

Ali’i Agricultural Farms - Fishing https://www.fishingfarmshawaii.com/#home

Ted’s Bakery - Grab a delicious pie while you’re on the North Shore.  http://www.tedsbakery.com/

Ted’s Bakery - Grab a delicious pie while you’re on the North Shore. http://www.tedsbakery.com/

Banan - Dairy-free frozen banana soft serve.  https://www.bananbowls.com/

Banan - Dairy-free frozen banana soft serve. https://www.bananbowls.com/

Nu’uanu Okazuya - traditional Japanese okazu and local faves.  http://nuuanuokazuya.com/index.html

Nu’uanu Okazuya - traditional Japanese okazu and local faves. http://nuuanuokazuya.com/index.html