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Where the Locals Love to go on Oahu

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If you’ve been everywhere in Oahu – at least the major attractions that everyone flocks to – you’re probably looking for something a bit different. Why not check out the places that the locals love to visit? This will give you a more authentic feel for what the real Oahu is all about.

Makapuu Lighthouse

Yes, this is a tourist destination but the locals love it here too because it’s the perfect place for recreation and unwinding after a busy week. They love to hike the Makapuu Lighthouse trail because the views are spectacular. You can check out Makapuu Beach, Koko Head, and the islands of Molokai and Lanai. However, there are smaller landmarks dotting this area that intrigue young and old, from military pillboxes to tide pools to a hidden blow hole.

Kona Brewery

The Kona Brewery Company is popular with residents because they love the home brewed beer and ale on tap here. Sample some Longboard Island Lager or Wailua Wheat, perhaps, and enjoy that pairing with their famous Spent Grain Crusted Pizza. Eat outside on the terrace for a truly enjoyable experience.

Farmer’s Markets

Locally grown produce is a hit with those who live on Oahu. With healthy living at the forefront of today’s society, more and more people are flocking to farmer’s markets to get locally grown produce such as the freshest fruits and vegetables in season. While there are many markets taking place every day of the week throughout Honolulu, Mililani, and Kailua, the original and best one is located at Kapiolani Community College. Not only can you get fresh produce at area farmer’s markets, you can also get seasonal flowers, beef, seafood, baked goods and homemade honey.

Manoa Falls

Not too far from the immensely touristy Waikiki is Manoa Falls, a place that appeals to both visitors and residents alike. Getting more rainfall than elsewhere on the island, Manoa Fall spans 150 feet, making it one of the tallest falls in all of Oahu. The hike to get there is quick and easy, taking only a half hour at the most. Plus, it’s flat and easy to navigate.

Bellow’s Beach Park

Most locals decide to skip the crowded beaches of Lanikai and Kailua, opting instead for Bellow’s Beach in Waimanalo Bay on the Western coast. Thought to be one of the prettiest on the island, this is the longest portion of sand on Oahu, located about 45 minutes from Waikiki. It’s set off the beaten path with more seclusion, mainly because it’s part of a U.S. Air Force base. Relax in the shade of one of many ironwood trees and stay for some camping at night. The beaches are beautiful and the waters are calm; just be careful of the jellyfish that dot the shore!

Be like the locals next time you’re in Oahu and try one of these local favorites. We look forward to seeing you on one of our tours courtesy of Hoku Hawaii Tours.