We spent over half the day at Pearl Harbor learning about the history and enjoying the sights of the memorials! Definitely an activity that should be on everyone’s bucket list. First couple of stops at Pearl Harbor were the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Museum.
One of the last few activities we did before our vacation ended was kayaking to Popoia Island from Kailua Beach! Risky, but adventurous!
Getting in touch with a little bit of Ancient Hawaiian history at Waimea Valley! While there we took a leisurely hike through the botanical garden to be greeted by a waterfall and pool at the end!
While in Oahu, we visited the North Shore a few times. One of those times was to swim with sharks! And another time was to hang out on the beach and snorkel at Kuilima Cove.
We booked a tour for the Kualoa Ranch where we viewed some scene locations from Hollywood films like Jurassic Park and World, and learned more about the background of the Kualoa Ranch. Also stopped by the Kualoa Park to checkout Chinaman’s Hat out in the waters.
To get to Manoa Falls, one moment you’re in the city, the next you’re in the jungle surrounded by mosquitoes and thick brush.
Get a glimpse of how pineapples are grown at the Dole Plantation! You’ll definitely want to bring money for the cute, stuffed pineapple plushies, and the delicious Dole Whip.
We wanted to experience a lu’au at least once, so we chose Paradise Cove on the west coast of Oahu where we would be able to view a sunset also in the evening. Before the lu’au however, we stopped by Electric Beach, and drove up and down Highway 93.
The Byodo-In Temple in Oahu is actually just a replica of the Byodoin in Japan. Situated in the Valley of Temples, it’s tucked in all the way near the back with the Ko’olau Range in the background.
Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer and spanning over 400 acres, the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is a picturesque area to get lost in while learning about the tropical plant life.