Traveling to O’ahu, Hawaii for the first time!

Guys, I can’t believe I’m in Hawaii! Literally writing this to you from these beautiful Polynesian islands. 

So if you’re planning your trip to Hawaii, I’ve got you covered with the current requirements:

  1. You’ll need to complete a health questionnaire (travel.Hawaii.gov) you’ll need this to enter Honolulu as they’ll give you a QR code.
  2. A negative test result in 72 hours before boarding your last leg (if you’re making a stop anywhere!), which you’ll have to submit results before flying out on the website above. Also, starting on July 8th, no need to test for those that are V (US residents only!) — I think this is a total miss everyone should still test
  3. Once you have this all sorted out, you’ll be able to travel the islands! Mahalo 🤙🏽

It’s been so fun to be able to experience Hawaii right now. It’s not as busy, everyone is so chill, but prices have increased because the islands did take a major hit. So support every local business when you come!

RENTING A CAR:

Can we talk about renting a car in Hawaii!? Almost impossible at the moment tbh. So of course I had to ask the locals about it. Turns out, the state shipped back almost all rental cars to the mainland because there were no tourists to rent them last year. So now, with tourists returning back to the islands *gratefully so* there’s not a lot of options when renting a car.

In O’ahu, I opted to walk & use the local transportation (buses!) which was super affordable. Also, for places nearby I wanted to go to, I used Lyft because it’s the most affordable on the island of O’ahu. I also used a local rental company (one’s rent a car) for a day trip to North Shore. So prepare your trip accordingly, because transportation is key here.

OUR ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
  • Check-in and change for dinner at Thai Sassin (closes at 9pm)

DAY 2

  • Day in Honolulu (download the Moovit app to get around)
  • Breakfast – Goody Cafe & Dine (Adam Sandler’s favorite)
  • Grab Coffee at Arvo Cafe
  • Hike Diamond Head Creator
  • Head down to Sandy Beach
  • Spend the rest of the afternoon at Waikiki Beach Royal Moana Beach
  • Change & Get Sushi (Doraku) at or Dim Sum (Tim ho Wan)
  • Bar drinks at Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Diamond Head is so doable for those who don’t usually hike and the views are so worth it! Don’t forget to pack water to stay hydrated.

DAY 3

  • Day in Honolulu
  • Grab a coffee at Barefoot Cafe
  • Wake up early, we’re going to Sunrise Shack at the top of the island (1 hour drive)
  • Pick up goods from Leonard’s Bakery for the road (famous Malasada)
  • Sunset Beach (Take Ig Photos!)
  • Visit Pua’ena Point Beach Park + surrounding areas of North Shore, Hawaii
  • Grab Food at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

Highly recommend the bullet coffee from Sunrise Shack!

The waves on this beach are not as strong as other areas in North Shore, so it’s perfect for a swim.

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5 Comments

  1. Covid19 & delta on the rise on all islands! Protect the islands Please don’t come! Stay home and be safe! Tourists hate wearing mask & following rules!

    1. Hi Martin, while I appreciate the understandably high concern, I went to the islands vaccinated and with a negative test result. After spending time with the locals from the islands, they shared a different outlook on visitors and tourists. They expressed the urgency of having tourism back on the island. I think Hawaii overall is handling the entrance of tourism better than any other state in the country. I can link you to a recent article that also shows that a surge of high numbers is coming from residents, unfortunately. I think it’s time we push everyone to get vaccinated so that the small businesses that have largely suffered can open their doors again and soon!: https://www.sfgate.com/hawaii/article/hawaii-covid-surge-travel-tourists-residents-16401714.php

  2. You didn’t see O’ahu and its people at all. Ask your Hawaiian concierge to recommend a Real itinerary.

    1. Hi Phil.

      Honestly, I got to see a good portion of Hawaii with recommendations coming from friends that have lived and served in O’ahu. Most of the recommendations on here came from locals that shared them with me.

      But, I’m sure I missed a lot. So definitely give us your recommendations. I think it’s important we share local activities for anyone who will be visiting.