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O'ahu Hawaii



We did a mother daughter trip to O'ahu and had a vacation to remember! Our hotel was in Waikiki, but we ventured up the coast which allowed us to see and experience so much!


  • Either rent a car or take Uber to see the sights around the island. I don't recommend just staying at Waikiki because it gets very busy, and there is so much to see around the island!

  • Go to Waikiki beach early in the morning to avoid the crowds. 

  • On your road trip up the coast be sure to pull over and enjoy the many viewpoints!

  • Take your time and take in the sights, sounds and smells around you! Breathe in that fresh ocean air!



Since we were only visiting for a week, we opted to go on a photography tour with Oahu Photo Tours to see some sights and learn about the area. We did a short 5 hour photo tour, it was small and casual with only a couple other adults. Our guide was knowledgeable, nice and funny which made it really fun! We saw so many beautiful sights and had a delicious lunch too! 

We also did a one hour glass bottom boat tour which was affordable and fun! We saw sea turtles, beautiful fish and brave surfers. It was a great way to get out on the water, get awesome pictures and see wildlife. 


What to do?

Beaches, shopping, food, and so much history!

There's a lot to see, smell and taste! 

I recommend: 

  • Road tripping up the coast to check out the many beautiful beaches of O'hau. 

  • Eat Shave Ice and Poke! The best Poke I had was right at the Foodland grocery store. 

  • Enjoy a Hula show, often times you can find a free one. 

  • Relax at the beach or pool side. 

  • Have a relaxing Zen day at the Byodo-In Temple. Ring the bell for good luck and a long life. We also enjoyed a fresh fruit smoothie there and found some treasures at the cute gift shop. 

  • Go shopping at Waikiki and check out one of the many ABC stores. 

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