Hawaii Travel Guide – 13 Tips for a FANTASTIC Trip to Oahu

One of the most spectacularly beautiful places on Earth. Known as the “Gathering Place,” join me as I help you decide what to do, where to go, and what to eat on the incredible island of Oahu.

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-Coconut Waikiki
-Seaside Hawaiian Hostel
-Waikiki Boutique Hostel

Below are some of my personal favorite places…all highly recommended, but I left off a few places…there is so much good food on Oahu. Best bet is to ask the locals…they know best:)

ONE FANTASTIC RESTAURANT that didn’t make the video, but is absolutely delicious is Marukame Udon Noodles in Waikiki. I only didn’t include it, because it’s already so well known. Also Dat Cajun Guy in Hale’iwa is another excellent spot that didn’t make the video.

Featured Places to Eat:
-Leonard’s Bakery

-Helena’s Hawaiian Foods

-Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck


-The Pig & The Lady

-Diamond Head Market & Grill

-Ahi Assassins

-Ono Seafood
(No website that I could find. Open 9AM-6PM, Closed Sunday & Monday)
-Maguro Bros.
(No website that I could find. Open 9AM-3PM, Closed Sunday)
-Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

-Kokonuts Shave Ice

-Waiola Shave Ice

BEACHES:-Waimanalo Bay (Windward Side)
-Lanikai Beach (Windward Side)
-Kahana Bay Beach Park (Windward Side)
-Waimea Bay (North Shore)
-Sunset Beach (North Shore)
-Makapu’u Beach (Southeastern Oahu)
-Ala Moana Beach (Honolulu)
-Waikiki (Honolulu)
-Halona Beach (Near the Halona Blowhole)
-Haunama Bay (Southeastern Oahu)

-Aloha Stadium Swap Meet (Hours: Sun 6:30AM-3PM, Wed&Sat 8AM-3PM)

-Haunama Bay

-Scuba Diving (Reef Pirates Diving)

-Go on a Hike
(Hikes Featured: Diamond Head Crater Hike, Makapu’u Lighthouse Point Hike, Lanikai Pill Box Hike, Koko Head Crater Railway Trail)
-Halona Blowhole

-Waimea Valley & Falls

-Rent a Car and Explore the Islands
Don’t Miss:
Kailua (Especially the Farmer’s Market outside Whole Foods every Thursday evening)
Kāneʻohe (Especially the Botanical Gardens and the Valley of the Temples
Kualoa Ranch

Kayaking out to Mokili’i Island

-Lastly…explore Waikiki

The Bishop Museum is a very cool museum in Honolulu

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  1. If you were given a free ticket to Paradise, would you go? Ask yourself, “Where is Paradise and what would you find there?” Beaches, palms, and surf? Mountains and snow-capped peaks? Is Paradise the unity of mankind and peace on earth?

    Paradise is actually the place where God dwells. Most people think they will go to Paradise when they die, but let’s see if that’s true. Have you ever lied or stolen? Liars and thieves won’t be in Paradise. Have you lusted after others, or dishonored your parents? Have you cursed the God who created Paradise? If any of these are true, you’ve offended Him and broken His Law. Instead of entering Paradise, the penalty for your crimes will be eternal death in Hell. However, God offers Paradise to those who bring Him a sinless payment for their sins. Your goodness and good deeds are not that sinless payment. God will only accept the sacrifice of His sinless Son, Jesus Christ. Anyone who repents and believes in Him will be cleansed of their sins and given that free ticket to Paradise! Jesus promised the thief on the cross who trusted in Him: “…Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

    Don’t live in a “fool’s” Paradise thinking this life is all there is. God is inviting you to the “real” Paradise through faith in Jesus Christ. When you breathe your last breath and life on earth is over, will it be Paradise “lost” or Paradise “found” for you?

  2. Nah magic island extremely crowded with tourists and literally the biggest outdoor mall in America right across from it. I also live a minute away from Kono’s and Lenards

  3. Wow. What a great video. I'm going next week and I wrote down every spot. I've heard soooo much about Helena's Hawaiian food, I can't wait to eat there. Thanks for the laughs!!

  4. Thank you for a great video and the funny jokes, Matt. I have a new appreciation for Oahu now and I am ready to take my family to that wonderful place. Can't wait! Best.

  5. I hate seafood but recently ate a shrimp and prawn seafood pizza from an expensive pizza place, it was nearly better than chicken, I can't wait to try the pork in Hawaii looks incredible.

  6. Learn the culture and be respectful. Throw away your trash in the trash can. Do not park if sign says NO PARKING. Wear your mask, it's the law. Stairway to heaven is illegal hike. If you need to be rescued from illegal hike you will pay for rescue mission. Any "entitled attitude" leave it at home.

  7. My first experience in Hawaii. Got to the hotel put our shit away. walked up the main street along the beach. two meth heads fighting. Oh what beauty. the next day not even lying 2 homeless butt fucking right there on the street. Hawaii is a façade go else where. Waste of time and money and the locals are cock suckers. Respect the land they tell you when they themselves don't respect the land. Honestly I wish I could've enjoyed it but I have never felt more on edge in my life. FUCK THAT PLACE. Oh and prostitutes are in abundance. I could go on about how terrible it was but whatever I just know not to go back to that cesspool. Mahalo

  8. I’m getting married at Sherwood Forest beach next April and then staying for 10 days with my (almost!!!) husband!! Ty for all the tips. 🥰 We bought the go Oahu pass while it was on sale but after all these tips we might not even need it!

  9. Thanks for the tips, everything looks really beautiful! However, the restaurants you showed didn't seem very vegetarian friendly, it was all just meat and fish! Is it difficult to get vegetarian food on Oahu and do you have any recommendations where to eat?

  10. Can you please give an update like something like relevant now? I keep hearing that the beaches are now over crowded because people are flocking there right now in August I guess I'm going to be one of them people are saying that there is no public places to sit down. Is that true?

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