Today marks the first day of August and I keep asking myself where the time’s gone. Since I’ll be headed back to NYC for the Fall semester in a few weeks, I put together my list of the things I want to do, eat and see one last time before I leave the islands. Even while I was in college in SoCal and coming back to Hawaii for winter breaks and summers, these were always the first things I wanted to do once I landed and the last things I wanted to do before I left! I think I’ll do this in two parts since one post would be way too long, so this time around I’ll focus on my classic staples, and in the next post I’ll focus on more recent obsessions. Here goes…
5. KCC Farmer’s Market
So much more than a traditional Farmer’s Market, the KCC event goes off every Saturday morning and offers everything from acai bowls and fresh pineapple juice (in the actual pineapple!) to fresh fruits and veggies and gorgeous flowers. They even have a pop-up Pig & The Lady, which is one of my absolute favorite restaurants on the island. Tips: bring cash and if you’re feeling lucky, come toward the latter end of the market. Once the closing bell goes off at 11:15am, some of the acai bowls and produce goes for half off.
So I’m totally cheating by listing all of these restaurants in one spot, but they’re my current favorites. Take lunch downtown at one of these places and you’ll leave feeling satisfied and stuffed to the brim!
3. Secret Hawaii Kai Lava Tube
In full disclosure, I just made up that name because I don’t actually think it has one. To get to this secret spot, pictured in the photo above, you have to drive toward the east side of Oahu, park at the last lookout before the Halona Blowhole, cross the street, jump over the railing and climb through an old Lava Tube. It’s a tough spot to find, but oh so worth it, and chances are you’ll have it all to yourself.
2. Lulumahu Falls
Because everyone loves a hike that ends with a waterfall! Lulumahu Falls is one of the best because it’s not too long (1-2 hours roundtrip) and takes you through the lush forest with streams and mini waterfalls along the way. It can get pretty muddy, so avoid rainy days or days right after a big rain.
1. Lanikai Beach
Easily my favorite beach on the island. I dare you to find one with finer sand, bluer waters, and sunnier skies! One of my other favorite things to do while in Lanikai is hike the Pillboxes Hike and take in the view. It’s seriously breathtaking.
^^Lanikai Beach^^Secret Lava Tube