Guys! I’m back!! I took an unintentional like, month long break. But this post will be all about my spring break trip to Oahu, Hawaii!!
This was my second visit to the island of Oahu & I am just as in love with it as the first time! My brother is super lucky & actually lives there, so I am excited for lots of future visits, but also wanting to explore other islands!
I went with my roommate & her friend this time around & we got to see some things that I missed last time I went which was nice. We stayed downtown Waikiki, which I highly recommend doing because you’re literally so close to everything. We stayed at Ohana Waikiki East & the Hilton & both were within walking distance to Waikiki beach & all the tourist shops, places to eat & the mall(s).
Our first night there we were tired from a long day of travel & had to watch the Bachelor finale! (This season omg). But when we landed we went to the Ala Moana Center for some food. It’s a huge mall in the middle of the city, so I’d suggest making your way there at some point. They sometimes have shows going on, like last time I saw a hula dance! If nothing else, there is an international food court with lots of yummy options.
One thing on my must-do list was a waterfall hike. A popular hike is the Monoa Falls Trail. The waterfall itself is honestly not as impressive as I thought it would be, but it’s still a beautiful, somewhat easy hike. There is also a fence surrounding the actual falls, so to get the best pics & stuff you gotta break the rules. 😉 Diamond Head is another hike that we did. It’s super famous & has amazing views of the city & ocean!
We had lots of good eats on this trip too, which made my inner foodie soo happy. Every morning we tried out a new coffee shop, & some of my favs were Island Vintage Coffee & Kai Coffee. Island Vintage also looked like it had amazing, colorful food, plus super cute mugs. If you’re anything like me, you’ll wanna stop there for a souvenir mug (or two). For places to eat, we tried the famous UDON Ramen that is only in Waikiki & Japan!! It was sooo good. If you’re a ramen lover, 10/10 recommend. But it’s usually super crowded, so I would suggest going in the middle of the afternoon like we did to avoid a long line! We also tried Maui Brewing Company, Buhio Waikiki, Mahaloha Burger, & Cheeseburger in Paradise.
This time around I made it to North Shore! I HIGHLY recommend finding a way up there because the drive itself is so pretty. We stopped in Haleiwa, a small town on the North Shore to look around in the shops. We also made it to the Sunrise Shack, which is the cutest little smoothie/acai stand on the side of the road.
STORYTIME: So the Sunrise Shack was the one thing I realllyyy wanted to visit because I wanted a cute picture & an acai bowl. By the time we got there I was so hungry, so I ordered a large acai bowl. Jay Alvarez, the Instagram famous photographer was there in front of us in line! He was with his girlfriend(?). Anyway, I was waiting around for my acai bowl for about half an hour & finally I went & asked them about it & they scrambled to make it, BUT I think that Jay Alvarez’s girlfriend TOOK my acai bowl. She has since taken a photo with it & posted it on Instagram & it’s gotten 50,000 plus likes, so at least I can say my acai bowl is famous. In the moment I was hangry, but it’s a pretty funny story to tell!!
On our North Shore day we also stopped by the Dole Plantation to get some dole whip & Green World Coffee Farm. If you’re a coffee lover, make sure to stop there & get free samples & smell alll the yummy bean juice. 🙂 We also spent time on the beach in North Shore & it was way less crowded than Waikiki beach.
It was another amazing trip & I’m seriously already trying to figure out when I can go back!! It is such a gorgeous place to visit & relax.