Thousands and thousands of tourists come to the Hawaiian island of Oahu each year. However, most of the time, they end up spending most (if not all) of their time at tourist traps. Here are five tourist traps on Oahu, and some alternatives, so you can actually experience some local favorites.
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Last week, the new International Market Place opened in Waikiki. Now, before I went, I didn’t have high expectations. I just expected it to be another shopping mall with the same old stores, but, I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.
Hawaii is always described as a melting pot of different cultures, but, let’s be real, it’s always thought of as a melting pot of Asian cultures. I’ve even written quite a bit about the influence of the Asian cultures in Hawaii in my posts on Chinatown and the Japanese Byodo-In Temple. However, there are other cultures in Hawaii that, while they have smaller populations, have an influential presence, like the Greeks. Just this past weekend, Honolulu’s annual Greek Festival took place at Ala Moana Beach Park, and, as precedented by years past, my family and I stopped by.
Monday morning, I woke up to a bunch of texts and phone calls from some friends telling me that they were going to hike Manoa Falls that morning. I’d wanted to go on a hike the entire summer, but it just hadn’t happened. But that day, it was going to happen.
My family and I took a trip into Chinatown Waikiki this week, and it was a shock to all of the senses. We were constantly getting moved around by the crowd of shoppers speaking in rapid Chinese and ending up by booths that smelled distinctly like Asian markets. Although I can only share the visual stimuli with you over this blog, I hope you enjoy!
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This summer, my goal has been to have new experiences and, in the process, I’ve explored most of the island of Oahu. I’ve pretty much covered the entire island in the past couple of months, from Kaneohe and Laie in Discovering the Northeast Side of Oahu, Hawaii to Ko Olina on the West side of the island in A Secret Lagoon in Ko Olina, Hawaii. However, until just a few days ago, I had yet to immerse myself in the ultimate tourist hub of the island: downtown Waikiki.
A couple of months ago, my family and I decided that we were going to go to a new beach every week. Needless to say, that idea has started to die down already, but we did get to see a few amazing beaches. My favorite beach was Iroquois Point (also known as Pu’uloa Beach) in Ewa Beach.
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This week was more rainy than usual, so I had to figure out something different to write about for this week’s blog – something that didn’t require the sun to be out. I mean, its not like I could go on a hike while it was raining. Then I wondered, “what do tourists do when it rains in Hawaii? They can’t just sit around in their hotel rooms, right?”
I decided that there were two possible options to deal with the rain: embrace it or avoid it.
A few days ago, my family and I acted like tourists and travelled to the northeast side of Oahu, a part of the island almost completely unknown to us. We started at the sacred Valley of the Temples, where we saw the Byodo-In Temple, a small-scale replica of the original Byodo-In Temple in Japan that is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Even though I was born and raised in Hawaii, I had never been to the famous Aloha Stadium swap meet (flea market) until just a few days ago. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was definitely worth the experience.
After paying the entrance fee of $1 per person, we gained access to all of the booths surrounding the entire stadium. They sold all sorts of items (catered mostly to tourists) at surprisingly cheap prices! (Many of the booths sold 7 T-shirts for $20!)