A Local’s Guide to Chinaman’s Hat, Oahu, Hawaii

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Are you looking for the ultimate guide to Chinaman’s Hat? This guide from a Hawaii local has everything that you need to know about this picturesque little island.

The small island known as Chinaman’s Hat has tons of adventurous activities.  For some reason though, this little gem manages to swoop under the radar of locals and tourists alike.  Continue reading “A Local’s Guide to Chinaman’s Hat, Oahu, Hawaii”

Eight of the Best Oahu Waterfall Hikes – UPDATED 2020

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Searching for the best Oahu waterfall hikes? You’ve found them! This guide from a Hawaii local tells you everything you need to know about the waterfall hikes on Oahu.

On Oahu, we don’t have the pull-up-and-take-a-picture waterfalls that many of the other Hawaiian Islands do. No, you have to go on a bit of a hike to reach any of our waterfalls on the island. That said, the Oahu waterfall hikes are definitely worth a little bit of extra exercise.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Ko Olina Lagoons, Hawaii

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Are you looking for the ultimate guide to the Ko Olina Lagoons? This guide from a local has everything that you need to know about this picturesque area.

I grew up going to the Ko Olina Lagoons nearly every single week.  That was our family’s go-to beach. I remember when there were just the lagoons, the Ihilani (which is now the Four Seasons), two (instead of three) buildings of the Marriott, and the Fairways. That’s it. No other hotels, no other town houses, and no shops at all. It was a little secluded paradise.

Now, the Ko Olina Lagoons have grown into a tourist hub on Oahu. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s just a little different than it was before. But my 20+ years of experience at the Ko Olina Lagoons prove that I know the area better than nearly anyone else. To give you a better idea of where to stay, relax, have some fun, eat, and have a wedding, I’ve created this ultimate guide to the Ko Olina Lagoons in Hawaii.

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Where to Get the Best Malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii – UPDATED 2020

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Are you looking for the best malasadas on Oahu? Then look no further! This guide has everything you need to know on where to find the best malasadas on Oahu.

If you’ve been following Borders & Bucket Lists for a little while, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a bit of a foodie.  I created a two-part Hawaii food bucket list (here’s part 1 and part 2) filled with the most delicious treats and dishes to try in the islands.  I go around the island of Oahu trying to find the best of the best.

I’m not going to lie. Sometimes I end up trying some pretty bad dishes (when I wrote a post on where to get the best poke bowls on Oahu, I tried some truly terrible poke before finding these recommendations).  I’m not going to lie, I had to try some awful malasadas for this post as well.  But my taste buds suffered so yours don’t have to.  Here’s where to get the best malasadas on Oahu, Hawaii, according to a local.

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Hawaii Packing List (For All the Items You Won’t Remember)

Hawaii Packing List

Millions of tourists come to visit Hawaii each and every year – and many times, they are quite unprepared, because their Hawaii Packing List doesn’t reming them of the things that they’ll forget to bring!  Sure, everyone knows to pack swimwear and flip-flops (slippers for locals), but Hawaii adventures require a bit more than that.  So to help you out, here is a Hawaii Packing List for all the items you won’t think to bring (a Hawaii Packing List pdf is available at the end of the post).

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