McCann Travels: 48 Hours in O’ahu – with Kellene Young, Internal Communications Manager
A few weekends ago, I flew into Honolulu just for the weekend, just because. You may say that is a long flight for only 48 hours on the ground, but it was basically a free trip so I wasn’t about to say no.
Here are my top 5 things to do while on the island of O’ahu:
Find a beach, have a drink. This is obvious. And if it’s the only thing you do while you’re here, your time will be well spent. As you drive around the island, you’ll find that there is no one beach that is better than another—they are all postcard-perfect and public. Pick up a six-pack after you land and hang out on the beach until sunset.
Duke’s is a Waikiki classic with a long history and right in the heart of Honolulu. Doesn’t matter if you eat inside or outside, or what you order. Everything is good.
Get up early and go on a hike. Jetlag will work in your favor here. There are amazing trails all over the island that vary in levels of difficulty. I recommend pushing yourself and doing a mountain ridge hike. I say that because this is where you’ll get the best panoramic views of the island, as well make it worth the calories you will consume at the next stop.
Go to Kono’s Restaurant and order the Haleiwa Fully Loaded Bomber with an iced vanilla macadamia nut coffee. Just order that. If you feel really adventurous, you can get a tattoo of a pig on a surfboard and get 10% off for the rest of your life. Just a thought.
Go to the beach again. I know I said any beach will do, but the Ko Olina Lagoons are four man-made lagoons that are perfect for a quick dip before heading home… or not. Maybe just stay and open a flip-flop stand.