Ho’onani Oahu

Before anything else, I have to tell you that plane tickets to Oahu, Hawaii are expensive, even if you are coming from the US of A! Our plane tickets costed us roughly $700 roundtrip per person!

That’s more than a plane ticket to most countries in ASIA! But don’t worry, Southwest has a proposed route that is supposedly flying into the island soon and is definitely out to keep competition up and prices down!

If you are having doubts about going to Oahu, check out this video that we made and it’ll be sure to give you plenty of motivation 😉

Aloha, Oahu Hawaii!

If you do get to have the chance to find some cheap and rare tickets that goes for $400 roundtrip, you’re in luck because that is considered a STEAL. Also, can I just tell you right now that Oahu is FREAKING beautiful?!

I never imagined it to be the way it is. Hawaii is also the only US state to ever have a royal family and a royal palace! The Kingdom of Hawaiʻi originated in 1795 with the unification of the islands of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Molokaʻi, and Lānaʻi. Kauaʻi and Niʻihau soon joined the kingdom In 1810 and two major dynastic families ruled the kingdom: the House of Kamehameha and the House of Kalākaua. Oahu, is still home to the ʻIolani Palace, the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs: King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, which you can visit with a guided tour.

‘Iolani Palace


When I was planning this trip, I had about the same expectation as other trips to tropical countries that I’ve been lucky to visit but oh man, Oahu? I think I found my new retirement place!

Our rental parked on the side of Kamehameha Highway

If you are a beginner to Oahu, Hawaii, I have a few (3 to be exact) suggestions for you.

First off, you might want to start in Oahu and you might want to rent a car so you can get around the island.

Trust me, it’s definitely worth the experience! Car rental fees starts at about $45/day for companies such as enterprise, budget, and avis.

Secondly, you might want to stay in a hotel in Waikiki where everything is accessible (including ABC stores in every corner, which is the Hawaiian equivalent of an upscale 7-11).

You can definitely find hotels and condos from around $75 and up but we chose Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel because of it’s to-die for beach front views (I swear this is NOT a paid advertising). An oceanfront room will cost you a steep $189-$200 per night (plus hotel fees) but you will be rewarded with the best sunsets you have ever seen in your entire life!

Sunset from the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

Balcony facing Waikiki Beach

View of Diamond Head Crater, a defunct volcano

We stole a drone pic of our room balcony and immediately got a warning call from hotel security, worth the risk I think as we captured some pretty nice videos!

Waikiki Beach

Thirdly, you especially might want to drive to other beaches and experience the local life because this is where you will feel the real island vibe.

Driving the western coast of Oahu

A local parked at the side of the road to fish, what a life!

First stop, Waimanalo Beach. This was the perfect introduction to Hawaiian beaches. White-pink soft sands, beautiful soft-blue waves, I mean, we just found a spot and laid out our beach mats (that we bought at an ABC store for $2 each).

Waimanalo Beach

Then we went on to Kuaoloa Mountain Park facing Chinaman’s Hat island.

Kuaoloa Mountain Range

Kuaoloa Mountain Park

A view of Chinaman’s Hat Island from the park

A beach nearby

We got to visit Kaneohe Bay which has the most magnificent mountain ranges and drove through to Ka’a’awa Valley which looked like it came straight out of a movie set. Not surprisingly, a lot of famous Hollywood movies were shot there like Jurassic Park and I can definitely see why!

Aerial View of Ka’a’awa Valley taken with the DJI Mavic Pro

Aerial view of Ka’a’awa Beach taken with the DJI Mavic Pro

As we didn’t have any plans, we parked at the first empty beach area, took out our beach mats, and spent half a day at the Ka’a’awa Beach (and returned the next two days).

Ka’a’awa Beach

Ka’a’awa Beach

At this point, I really felt like a local. The next day we did more driving and headed to the north of the island to experience the “North Shore” area and to also try the famous Giovanni’s Food Truck. We got around using Google maps and Yelp fine so if you’re worried about getting lost, there’s also only a few major highway from Waikiki area to North and if you want to see the west coast, take the Kamehameha Highway.

Giovanni’s Food Truck

Going back to Waikiki area, don’t forget to stop by Sandy Beach as you will see some gorgeous volcanic black rocks and tide pools.

Sandy Beach

The beach is also home to famous food trucks in Oahu!

And that ends my Oahu recap! If you ask, will I go back? I’ll tell you that I’m already planning my next trip! Why?

The people are chill.

The weather is absolutely amazing all year round (according to my Fiance who has gone at all seasons of the year).

Tropical Flora and Fauna with the best greenery you’ve ever seen.

and most of all, the beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world! It is so unreal!

I promise!

I hope you enjoyed my mini guide to Oahu, Hawaii and hope that you can get the chance to visit this beautiful Island.

My next goal to visit in the Hawaiian Islands is Maui!

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