It’s natural when you live in Hawaii to have people visit you. After all, who doesn’t want a family member or friend to live in Hawaii so you can go visit them, right? So yes, I speak from experience when I say you do get lots of visitors :) Recently, three of my visitors asked me why I never wrote about their favorite things we did when I showed them around. Good question!
Here are some of the sites and activities that were most memorable for them.
My aunt and uncle came to visit for my aunt’s 70th birthday. My uncle had served in the military, so for him, a highlight was our time at Pearl Harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial is free, though reservations are required. We also saw the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. We also went to Punchbowl, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. It’s free to visit, and I’ve always liked Punchbowl not just for the view it offers, but for the maps and history about the World War ll battles in the Pacific.
Bike sharing services seem to be super popular everywhere. When people came to visit me in Hawaii and wanted to ride bikes, I would say, “Let’s go for a hike instead.” I did have a bike, and it’s true you can bike ride around Waikiki, but to the uninitiated in ways of Honolulu traffic, drivers, and all the potholes, I was never comfortable taking guests out on bikes. Bike riders do have a new and good option now from Biki. It started in 2017 and they say they have 100 stops between downtown and Waikiki where you can rent one of their bikes. This is good news for my friends who ended up being dragged on hikes when they wanted to ride a bike around town!
One of my friends reminded me of the art scene around Honolulu. The Honolulu Museum of Art and a visit to Doris Duke’s Shangri La is a great outing. Most would say if you only have time for one museum, make it the Bishop Museum. It will give you the best overview of Hawaiian culture.
Visiting the Saturday morning (and Tuesday night) Kapi’olani Community Farmer’s Market near Diamond Head is always fun for visitors. If you’re staying in Waikiki, it’s a great uphill walk to the campus! Speaking of staying in Waikiki, If I’m paying cash for a hotel stay, I always use Pruvo to monitor for price drops!
These ideas for outings reminded me that while my visitors were varied in age, gender, and levels of fitness, there really was something for everyone that was fun and memorable. Want to add anything to this list? Let me know!
P.S. If you are interested in Kauai, check out this post.