stairway to heaven is next to impossible to climb these days. they have two guards now who switch days, one that i swear shows up by 430 and will chase you down…seriously, he’s one of the best climbers on the island, if not thee, he will bring you down and ticket you. the other, not so much. but if you show up after 5am, forget it. plus the neighbors will report you if they see you park your car on the road nearby and leave looking like a hiker. we managed to get up one of out of two attempts, using same 400am departure method. we scaled an 8 ft fence and walked in a sewer.
– blt in trump
– morimoto’s in the modern
– kai market brunch
– little village in chinatown
– sansei for sushi
despite the being the more impoverished part of island, leeward oahu has some beautiful spots. wet caves, amazing beaches at end. drive to the end of the road, and hike/walk kaena point, and ocean front hike (about 4.5m r/t) that ends with an albatross nesting ground and on most days, some of the critically endangered hawaiian monk seals. sometimes you can see the leeward dolphin pods as well. very sunny and hot, go first thing in am and brings lots of water/coverage/sunscreen. don’t bring Anything you don’t need on trip, don’t leave anything in car in case it’s broken into. basically, if you can’t lose it, leave at hotel or bring with you.
kualoa ranch atv trip (2 hr a must to get into heart of valley).
kapiolani comm college saturday morning farmer’s market.
snorkeling at shark’s cove (if it’s not too surf-y yet on north shore).
wild spinner dolphin/turtle snorkel boat trip by ocean adventures out of koolina marina.
paradise cove luau at koolina. most edible luau food on oahu, though it’s not saying much. best show and best view/atmosphere since it’s far out of town.
duke’s has good nightlife on sunday evenings.