Known for: Water activities
Island lifestyle 
Traditional Hawaiian culture
Music & dance
Volcano, waterfalls and great hikes

Get tossed around in the enlivening surf in the morning, break a sweat up to a mountain summit, lay under a palm tree in a hammock in the heat of the day and cool off at an Eastern beach, floating in ultimate relaxation in the blue azure ocean. Why would you want to leave Hawaii?

Photo of Diamond Head peak


1. Take a tour with Hoku Tours. Our host Kanamu was witty and knows absolutely everything about Oahu. The trip lasted 11 hours, and Kanamu shared fascinating stories and history the entire time. If you’re going to take any tour, this is the one.

Photo of waterfall in Hawaii
Swimming under a waterfall

Photo of a Lei Garden
A cute veggie garden we stumbled upon.
Photo of us at the summit of a mountain
My lovely new friend!
Photo of mountain in Hawaii
Jurassic Park mountain

2. Spruce up your surfing skills at Ohana Surf Project.Β Owned by a group of the hippest young people, Chelsea and the team know their waves like the back of their hand, and will help you feel like a pro in no time.

Photo of us surfing
Johnny & I catching some waves.

3.Β Take a dip at Kailua beach and explore the cute surf and craft shops.

Photo of man and his dog

4. While you’re in Kailua, do the Lanikai Pillbox hike. Take in the landscape of the east coast, with a birds-eye-view of leafy palms, neighbourhoods and rolling surf beaches.

8. Get up at 5am and hike up Diamond Head monument.

Photo of view from Diamond Head monument
View from Diamond Head monument
Photo of pathway to the lookout
Pathway to the lookout

9. Buy fresh fruit from the side of the road and sip on fresh coconuts.

Photo of me drinking coconut
My coconut is larger than the lady who sold it to me!
Photo of fruit stall
People in Hawaii are so friendly and great to chat to.

10. Relax under a palm tree and watch the sunset.

Photo of palm tree


Photo of Waikiki view

While in Oahu I stayed at an incredible apartment in Kapiolani Blvd. This was the view!


Ai Love Nalo:Β If you can’t decide what you feel like, get a buddha bowl, they have a taste of everything!

Nalu: A health food bar which is fresh, tasty and affordable. I highly recommend their acai bowl.

Travel tip: Love cookies? Honolulu Cookie company give away free samples in EVERY STORE. This was great to find out as I ate my fair share, probably for a lifetime. They are out of this world.


My pack was full of winter coats and boots this time round, so I lived in a spaghetti strap dress my mum picked up in California, a singlet + leggings/beach wrap skirt, and my white Tommy Hilfiger shirt as a cover which is honestly the best item of clothing I have ever bought (I have never been burnt since, touch wood).

Photo of my outfit
Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger β€’ Skirt: Vintage β€’ Sandals: 90s Tevas

People will tell you not to go to WaikikiΒ because it’s “touristy” and “packed with people”, but seriously, where isn’t these days? I loved Oahu and felt comforted as a solo traveller by all the people. It meant I could walk around alone at night and feel safe. The city is lively with great live music and both locals and tourists go out to dance and be merry. The beaches are idillic, once you get away from Waikiki, and if you get to the hiking spots and monuments early, you can escape the tourist rush.

Hawaii, you have my heart! Next stop: Rome.


Liv x




  1. gillianstravelling

    This looks like so much fun! I’d love to do something like this if i could only just pluck up the courage. Feel free to have a little read at some of my recent blogs. Of course, they’re nothing as exciting as this but I guess you’ve gotta start somewhere. Anyway, great blog post! X

  2. Stephan Lorrie

    Oh wow this trip looks insane! I am so keen to try surfing so it’s good to know about a good place to go. Thanks for the tips Olivia!

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