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8 of the Most Fun Things to Do on Oahu for Locals

There’s no better way to experience a new destination than through the eyes of a local! Whether you’re making your home on the island or even just visiting for the first time, check out our list of the most fun things to do on Oahu for locals! Discover for yourself what makes this slice of paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean such a dreamy destination! Fall in love with sunny skies, cerulean waters, and the delicious island fare. Continue reading to learn more about our favorite things to do on Oahu! 

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Top 8 Fun Things to Do on Oahu for Locals

1. Sip on Frothy Brews at Local Breweries

Chow down on tasty eats and wash them down with a cold, craft beer at some of the best Oahu breweries! Some of our favorites include Kona Brewing Co., Waikiki Brewing Company, and Beer Lab HI.  

2. Search for the Best Free Things to Do

Searching for some of the best free things to do on Oahu? Consider packing a picnic for a day trip to the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden or hike the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail. You might even enjoy a night of hula dancing on Waikiki Kuhio Beach or a firework display at the Hilton.

Pro Tip: Be on the lookout for more free things to do and more exciting Oahu events!

3. Hit up the Farmers’ Market and Cook Authentic Hawaiian Food

Peruse fresh produce and homemade local foods at some of the island’s best farmers’ markets! Try your hand at recreating local cuisine with some of the unique and tasty ingredients you can find at Kailua Farmers Market, KCC Farmers Market, and more!

4. Hike the Diamond Head Crater

No visit to this Hawaiian island is complete without hiking the Diamond Head Crater! This one-of-a-kind Oahu excursion is an experience you won’t ever forget.

5. Feast on Authentic Eats in Chinatown

In addition to a bustling nightlife scene, Honolulu’s Chinatown also houses many of Oahu’s best-kept secrets. Fuel up for a day full of adventure with tasty morsels, mouth-watering dim sum, and delicious noodle dishes.

6. Find a Quiet Beach

Sometimes it pays to venture off the beaten path. Especially when you’re competing for privacy with hordes of tourists. Shh… keep these secret (or at least quiet) Oahu beaches to yourself:

  • Halona Cove
  • Makapu’u Beach
  • Mokuleia Beach
  • Waimanalo Beach
  • “From Here to Eternity” Beach
  • Ke Iki Beach
  • White Plains Beach
  • Yokohama Bay

7. Satiate Your Sweet Tooth

If you can’t seem to kick your craving for sweets, then opt for a delicious treat from everyone’s favorite local spots. Leonard’s Bakery is one of the best places to eat in Honolulu! Maybe you’d prefer something to cool you off after a day in the sun. Grab a delicious scoop of shaved ice at Matsumoto Shave Ice or Waiola Shave Ice.

8. Discover the Best Snorkeling Spots on Oahu

Find the most colorful and lively marine life at the best snorkeling spots in Hawaii. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro when it comes to finding fish, you can discover the perfect spot to explore the sea on Oahu. Extra points if you can spot sea turtles! It’s not uncommon!

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