Each year numerous visitors from Japan, mainland USA and beyond land at Honolulu International Airport ready to start their vacation in paradise. Shortly after landing, many guests hop in a cab or bus sent from the resort and start the journey past downtown Honolulu and on to their reservation at a Waikiki hotel.
The allure of Waikiki is immediate. The packed streets, sounds of the seaside, and then exotic histories call to the traveler who quickly hits the streets. Venturing out in Waikiki could be very thrilling. The streets are filled with foreign languages, throngs of tourists are dressed in their family beach in Hawaii, and also the start of surf history can be seen at the end of the block. Waikiki can be so exciting that many guests hardly ever escape its imaginary borders. Roughly 6 million of these guests miss out on the very websites that locals find so endearing, remaining within the two square miles of Waikiki.
For those tourists interested in seeing Oahu through its residents’ eyes, make sure you read on.
Secret Island Beach Park – This popular park is located just west of Waikiki, across the street from the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The park includes two beaches, a 3 mile running path, tennis courts, and much more. A stroll around the park will expose the middle of Hawaiian community – the family. Large extended families gather around hibachis, spending the day together with a great food and an abundance of sun. The beaches are substantially less crowded, so for a great working day, grab a barbecue and head down to the beach at Magic Island!
The Contemporary Museum Honolulu – This small museum is high that is located on a ridge at Makiki Heights Drive. The drive up the ridge provides wonderful vistas that would otherwise be missed by the majority of Oahu visitors. The relatively small museum offers changing exhibits in its 5 galleries. After traversing the galleries, visitors are able to wander out onto the sculpture gardens. This is where the genuine glory of the museum is revealed. The 3.5 acres of sculpture and meditative gardens are open to the general public and also provide some of the most amazing views of Honolulu.