There’s something magical about the Hawaiian Islands. And the beauty is that you can see, smell, hear, taste and feel it!
I had the pleasure of growing up on Oahu and falling in love with it. It’s the friendly Hawaiian people, the majestic blue Pacific Ocean, the ono delicious food, the relaxed pace of life, and the exotic, tropical surroundings that fill me with the Spirit of Aloha.
My passion is finding the best of the best in everything. And the best of Oahu is no exception! While I tend to covet the traditional things that make this Island so special, I’m always in search of new discoveries, great finds, and best deals to be found.
Today I am happily married and blessed with two beautiful children, an 8 yr old daughter named Kailani (Heavenly Ocean) and a 2 yr old son named Kekoa (The Chief). Now I have the privilege of introducing them to the best Oahu beaches, hikes, plate lunches, Hawaiian music and everything else Hawaii at its best!
For years I’ve helped guide friends and family who visited the islands. I've advised them on where to stay, what to eat, and the best things to do on Oahu. Not only do I steer them to some of the better main attractions, but my goal is to get them off the hard beaten path and discover the real Oahu that I know and love.
This passion has led me to create www.best-of-oahu.com, where I can share my Oahu tips and favorites with everyone who stumbles upon this site. I hope you are able to travel in my footsteps and discover the magic for yourselves!
Mahalo for visiting our site, and I hope you have the best time in Oahu!
Beaches – Lanikai Beach, Makapu’u Beach Park, Waimanalo Bay
Surf Spot – Ala Moana Bowls
Hike – Hiking Diamond Head
Golfing – Pali Golf Course
Sunset Spot – Ala Moana Park
Nightlife – Live Jazz at the Kahala Hotel and Resort
Hawaiian Musicians - Brothers Cazimero, Makaha Sons, Ka’ao Crater Boys, Ale’a, Gabby Pahinuhi
Hawaiian Radio Station - 105 KINE
Hawaii Artist – Kim Taylor Reece, Avi Kiriaty
Breakfast – Boots & Kimos, Sam Choy’s
Plate Lunch – Rainbow Drive Inn & L&L Barbeque
Nice lunch – Roy’s Restaurant at Ko Olina, Pineapple Room, Ethel's
Dinner – Shokudo, Roy’s Restaurant
Sweets – Leonard’s Bakery, Teddy’s Pies
I generally tell new visitors coming to Oahu, that the island is beautiful and full of entertainment. And no matter what they do or where they go, they are bound to have a good time.
But for those who are familiar with Oahu…staying in Waikiki, driving around the island and shopping at the International Market Place, are most likely searching for a new experience.
It’s common to see vacationers head to Maui, Kauai, or the Big Island to escape the busy city life that Oahu seems to portray. But what they don’t understand is that you can really just about have it all on Oahu. You just need to know how to get around and where to explore!
I’ll provide some great tips, lead you out of the hustle and bustle, and open your eyes to a new Oahu experience. Travel to beaches where you can stamp your own footprint in the sand, enjoy meals that define the Hawaiian word “Ono”, and shop only at the unique places that standout from the rest.
Mahalo for visiting and I hope you find the Aloha Spirit during your stay in Oahu… or rather, I hope it finds you and finds you well.