Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Following Footsteps into Oahu's History
Want to dig deeper into Hawaiian culture and history during your island vacation? There's no better place to start on than Oahu, home to ancient temples and battlegrounds, WWII historical sites, and the wild scenery of the Windward Coast and North Shore.
Over at LonelyPlanet.com, you can check out my list of five of the most worthwhile day hikes across Oahu, from the easy ascent of Diamond Head near Waikiki to the Maunawaili Trail that snakes below the jagged pali (cliffs). Visit WWII pillboxes or a Hawaiian temple of traditional medicine and healing, all within a surprisingly short drive of Honolulu and Waikiki.
Here's a bonus for blog readers like you! What I didn't have room to include in my Lonely Planet article are da best locals' places to chow down after your hike:
1. Diamond Head - Back in Waikiki, drop by Waiola Shave Ice for icy treats or 1950s-era Leonard's Bakery for malasadas (Portuguese-style doughnuts).
2. Maunawili Trail Network - Drive from any trailhead to Sweet Home Waimanalo market-fresh cafe, pouring veggie smoothies and mint lemonade.
3. Lanikai Pillboxes - Line up at Lanikai Juice for tropical fruit smoothies, often made with produce from organic farms, and heaping fruit bowls.
4. Kaena Point State Park - Backtrack to Haleiwa for sweet Matsumoto Shave Ice from a roadside shack.
5. Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area - Gorge on an island plate lunch or poke rice bowl with spicy eggplant fries on the side at chef Elmer's Poke Stop.
Got another favorite hike on Oahu? Let us know where it is by leaving a comment below!
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Photo credit: Sara Benson & Michael Connolly Jr.