One of the most spectacularly beautiful places on Earth. Known as the “Gathering Place,” join me as I help you decide what to do, where to go, and what to eat on the incredible island of Oahu.
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Historic Pearl Harbor Footage Courtesy of Pond5.com
FEATURED IN THIS VIDEO:
-Seaside Hawaiian Hostel
-Waikiki Boutique Hostel
Below are some of my personal favorite places…all highly recommended, but I left off a few places…there is so much good food on Oahu. Best bet is to ask the locals…they know best:)
ONE FANTASTIC RESTAURANT that didn’t make the video, but is absolutely delicious is Marukame Udon Noodles in Waikiki. I only didn’t include it, because it’s already so well known. Also Dat Cajun Guy in Hale’iwa is another excellent spot that didn’t make the video.
Featured Places to Eat:
-Helena’s Hawaiian Foods
-Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
-The Pig & The Lady
-Diamond Head Market & Grill
(No website that I could find. Open 9AM-6PM, Closed Sunday & Monday)
(No website that I could find. Open 9AM-3PM, Closed Sunday)
-Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
-Kokonuts Shave Ice
-Waiola Shave Ice
BEACHES:-Waimanalo Bay (Windward Side)
-Lanikai Beach (Windward Side)
-Kahana Bay Beach Park (Windward Side)
-Waimea Bay (North Shore)
-Sunset Beach (North Shore)
-Makapu’u Beach (Southeastern Oahu)
-Ala Moana Beach (Honolulu)
-Halona Beach (Near the Halona Blowhole)
-Haunama Bay (Southeastern Oahu)
THINGS TO DO:
-Aloha Stadium Swap Meet (Hours: Sun 6:30AM-3PM, Wed&Sat 8AM-3PM)
-Scuba Diving (Reef Pirates Diving)
-Go on a Hike
(Hikes Featured: Diamond Head Crater Hike, Makapu’u Lighthouse Point Hike, Lanikai Pill Box Hike, Koko Head Crater Railway Trail)
-Waimea Valley & Falls
-Rent a Car and Explore the Islands
Kailua (Especially the Farmer’s Market outside Whole Foods every Thursday evening)
Kāneʻohe (Especially the Botanical Gardens and the Valley of the Temples
Kayaking out to Mokili’i Island
Kahuku Land Farms (ESPECIALLY THEIR PAPAYA)
NOT MENTIONED IN THE VIDEO:
The Bishop Museum is a very cool museum in Honolulu
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I’d love to see a visit to the iconic Ilikai
You’re so hilarious and very informative! In Oahu now, made notes to do several of your recommends-thanks Matt!
Of all the videos I have watched on YouTube about Oahu, this is my favorite. We finally made it to Oahu last year and we’ve visited most of the places Matt mentioned.
We legit followed everything he suggested local to Waikiki – he fucking nailed it. Everything was amazing, AND we loved that he didn’t add too much fluff to his recommendations like other videos
@Joseph Blaze yes it was during Covid between 7/25- 8/2/21 and masks were enforced but we still had the best time ever. Also, my family lives here
Yes he did
I suppose you travelled during Covid-19 period; how was the situation there? Did the pandemic affect your experience negatively in some ways?
Just got back yesterday. I’ve never felt such sadness leaving a place. I love Oahu.
The jellyfish segment made me laugh. As someone who lived on Oahu for 7 years, I too, have to say you nailed this list. Brought back a lot of wonderful memories, too. Mahalo!
Good job, Matt. You certainly know how to make a relevant and pretty interesting video on YouTube. Kudos for you. Hit the nail in the head in all aspects.
Thank you so much for sharing!! My family and I are planning a trip there this summer and I’m so glad I stumbled on this video. I hope to visit as much of the mentioned places as possible!
Never underestimate the power of the ocean. Also never turn your back to the ocean
You don’t mean physically, right? Walking backwards on the beach can be hell.
Matt, we used this video to plan our trip to Oahu and it was PERFECT! You’re our new travel guide 😁 Thank you for such great content!!!
@Franz Franz We stayed for 10 days and I’d say we spent between $20-40 per person everyday on food and about 300-400 per person on excursions
How many days did u stayed and how much money you spent ? .
Really great video! Happy to say we’ve done a lot of the activities you mention in the video in the few trips we’ve done to Hawaii. Can’t wait to head back again some time soon.
We are in Oahu right now, this video is amazing, our bible to explore! Thank you Matt!
I am a Ute woman (Nu’mahmuch) of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and I believe when visiting our indigenous brothers and sisters homelands, we as visitors should be respectful to the people (land, culture and traditions) we as visitors should not be ignorant and disrespectful. I hope to sometimes soon visit Hawaii. ❤
Mahalo, thank you, my sister! I hope someday you can visit Oahu.
I am indigenous Tahitian, cousin to my Hawaiian brothers and sisters.
I still live here, and I whole heatedly agree, Wiaola’s is the best for shave ice. Also one very important tip for all visitors, please please please keep it clean. Put your trash in trash cans and not dump it where ever.
Advice for tourists: research the major thoroughfares in hawaii. Specifically, find out their names.
Directions in hawaii aren’t given by designation; they’re given by landmarks and names.
For example, you’re not going Westbound on the H-1, you’re going Ewabound (Ewa is a major town that is on the western side of the island)
And it’s not called Route 72, it’s called Kalanianaole highway.
If you ask where “Route 72” is, you’re not going to get an answer.
If you ask where Kalanianaole Highway is, it’s much more helpful.
@Jgizzy -redacted- ka-la-ni-ah-na-o-le
@zxy atiywariii you also bring up a valid point.
@Tyler Ireland I always suggest, if people have trouble pronouncing Hawaiian names, write down ones like this and keep in your car. Then you can show people and ask, how to get here?
OR you could just use the GPS on your phone… or rental car.
@Jgizzy -redacted- I mean he has a point. For tourists it can be difficult to pronounce some of those names.
Thanks so much for all the amazing tips! I watched like 5 times to take down all the notes, and many spots you mentioned also match my friends’ suggestions. Will be in Hawaii in 10 days, can’t wait!!!
As a local, born and raised on Oahu, I gotta say he nailed it.
What is the weather like in mid April? Also is there lots of tourists in oahu in April or is it pretty quiet?
In your opinion, how many days, without feeling rushed will I need in Oahu to do most of these things?
I’m moving to Oahu
@Maverick Quartero I’m going in March.. Any tips?
yeah, no still (sigh)
We just went to Oahu for the first time in February and the Koa Pancake house was our favorite! Those fried potatoes and fluffy pancakes were the perfect breakfast!
Growing Little Ones for Jesus Awesome! Not sure I’ve been there! I’ll have to check it out! Thanks for the tip:)
Thank you very much for the video! It is very helpful👌
MattyBRaps Fans Glad you liked it! Thanks!!
As a Hawaiian girl born and raised on Oahu, I have to say this guy nailed it! His personality is great too!
@Mikaele Rosecrans I have
But one thing hasn’t tried is L&L and Korean BBQs 😂☠️
@Lotso The Bear I hope to not call it because I have seen near everything on oahu i also recommend kawaii.
He is right they are all amazing places I have been to near all of them but there are a couple he missed but I am not telling
What is the weather like in April in oahu? Also what is the tourist rates like is it a lot or quiet? X