For those of you who have traveled with me before, you know that I love doing what the locals do in every new destination I travel to. This involves eating what they eat, hanging out where they hang out, and embracing their culture as much as I can.
So, when I booked my flight to Oahu, Hawaii on a solo trip, I had one goal in mind.
>>Do as the locals do<<
The app let me quickly search for locals that LIVE on the island of Oahu. I was then able to reach out to them and ask them what hikes were best, where to eat, where to party and where to stay.
They were available through the app before my trip, during my trip, and after my trip. I cannot tell you how helpful it was to have them right there at my fingertips. It was almost like texting a friend and asking them what to do which was super nice while I was by myself.
After I reached out on the app I got great emails from the locals telling me what beaches were less crowded, where to park my rental car, the best nights to go to certain bars, and a bunch of other things ONLY locals know.
Below I share some of the reccs I received from the locals (lokes) on the app that are perfect for solo travelers. A special shoutout to Ariel, Ryan and Sean for helping me out and making my trip one I won’t forget!
Where I Stayed:
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel. One of the locals on the app used to work at this hotel and got me a discounted rate! How sweet is that?! Check out that view of Diamondhead Crater right out the window.
I asked all of the lokes in the area to send me their best hikes on the island and I got a huge list to choose from. One of my favorites was the Lanikai PillBox hike with a view of the entire Kailua side of the island.
I also did the Diamond Head Crater hike which was right next to my hotel. This one was a lot more touristy, but the views were spectacular from the top and you can see the entire city of Honolulu.
I’m a huge fan of Acai bowls so when I saw that Ariel had suggested a few Acai places, I was really excited. I got my first one at Bogart’s Café, and then went to the Banan food truck for another one. YUM!
It wouldn’t be a trip to Hawaii without a stop for some fresh sushi. I was recommended Izakaya Torae Torae and it did not disappoint. Talk about a melt in your mouth experience!
Duke’s, Lulu’s, and Tiki Bar are all bars/restaurants in Honolulu with views of the beach. They were perfect stops to grab fruity drinks, listen to island music, and watch the sunset on my first night in Waikiki. Also, great places to meet people if you’re traveling alone!
>>>Personally I’m not a huge fan of crowds, so Waikiki isn’t the place for me. I spent most of my time traveling up the coastlines and stopping at the gorgeous beaches. I told this to the lokes on the app and they tailored their suggestions to my travel preferences.
North Shore was another mecca for food! I loved stopping at Ted’s Bakery for garlic shrimp and a free slice of pie. I found shrimp trucks all up and down the coast and one of the local faves and the most popular was Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck.
The trip definitely wasn’t complete without some Hawaiian shave ice! So, I stopped at Island Snow Shave Ice to get a shave ice with ice cream at the bottom. YES!
The best part about Oahu is that you can drive a really short distance and find breathtaking beaches! I spent my time away from Waikiki and and ventured to Lanikai (my fave), Kailua and Kahala beaches. The beaches in the North Shore were also incredible! I happened to be there in February when the waves were huge and had a blast watching the surf competitions at Pipeline and Sunset beaches.
There are sooo many things to do in Oahu! I spent my time hiking, driving the North Shore, lounging on the beaches, snorkeling and eating. I didn’t even scratch the surface of activities on the island and I could have easily spent another week there. I got the biggest list of the best activities to do on the Island from the Lokely app.
(Booze Cruise on a catamaran in Waikiki $30 for an hour)
I could have easily listed all of the recommendations I got from the app, but there were so many and they were tailored to me. If you’re traveling to the islands I suggest downloading the app yourself to get your own tailored experience!
I promise you’ll have an amazing time acting like a loke just like I did in Oahu!