I was curious whether people had a few sugesstions as to some more obscure or not-so-well-known activities in and around Oahu. I usually stay in Kailua or Lanikai, and have paddled out to those islands, done a bit of hiking, snorkeled Hanauma Bay, etc.
What are some "must-do" activities that I don't know about? Or perhaps a cool restaurant or two?
Aloha Johnny I lived in Hawaii for quite awhile. If you like hiking there are many places to go out there. One perfect place was up near Manoa (near the UH Campus). It wasn't a long hike and it has a nice little waterfall area. If you happen to jump in and hear an alarm in the water that is probably my watch still beeping LOL. But there are lots of areas to go hiking. There is another great area near Hanuama Bay. It's in a gated community but they will allow you access during the day. The hike is several miles long but it's a great one with lots of good views. There are many more but I can't remember them all. Hope this helps. Far as the restuarants I ate like a local. L&L Drive Thru and Rainbows are great.
I know that it may sound touristy, but I would also recommend the Polynesian Culture Center. It's up on the North Shore near BYU-Hawaii. Also if you have alot of time to kill, I would recommend riding the bus around the island. I'm not sure if they still do but they go around the whole island and you can keep using your transfer to ride it. You can actually get some great views of Waimanalo and other areas.
I would recommend taking a trip out to the North Shore and the surrounding area. There's more there to see than just surfers - there are lots of funky shops and stalls.
There's some turtles in the North Shore. Take your snorkelling gear so you can swim with them but don't touch them!! There's always someone on the beach to let you know not to touch them. But they are beautiful.
I think I went to the waterfall that tigger suggested. It was fine in Waikiki but when we got to the car park in the valley, it was pouring with rain, so just be prepared. The hike was gorgeous and the waterfall was beautiful. Definately recommend it.
You can also walk to the North West point of the island. It took us about 3 hours to and back from the North side of the island but my workmate wants to go from the west.
Then there's the shrimp trucks... My 3rd time visiting the shrimp trucks in the one and a half months that I've been here.
Kailua is beautiful. I love the beach there (you probably know since you stay there a lot).
Let me know if there are some places that I still have to see. I can only go in the weekends and holidays, but that's ok. Also if you know of any good hikes then please let me know!!