O’ahu’s Hidden Gems, and How to Find Them

As promised in my last post, I am releasing some of my best-kept secrets! Something about working in a cold pressed juice shop, constantly sampling concoctions packed full of vital nutrients our bodies crave, makes me hungrier for adventure than ever before. Nix to the energy drinks and power bars, my drive for exploration is always fueled by filling my body with the healthiest foods that are sourced locally. Juices like the ones at Shaka will blow you away with the energy and mood boosters they deliver. On top of that, they are great for complexion and digestion. I know that when you feel good, you look good, and you stay motivated longer. So a quick Thank You to my favorite Cold Press shop, Shaka!

Without further ado… Here we go!

 

#1: The Tree House:

This is my favorite spot if I’m jones-ing for a view. Up on Mt. Tantalus, you can sit at stare at beautiful Honolulu and picturesque Diamond Head below. This is also a favorite for a quick night hike for some amazing stargazing on this side of the island. With the city lights, South Shore doesn’t always have the best view of the stars. But from way up on the mountain I promise you’ll be dazzled by all the lights- both from the sky and the lit up cityscape below! Just a handful of turns past Puu Ualakaa State Wayside Park, you will see a trail marker on the right side of the road. The trail forks right off the entrance, go right and follow it up to a large banyan and the tree house will be hanging over the edge in a tree off the cliff. Happy trails and good luck!

 

#2: Alan Davis Beach:

Also know as Pele’s Chair or “Pirate Planks”, this little cove is the best for an afternoon of fun with friends, rock running, and snorkeling/free diving! If you get here for sunrise you will always have the whole place to yourself, and the marine life will be breath taking. Hundreds of fish. So beatiful. Jumping off the plank is always fun too. For this little gem, park at the Makapuu Light House trail parking lot. At the start of the paved trail, you will see a dirt trail veering right down towards the sea. It’s a bit of a walk but it so worth it. The beautiful Koko Head Crater makes the perfect backdrop for this beach day.

 

#3: West Side Tide Pools:

If you have seen the hashtag #westsidebestside lately, let me just tell you it’s the truth. I put off going to the west side for months after moving here because I heard it could be dangerous with high levels of theft and confrontation. And although that wasn’t entirely wrong, I have had zero troubles thus far. The West side is one of the most beautiful parts of the island. The mountains are breathtaking and the beaches are HUGE and deserted! Not to mention some of the best snorkeling on the island is off of Electric Beach, another favorite! If you drive all the way out to Ka’ena Point, or at least as far as your car can make it, and the walk along the dirt road for about 20 minutes you will come to some breath taking tide pools. Filled with marine life like colorful sea urchins and cowry shells, these are pools fit for a mermaid, or merman! Don’t forget a mask, you’ll want to see this! Not to mention the towering mountains that complete your view when look back East towards the rest of the island. 

 

 

            Now I can’t give all of my secrets away just yet. And even though I have a long list I’m dying to share with you guys, I have to keep you coming back for more somehow! If you have any questions or just want a little more detail on the locations of these places, feel free to drop a comment and I will get back to you asap. And remember, you will most likely need an energy booster before you embark on your new and epic adventures! That means you should come to Shaka and fuel up on your favorite Cold Pressed! Mahalo Nui, friends!