With the busiest day planned ahead, we pulled on running shoes to tackle some of Oahu’s stunning hiking trails, a change from the flip flops and sandals we had been adorning the past few days.
We started off our morning with a short hike down the Judd Trail to Jackass Ginger Pools – an ice cold cluster of natural pools, slides and waterfalls. The water was beautifully clear and it danced gently over the rocks. In the Hawaiian heat, even in the middle of December, we were completely dry just a few minutes after leaving the pools.
Very near to the Jackass Ginger Pools there is a little gap in the overgrowth that is easily missed. It leads to a path of wildly overgrown and beautiful bamboo that leads up to the Kaniakapupu Ruins. Built in 1847, it was only in use for a few decades before it was abandoned.
One of Hawaii’s most famous hikes, Diamond Head sits just outside the bustling metropolis of Honolulu, and allows hikers to climb an actual crater. Neat. It’s easily accessible by bus, and we also passed plenty of direct shuttle buses coming from the hotel district.
The whole thing is 1.5 miles round-trip but there is no shade so it’s incredibly hot the whole way up. Also, you’re meant to pay a $1 entrance fee but we didn’t see anyone in the ticket booth even after waiting five minutes, so we ended up just walking in! If you have a car, parking is $5.
When I fall in love with a place, I might have to go back just to check it’s as real and as incredible as I remember it. That’s exactly how I feel about the stunning Sandy Beach. The vibe is so fun – lots of music and relaxing, in and among the rocks waves come crashing in. I am so glad we had the chance to go back again and watch the tide come in.
The 678 BBQ in Honolulu is amazing because they bring you a whole pile of raw stuff (meats, eggs, veggies, side dishes, sauces, everything) and then you cook it right on your table top!
*Including photos by Celine & Angela