Every once in a while I look at the part of Oahu that I’m hiking, snorkeling, visiting or eating at and I’m amazed at how small a piece of paradise I’m actually experiencing.  There are actually more Islands and miles more of hiking trails, beaches and beauty to see and do.

I’ve started to put together a list of things to do in Hawaii that I’m determined to do.  I’ve said many times that I’m not going to leave Hawaii but there is so much to do and see that I’m getting worried that I won’t get it all done.  Besides, getting to the other islands means days off from work and money to travel that I may not have.

Things to Do in Hawaii:  My Hawaiian Bucket List

  1. Lay and Walk on a Black Sand and Red Sand Beach

Maui has the red sand beach that I want to visit (Kaihalulu Beach TripAdvisor page) and Punaluu Beach, on the Big Island, has the black sand that I’m out visit.

  1. Snorkel in Molokini off of Maui
Hanauma Bay Snorkelong

Mokolini is an island about 3 miles off the coast of Maui.  It is rated as one of the best snorkeling and dive spots in the world and, from what I’ve read, it may have the clearest water in Hawaii.

  1. See and the Explore the Sea Cliffs of Molokai

molokai-sea-cliffs-hawaii The tallest sea cliffs in the world that I can actually visit, walk and explore?  Hells to the yes I’m going to visit!  How often are we ever faced with the chance of doing anything that is rated “top in the world”?  I’m so there!

  1. Take a Helicopter Tour of Each Island

I just know that the Hawaiian Islands for the air would be totally breathtaking by looking out my back yard and to the beautiful Koolau mountain range that always have the most beautiful rainbows running across them (I’m talking 4 out of 7 days a week!  Read here for the reason why).

  1. Skydive on the Big Island

This goes to a view of Hawaii from the air that I want.  I picked Hawaii because I’m deathly afraid of planes and heights and the Big Island is largest landing target.  Gonna’ be awesome!

  1. Touch or Save a Green Sea Turtle (Honu)


I love the Hawaiian green sea turtle.  I called myself the “Honu Hawanawana” or “turtle whisperer”.  Touching or harassing the sea turtle is illegal because they are still endangered and protected.  My goal here is to volunteer for an organization that would have me helping the Honu and get a chance to touch one.  I’ve already volunteered and I’m just waiting for the call.

  1. See Whales on a Hike

Humpback whales migrate to and from Hawaii every year and there are many hikes and viewpoints that you can see the migrating whales at certain times of the season.  Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is one spot!

  1. Hunt Wild Pig

I already have native born Hawaiian friends that do this.  I want to go on a wild boar hunt, kill one and then help clean, prepare, roast (in an imu like is tradition in Hawaii) and then eat the hell out of that meat!

  1. Climb the Stairway to Heaven
Haiku Stairs  Courtesy of http://niceartlife.com
Haiku Stairs
Courtesy of http://niceartlife.com

The stairway to heaven hike, or the Haiku Stairs, is a hell of a workout and provides breathtaking views of Oahu in every direction.  It’s illegal and can be dangerous, though.  So…I’ll work out the logistics over time.

      10.  Be Invited to a REAL Luau

I guess this goes with the pig hunt wish but it doesn’t necessarily have to.  I could get them done at the same time but it’s okay if it doesn’t happen that way.  I’m not talking about a touristy luau with all the flash and dance.  I just want to be invited to a family luau in Hawaii somewhere.  Time to start making friends!


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