A few weeks ago we had a dear relative come to stay with us. She'd been to Oahu before and had stayed in Waikiki, but it was only a short weekend on her way to the Big Island with her husband.
She hated it.
I'll concede that Waikiki isn't for everyone. What is exciting, bustling and full of energy to some, is overcrowded and overwhelming to others.
Then she came to stay with us. Of course, she was treated to my Circle Island Tour...twice. On the curve in the road that marks Kahana Bay she remarked, "I had no idea that Oahu had this type of scenery. I've been to Maui, I've been to the Big Island, but Oahu is my favorite island now...and I hated it the first time I came."
If Waikiki isn't your "thing" either - I implore you to get out and see what O'ahu has to offer. From the stunning Ko'olau mountain peaks, to the pristine white sands of Kailua Beach, to the spectacular walk back to Waimea Falls, and so much more. If you've only seen Waikiki, you haven't seen all this island has to offer, which is diverse and absolutely splendid. I've lived on this 44 mile stretch of rock for almost a decade now, and never tire of it.
Of course I operate a small photography tour business - but if, like Waikiki, photography isn't your "thing", please contact me. I'd be happy to share with you some reputable companies that offer great tours.
For my local readers or repeat visitors, what's your favorite spot on Oahu?
By the way, it's okay if it's Waikiki.
I'm rather fond of it myself.