How to Spend 24 Hours in Hawaii

Photo of GE Keoni
28 June 2017

See Hanauma Bay

If youʻre coming from the airport, make your way towards Waikīkī, but don’t waste your time there. Drive until the highway ends, and continue your journey onto Kalaniana’ole Highway. You’ll drive through a few towns within Honolulu before heading to our first destination: Hanauma Bay.

Hanauma Bay is a snorkeler’s paradise, where shallow reefs are home to thousands of colorful fish, turtles, reef sharks, and other marine organisms. The bay is a beautiful blue color and the sand is bright white – picturesque tropical beauty. Spend a few hours soaking up the sun here, as it is open from 6am-7pm (closed on Tuesdays).

Waimanalo Beach with Rabbit Island in the background © GE Keoni

Spend time in Waimanalo

Go horse-riding

Continuing on your journey, youʻll pass through Kailua, then make your way into Kāne’ohe, home to Kaa’awa Valley, which is a popular filming site for many Hollywood movies. Take a guided horseback ride through the jungle, enjoying the tranquil sounds of birds and flowing rivers. Learn about the modern and ancient culture of the valley, which was once considered one of the most sacred places in all Hawaii.

Be amazed by Kahana Bay

Hiking Trail, Park
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Crouching Lion Trail | © Kalena McElroy
Crouching Lion Trail | © Kalena McElroy
After lunch, continue down the scenic route, where youʻll be greeted by Kahana, one of the most beautiful bays in all Hawaii. You can get panoramic views of Kahana by hiking off the beaten path on a trail known as “crouching lion”. It is very easy to get there; just park your car on the side of road in the dirt path, it is right before Trout Farm Road. The hiking trail is unmarked, but walk up the hill and you should see steps, which lead to the start of the trail head. This hike can be dangerous if done after heavy rainfall as it will be very slippery, but it is well worth it. Make sure you go hiking with a friend, always.

Shop and surf in Hale’iwa

Finish off the day with a beautiful sunset at Laniakea beach (turtle beach), and watch the sun set over the beautiful island with some new Hawaiian friends. Green sea turtles bask in the sun to warm up, and can be seen watching the sunset just like you. They love the peace and quiet, so please respect the wildlife and enjoy the beach in its natural state.

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