One one of our last days in Oahu, we took a road trip around the south, east, and north shores of the island. We drove along the coast, and because Oahu is an island, everywhere we drove we had beautiful views of the shoreline, beaches, and sparkling blue water. We started out in Waikiki and drove past the Koko head crater into the Hawaii Kai area. We stopped at a lookout where we overlooked Cockroach Cove (where part of the movie 50 First Dates was filmed), the Halona Blowhole, and Sandy Beach (a beautiful beach known for being one of the most dangerous beaches on the island).
Next we drove to the eastern most point of the island and hiked up the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse trail. Although the hike was extremely hot and slightly challenging for some of us wearing flip flops, we were rewarded with an amazing view of the Rabbit and Turtle Islands, a beautiful shoreline, and some very cool tide pools.
We continued farther up the east coast past Waimanalo Bay into Kailua District where President Obama stayed during his Christmas Vacation this year. We stopped at Island Snow (supposedly one of Obama’s favorites) for our last taste of authentic Hawaiian shaved ice, and I’m pretty sure we all thoroughly enjoyed our treats.
The last leg of our road trip took us up to Hauula where we enjoyed Oahu’s “best fish tacos” at the Northshore Tacos restaurant. This was probably one of my favorite meals of the entire trip. We all drove home with content stomachs and awe and appreciation for the beauty of the Hawaiin islands.