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Oahu Meet the locals

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Oahu: Honolulu Airport (HNL) Traditional Lei Greeting

1. Oahu: Honolulu Airport (HNL) Traditional Lei Greeting

Experience genuine Hawaiian hospitality the minute you step off the plane as you are greeted at the baggage claim area with a fresh flower lei and a warm welcome. The only agenda is you. Enjoy personal service as your local expert escorts you through the airport. Your local greeter will also suggest some Oahu illustrating points of interest, and answer any questions about the islands.

Oahu: Diamond Head Sunrise Hike with Acai Bowl and Malasada

2. Oahu: Diamond Head Sunrise Hike with Acai Bowl and Malasada

Enjoy an early morning hike to see the sunrise and taste local gourmet food. Start your day with a hike in Diamond Head, a volcanic cone famous for its crystal clusters, and finish up your tour with an acai bowl at a local hotspot. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to the trailhead to start your 30-minute hike. Take in views of Waikiki from the peak of your journey, enjoy 360-degree panoramic views, and watch the sunrise. After climbing the mountain, start your day in a healthy way with a mini acai bowl at Cafe Bogart's, a popular spot with locals, before returning to your hotel at around 9 AM.

Oahu: Honolulu Like a Local - Customized City Walking Tour

3. Oahu: Honolulu Like a Local - Customized City Walking Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once we receive your booking, the supplier get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They will hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Honolulu, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Hike and Oahu Tour

4. From Waikiki: Manoa Falls Hike and Oahu Tour

Find yourself at Manoa Falls after hiking through a tropical forest and enjoy a tour of Oahu on this day trip from Waikiki. Stop at scenic beaches and see wildlife before visiting a historic Hawaiian town and macadamia nut farm. Your tour begins with a pickup from your hotel in Waikiki. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle as you drive towards the starting point of your hike. Trek through the vibrant green forest and be stunned as you approach the towering Manoa Falls. Return to your vehicle and rest as you make your way to the east side of Oahu. Stop at scenic locations and idyllic beaches before making a lunch break at a beloved shrimp truck (at your own expense). From lunch, head towards the North Shore to look out for local wildlife, like sea turtles and monk seals. During your search, stop at the only working macadamia nut farm in a historic Hawaiian town before your return to Waikiki.

Oahu: Honolulu Airport (HNL) Honeymoon Lei Greeting

5. Oahu: Honolulu Airport (HNL) Honeymoon Lei Greeting

Experience true Hawaiian hospitality the minute you step of the plane as you are greeted at your arrival gate with a fresh flower lei and warm "aloha!" The only agenda is YOU. Enjoy personal service as your local expert escorts you through the airport. Hawaii Flower Lei is one of few companies with the credentials to greet you right at your gate. Rest easy upon arrival as you are warmly greeted with traditional leis right at your gate and escorted to baggage claim or your connecting flight. Your local greeter will also give you a map of Oahu illustrating points of interest, and answer any questions you may have about the islands. An airport lei greeting sets the tone for your entire Hawaiian vacation! It's a tradition you won't want to miss!

Hawaii: Private Guided Van Tour

6. Hawaii: Private Guided Van Tour

Create your dream tour of Hawaii with a customizable tour. Pick and choose the sites that interest you the most and avoid wasting time on an organized tour. Benefit from convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. With your private van and the personalized attention of your driver-guide, enjoy the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests and take in the sights at your own pace. See famous sights such as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees to be paid on site), or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters like the waterfalls along the Hamakua Coast. This tour is perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, friends, and special interest groups. It can also be customized to meet the needs of guests with mobility limitations.

From Honolulu: North Shore Horseback Adventure with Transfer

7. From Honolulu: North Shore Horseback Adventure with Transfer

Explore the gorgeous North Shore of Oahu by horse and enjoy an amazing opportunity to truly connect with the natural landscape. Join a guided journey departing directly from your Honolulu hotel and marvel at your surroundings with a scenic drive and horseback ride. Start your day with a lovely drive while hearing the history of the island. Cross the Nu’uanu Pali Highway to the windward coastline. See the picturesque Ko’olau Mountain Range and Chinaman's Hat Island from afar as you head to the famous North Shore. Ride a horse up scenic mountain trails, through open pastures and a serene rainforest. Admire the incredible views before stopping to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at the beautiful North Shore ranch. On the way back to Honolulu visit the historic Haleiwa Town, home to Hawaii’s famous treat, shave ice. Observe the coffee and pineapple farms of Central Oahu and finish off your experience having acquired a deeper knowledge of the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle.

Honolulu: Downtown Food and Beer Guided Walking Tour

8. Honolulu: Downtown Food and Beer Guided Walking Tour

Taste regional craft beers in the heart of Kaka'ako (Downtown Honolulu's art district) as you take a guided stroll with a local guide to 3 well-known Honolulu-based breweries. Walk through the streets of Kaka'ako and explore the murals and street art painted across the famous neighborhood. Head to the first brewery and sip a flight of 3 tasters. Try a variety of different Hawaiian beers and learn about the brewing technique. After the first brewery, continue to the other 2 by foot. Snack on some delicious Honolulu food along the way. Enjoy having an experienced beer connoisseur with a wealth of knowledge about the island and the local food and drinks culture. After visiting the last brewery, stay to keep drinking beer or get a recommendation from your guide on the best places to have lunch in the city.

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What people are saying about Oahu

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 25 reviews

A pleasant and kind lady was waiting for us when we got to the baggage claim. Very good. Everyone got the orchid greeting, very nice lei. Pleasant start to the Hawaii adventure. Recommended. Took pictures. Followed us to the taxi. Fantastic.

Beautiful way to start the day! Great hike followed by the best Acai Bowl that I ever had! We also loved the Malasadas. Still not ready to give the #1 doughnut spot to anyone other than Krispy Kreme.

Beautiful double strand leis with amazing guide who was able to get us where we needed to go even though our flight was delayed almost 3 hours.

Even tho our flight didn’t get to its gate on time, we were greeted at luggage claim with smiles. Lei was perfect!

Excellent tour, beautiful views, delicious Malasada and Acai bowl.