One of the great things about the airBNB location that we stayed at while in Honolulu is that it was right in Moana and close to everything! The best part is that it was quite close to Moana Beach, which meant we were able to go there to hang out at the beach and then head back to shower, etc. without much hassle. Here, it was relatively uncrowded, much less touristy than Waikiki, the water was warm, there were some but not too many waves, and the sunsets were beautiful. I just love Moana Beach!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbor

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

I was so incredibly sad when I finished the Harry Potter series (both times that I’ve read the entire set of seven books). You can imagine my excitement when I found out that she was going to publish some of the textbooks and other books mentioned within the Harry Potter series. One of these was The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Within the magical world that Harry Potter lived, The Tales of Beedle the Bard was a collection of children’s fairy tales that taught children certain morals that pertain to the magical world, like not abusing magic and using magic to help others. The neatest thing about the way J.K. Rowling wrote this book is that it’s write as though Professor Dumbledore had written commentary about each of the stories so not only as readers do we get to read the stories that young wizards and warlocks learn, we also get Professor Dumbledore’s thoughts about each of the stories, the reason why each of them were or were not included in the “nicer” versions that were printed later, and how young ones in the magical world were supposed to act in accordance to each of the story morals. I just love how this book lets Potter fans like me delve slightly deeper into the magical world. Besides, it’s important I learn these fairy tales because I might get my Hogwarts letter soon!

Visiting Pearl Harbor is one of those things that you pretty much have to do when you’re in Honolulu. The only thing about visiting Pearl Harbor is that you have to make sure you reserve a spot before you go! Well, there are a certain number of spots available the day of if you show up early, but it’s possible that they would run out! In the end, my mom and I were able to get spots the day before because a certain number come out way early, a certain number the day before, and then a certain number the morning of on site.

Since we didn’t rent a car while on Oahu, we rode the city bus there. You are not allowed to bring anything essentially into the memorial site so you have to rent a lock box outside the gates. Once we were inside, there are areas to look around and museum-like exhibits and displays that we perused before watching the mandatory video with the rest of the people in our time slot. Then we boarded a boat to get to the memorial site where we were let off to explore for half an hour before being corralled back onto the boat. It was a very interesting experience. It’s also crazy to be at the memorial site, which is built right on top of the sunken ship that you can see under the water.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadow

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the state

While exploring downtown Honolulu, my mom and I spent time time relaxing in the free cool air conditioning of the Hawaii State Art Museum. Of course, this place offers more than just air conditioning though, they have beautiful art that really exemplifies all of Hawaii. We didn’t walk through every exhibit since we didn’t have that much time in Honolulu and wanted to be able to hit as many neat spots as possible, but the art pieces we did encounter were quite neat. I especially loved seeing how water and other parts of nature were a big part of the art pieces. There was also a high school art competition on display when we were there, which was super awesome to get to see. Those kids are so talented!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sites

A Oahu-style photo adventure: