Throughout my travels, it has been a pleasure knowing someone in the area. Rather than just being a tourist, you’re a tourist with a local. With that local comes special perks. Restaurants you would’ve never stumbled upon, food you would’ve never been offered, secret spots you would’ve never gone, and an overall priceless experience.
The local we hooked up with was through my best friend. They met while she was on her honeymoon and she was their resort’s bar manager. She showed them the island way, and of course, my best friend wanted me to experience the amazing kindness she showed them. Our day with her was just that. She made our experience on the island that much more enjoyable. Her name was, Anna.
Anna said the day was ours to do whatever we wanted. The main goal was to give us a tour of the since we had just been hanging out in Waikiki. She picked us before lunch and cruised up the coast to North Shore. Along the coast are gorgeous beaches where the water is a vibrant blue and green. The real estate along the coast is unthinkable to own unless you’re a multi-millionaire.
We ventured inland to the Dole Plantation where we had a taste of pineapple ice cream then cruised up to North Shore.
We went to Laniakea Beach, known for turtle watching, but didn’t see any. No worries though, we had an adventure over the rocks where the waves crashed to pick sea urchins. I caught this fun little excursion on video. Anna picked a few sea urchins off the rocks, broke them open, and had a taste of this salty, coconut flavored paste.
As that became the highlight of our day, we continued on having lunch at the popular Breakers, and moved on to meet some more locals at White Plains Beach. This beach is hard to find as it’s off the beaten path. It’s located in the Kalaeloa area on the former Barber’s Point Naval Air Station and was once exclusive to military only, but now open to the public. When we got there the beach was closed and gated off because of a shark sighting. Nevertheless, the Sunday regulars were hanging out in the parking lot eating and drinking. They said once the beach is closed, you’re not allowed to hang out, even in the parking lot, but since they had been going there for so many years the military police lets them be.
Anna bbq’d some amazing food. I learned some “Pidgin English” which is their local dialect. Relating to food, “ono” means a taste explosion in one’s mouth and “choke” means plenty. Anna kept saying she had choke food and it’s ono! And it definitely was!
The night went on partying with the locals – drinking, dancing, and making jokes. With my ethnicity, it was easy for me to blend in as many of them said I could easily pass as a local. The night ended about 9pm and off we went back to Waikiki.
I have to say that night filled with the locals was one of my favorites! We met so many down to earth and welcoming friends it’s easy to picture a life there. If there’s any chance to hang out with a local, take it!