I have always dreamt about visiting Hawaii, and this summer I am finally able to cross off these magical islands from my bucket list. My first stop was Honolulu, in Oahu and second Maui.
Honolulu is a fun mix of a big, american city and a tourist town. Tall hotels by the shore, fully efficient ground transportation and glass windowed financial center, give Honolulu a sizable skyscraper covered skyline.
However, the shore, and especially the filled with shops, restaurants and bars Kalakaua Avenue, is the essence of a tourist's dream with a truly "stereotypically Hawaiian" atmosphere.
I though Honolulu was great, however, I am glad that I spend there only 2 days and continued onto Maui - which feels much more like the relaxed, charmed by tropical nature, 'real Hawaii' that I was looking for.
That being said: The Oahu island, and especially Honolulu, seems to be the only place in all of the Hawaii islands where you can go out, dance and properly party.
- Shop on Kalakaua Avenue
- Dance and drink Mai Tai (a rum based Hawaiian drink) at the RumFire beachside lounge in Wakiki beach