Where to Stay
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
Elegantly remodeled, the Rat Pack-era classic offers the benefits of a remote beach retreat, yet it's not far from Waikiki bustle. Bonus: Swim with the dolphins in the hotel's lagoon.
Hike Diamond Head Crater
Oahu doesn't have any active volcanoes, but this volcanic crater and former military fort has unparalleled views. Make it to the 70-foot summit before the midday sun gets too hot.
Lunch and Afternoon Activity
The North Shore's surfer-packed joint is equally popular in Honolulu, where locals and mainlanders alike clamor for fast-serve grilled mahi mahi, ahi, chicken and beef sandwiches and burgers.
Waikiki or Sandy Beach
Sure, you can watch surfers and boggie boarders, but you're in Hawaii–go do it! Note: President Obama body surfed at Sandy Beach last year and while growing up.
Thirty Nine Hotel
Grab a drink at the modernist second-story bar or elbow your way to the popular outdoor lounge in the back.