How to Island Hop in Hawaii Like a Local
Where do Hawaiians go on vacation? Hawaii, of course. Within the eight-island state, there are waterfalls, mountain ranges, beaches, bustling urban cities, and a cure for every ailment including island fever. When Hawaii resident of four years Halley Elefante is looking to step away from her day-to-day duties as Instagram’s The Salty Blonde, she comes down from her mountain house in the North Shore of Oahu and trades the alarm clock of rooster crows for a sunrise soundtrack of crashing waves.
An easy unwinding from the bustle of business as usual can be found on the east side of the island, in Kailua, where the waters are “crystal blue every day” and the twin Mokes stand in relief to the best sunrise the island has to offer. But Oahu goes beyond the beach. Beneath the pleated Ko’olau Mountains, you might stumble onto a live concert on a lush farm, the best Mexican food this side of the mainland, and one of the biggest collections of Islamic art in the world—as is the case at Doris Duke’s house in Diamond Head, a design-lover’s destination Elefante calls simply “unreal.” But to truly get away, Elefante takes a quick flight from Honolulu to Maui and Kona. From kicking back like rock royalty at Mick Fleetwood’s house in Lahaina to finding the best vintage kimonos in Kona’s coffee-scented hills and the most serene pools on the Big Island’s lava-dripping shores, here, Elefante shows Find Your California’s Nico Guilis how to be a tourist in Hawaii like a local.