Everyone has their own idea of what makes the perfect Hawaiian vacation. It might be lazing on the beach, or doing some adventurous hikes, or cycling down Maui's Haleakala. I also often hear that a person's favorite island is Maui or Kauai, because Oahu is "too crowded and touristy." Having grown up on Oahu, it's actually easy to get away from the crowded, touristy parts; to start with, stay out of Waikiki. In the 17 years I lived on Oahu, I think my family went there a total of 5 times, and never to the beach there. Here are my picks for Oahu. See a few extra tips (including a couple for a Big Island getaway) on TravelSort.
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