11/11/2010 03:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

8 Things You Shouldn't Miss on Oahu, Hawaii (PHOTOS)

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.

8 Things You Shouldn't Miss on Oahu, Hawaii