GenGirl Around the World: Oahu

Everything about Hawaii screams paradise. From its misty mountains to its sky-blue shores, it’s the perfect tropical escape for those who still want to stay in the U.S. Office #GenGirl Minh Bui took a quick trip to the most popular island, Oahu to kick off her summer.

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For your time in Oahu, Minh recommends:

TRANSPORTATION: Renting a car is the best way to get around. It only takes about an hour to go from one end of the island to another, so you can easy find your way!

ACTIVITIES:

Ziplining at CLIMB Works Keana Farms: The instructors are cool, friendly, and serious about your safety. You’ll zip for about two hours through an amazing scenery.

Snorkeling: You really can’t come to Hawaii and not snorkel. It just wouldn’t be right. For less than $30, you can rent gear at Hanauma Bay and snorkel to your heart’s content!

Hiking: Manoa Falls is a quick and easy one that ends in a spectacular waterfall. Feel free to take a dip. The Diamond Head hike is a bit steep, but the view is worth the effort.

Kayaking: Lanikai Beach is the perfect place to do this. Less crowded than the popular Waikiki, its calm waters makes it a great starting place for Kayak beginners.

Pearl Harbor: If you’re a history buff, this one should be on your list. Tickets are free, but they go fast. Show up early!

FOOD:

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck: This garlic shrimp butter dish is served with an air of homemade goodness.

Marukame Udon: Quick, tasty, and cheap — it’s a definite must.

Poke: Hawaii is known for its poke, so no trip is complete without trying some. A few favorites include — Ono Seafood and Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors (located in the back of the market).

Iyasume – Spam on rice any way you can dice it. They also make great snacks you can carry with you.

Dole Plantation: Yup, where your pineapples come from. Their soft serve is to die for.

You can follow Minh on her adventure on Instagram.

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