Things to Do in Hawaii As a Local

Things to Do in Hawaii As a Local
Although tourism is Hawaii's main economy, there are still plenty of places around the islands that most tourists don't even realize exist. There are beaches where local sporting professionals congregate to practice and trails that most guidebooks don't even mention. These places are popularized mainly through word of mouth and it is where the locals vacation in Hawaii.

Bodysurf at Sandy Beach

Sandy Beach is a small stretch of sand, close to Halona Blowhole, in eastern Honolulu. It is very popular among local bodysurfers and boogie boarders. However, this is not the place to bodysurf for the first time. Sandy has a reputation of being for experienced shore break bodysurfers only, due to its powerful shore break and rip currents. The beach has a lifeguard on duty as well as showers, restrooms and picnic areas, making it a great place to sit and watch the local bodysurfers even if you don't end up going in the water yourself.

Sandy Beach
8800 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, HI 96825
(808) 395-2211

Hike Through a Hawaiian Redwood

Many visitors to Maui make the trip up to Haleakala, but few realize that Polipoli State Park near Haleakala Crater actually has a forest of giant redwood trees. According to the guidebook Maui Revealed, the trees were planted in the 1920s and '30s during a reforestation program. Today, the trees are roughly 100 feet tall with trunks that are 6 feet wide. The redwood trail begins at the parking lot and is just more than a mile-and-a-half long. Be sure to dress warm, as the elevation is 6000 feet and can get very cool.

Polipoli Springs State Recreational Area
Polipoli Access Road
Maui, HI

Windsurfing at Hookipa

Maui is one of the best places in the world to windsurf due to its excellent wind and surf conditions. Of all the places in Maui, Hookipa near Paia is the most popular spot for windsurfing. This is the place where local professional windsurfers go. If you're a beginning windsurfer, this is not the place for you. The conditions can be too tricky for beginners and they are strongly discouraged from windsurfing here. However, if you are an experienced windsurfer or you just want to enjoy watching some of the best windsurfers in the world, Hookipa is the best place to go.

Hookipa Beach
Hana Highway
Makawao, HI 96768

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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