Oahu has a collection of hidden gems and places that are off the beaten path that only locals know. Some of these listed here are cool finds, but there are even more than that you could plan your days around. 

    These are great places that will feel like your own little secret, whether you want a place to snap the perfect photo of waves crashing against untamed lava rocks, or if you just want to relax with a craft beer after uncovering the hidden wonder of a botanical garden. Discovering these hidden gems in Oahu takes you on a different kind of Hawaiian island adventure.


    Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery

    Taste the island's artisanal cheese

    Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery is one of those places that you not only need to see to believe but truly taste as well. They have carved a niche in the artisan cheese community, and are proudly succeeding. 

    This local dairy has the delicacies that are deserving of the name 'artisan'. For example, you may have heard of pepper jack cheese, but Naked Cow Dairy Farm and Creamery’s Pika Moon is a creamy cheese with Hawaiian-grown chili peppers, with every aspect of the cheese being locally sourced and environmentally conscious.

    Location: 86-344 Kuwale Rd, Waianae, Hi 96792, USA

    Phone: +1 808-696-7430


    Manulele Distillers

    A great find for rum fans

    Manulele Distillers is a must-visit in Oahu for any fan of distinct Hawaiian rum, particularly Ko Hana Agricole. Even if you don’t usually enjoy rum, Manulele Distillers is another local icon that could easily become the highlight of your Hawaiian trip. 

    The native Hawaiian sugar cane is the ingredient behind the meticulously handcrafted Ko Hana Agricole rum. Make sure you plan ahead to find the right tour time that works best for your schedule, and you can easily schedule a tour from their website. After the tour, make sure to leave plenty of time for taste-testing at the on-site bar.

    Location: 92-1770 Kunia Road #227, Kunia Camp, HI 96759, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 808-649-8030


    Naval Air Museum Barbers Point

    One for aviation enthusiasts

    Naval Air Museum Barbers Point offers hands-on experience through naval aircraft history in Oahu. You don’t need to be an aircraft enthusiast to enjoy a fascinating and historically insightful visit to the site. If you’re traveling with family, or want a brief pause from the surf, you can come and experience the Naval Air Museum for an afternoon. 

    With a guided tour, you can get up close to retired naval aircraft and even see what it feels like to climb into the cockpit. Walking up and down this less-well-known tarmac, you will feel like history is coming to life.

    Location: 91-1299A Midway St, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 8 am to 3.30 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10 am to 3.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 808-682-3982


    Waialua Sugar Mill

    Shop inside a historic sugar factory

    The Waialua Sugar Mill is a historic sugar factory that is now the home to local shops and boutiques, offering goods such as coffee and organic skincare. You can tour the old refinery for a fascinating look into a Hawaiian sugar plantation and processing. 

    On top of the local marketplace and historic attractions at Waialua Sugar Mill, you can come here to experience a small farmers market that is set up each Saturday, which is great for picking up indigenous produce or eating a classic Hawaiian lunch.

    Location: 67-106 Kealohanui St, Waialua, HI 96791, USA

    Open: Sunday and Tuesday–Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday from 8.30 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 808-779-7439


    Pillbox Hike

    Get some exercise at Pillbox Hike

    Pillbox Hike is one place you need to visit, not just for the destination but for the adventure. Often referred to as the Kawai Ridge Trail, the Pillbox Hike follows a narrow trail up to 2 of the most iconic military bunkers in Hawaii. 

    The Pillboxes are part of the charm of the experience, as they are painted bright pink and make for the perfect Instagram moment. On top of a fun and challenging hike, you will love the panoramic views of the tropical beauty of the island and the ocean, which touches the horizon as far as your eyes can see.

    Location: 265 Kaelepulu Dr, Kailua, HI 96734, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 8 pm


    Ka'ena Point State Park

    Explore a wild Oahu coastline

    Ka'ena Point State Park is a hidden gem that is off the beaten path and wraps around one of the most visually appealing corners of Oahu. The wild coastline of Ka'ena Point State Park is one of its most intriguing aspects, and the path allows you to get an up-close view of the waves crashing into the cove where you can feel the spray off the rocks. 

    On top of rocky coastal views, many parts of the park are comprised of traditional Hawaiian prairie lands, which feels peaceful. You may even spot some of the local wildlife.

    Location: Ka'ena Point State Park, Waialua, HI 96791, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 6.45 pm


    White Plains Beach

    Relax on a beach away from the crowds

    White Plains beach is one of Oahu's low-key beaches where you can enjoy relaxing coastal vibes without the hassle of crowds. If you want to learn how to surf, you can do it here. If you’d like to sprawl out on the beach without feeling smothered by people, or if you’d like to take a walk without too much noise or having to stumble over beachgoers, then you will definitely love White Plains Beach. 

    Though you'll unlikely come across throngs of beachgoers on this south-facing beach, you will still be able to find rentals and shower amenities, as well as a picnic area. 

    Location: White Plains, Ewa Beach, HI 96706, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 808-682-4925


    Sharks Cove

    An uncrowded lava-rock beach

    Sharks Cove is a beach park in Oahu that you'll feel like is a well-kept secret due to its uncrowded and unusual features. The cove is primarily a lava-rock beach which is a remarkable sight, and you can appreciate the history of the island’s formation through these natural features. 

    Because of the low crowds at Sharks Cove, you'll also find better opportunities for scuba diving, which will expose you to diverse marine life and, for the experienced divers, thrilling underwater caves.

    Location: Shark’s Cove, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA

    Open: Daily from 5 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 808-462-8290


    Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

    A place where you can appreciate Oahu's tropical beauty

    At Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, you can experience the tropical beauty of Oahu. Though you can do so in many parks and at many beaches across the island, very few could give you the ability to experience all the indigenous flora all in one place. 

    Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden will give you just that, and you can come and see multiple geographic regions of botanical collections represented, with the sprawling lake and plant life throughout the lush 400 acres. Group tours are available, and if you enjoy fishing, there are complimentary bamboo poles available.

    Location: 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 808-233-7323


    Beer Lab

    Grab a pint of a locally brewed beer

    Beer Lab is a destination for craft beer lovers in Oahu. Nothing says fun in the sun like lounging back with a locally crafted beer at one of Beer Lab’s 3 locations. Each taproom has a large selection of the locally brewed beers, and if you're really interested in enhancing your beer tasting senses, then you can sign up for a beer workshop. 

    Some locations see lesser crowds than others, so if that’s the environment you like, then you may want to consider the Waipahu location. On top of the brews, you could grab a small plate of pub food with locally sourced meats and cheeses.

    Location: 94-515 Uke'e St. #310, Waipahu, HI 96797, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Friday from 4 pm to 10 pm, Saturday from noon to 10 pm, Sunday from noon to 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +1 808-517-3128


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