43 Things Every Local Must Do
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Enjoy musubi, the all-purpose snack.
You can go gourmet with musubi from Mana-Bu, but when you’re hiking, or at the beach, even the ones from 7-Eleven hit the spot.
Hike the Aiea Loop Trail.
There are splashier trails. There are more touristy trails. But for a taste of natural beauty in a perfectly ordinary suburb, it’s hard to top this one. An easy, two-hour walk, complete with ridge-top views and a plane wreck, and there’s a heiau at the park. Go with family.
Be a connoisseur of coolers.
“Oh, you need coolah? What size you need, I get plenty.” Big ones for fish, medium ones for potlucks, little ones for bentos; even those fragile white Styrofoam ones have their uses.
Wear a flower in your hair.
Make sure it’s on the appropriate side, too, bumbye you lead someone on. Right ear for single, left ear for taken (because it’s over your heart—awwwwwww, da cute!!)
Know which places in your neighborhood are haunted.
Because every local neighborhood is haunted.
Get a local-style, personalized license plate.
Applying for a personalized license plate online is JUS2EZ. Visit www4.honolulu.gov/specialplates/ and follow the instructions. You’ll even be able to type out your desired word or phrase to see if it’s available. Of course, the usual suspects (“DABESS,” “DAKINE, “FIVE-O,” “ALOHA1,” “NOKAOI,” “INOKEA,” etc.) are already in use. Still, you might be surprised at what’s available. If you’re the romantic sort, for example, “ILUVYU” has yet to be claimed. If you’re not, “IH8YOU” is there for the taking. Interestingly, “GO RAIL” is in use, but “NO RAIL” isn’t.
Fundraise for dayz.
Whether it’s Zippy’s chili, huli huli chicken, Portuguese sausage and sweet bread, or kulolo—helping out never tasted so good.
Prefer the scenic route.
Say you live in town and gotta go Kahala Mall. You could hop on the freeway. But why not drive around Diamond Head, just because you can? Or around Koko Head, if you’re going Waimanalo side, instead of cutting through Hawaii Kai? Or to get to the North Shore—why not take the long way through Kaneohe? Of course, by local definition, these are “road trips.” Pack accordingly.