9 Tips to Make the Most of Oahu

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we visited Hawaii for a friend's wedding. He's since moved to San Diego, but I think all our hearts stayed in Honolulu. Here are nine standouts from our four days in Oahu. 

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1. Stay at the Modern Honolulu, or at least visit the pool bar after sunset for sleek cocktails.

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2. Get your morning caffeine fix at Gorilla in the Cafe, right along Kalakaua Avenue.

3. And grab a healthy and fresh brunch at Heavenly.

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4. Ignore the signs and make the Shire-like hike to Lulumahu Falls

5. Rent a Jeep (or scooter if you're nuts) for a trip around the island -- my favorite scenery is just a 20-minute drive past Diamond Head. 

6. Take the Island Magic sunset booze cruise (and be on time!). 

7. Spend an evening wandering the Royal Hawaiian (Mai Tai Bar is adorable!). 

8. Think twice about fancy SPAM appetizers. I just can't get into SPAM.

9. You're in Hawaii -- embrace your inner tourist and make the stop at Duke's. It's famous for a reason!

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Hear We Go: Tropical Edition

As I pack for our Hawaiian getaway (which I still can't believe starts this week!), I'm slowly slipping into an island state of mind to the sounds of reggae, rhythm -- and a dash of the Beach Boys, of course. 

Playlist: A Tropical Getaway

Whether you're lazily swaying in a hammock, or taking a moment's escape from the fluorescent office haze, this island playlist will bring out your sunny spirit. Aloha, everyone!