1. Make some new friends.
Don't be afraid to walk around and meet new people. That's how I found my two best friends.
Tom Tom Trail.
2. Invest into doing what you love.
A rental car made a huge difference for my Oahu experience. It provided me the freedom to travel the island whenever, wherever.
3. Set alarms early and stay out late.
Chasing sunrises and sunsets can be addicting. It's the purest form of fuel for the soul.
4. Visit busy places when most are sleeping.
Early mornings are usually best. There is nothing more peaceful than enjoying nature's wonders without crowds of tourists.
5. Try new things.
Camping on the beach is the great experience. Good company is all you need.
6. Live adventurously.
The opportunities are endless.
7. Explore new places.
Every hike is unique in its own way. This is coming from someone who went through a phase of hiking three trails per day for a week straight.
Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail.
8. Treat yourself.
I rarely go out to eat while traveling, but it definitely enhances the overall experience.
Thank you Hapa Restaurant for the wonderful meal. I have only great things to say.
9. Take risks.
Occasionally you might run into someone who wants to share their world with you. Let them. It may just end up being one of the best days of your life.
10. Take advantage of every opportunity
Moments like this stay with you forever.
Kaiwa Ridge (Pillbox) Trail.
11. Challenge your fears.
Hike in the dark, dive in the deepest waters, and stray off the beaten path. You never know what you'll find.
Upper Makua Cave.
12. Be spontaneous.
Closing my planner led to some crazy adventures. It was a weird feeling at times, but always worth it.
Photo taken by Alex Volobuev.
13. Set aside time for you, and only you.
There is something truly healing about these islands. Some of my favorite memories thus far have been spent alone.
14. Open your mind to self-discovery.
This one might be the most important. Let experiences shape your mind and enrich your soul.
15. Embrace the 'Aloha Spirit.'
It's true, it's real, and it's unlike anything that I have ever experienced. I originally visited Hawaii intending to stay for only a month, but who knows, this is the happiest that I have ever been.
Koko Head Rim Trail.