URBAN DICTIONARY meaning of “ISLAND FEVER“: It is the realization that you are stuck on an island and you are not going anywhere.  After living in Hawaii for 6 years, many activities (or daily life) become repetitive and mundane. Yes, I live on an island with beautiful sunsets, amazing blue water, and sun all year around. Does that sound like a legitimate complaint?? Anyhow, don’t judge me, but at some point, everyone gets the case of “island fever”. I can’t complain about living in paradise and having warm weather all year around, but once in awhile, living on a rock can drive you crazy. I crave to leave and take a break outside of Hawaii. Sometimes I need to see a field of skyscrapers, hear taxi cabs honking every second, and feel chaos around me. We live on a rock, so we can only drive for so long before we end up in the same spot. Living on the mainland, you can drive to another state to get away and for most people, that is enough. Unfortunately, we don’t have that option.

So, what if you are unable to leave for whatever reason and feeling antsy? Well, an option is to be a tourist in your own city and it’s just as fun and exciting as being somewhere else (almost). At least this will cure the “island fever” in me. Here are some of my suggestions (tried and true) for your staycation:

1) Be a guest at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki.

This hotel is my favorite because the building itself feels like old Hawaii. It was the first resort ever built in Waikiki in 1901, and most of the architecture was European influenced. This is a very popular tourist spot, and the view isn’t bad either! For me, staying in a hotel where all the tourists are will help you feel as if you’re somewhere else. Touristy areas tend to be very international.

2) Splurge at Chef Mavro.

I would suggest splurging at a nice restaurant. This always makes me feel as if I’m on vacation and that it’s a special occasion. The food is yummy!

3) Go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.

Hanauma Bay is another touristy spot and there’s plenty of fish (and turtles) in the sea.

4) Check out a museum like Honolulu Museum/Spalding House or a botanical garden like Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Jump into the European or African galleries. This will transport you to another world. Or escape into a tropical garden in the middle of Hawaii!

5)  Go hiking at Diamond Head.

If you go to Diamond Head, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Oahu, while being surrounded by throngs of Japanese tourists. Konichiwa!

6) Go to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and shop!

Tourists and locals alike visit this place. When I come here, I like to buy gifts for people before I head to the mainland. It’s a one stop shop, on a dime!

7) Go walking in Chinatown…and do some more shopping!

If you’re done looking for coconut shells and grass skirts, check out Chinatown…not for the groceries, but for the cute boutique shops that remind me of the mainland. Owens and Co., Fighting Eel, Roberta Oaks, Barrio Vintage, Hound & Quail are a handful of my favorite places to shop.

8) As the sun sets, watch a hula show in Waikiki under the huge banyan tree.

You can end the day by going to see this hula show in Waikiki, across from The Hyatt Hotel. The music, the sunset, and the dancing will transport you to another place. It’s quite magical. The performances take place every Tues, Thurs, and Saturday from 6:30pm-7:30pm. (6pm-7pm November-January).

9) Learn how to play the ukulele or make a lei for FREE!

Who knew?! At certain times of the day, there are a few ukulele stores that do group lessons (uke provided) AND there’s one lei stand that teaches a lei making class, everyday! You will have acquired a lei and some uke skills by the end of this staycation!

10) Go surfing or relax on the beach.

The staycation would not be complete without going surfing in Waikiki or relaxing on the beach. When tourists visit Hawaii, it’s part of the bucket list, so let’s not exclude ourselves. Take a lesson and enjoy the ride, get some vitamin D, and have some fun in the sun!

I’ve done this on a few occasions and it’s helped me get through “island fever”, which is a temporary fix to this condition. Until then, enjoy your staycation, AND I look forward to my next big trip off island. Aloha!

What do YOU do when you get antsy? Would love to hear some of your ideas!


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