With School out and more time on your hands we bet you're trying to figure out the best way to spend these long days, and we at The Sugar Hut want to make sure you have a great Summer! So welcome to your Summer Bucket List! We compiled great local places for you to check out this Summer!
1. Puu O Hulu Kai Trail
You may know this trail as “Maili Pink Pill Box Hike” one of the shortest hikes (1.6 miles) on O’ahu, but don’t let that make you think it’s wimpy! This gem is located on the west side of the Island in the beautiful Wai’anae Coast between Nanakuli and Mai'li. There are several “Pill boxes” up there but of course the looker and most popular of the bunch is the bright pink Pillbox that was painted in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. Take in the beauty of the Wai’anae Coast because this hike offers some amazing views, be safe and don’t forget to head over to The Sugar Hut and visit us for a cold Lemonade afterwards!
2. Dan’s Ma’ili Shave Ice
Located right around the corner from the Pill Box Hike, this spot is a local favorite! Featuring local flavors and snacks - even Halo Halo! what?! But of course they are known for their shaved ice! With a whole menu of flavors to choose from, let’s see if we can try them all this summer! So who says that you need to drive to the other side of the island for amazing shaved ice? We have it right here in Wai’anae and they’re open 7-days a week from 10am-6pm and is a great place to cool off this summer but keep in mind, Dan’s accepts cash only!
3. Mermaids Caves
Alright, it’s time to go exploring because this destination doesn’t have an address and everyone tells you don’t trust your GPS because it doesn’t know where Mermaid Caves is either! I hope you find it because this beauty is something magical. But please keep in mind this is not a place for little children, the area is primarily reef so if you have sensitive feet then make sure you wear reef shoes and most importantly check the tide because Mermaid caves should only be visited during low tide, for your safety.
4. Ice Palace
“The coolest spot on the Island” Looking to get out of the heat, this is definitely for you! Bring a jacket and let the kids go wear themselves out! Enjoy the food and fun music to dance to. Admission for skaters is only $11.50 to skate ALL DAY and if you're just enjoying the cold and watching your keiki, you can go in for free!
5. Makeke Wai’anae Farmer’s Market
Did you know we started at the Wai’anae Farmers Market?! Yes, we had a booth there and many of our customers who still visit us today still remember and mention visiting us there! So if you haven’t paid a visit to the Farmers Market, it should definitely be on your bucket list! Not only is everything local but with the vast variety of vendors, you’re sure going to find something there for you.
6. Wai’anae Comprehensive Hike
Did you know that the Waianae Comp has a hike?? No? I’m not surprised. This little known trail, though gorgeous and relatively easy is not very well known and I can’t understand why! It's well maintained by staff, offers beautiful plants long the way and gives you perfect ocean views. This walk is great for locals with health problems or with kids, since it’s a relatively short trail (only 1.5 miles) primarily paved and features at least a dozen informational plaques along the way that talks about the History of the Wai’anae Coast.
7. Pray for Sets
Makua Beach, Pray for XXX or Pray for SETS, this Beach has multiple names and is about to become one of your favorite spots. In all my years coming to this beach, it’s never packed to where you can’t find a big ol’ spot to call your own. This beach is perfect for everyone, even the little ones because off to the side there are lots of tide pools for the kids to splash in, but keep in mind that some are deeper than others!
Personal Tip: There’s a really deep tide pool in the reef, and when we were kids my brothers would jump in the tide pool and wait for a wave so they could duck under and watch the wave splash over the surface of the tide pool. Magical.
8. The Sugar Hut
We saved the best for last! We hope you and your O'hana visit one of our favorite spots this summer while you're out exploring, but don't forget to stop by and pick up some dessert. You can't leave our bakery without a Banana Cream Pie AND Pumpkin Mac Crunch