DRIVING TIME: Thirty minutes from Waikiki

DIRECTIONS: Take H1 east from Honolulu, which turns into Highway 72. Ten miles past Waikiki, pass the eternally crowded Hanauma Bay, the island's most popular snorkeling beach. Just down the road is Sandy Beach, beloved to surfers, and a mile and a half farther is the parking lot for the Makapuu roadside overlook.

INSTRUCTIONS: From the overlook parking lot, follow any of the numerous trails to the right heading up the bluff. Make your way down to the paved access road and follow it away from the lighthouse to a whale-watching area marked with a sign and a mounted telescope. Behind the sign, a trail winds down the ridge face to the Makapuu tide pools. Use caution, and only descend all the way to the pools at low tide. When you climb back up, take an alternate route to your car by following the access road all the way to the highway and then a third of a mile farther to the overlook parking area.

RESTAURANTS: Take a picnic.

DRIVING TIME: Forty-five minutes to an hour - avoid rush-hour traffic.

DIRECTIONS: Take H1 west out of Honolulu and pick up H2 atPearl City. Take H2 all the way to Wahiawa; pick up 80 to 803 justoutside of town. 803 turns into 930 (Farrington Highway) atWaialua. Dillingham Airfield is on the left. Continue to the secondgate for the glider field.

INFO: Twenty-minute glider flights are available 10:30 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. every day, weather permitting. One passenger is $100,two passengers (on the same flight), $120. Call The Original GliderRides at (808) 677-3404 or visit

RESTAURANTS: Haleiwa is the nearest town blessed with arange of local and franchise options. But don't miss Oahu's bestburgers at Kua Aina (808-637-6067) in the center of town.