Aha! The world is slowly returning to normal as far as travel is concerned. So, here I am again, exploring all the world has to offer!

After my trip to California, I am now enjoying my time in Hawaii! I’ve told myself that 2022 will be a year full of adventures. Will visit more countries I have never been to and countries I want to go back to.

During my stay in California, I wanted to do something relaxing and adventurous at the same time (you know how fearless I am about traveling, haha!) What’s one of the best places? Hawaii!

From stunning big islands to breathtaking small islands, Hawaii is sure to be the place you need “The Sea of ​​Vitamins” and an island escape. Had a great time on Oahu, especially since I had the opportunity to stay at the Residence Inn in Copley and was able to enjoy the place with ease!

When it comes to relaxation, especially if we’re talking about Hawaii, choosing a place to stay is just as important. It can be difficult to choose from all the hotels, inns, or inns in Hawaii, but trust me, if you decide to stay outside the Waikiki area, I highly recommend the Residence Inn Kapolei on Oahu!

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Kapolei Travel Guide

A lot of people probably know Waikiki, but Oahu has another gem worth a visit – Kapolei. Copley is located on the west side of Oahu and is known for its large water park that is unique in the region. Not only that, but it’s also known as the “Second City” of Oahu in relation to Honolulu! If you are not familiar with the city, let me introduce you and share my wonderful stay here.

Top Things to Do in and around Kapolei, HI

1. Explore beaches and lagoons

Since you’re on an island, it would be surprising if you didn’t explore the beaches and lagoons. In Kapolei, here are the beaches I recommend you go to so you can appreciate this wonderful place more.

  • Ko Olina Lagoon – Includes 4 ponds, located in Ko Olina. One of the most beautiful sunsets on Oahu can be seen from one of these lagoons. Really worth going here to explore the area.
  • Paradise Cove Beach – Dream Beach opposite Paradise Cove luau (Oahu’s most famous). Paradise Bay Beach has crystal clear sand and crystal clear waters.
  • Kahe Point Beach Park – This is undoubtedly the best spot for snorkeling. Kahe Point Beach Park is a small beach where many people enjoy marine life. The diving area is very wide and you can find a lot of fish and turtles! There is also space for scuba and deep sea fishing.

2. Try local restaurants

Kapolei has plenty of restaurants to go to, but here are a few you should check out:

  • “Ko Olina” Island Vintage Coffee. The mall in Ko Olina has many restaurants, but this coffee shop is near the entrance. There is a great drink menu, such as coffee, and desserts such as acai balls, as well as a dining menu that is definitely worth trying.
  • Ama Ama Restaurant – Ama Ama is one of the restaurants at Disney’s Aulani Resort. Aside from the view of the lagoon (including the romantic sunset), the service was great and the food was great too!
  • Monkeypod Kitchen – Monkeypod Kitchen has many craft beers from all over the world! It’s also always crowded, so it’s best to book in advance.
  • Roy’s Restaurant – It is adjacent to Ko Olina Station and about 10 minutes walk from Aulani Disney. Roy’s is a bit of an Asian fusion food with a little Japanese twist.
  • Four Seasons Fish House Oahu – seafood! The restaurant’s location is excellent, with the sea in front, so you know you’re going to have a very memorable dining experience.

3. Go shopping at Copley Mall

If you’re a shopaholic, then if you’re in Hawaii, Kapolei is the place for you! Kapolei is a city on the island of Oahu with an abundance of shops and restaurants. Choose from over 30 local and international stores. You can walk around and always find something interesting to buy (so remember to always bring enough budget for your trip, hehe).

4. Challenge your adrenaline at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii

If you don’t like shopping, don’t worry! You’re still on an island and there are so many activities in Kapley that are sure to give you unforgettable moments! Kapolei is home to the island’s only water park, Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii. Here you can try different types of rides such as Hawaiian Waters as a wave pool, Tornado (a 130-foot tunnel), Raging River, Kapolei Cooler, Big Kahuna, Flyin’ Hawaiian, Da Flowrider and more to challenge your adrenalin white!

5. Book tours, cruises and excursions

This is a must do when you are in Hawaii! Make sure you can do whale watching, dolphins, turtles, sailing, snorkeling and more! Remember to always follow strict protocol guidelines to keep all marine wildlife safe.

Where to Stay in Kapolei, Hawaii

Residence Inn Kapolei considers itself a mainstay in Kapolei because you are only minutes away from the beach, shopping and activities such as water parks, hiking and more. So you can make the most of your time while on the island – that’s what I did!

If you like a fun night out, the Residence Inn Copley also hosts nightly entertainment for guests:

  • Monday – Trivia
  • Tuesday – Paina
  • Wednesday – Pool Movie Night
  • Thursday – Paint Paina
  • Friday – Live Music
  • Saturday – Live Music
  • Sunday – Karaoke Night

With all this entertainment, you’re guaranteed to be full of excitement every day and night here.

Residence Inn Kapolei

Want more? The Residence Inn Copley also knows how to value and appreciate local businesses. Every day from 4pm to 8pm they host 3-5 local food trucks so that guests and the community can support the locals. In conclusion, staying here benefits not only you and the hotel, but also local businesses!

Residence Inn Kapolei

The row of food trucks in front of the hotel sells a variety of food that you can try as an option for dinner. Therefore, you will also have the opportunity to interact with locals not often found in Waikiki.

If you’re traveling with your fur baby, no problem! The Residence Inn is also a pet friendly place, so both you and your pet can have a great time!

Suites at Residence Inn Kapolei

Residence Inn Kapolei

Staying at the Residence Inn Kapolei is like staying at the hotel itself. All rooms have been carefully planned, as can be seen in the efficiency they provide. They come with a large table, free internet and a kitchen so you can whip up a quick snack after a long day at Kapolei, and you can watch a great show on their 49″ LED TV. Literally, their rooms offer a lot of comfort – from studios to two-bedroom suites, you know you’re getting your money’s worth.

Residence Inn Kapolei

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Modern, clean and comfortable rooms with kitchens make it easier to avoid expensive restaurants, and you’re only 5-8 minutes away from grocery stores! Not to mention they have food trucks too!

Residence Inn Kapolei

So what are you waiting for? If you are planning to visit Hawaii, especially Oahu, I highly recommend staying at the Residence Inn Kapolei and enjoying everything this place has to offer!