Nature & History Walk with Local Expert

Honolulu, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Jay

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes food

What you'll do

Get away from the tourist center of Waikiki and explore the wild and exciting sights of East Waikiki with me, a local historian and University instructor. Step back and forth between history and present day as I show you my extensive personal collection of historic maps and photographs of Waikiki that I've gathered over the years via tablet. Guiding you off the beaten path, I will show you how to identify local and introduced birds and animals while keeping track of sightings with your souvenir animal ID card. As we walk through the "local" part of Waikiki far from the tourist center, I will teach you about the formation of the Hawaiian Islands, the arrival of the first Europeans, and the impacts of development in the region. We will visit the historic Queens beach, home to the surf breaks frequented by Hawaiian royalty. I will show you the iconic Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial that has long been abandoned and explain the role of Hawaii in the world wars. We will share locally made ice cream provided by me in the center of gorgeous Kapi'olani Park while we gaze at Le'ahi, the extinct volcano that sits at the edge of the district. You'll leave the tour with a comprehensive understanding of both the history and nature of the region from a professional academic and local to the island that most tourists never get to see and experience.
Other things to note
Our walk is held rain or shine. I will bring umbrellas in case of rain. In extreme weather cases, the tour will be cancelled 2 hours ahead with a full refund. Please be prepared to walk 2 miles for up to 2 hours at a brisk pace. There are several restrooms along the walk.
Get away from the tourist center of Waikiki and explore the wild and exciting sights of East Waikiki with me, a local historian and University instructor. Step back and forth between history and present day as I show you my extensive personal collection of historic maps and photographs of Waikiki that I've gathered over the years via tablet. Guiding you off the beaten path, I will show you how to identify local and introduced birds and animals wh…
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What's included

  • Food
    Every guest receives a locally made mochi ice cream to enjoy underneath a h...

Accessibility

No stairs or steps
Accessible bathroom
Mainly flat or leveled ground

Meet your host, Jay

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 34 Reviews
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I hold a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where I extensively studied Hawaiian and Pacific History. I'm a Honolulu local with deep historical family ties to the island. I have a growing collection of historic maps and photographs of the area that I show guests via tablet. As a former University professor, I love getting guests excited to learn about the history of my home. For the past decade I've volunteered with several animal conservation non-profits, assisting with projects such as the translocation of native seabirds along the North Shore and educating tourists about the endemic Hawaiian Monk Seal at local beaches. Through this work, I've provided educational outreach to thousands of people over the years regarding native Hawaiian wildlife.
I hold a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where I extensively studied Hawaiian and Pacific History. I'm a Honolulu local with deep historical family ties to the island. I have a growing collection of historic maps and photographs of the area that I show guests via tablet. As a former University professor, I love getting guests excited to learn about the history of my home. For the past decade I've volunteered with several animal conservation non-profits, assisti…
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Where you'll be

We meet at the "Surfer on the Wave" at the edge of Waikiki. While most Tourists never venture through East Waikiki, I'll show you the "local" parts of the region and explain why they are significant to Hawaiian history. We will stop at Queen's Beach, The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium, several historic Banyan Trees, Kapi'olani Park, and the base of Le'ahi (Diamond Head) crater. We will track and identify local birds and mammals along the way

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 34 reviews.

Marius
September 2021
This is a great easy win for those staying or wanting to know more about the Waikiki area and Hawaii in general; I've been here a few times but only now understand the history of it and I'm sorry for not doing it sooner! It's a nice mix of history, recent history, and nature that I enjoyed.
Jasmine
September 2021
Absolutely amazing!! Jay was so knowledgeable and tailored the tour to our interests. She really did go above and beyond to make this an educational and entertaining experience. She lives locally and gave excellent recommendations for each member in our group. If you’re interested in learning more about the colorful human history and/or nature in Waikiki, I could not recommend this tour more! Best Airbnb experience to date.
Rodney
August 2021
The knowledge & local insights Jay provided was phenomenal!! The way she gave the local perspective & history of the islands is something I'll value forever. Take the tour because you will not be disappointed.
Gwendolyn
August 2021
This experience was family friendly, educational and fun! Our family loved gaining this local insight to the Waikiki area. Our host spent time answering questions and showing local wildlife. She also shared the stories and significance of the plants, animals and locations. I would highly recommend this experience for anyone!
Flor
August 2021
Best thing I’ve done so far. I loved listening about Hawaii’s- Waikikis history. Jay is very interesting, I loved every minute of it. She even recommended a great place for Pho and that restaurant was sooo good! Thank you
Shu
July 2021
I learned so much on this tour! Jay was super knowledgeable and a great storyteller. This is a must do when visiting Oahu. I highly recommend it!

Choose from available dates

2 available
  • Sun, Sep 26
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Join 2 other guests
    $30 per person
  • Sat, Oct 23
    9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    $30 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Water

Comfortable shoes and attire for walking