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My wife and I will be taking a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands in April. We've never been there and we want to avoid the tourist traps and see the real Hawaii. Any suggestions on what to avoid and what not to miss?

I've only been to Oahu myself, but one simple suggestion is to give Waikiki a miss and head round the corner to Ala Moana instead. There's a great shopping center there which has stores for both tourists and locals as well as a food court with some local chains. There are also two beaches that are popular with locals, one sheltered and one with surf. They are generally less crowded than Waikiki Beach.

Other thoughts, in no particular order:

- Diamond Head is somewhat touristy but the hard climb deters many people. It's a uniquely Hawaiian walk (you go through an old lava tube at one point - bring a flashlight) with a great view of Honolulu from the top.

- Zippy's is a much-loved local food chain, and is worth a visit.

- Driving around the island can be fun and can easily be done as a day trip. Visit Waimea beach if the surf is up especially (just watch, don't go in unless you know what you're doing). There are some nice little food stands and kiosks on the north shore. Stop at a store and buy a shave ice, just so you can say you tried it (I'm not crazy about them myself but they're a local institution).

- The Pali lookout has some great views. If you make it a stop on an island tour (see above) then you'll drive through the interior for a while and see the pineapple fields among other things.

- There are some good nature walks all over the island, with Manoa Falls being one of the easiest.

Hope this helps!
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