The Hawaiian Islands are full of miles of striking coastline, picturesque towns, and luxury resort areas, so it makes sense that a small inland town on the island of Oahu doesn’t generally receive much praise. But there are quite a few things to do in Wahiawa, Hawaii for those who want to escape the hoards of tourists and the hustle and bustle of Hawaii’s capital city. Retreat inland for the day to Wahiawa and treat yourself to mouthwatering food, stellar coffee, and some fascinating attractions in the literal heart of Oahu.

Home to more than 16,000 residents, Wahiawa is located between the island’s two volcanic mountain ranges on Route 99, the road most commonly taken by those traveling to the North Shore from Honolulu. But if you were to stop in town and take a look around, you would see that there is more than meets the eye in Wahiawa, HI. Here are 13 places to check out the next time you’re passing through. We think it might even be worthy of its own day trip.

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