On our next visit in September, we'd like to explore the Waianae side. In the past we've always backed away because 1) the bad publicity and 2) so many other gorgeous areas without the bad publicity.
Can anyone suggest not-too-touristy bars, local eateries, nice beaches, day hikes, etc.? - We're staying in Waikiki but we'll have a car.
FYI - Been to Ko Olina. It's OK, but we prefer more local flavor.
Lastly, I think I know the answer to this, but is it possible to cut across the mountains into Schofield to visit the 25th ID Museum? I think that would mean driving through the military reservation.