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Hawaii’s Best Kept Secrets

January 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted By Samuel Phineas Upham

Everyone knows about the gleaming beaches of Hawaii’s islands, but the locals have some secrets they haven’t told you. Some of the best spots for hiking or eating are closely guarded secrets. Now you can check out these local hot spots and blend in with the natives on your next trip to the islands.

Guri Guri

Like a cross between shaved ice and gelato, guri guri (pronounced “goodie goodie”) is a unique dessert one can only find in Hawaii. If you find your way to Kahului, Maui, check out Tasaka Guri Guri for the authentic experience. It’s a family tradition that’s been going for 100 years strong!

Diamond Head Hike

You can hike up to the top of Diamond Head crater in about 45 minutes. When you reach the top you’re treated to a spectacular view of Waikkiki and its coastline. The view is gorgeous even on an overcast day, and there is nothing like ascending a mountain to get you ready to face the day.

Farmer’s Markets

There are farmer’s markets all over the island that bring some native foods to the populace that you can’t get at restaurants or hotels. Try some of the honey, or the fresh made fish if you want some authentic tastes.


Hawaii goes through a lot of rainstorms, leaving behind more than a few rainbows. On any given day, from the right vantage point, you’re likely to see many rainbows around the islands.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter.

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