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If your life isn't an adventure then it's no life at all...
I'm Winlee and I love the cs community to bits! It's helped me explore, open me up to new possibilities, and extended my travel network to no end. I'm really thankful for the amazing people I've come across and I want to bestow my friendship and knowledge upon others. I love to embrace other cultures and will continue to learn from those in passing. So whether we meet for a quick drink at a dive bar, share a smile at a bbq, or exchange dirty hiking stories, I'm always open for a new experience.
If you are thinking about coming to Hawai'i or O'ahu in particular feel free to ask anything. I can tell you places to visit and where to stay. You will love it here if you ever come, so plan on packing more clothes and staying longer.
I've spent a few years involved in couchsurfing and a couple as one of the ambassadors of Honolulu. I not around as often or as involved, however, I still mingle with the community in the ways I can. I've also created the group Honolulu Indulgences.
Here is a bit about my island of O'ahu:
There are a lot of things to do, most being outside. I recommend that people who visit try to stay away from any "tours" or restaurant chains. There is so much more to Hawai'i than Waikiki, and you haven't seen a real beach until you've gone to the North Shore, Leeward or Windward sides. The water is clear and gorgeous, as well as breathtaking.
Art & Culture- Head to Bishop Museum for a true look at Hawai'i and the Pacific culture. For some great art you can also go to Honolulu Academy of Arts. 'Iolani Palace is a historical site to see where and how the last two monarchs of Hawai'i lived.
Also, check this out: 101 things to do for free (or <$10)
Hiking-There are a lot of good hikes on the island. Some beginner hikes are Maunawili Falls, Maikiki Trail, Makapu'u Lighthouse, Likelike Trail. If you are interested I recommend this site: Oahu Trails
Also, be careful! If you a truly interested in a good n dirty hike, I can show you one of my favourites. Just ask!
Food- I know good food like I know the back of my hand. I can tell you great places to eat and the price ranges...and if you're paying too much. I recommend you try Hawaiian food if you ever come, and there are a variety of ways to get to a "plate lunch" here. A couple of my fav places: Keneke's, Rainbow Drive In, Gina's Korean BBQ, The Counter, Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet, Well Bento.
Surfing- Everyone has to try to surf when they come to Hawai'i. It's a rule. Even if you are afraid of making an ass out of yourself, it is well worth the fun. The best place to start is with a longboard and in Waikiki Beach. For small waves try Canoes, Queens, Paradise (but watch out for wana) and Threes. For decent waves try Pops, Publics, Kaisers, Rockpiles, and Bowls. If you are interested in branching out let me know and I can give you some spots/tips.
Shopping- There are tons of places to shop, but don't go near Waikiki. It was constructed to rip tourists off, and only Japanese people can afford to buy there and consider it a good spend. Go to Ala Moana Mall or even try Longs for island clothing and trinkets. Even better, go to the Swap Meet in Aiea Take a bus out there if you haven't rented a car. It's about 20 minutes from town.
Other things to do- Waikiki Aquarium is pretty small, but here you can easily educate yourself on Hawaiian sealife. You will also see the endangered monk seals and see how Native Hawaiians used to catch fish. Go snorkeling Hanauma Bay or Sharks Cove. If you get a chance to spearfish, try it. But don't try it alone. Go to the Dole Plantation for some Dole Whip or a walk in the maze. If you are feeling adventurous make your way up the West side to Ka'ena Point. Watch out for the locals. Do not stop near houses, they may hurt you. Go to the Macadamia Nut Farm and taste the different flavours of nuts. Even crack one open yourself!
**IF YOU CAN'T FIND A COUCH**
try this site: Honolulu Hostels
Some things to know about me:
-I love having/showing people around when I have time
-I love to cook/when people cook for me
-I have a love for nature, especially the water
-I am active
-I am bisexual (so if you have a problem with gays, I'm not the host for ya)
Please check out my references for more info about me.
Take everything with a grain of salt.
I strive to be the product of transculturation.
I want to change the world one friend at a time. In each passing I hope to have some positive influence while getting the same in return. I live to see those perfect unspeakable moments and eventually reach my maximum mental potential. And levitation, of course.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I bring my Aloha Spirit wherever I go (along with my sass)
When I'm traveling I inform people about Hawai'i and try to transcend any stereotypes they may have about Hawaiians or Americans. Even if I am off-island I will try to help a fellow traveler in some way.
I've done quite a bit of couchsurfing and have learned a lot from it. I can tell the difference between a freeloader and a genuine couchsurfer. I don't just let anyone surf with me. Know that. I expect people to read my profile before requesting to couchsurf.
Couchsurfing in Sicily has made me love the project. They are some of the most hospitable, friendly, and giving people I have ever met.
Free Hugs, art (contemporary, sculpture, photography, graffiti, architecture, performing),real ethnic food, cooking, culture, love, darkness, hiking/tramping, socializing, wine!, good coffee/espresso, health, bbqs, watching sunrises and sunsets, scuba diving, hawaiian style, surfing, the Aloha Spirit, volunteering, traveling outside the U.S.A., meeting new people and hearing their stories, hatha and bikram yoga, buddhism, TRANSCULTURATION
- scuba diving
Music, Movies, and Books
Off the top of my head- movies: Lost in Translation, Motorcycle Diaries, Water, 50 First Dates, Dil Bole Hadippa!
Books: Siddhartha, Thinking in Pictures, The Alchemist, Tales of a Female Nomad, Green Eggs and Ham
Some music: Portishead, Opihi Pickers, Beirut, Tegan and Sara, Salmonella Dub, James Brown, Passion Pit
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Hitch-hiked my way throughout New Zealand
Teach, Learn, Share
I hope to touch or inspire people, even if only one person, in some way. Whether it be my personality, words, or lifestyle, I hope to share some of myself with them to take along the way.
I also hope to enlighten people about Hawai'i and the stereotypes associated with it, and also about Americans. When csers or even my friends visit the island I give them a real sense of Hawai'i and its beauty. Everyone also gets to taste the exotic and delicious foods when I show them around.
I've learned to bone carve (whale, cow, jade) so I can give a tutorial if you have the tools!
Countries I’ve Visited
Australia, Bahamas, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Thailand, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
New Zealand, Spain, United States