The Ultimate Schofield Barracks and Hawaii Bucket List

Schofield Barracks and Hawaii Bucket List

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We have been in Hawaii for almost 4 months and I’m just getting around to posting our Schofield Barracks and Hawaii Bucket List. Even though I started making it before we ever left Texas!

Our Fort Liberty and Fort Cavazos Bucket Lists were super fun and helped us never run out of things to do at those duty stations. That is why I’m making a bucket list for Hawaii too.

So many people complain that they get island fever and get bored here, but honestly, this Hawaii bucket list is already huge and I know it will only grow as time goes on! We’ll never have a reason to be bored on the island.

Like last time, I’ll mark off items as we finish them. I’ll also post pictures of the completed items to my Instagram as we complete them if you want to follow along there!

The Hawaii Bucket List begins with things on Oahu and expands to the other islands, which we hope we are able to visit while we’re here.

On Post at Schofield Barracks

  • hike the Kolekole Trail
  • make something at the Arts & Crafts Center
  • go to the library
  • visit the Tropic Lightning Museum
  • go bowling
Things to do at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
(The library was one of the first places we went to on post.)


  • pay our respect at the Pearl Harbor Memorial
  • get a Dole whip at the Dole Plantation
  • hike the Lanikai Pillbox Trail
  • paddle out to the Na Mokulua Islands
  • see the Halona Blow Hole
  • see ‘Jurassic Park’ at Kualoa Ranch
  • hike to Lulumahu Falls
  • visit the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar
  • snorkel at Hanauma Bay
  • visit the Byodo-In Temple
  • watch the waves crash at the Spitting Caves
  • see the Mermaid Caves (Zablan Beach)
  • hike the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse trail
  • snorkel at Electric Beach
  • visit a botanical garden
  • watch the sunset at the Ko’olina Lagoons
  • drive down H3 in the rain
  • paddle out to Chinaman’s Hat & hike to the top
  • go to a hula festival (Prince Lot Hula Festival or Na Hula Festival)
  • find the lava tube at Cockroach Bay
  • see the petroglyphs at Nuuanu Memorial Park on the way to Kaena Falls
Hawaii Bucket List: Relax on the beach with a good book.
(Nothing like relaxing on the beach with a good book.)


  • hike to Manoa Falls
  • see the Kaka’oko murals
  • hike the Koko Crater Railway Trail
  • visit the Iolani Palace
  • shop at the Ala Moana Center
  • get a malasada from Leonard’s Bakery
  • explore the Honolulu Zoo
  • climb to the top of the Aloha Tower
  • visit the Honolulu Museum of Art
  • explore Chinatown
  • go to Sea Life Park
Schofield Barracks and Hawaii Bucket List
(The beautiful blue South Pacific Ocean.)


  • hike Diamond Head
  • see the tree house at the International Marketplace
  • watch the sunset at Magic Island Lagoon
  • go window shopping at the Royal Hawaiian Center
  • have a meal at Duke’s
  • visit the Waikiki Aquarium
  • spend the night at the Hale Koa Resort
Hawaii Bucket List: see a banyan tree
(In front of the banyan tree at the Hale Koa Resort.)

North Shore

  • watch a surf competition at the Banzai Pipeline
  • snorkel Sharks Cove
  • look around the shops in Haleiwa
  • cliff jump at Waimea Bay Beach
  • visit the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • swim under Waimea Falls
  • test out some of the shrimp trucks
  • zipline at CLIMBworks
  • try shave ice from Matsumoto
  • walk the trails at Turtle Bay Resort
  • hike the Kaunala Trail
  • get some banana pie at Sunny Side Bakery
  • go whale watching at Kaena Point State Recreation Area (November – March)
  • eat banana pancakes at Cafe Haleiwa
  • swim with the sea turtles at Turtle Beach (mornings are best)
  • spend the afternoon at Sunset Beach
Hawaii Bucket List: Taking the puppy to the beach at Turtle Bay.
(Milo’s first beach trip was to Turtle Bay.)


  • go to glass beach
  • visit the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park
  • see the Grand Canyon of the Pacific (Waimea Canyon)
  • hike the Kalalau Trail
  • kayak to Sacred Falls
  • visit the Queen’s Bath
  • hike to Wailua Falls
  • visit Glass Beach
  • relax at Polihale State Park
Hawaii Bucket List: Try some shave ice
(Trying shave ice for the first time!)


  • visit the Kalaupapa National Park (leper colony)
  • post-a-nut (mail a coconut to Gigi & Pop)
  • Halawa Valley Cultural hike
  • try the hot bread at Kanemitsu Bakery
  • hike to Moalua Falls
Schofield Barracks and Hawaii Bucket List
(Beach days are the best days.)


  • see petroglyphs
  • visit the Garden of the Gods
  • explore Shipwreck Beach
Hawaii Bucket List: Hang out with a monk seal on the beach.
(Just hanging out with a seal on the beach.)


  • drive the Road to Hana
  • hike the Pipiwai trail
  • visit the black sand beach
  • hike at Haleakala National Park
  • visit the red sand beach (Kaihalulu Beach)
  • snorkel at the Molokini Crater
  • try the shave ice at Ululani’s
Schofield Barracks and Hawaii Bucket List: beachin' it.

Hawaii (the Big Island)

  • explore Volcanoes National Park
  • see a lava tube
  • visit the Suisan Fish Market
  • visit the green sand beach (Papakolea Beach)
  • hike to Akaka & Kahuna Falls
  • see Hawaiian snow on Mauna Kea
  • stop by the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut factory
  • warm up over Kilauea’s steam vents
  • visit a black sand beach (Punaluu, Kaimu, or Pohoiki)
(Hawaii will be in our hearts forever!)


  • cool off with some shave ice
  • take a picture of a sea turtle
  • go snorkeling
  • take surfing lessons
  • see a waterfall
  • wear a real lei
  • drink a Mai Tai
  • go whale watching
  • see real lava
  • go to a luau
  • see a monk seal
Hawaii Bucket List: see the pineapple fields
(Pineapples and mountains are far as the eye can see.)

This is a huge Hawaii Bucket List!

Will we do everything on it? I highly doubt it, but we sure are going to have a good time trying!

Eventually, I’ll get around to updating my Travel Bullet Journal to include our Hawaiian adventures (but first I’ll have to catch up on the Texas ones)!

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