With the number of travelers venturing to the Hawaiian Islands trending higher than ever, it’s become difficult to escape the onslaught of visitors and find locals to interact with. We have to wonder—is it even possible to immerse yourself in Oahu’s local vibes? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the island’s most popular places, but for anyone who has visited more than a few times, living like a local is especially appealing. Here are seven of the best ways—from picking your own neighborhood to finding locally owned and locals-only spots—to meet people who live on the island and enjoy life off the tourist track.

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