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  • Paradise Cove Luau
    Paradise Cove Luau
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    Paradise Cove Luau
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    Larry at Paradise Cove
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Oahu Favorites

  • Shopping

    Honolulu Favorites

    again fun to shop in hawaii due to it's sales tax of 4.71%, a way lower than the mainland sales taxes like 9.25% in california. lots of shopping opportunities here like shopping in the mile long touristy kalakua avenue, the largest outdoor mall in the mall, the ala moana center, the premium outlets of waikele, the International Market Place, the...

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  • Beaches

    Waikiki Favorites

    I loved eating fresh grilled fish sandwiches all over Waikiki and the island of Oahu. We dined at The Top of Wakiki (revolving restaurant). A little expensive (over $100 for two people) but a really unique experience. The Mahi Mahi was wonderful everywhere I went. Living in Minnesota you usually can only get lake fish sandwiches in restaurants and...

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  • Useful Tips

    Oahu Favorites

    Some of the filming of the current tv series called "Hawaii Five-O" are done on the premises of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The tv series is a "remake" of a popular show which was originally aired from 1968-1980 with the original cast members of of Jack London, Richard Denning, James McArthur and Kam Fong Chun. Most people will remember the...

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  • Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu Favorites

    what an ironic twist that most visitors to pearl harbor are japanese hehehe since japan is now a peaceful country and is a major ally of the United States. The Japanese tourist are awed by the sights in the pearl harbor area and the memorial. December 7, 2009 marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States'...

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  • Internet Connections

    Waikiki Favorites

    4 Feb 04 1115 I managed to find Buzz Cafe where I managed to swindle 10 minutes internet use, a coffee and bagel for just over $3. I got a blueberry bagel and despite some initial reservations have smothered it in cream cheese, American Style. I must say, It isn't bad. This was the cheapest internet I found, but I think they made a mistake, so I...

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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Favorites

    There is nothing better in my opinion than having a beachfront room with a balcony. First off, the views are spectacular; there is no compare. Second, and my favorite is going to sleep with the balcony doors open with the sounds of the waves hitting the sand. It is truly one of my favorite things being lulled to sleep by the sound of the water....

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  • Suggested Activities Lists

    Honolulu Favorites

    There's a free tourist publication called This Week Oahu that you can pick up from stands all over Waikiki. Check out the activities listings for the week, and also take a look at the coupons in the booklet. I was surprised that I was actually able to use a couple of the coupons: one for a free appetizer at a Waikiki restaurant, and one for a...

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  • Hula Dancing

    Waikiki Favorites

    Waikiki is by far a very interesting "people" watching place. I love to walk down Waikiki at night and see all the tourists begin to unwind after day long activities. The lit tiki torches really add to the "tropical" mood set, as you see literally hundreds of people decked in aloha attire, leis and shopping bags. I love to sit at the beach and...

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  • Touring / Exploration

    Oahu Favorites

    My wife and I are very early risers and most mornings in Oahu we were up around 4:30-5am. This is the best time to walk along the beach or street without the crowds. We enjoy watching the sky lighten up and the sun rise over the beach.

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  • Cruise around the Island

    Honolulu Favorites

    IT IS A LOT SAFER THAN JAKARTA !! : ) IT DOES HAVE IT'S PROBLEMS OF SOME OF THE LOCALS GIVING TOURISTS A ROUGH TIME..ESPECIALLY AT THE CLUBS EARLY IN THE MORNING..BUT LIKE ANYWHERE. .JUST STAY AWAY FROM THE TROUBLE AREAS

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  • Hotel Attractions

    Waikiki Favorites

    Each morning a young lady came and hand fed the Penguins in the natural habitat created in the Hotel's Garden area. Many Turtles were also in the Pond hanging loose with the Penguins. I allready miss all these wonderful scene of beauty created in the Gardens of this magnificent Hilton Hawaiian Village , indeed it is more than just an Hotel , it is...

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  • Waikiki

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    During our most recent trip to Waikiki; there was a nice, bright full moon. We were able to enjoy this moon while sitting on our balcony having drinks. The moon was so bright and cast a beautiful light on the beach and water below.

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  • Hula Hands

    Honolulu Favorites

    Karlie I hope you have a great time when you get here.. Looks like you are gonna go for renting the car.. Try to check out where everything is on the Island before you get here and that probably will help in saving time doing the things that you really want to do.. No fun getting lost... EVERYTHING !!!!!

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  • Honolulu

    Oahu Favorites

    Honolulu is the most famous town in Hawaii, a typical US town in the middle of the pacific, with skyscrapers, rush hours & nightlife Of course the Waikiki-Beach is a must see, but the real romantic, secret, hawaiian beaches can be found somewhere else... Make sure that you see the east coast (beautiful coastline) and the north shore (Haleiwa the...

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  • Waikiki Beach

    Honolulu Favorites

    Surfers bring in their boards, tourists gather along the shoreline and dinner boats cruise out towards the horizon, all to watch the sun set over Waikiki Beach. In the last couple of years, there have been free movies on the beach. Tourists from around the world can view movies on an outdoor 30 foot screen. This event in Waikiki is also called...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Oahu Favorites

    If you are visiting the Polynesian Culture Centre and need to sit a while with a cold drink, then the Banyan Tree Snack bar is ideal as it has comfortable chairs, and sunshades, plenty of space to sit, and the tables are not crowded together, which is nice.

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  • Pali Lookout

    Honolulu Favorites

    Pali Lookout was the sight of the famous Battle for the unification of the Hawaiian Islands in the 1700th century! It was here in 1795 that King Kamehameha and his warriors defeated the O'ahu armies by sending them over these steep, forested cliffs and claiming his victory and uniting the Hawaiian Islands. The breathtaking sight and the gruesome...

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  • Sheraton Hotel

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    During our trip to Waikiki in 2013; we explored the Sheraton Hotel and found this great Koi pond surrounded by rocking chairs. We came back during our January 2014 and had a wonderful time relaxing on the rocking chairs in the early morning and watching the Koi. For several days we enjoyed sitting here; relaxing after breakfast. On several...

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  • Diamond Head

    Honolulu Favorites

    The view from the top of Diamond Head is AMAZING!! Be prepared to walk, though. Take a big bottle of water and a camera. Once you get inside the crater it's so crowded, a backpack just gets in the way. Pack light. I miss the weather, and the laid-back attitude of the island.

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  • The Moana Surf Rider

    Oahu Favorites

    One of my favorite things during our last trip to Oahu was being able to relax at our hotel; The Moana Surfrider. They really know how to make guests comfortable and relax. ALong the front veranda were several rocking chairs. My wife and I spent some significant amounts of time relaxing here after our early morning beach strolls and after a night...

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  • Beaches

    Honolulu Favorites

    The beach at Waikiki has something iwonderful with the Hard Rock Cafe, it has good atmosphere (Diamond Head and the palms), and it do not lack something of substance. The sand is fine, but making it harder to clean out of your bathing suit. Inspite of that Waikiki was very mpressive, but unlike other tourists I have enjoyed very much! I am going...

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  • Sea Life Park

    Oahu Favorites

    One of my fondest memories of Oahu is my time at Sea life Park. Sea llife park has a Dolphin Excursion. For an additional fee, I was able to pet, kiss, swim and even take a ride on a Dolphin. I have been to other places that offer dolphin excursions (Bahama's, California-Sea world) I do not think any of the others are as nice as this one.

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  • Hanauma Bay

    Honolulu Favorites

    Hanauma Bay has the best snorkeling I've ever seen. Lots of fish in shallow water for beginners. Good reef in deeper water for folks with more experience. Amazing fish. Great water clarity. Tip: Get there early! You HAVE TO sit through a 10 minute safety / enviromental movie before they let you go to the beach. Later in the day, lines get long,...

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  • Museums/Art

    Oahu Favorites

    Jean Charlot's contribution to the arts in Hawai'i is unmatched. Frankly, it would be extremely difficult to make as much of an impact as he has. Born in Paris, his background was typically Hawai'ian - oddly mixed. His father was from a French and Mexican Indian background. His mother was of Spanish descent. Working in Mexico with Diego Rivera as...

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  • Statues

    Honolulu Favorites

    Of course everybody knows Confucius has a statue in Honolulu Chinatown at Maunakea Marketplace. Over by Nu'uanu Stream you can find another statue of a Chinese guy who became famous after spending some time in Hawaii. Sun Yat Sen is often referred to by Chinese historians as the "Father of Modern China" and his statue in Honolulu Chinatown...

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  • Pearl Harbor

    Oahu Favorites

    Don't be surprised by the number of Japanese tourists that you'll see at Pearl Harbor. At times, it seems like they outnumber the American visitors. More importantly, if you are an American reading this, don't be upset at their presence -- welcome them. I know many Americans who resent the number of Japanese visitors. I know many older Americans...

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  • Island Luaus

    Honolulu Favorites

    Here is a picture of one of the parties (luau) that I was at in Honolulu. All that is required is that you relax (hang loose) and have a good time. 'Hang Loose' is a phrase used everywhere over there. It means to relax, take it easy.

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  • The Hyatt

    Oahu Favorites

    Throughout the Hyatt waikiki Lobby and Atrium live three parrots in cages. They are colorful creatures but this one in particular Manuu'i was the frendliest and liked to put on a show when I passed by the cage. My wife was not as fan as she has a bird phobia and detests anything with feathers.

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  • Scuba diving

    Honolulu Favorites

    A friendly Dolphin swimming by our Dive Boat. I don't know what I would do if alll of a sudden there was a Dolphin looking at me while underwater. Probabbly spit out my Regulator and drown. Not real sure.

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  • Kualoa Farms Tropical Ranch

    Oahu Favorites

    This is beautiful place with diversity , It is a ranch , a tropical farm , it has stores sells flowers there are activities like horseback riding, You can hold events company, wedding, sport events , special events . They sell fruits Macadamiam Nuts , Coffee. Flowers. There is so much to do here, a great place for tour buses to stop and show the...

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  • Celebrities

    Honolulu Favorites

    One day walking up Kalakala Ave I seen a movie companies Trucks parked on the street. I found where they were filming the TV Show. TJ Hooker. I watched them film all afternoon. Picture is of William Shatner. He was TJ Hooker on the show. He is very Famous and started in Star Trek and other shows. He did the commercial for Price Line.com.

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  • Honolulu Marathon

    Oahu Favorites

    It's fantastic, it's early (very early), and has thousands of runners and spectators to make the run bearable. This race attracts over 25,000 runners every year, and many of them come from Japan. I ran this race twice, and was 56th my first year. 2 hours 42 minutes was my best, and I actually placed as top military in 97. Tough to do since there...

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  • Historical Buildings

    Honolulu Favorites

    If you are interested in seeing the State Capital Building, then you are in for a real treat. I was unable to have a guided tour, because they only offer tours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. But I was free to roam around on my own without having any trouble and never got in anyone's way. The basement level is the only closed space, while the...

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  • Oahu's Luau's - Paradise Cove

    We went to the Paradise Cove Luau. We knew in advance that we were headed for a tourist trap so we were not surprised or upset by that. It was our first time in Hawaii and we wanted to follow the crowd and attend a luau. There are two main luau's available on Oahu. Paradise Cove and Germaine's. From our research in advance and the advice from our...

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  • Early Morning Walks

    My wife and I are very early risers and most mornings in Oahu we were up around 4:30-5am. This is the best time to walk along the beach or street without the crowds. We enjoy watching the sky lighten up and the sun rise over the beach.

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  • Moon over Waikiki

    During our most recent trip to Waikiki; there was a nice, bright full moon. We were able to enjoy this moon while sitting on our balcony having drinks. The moon was so bright and cast a beautiful light on the beach and water below.

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  • Manuu'i

    Throughout the Hyatt waikiki Lobby and Atrium live three parrots in cages. They are colorful creatures but this one in particular Manuu'i was the frendliest and liked to put on a show when I passed by the cage. My wife was not as fan as she has a bird phobia and detests anything with feathers.

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  • Koi

    During our trip to Waikiki in 2013; we explored the Sheraton Hotel and found this great Koi pond surrounded by rocking chairs. We came back during our January 2014 and had a wonderful time relaxing on the rocking chairs in the early morning and watching the Koi. For several days we enjoyed sitting here; relaxing after breakfast. On several...

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  • Afternoon Drink

    One of our favorite things to do during our visits to Oahu is just relaxing and enjoying a drink in the afternoon. Sometime after lunch and before dinner we will usually head to one of our favorite haunts and enjoy some yummy drinks. One of my favorite places is at the Pikake Terrace at the Hilton Princess Kuilani where I love their version of the...

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  • Catch a filming of Hawaii-Five-O

    Some of the filming of the current tv series called "Hawaii Five-O" are done on the premises of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The tv series is a "remake" of a popular show which was originally aired from 1968-1980 with the original cast members of of Jack London, Richard Denning, James McArthur and Kam Fong Chun. Most people will remember the catch...

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  • Fireworks over the RAINBOW

    If you find yourself in Oahu on a Friday night, try to catch the freee weekly fireworks show on Waikiki beach presented by the Hilton Hawaiian Village.The fireworks show starts about 7:45 pm every Friday night and lasts about 10 minutes. It's a really nice display of fireworks and a good time to enjoy with a loved one. During our recent stay we...

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  • Amazing Sunsets

    I've seen many beautiful sunsets in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America, but you can find many breathtaking sunsets here on the island as well. One of my favorite times to see a sunset is from the balcony of our hotel room with a nice glass of wine or Champagne. It lends to the beginning of a wonderful romantic evening.There are plenty of...

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  • Travelling with a child

    When travelling with a kid in Hawaii, you must remember to have a car seat especially if you are renting a car.Kapolei is nice and quiet because this is a town where most residents live. It is not touristsy town. If you go to the beaches here, you rarely see tourists. If there are, mostly, visitors visiting their own relatives who live in Kapolei....

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  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout

    The Nuuanu Pali Lookout is a scenic lookout offering spectacular views of the Ko'olau mountains and areas of the windward coast including Kailua and Kaneohe. Several placards contain information regarding the history of the area and how the road was built.To get to the lookout from Honolulu, drive up the Pali Highway (Route 61) and take the Nuuanu...

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  • Lodging near Hilton Hawaiian Village

    Place that I like is this http://www.flipkey.com/waikiki-condo-rentals/p193386/?variation1This unit is in a condo that's facing the ocean, right next to Hilton Hawaiian Village. Plenty of positive review.If you are nervous of taking chance with individual property owner but want ocean view, you can try Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki (...

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