Oahu Off The Beaten Path

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    Endangered monk seal rests on the beach
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Oahu Off The Beaten Path

  • Waterfalls

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Just a few short miles from Waikiki this 1.3 km hike is a great way to see some nature while on Oahu. The elevation is 800 feet. You're feet will definitely get muddy, so I'd definitely wear some shores instead of slipper or sandals. The trail can be quite slippery. Round trip took about an hour and a half. There is no fee and you can find free...

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  • Cruising Waikiki & Beyond

    Waikiki Off The Beaten Path

    Oceanfront at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel 2335 Kalakaua Ave Go in here to see all the photos of Duke Kahanamoku, Olympic swimmer, sheriff of Honolulu, and local icon. The photos are scattered throughout the bar. This place is usually noisy and crowded, but go in to see the photos if nothing else.

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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaena point is the far western tip of Oahu, and it is one of the few truly wild places left on the island. At the very tip lies a wildlife refuge where monk seals relax and albatrosses nest from November through January. You can still see indigenous plants atop the ecosystem and watch the waves erode old lava formations. As you look back towards...

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  • Beaches & Coastlines

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    The Mokolii Island is located off the Windward Coast of Oahu. The island is commonly referred to as "Chinaman's Hat" due to its resemblance to the hats worn by immigrant Chinese farm workers. The Story of Chinaman's Hat a children's book written by Dean Howell is an original legend about the origin of the islet. However, hawaiian legend tells a...

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  • Hiking Diamond Head

    Waikiki Off The Beaten Path

    This is a moderate hike, with a strenuous 99 steps near the top. Be sure to take water, flashlight, and wear very comfortable walking shoes. This is a dry area, so it's quite dusty, and brown (not lush like other spots on the island) Once on the top of the summit, you can see for miles in almost all directions! The sights are breathtaking from the...

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  • Haiku Stairway

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaneohe's Haiku Stairs, often referred to as the Stairway to Heaven, have been closed to the public for years, but that didn't stop my hardy foursome from making the ascent in April 2009. Technically, it's illegal to scale the Stairway and there is a guard posted from 0630 to sunset to turn away prospective hikers, but if you get up early enough...

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  • Hiking / Walking

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Hiking is a great recreational activity in Honolulu. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery and get great exercise! When you go hiking you can escape from the crowded areas of the city and relax with nature. I recommend that you bring a snack and water, because the walks can be long.

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  • Auction

    Waikiki Off The Beaten Path

    One of the most unique things we did while on Oahu was attend a fish auction at the United Fishing Agency. This auction goes on M-Sat., occurs pretty early in the morning, and is the main source of all the local fresh seafood that winds up on your plate in the evening. Buyers from all types of restaurants, stores, and even wholesalers attend the...

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  • Koolau Range

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    A pleasant, moderate hike to the top of the Ko'olau Range that is a must-do is the Wiliwili Nui Trail. It starts off as a stroll along a four-wheel drive road for about two miles, as the ridge narrows on each side. At the end of the road, you'll come to a resting bench, but don't relax for too long because that's where the fun begins. AS the...

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  • Cruisin' Around the Island

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    There are some great areas around Honolulu and it is nice to either take a walk, take a bus or a car or even a moped and cruise around the neighborhoods of Honolulu. The peaceful and beauty of the scenery is awesome. The weather if not what you want at the moment then the scenery will most likely be amazing. And if not, the beauty will...

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  • Touring / Exploration

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    This really cracked me up. In Kaneohe two gas stations cady corner from each other with very Hawaiian names. Aloha & Mahalo To learn the actual definitions of Aloha and Mahalo go to the following web site. There is also a law in Hawaii called The Aloha Sprit Law. I talk more about it in my Oahu Local Customs page.

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  • Pali Lookout

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    The Nu’uanu Pali Lookout at 1,186 feet (361 meters) is a great place to get a view of windward Oahu. It isn’t really what I would consider “off the beaten path” however. That is where it has been put though. At only 8 miles from downtown Honolulu it has become a very popular destination to take in a beautiful view. Many tour busses arrive here...

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  • Galleries / Museums

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    If you like Modern Art and you want a beautiful view of Honolulu from the hills behind the city, you can do no worse than the Contemporary Museum. Show up around 1:30 and you can get a docent to guide you through the collection, which usually features Hawaii artists working in a variety of media. Since it's modern art, having the docent helps!! Not...

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  • PCC & other Luau's

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to meet with the people of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga in forty-two acres of villages and to see the world's largest Polynesian show, then you have to visit Hawaii’s Polynesian Cultural Center — located in Laie, on the north shore of Oahu. Going from village to village learning about the different Islands...

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  • Shopping

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Check out the farmer's markets around Honolulu for great fresh produce. I went to the Makiki District Park market on Monday at 8:30-9:30 AM at 1527 Keeaumoku ST. It is a delightful little park with a community garden, the farmers market is held in the parking lot, there were only a few venders but I got some great bananas, mangoes, tomatoes, and...

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  • Botanical Gardens

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaneohe, just 20 minutes over the Pali Pass from Honolulu on the windward side of the island, there sits a romantic garden/pond called,"Haiku Gardens". You can tour the grounds in about an hour's time,seeing all the different types of flora that is native to Hawaii. The setting is so romantic, my own daughter was married in the gardens. Located at...

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  • Pali Lookout

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    A good hike with a spectacular view of the ocean. See plants and animals native to the islands. I would recommend a trip out that way. Take H2 north and follow signs for Mokuleia, road dead ends in Kaena Point preserve. Walk to lookout.

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  • Ships, Subs & Boats

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial are still one of the main events in Oahu with more than one million tourists every year. A visit to the Arizona Memorial is a solemn experience, even for those who were not alive when the attack occurred. You are standing over a grave site where 1177 crewmen lost their lives on December 7th, 1941. As a...

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  • Hawaii Superstitions

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    We wanted to find something a bit different this time around, so I searched for things to do that were well off the beaten path. I found one. "The Oahu Ghost Tours" were right up our alley. From what I gather the island of O'ahu, has a reputation for being the most "haunted island" in the Hawaiian chain. I know stories about Madame Pele the...

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  • Sea Life Park (Near Honolulu)

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Be Careful, you never really know what's down there. Of course, this is the well know Manta Ray, common in Hawai'i. PROCEED TO TRAVELOGUES, THERE ARE SEVERAL OF THEM [CLICK HERE][l-0-l]

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  • Honolulu

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Its 10 pm where should we eat? Miki's DUH. This little hut opens at 10pm nightly, serving something different every night, after standing in line smelling the limited amount of the special prepared each night, you may be tempted to order a little of everything, and with prices like these why not! You absolutely cannot leave without Mac salad......

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  • Hanauma Bay

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Rent a car and drive a little - e.g. to Hanauma Bay. One of the trolley lines (blue line) goes there, too. The problems are, it´s crowded, there´s not much room to swim, they charge an entrance fee - and don´t even try to use the restrooms down there.

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  • Gardens / Parks

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    The Koko Crater Botanical Garden is a nice excuse to get away from the beach and stretch your legs a bit if you're driving around the east end of the island. The botanical garden is completely contained within Koko Crater, the crater of an extinct volcano, and has a 2 mile path which leads through a number of native and exotic plants and trees....

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  • Lighthouse

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Honolulu. Waikiki. Oahu. All the same to most tourists. That's okay. Many areas in Oahu are Honolulu. One of my favorite's is the Diamond Head Lighthouse, off the road below Diamond Head. This lighthouse may not be as famous as the lighthouses in Cape Cod, but the location, setting, and view is oh, so much better. If getting out of your vehicle be...

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  • Kolekole Mountains

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    KOLEKOLE PASS - Located on Schofield Barracks, has an excellent vantage point of the Leeward side of the island. There are hiking trails and worthy for some great photos. The road through the deep cut in the Waianae Mountains, known as Kolekole Pass, was constructed by the 3rd Engineers in 1937. Contrary to popular belief, Japanese planes did not...

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  • Scuba

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    We went diving for the first time in Sharks Cove on Oahu's north shore. We had a 30 minute crash course went with a divemaster who knew the area and was fully competent. I have yet to be on a dive where I have seen or experienced more wildlife as I did then, it was awesome!! I would highly suggest it to anyone, even if you haven't ever been diving...

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  • Pearl City Kam Drive-In Swap Meet

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    ..It used to show movies and I had the opportunity to go when it was open, but now it's a flea market. This flea market is the real deal in Hawaii. All the locals go to this one, while most tourists stick to the well known Aloha Stadium Flea Market. I used to show up here on Saturday mornings with a bunch of 'stuff' from home I didn't need anymore,...

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  • Cultural Architecture & Bldgs

    Honolulu Off The Beaten Path

    Hawaii's Plantation Village and Museum is an outdoor museum dedicated to sharing the experience,lifestyle, struggles and contributions of Hawaii's plantation workers. Located in Waipahu, at 94-695 Waipahu St. You'll need a car or jump on the bus. It stops right in front of the park. I found it to be a most enjoyable afternoon away from the bustle...

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  • The Pineapple Garden Maze

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    The Pineapple Garden Maze at Dole Plantation, officially recognized in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Maze. This place is pretty fun to visit and is on the way to the North Shore. I recommend it to anyone Covering an area of more than two acres with a path length of 1.7 miles, it is made of 11,400 colorful Hawaii...

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  • Fishing

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    We were supposed to go fishing with Chupu charters in Haleiwa but due to the high surf, we were unable to get out. Captain Jesse assisted us looking for someone on the leeward side. He did mention that if someone was ex-military that we could get on at the kane'ohe marine base in Kane'ohe. Captain Mike onboard the "Bill Collector". He was also less...

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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    My wife notices everything; she'd be great at the CIA. As we were walking along Kalakaua Avenue she noticed that on several of the stones on the pavement were Hawaiian words and phrases carved into the stone along with their meanings. Funny, I had never noticed this before and honestly I have no idea when they were installed. It was fun though...

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  • Water Sports

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    The Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational There are very few waves that are bigger. There is no set date for the Eddie Aikau Invitational. It is not an annual event. No one ever knows when it will be. It generally occurs every 3 or so years. Professional surfers wait for the call and the right conditions, as does the rest of the island. And when the...

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  • China Town

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Hawaii has a large diverse population of Asian-Americans. The first waves of Asian settlers came from China (mostly Guangdong) and Japan, but more recent immigrants are coming from other parts of China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines. All of these people mix in Chinatown, where they own fresh seafood and fruit markets, come to socialize or...

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  • Sacred Falls

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    sacred falls, Oahu. first you have to hike a few miles through the woods and then you are rewarded with the beautiful waterfall view. It may still be closed to hikers because of flash flood risks. hikers have been killed. photo was taken when my unit went on a hike. That's me on the right.

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  • Pearl Harbor

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    12-07-03: Funeral Held for Baby Entombed Within USS Utah for Baby Nancy Wagner. Baby Nancy's father, Chief Yeoman Albert Wagner, was attached to Utah at the time of the attack. Wagner had planned to scatter Nancy's ashes at sea when Utah left Pearl Harbor, but he never had the chance. Chief Wagner survived the attack and remained in the Navy until...

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  • Old Hawaiian Railway

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Old Hawaiian Railway It's the old railway that used to run sugarcane from the Ewa cane fields. No longer used for sugar, it has become a museum and you can still ride on one of the old trains. P.O. Box 1208, Ewa Station Ewa Beach, HI 96706 Telephone: (808)681-5461 Fax number: (808)681-4860 Email: HiRailway@aol.com Classification: 3 foot gauge...

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  • Tantalus Road and Round Top

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Tantalus Road and Round Top Drive. I've driven this several times and you will thank me if you do when you are are. You get to drive up the hills and see spectacular views of the entire city. TIP: go in the evening to see the beautiful downtown lights. http://gohawaii.about.com/library/weekly/aa080700a.htm If you're staying in Waikiki, the...

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  • Hawaiian Traditions

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    This is an annual bikers parade, where the bikers on the island all come together to bring Christmas gifts for kids. They bring out their shiniest bike, dress up as Santas, and ride down on the streets of Hawaii en mass. There must've been bikers up and down the main road for at least 20 minutes. If you love bikes, this is something you can't miss!

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  • SKYDIVING

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    SKYDIVING FOR THE FIRST TIME. IT WAS INCREDIBLE JUMPING OUT AT 14,000 FT. YOU CAN SEE THE ENTIRE ISLAND FROM UP THERE, AND I ACTUALLY JUMPED OUT OVER THE WATER AND FREEFELL FOR ABOUT A MINUTE. OF COURSE, SINCE IT WAS MY FIRST TIME I HAD TO GO WITH A PRO. HE DID THE WORK, I JUST WAS ALONG FOR THE RIDE. http://www.pacific-skydiving.com/ THE PHOTO...

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  • Kaena Point

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    Kaena Point. It's the only unpaved and undrivable portion of the island's perimeter. It's now a nature preserve and hosts a state park. I've participated in the Oahu Perimeter Relay Race (134 miles) twice and have run the Kaena leg both times. It's a nice place to hike and you can see some great sunsets from here.

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  • National Memorial Cemetery of the...

    Oahu Off The Beaten Path

    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific 'The Punchbowl' it lies in the middle of Puowaina Crater, an extinct volcano. It was officially dedicated on September 2, 1949, on the 4th anniversary of V-J Day. Of all the national cemeteries, this one has been described as the most beautiful and the most moving. Roughly translated, 'Puowaina' means...

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  • Go West -- to Kaena Point

    Kaena point is the far western tip of Oahu, and it is one of the few truly wild places left on the island. At the very tip lies a wildlife refuge where monk seals relax and albatrosses nest from November through January. You can still see indigenous plants atop the ecosystem and watch the waves erode old lava formations. As you look back towards...

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  • Oahu Anchialine pools

    I first heard of interesting pools of water by overhearing a group of students as they gathered in our hotel lobby getting ready to go on an outing. They were excited and talking about what they thought they might see in these pools. I had never heard of them and asked at the front desk, where I was directed to a brochure on them. I looked over the...

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  • Hawaiian Phrases Along Kalakaua Avenue

    My wife notices everything; she'd be great at the CIA. As we were walking along Kalakaua Avenue she noticed that on several of the stones on the pavement were Hawaiian words and phrases carved into the stone along with their meanings. Funny, I had never noticed this before and honestly I have no idea when they were installed. It was fun though...

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  • Sharks Cove is the best for kids

    The handy man at our rental told us about this place. The name is definitely scarier than experience. This is a shallow pool that is filled by waves crashing over the rocks. Be careful on the rocks they are very sharp and you will be cut if you fall on them.Make sure you have dive boots or aqua socks if you come here. If it is low tide the rocks...

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