Fun things to do in Oahu

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    Kapiolani Park

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    Kapiolani Park is a 170 acre park that was dedicated by King Kalakaua to the people of Hawaii in 1877. The park is named after Queen Kapiolani who was King Kalakaua's wife. It was initially used as a military encampment for WWI but today it's full of activities with families enjoying picnics, festivals and music.

    The day we visited there was a fair going on selling all sorts of items from jewelry, clothing, and all other sorts of goods. It was a nice way of spending a few hours enjoying the wonderful weather.

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    Whale watching

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    I'm a great nature lover and one of the things that I love so much about visiting Oahu is the opportunity to see the humpback whales.

    The northern humpback whale migrates to the Hawaiian islands (one of three locations they migrate to) yearly during the fall. Their migration is about 3500 miles which takes them about 6-8 weeks to complete. The whales can be seen mainly off he island of Maui, but you can get a glimpse of them on a few other islands including Oahu.

    I've seen the humpback off the shores of Waikiki Beach on a whale watching trip. It was amazing to see these beautiful beings up close and personal.

    The migration season is November - May.

    Mama with babe On the boat Another whale Beautifl (too bad I snapped too late) There they are again
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    Take a dip in the Super Pool

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    The weather in Oahu is almost always fantastic which is ideal for lounging around at the pool. We were staying here at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and decided to take advantage of the pool grounds during our visit.

    Although we normally leave the pool/beach lounging to one of the other islands (usually Maui), during this particular trip we decided to relax more and enjoy the rest. The pool area is quite nice with plenty of lounge chairs along the pool with or without shade.

    You aren't allowed in the pool area unless you are a guest of the hotel. Towels are provided free of charge.

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    Halona Blowhole

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    The blowhole is an old lava tube that sucks up the sea water and funnels and sprouts it through the hole as a geyser. The blowhole can sprout as far as 30 feet above the rock formation.

    Although not advisable you can make your way down to the blowhole for a better look at the spouting geyser.

    I respect nature and prefer to admire it from the distance. I wouldn't want to be faced with an unexpected emergency.

    The blowhole is located along the Kalaniana Highway not far from Hanauma Bay and Koko Crater.

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    Byodo-in-Temple

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of a 900 year old temple in Uji Japan and it was built to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the island. The temple was built to resemble a phoenix which symbolizes hope and renewal.

    The main room is known as the Ho-o-do which houses the image of Amida, the Budha of the Western Paradise. The Amida was carved by a Japanese artist and is the largest carved in over 900 years. He is seated on a lotus flower and measures over 18 ft. It is quite an impressive Budha.

    You will also find a sacred bell which weighs three tons and is said that "ringing the bell will cleanse the mind of all evil temptations through its listening tones". There are a few wonderful ponds with plenty of Koi and a variety of birds as well.

    You will feel an inner peace and tranquility while you are visiting the temple, take your time to savor the beauty and serenity.

    Byodo Temple Amida sitting on a giant lotus flower Bon-Sho (Sacred Bell) The Koi pond Mountains at a distance
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    Oahu Beaches

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    There are so many beaches located along the 112 mile coastline of Oahu. The majority of the beaches are as diverse as the island. The beaches are mostly sandy with plenty of activities to please just about anyone.

    From snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, surfing or just relaxing on the beach, Oahu's coastline beaches are definitely a great way to spend a day or two.

    We always enjoy the beaches along the coastline and my favorite are the beaches on the North Shore.

    Enjoying Sunset Beach, North Shore At Hanauma Bay Beach At Waikiki Beach
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    Waikiki Beach

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    The beaches of Waikiki are legendary and most people that visit Waikiki usually make a stop at this beach. It's quite beautiful, clean and you can even learn how to surf here or maybe do some kayaking.

    We had a really relaxing few hours here and witnessed a wedding and many tourists oggling the sun bathers and swimmers.

    A very hot and crowded Waikiki Beach Waikiki Beach early afternoon
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    Climb up Diamond Head

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    I definitely recommend you make it a point to climb to the top of Diamond Head. The Views of Waikiki Beach and further afield is well worth the climb. I have done this climb twice and every single time I make it to the top I rejoice because of the sheer beauty of the island.

    The climb is a bit strenuous, so make sure to have plenty of water and stop if you get too tired. On my first trip my travel partner had to stop many times because he wasn't use to the steep climb and found himself quite tired only after a short climb. So please make sure to take your time.

    Almost at the top of Diamond Head Step ascend/descend The rewarding views Quite beautiful And breathtaking
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    Chinaman's Hat

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    If you're driving along the coast of Oahu you will definitely come across the large cone shaped island jutting out of the ocean. Stop and take a pic and enjoy a refreshing coconut drink.

    The area where we found it is most visible seems to be a great picnic area where we saw plenty of families enjoying a beautiful day. I'm not sure the name of the area.

    A love treeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssss Chinaman's Hat in the distance Drinking some refreshing coconut water
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    Explore the Island

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    A great way to see more of the island is to get out there and do some exploring. If you are based in Waikiki Beach, why not rent a car for the day, or take the bus to one of the other exciting places on the island.

    I've rented a car a few times during our many visits because we wanted the ease of being able to drive around at our own pace and stop and admire the beauty of the island at our own time.

    Oahu has some beautiful points of interest and great look out points where you feel you are all alone on the island.



    These are just a few of the great places we've seen during our drive around Oahu:

    Diamond Head
    Nuuana Pali Lookout
    Byodo-in Temple
    Halona Blowhole
    Makapuu Beach
    Ko'olau Montain Range

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    Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is owned by the State of Hawaii. The lagoon was part of the Henry J. Kaiser Hawaiian Village project which expanded the old Fort DeRussy Channel, creating the new beach and 14 foot deep lagoon. The lagoon was named after the surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku.

    The lagoon is located adjacent to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and the Hilton Hawaiian Village and can be easily access it walking along the beach. The lagoon was a nice place for us to enjoy a little canoeing before heading out to lunch.

    View of the lagoon from our room Another view Quite beautiful
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    Diamond Head Crater (Leahi)

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    Diamond Head, or Leahi is it is known by Hawaiian's, is Hawaii's most recognizable landmark an iconic fixture where all roads are measured by it's distance (jsut ask a local for directions, they will reference distance from Diamond Head)

    This volcanic cone was given it's English name by sailors who mistook its glittering calcite crystals for diamonds. The cone is part of a series of volcanic eruptions that also created Punchbowl Crater, Hanauma Bay, Koko Head and Manana Island.

    Diamond head is famous for it's historic hiking trial, amazing seacoast views and its military history. The state park can be visited daily from 6-6 and the entrance fee is a $5 car park fee. You can hike up to the top of the crater where you'll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of Oahu.

    The hike to the top of the crater is about 1 1/2 - 2 hours so bring water and a good pair of walking shoes. There are benches and places to rest if you have difficulty making the climb.

    Beautiful Diamond Head from Waikiki Beach Another great view Beautiful
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    Ko'olau Mountain Range

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 26, 2015

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    The Ko'olau Montain Range is the backbone of O'ahu with it's green jagged hills stretching from the south shore to the north shore.

    Although it is called a mountain range, Ko'olau is actually the western half of a volcano that was destroyed during the prehistoric times. Ko'olau Moutain Rainge is a dramatic backdrop that can be seen while driving along the windward coast. During our drive along the coast we stopped to photograph it from various towns.

    Amazing jagged mountain range
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    USS Bowfin Submarine Museum

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 12, 2015

    During our visit to Pearl Harbour we explore the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. This museum is dedicated to submarine both past and present. My wife and I enjoyed walking through the exhibit and viewing the various artifacts such as sub weapon systems, photos, paintings, battleflags, recruitment posters and models of subs. The highlight of this museum for me was the Poseidon C-3 missile on display.

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    Submarine Memorial

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 12, 2015

    During our visit to Pear Harbour and the Bowfin in particular we came upon the Submarine Memorial. This memorial honors the 52 American submarines and the more than 3,500 submariners lost during WWII.

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