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    Chinatown

    by ArenJo Written Jan 16, 2014

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    Parking is a good price here and it isn't too far from downtown. It is a great place to buy good quality leis at a good price. There are lots of little shops selling Chinese trinkets. They also sell way more produce than you will find at the supermarkets in Honolulu and it is at a good price. There are lots of clubs that are open at night, it is a popular clubbing spot in Honolulu.

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    Beautiful, but not cheap

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

    It is a ways outside Orlando. It is beautiful there, but what I didn't like about it is you pay to park, then you pay to get in, then if you don't want to walk way up and down a hill you pay a shuttle.
    Also, the bathrooms are nice and clean. The currents are a little strong for young children as well.

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    Why didn't I see a single pineapple in that field?

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

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    Not worth going to. The dole yogurt is available at a yogurt place in Manoa that has better toppings. The food line was horrendous. The train line was an hour and a half long. None of the speakers for the botanical garden tour worked. And by then I didn't want to do the maze. The gift shop has lots of cool items though, things like pineapple scented candles

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    Great hike, but come prepared

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

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    I'm not someone that likes hiking. But, I did like this. The views at the top were very rewarding. However, do bring water and take breaks if you aren't in shape. Also, bring appropriate shoes. There are benches along the way. There is a parking fee of about $5, but it is otherwise $1 per person. I came in on a moped and they didn't charge me for parking. You can take a bus in, but then you have to walk a long ways just to get to the parking lot.

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    A Very beautiful resting place

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

    Beautifully maintained and there is even a building you can go into to find out where your loved ones are located in the cemetery. The drive on the way up is beautiful as well. Also, it is around the start of Round Top Drive for anyone interested in going there for the look out points.

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    A lot of history

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

    There are always festivals around this building that are awesome to go to. Often during these they have open houses for the palace as well, which is when I went to check it out. Lots of great pictures downstairs to tell the story of the royal past

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    My mom loved it

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

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    My mom (in her 50s) has always wanted to go to a luau, so she loved it. I thought most of it was pretty boring. My son (4) went between very interested to digging in sand, it fluctuated depending on what was going on onstage. We ALL agreed that the food was awesome. And unlimited drinks was nice as well. The actors were nice and greeted everyone before the show. There was also many interactive times when the audience could go onstage and dance. HOWEVER, there were many times when NOTHING or little to nothing was going on onstage and we were very bored. And the announcer guy was very difficult to understand and also made it more difficult to listen to the music and pay attention to the story. It didn't flow well AT ALL. You would think as often as they do this show, it would be perfected. We did get half-priced tickets through either groupon or livingsocial. You can also get in half-price if anyone in your group has a Hawaii ID.

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    May be best to go without a tour group

    by ArenJo Written Jan 15, 2014

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    I say this may be best without a tour group because after we got there I found out that the tour we were allowed to go on there was free anyway. So, do your homework before you decide to pay for a tour group there. We took Polynesian Adventure Tours by the way. Buses do run to and from there but not very frequently. This was a must do. Even my 4 year old son watched the whole movie explaining what the attack was all about. We just got to do the Arizona Memorial, but it was interesting to see the ship underneath and the oil that is still coming up from it.

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    Luxury Row at 2100 Kalakaua Avenue

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 10, 2013

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    Luxury Row is an area of shopping in Waikik located on Kalakua avenue that caters to high end retailers. Some of the stores we found were Tiffany & Co., Coach, Gucci, Chanel, YSL to name a few. My wife and I had a fun time checking out the merchandise in some of her favorite stores.

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    stand-up paddle boarding

    by JulieJueletha Written Dec 1, 2013

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    Stand-up paddle boarding is a variation on surfing that is becoming very popular in the islands and is one of the fastest-growing watersports. In stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) riders stand upright on wider, longer boards and use a paddle to maneuver. Great for a core muscle workout, SUP is often used for fitness rather than for riding waves. Lessons are highly recommended for your safety and for the safety of your fellow beach goers and surfers.

    Note: Heed all warning signs. Talk to your instructor about changing conditions, strong currents and reefs. Use your own best judgment to determine whether a particular beach is appropriate for your ability level.

    Uncle Bryan's Sunset Suratt Surf Academy
    (808) 783-8657
    sunsetsuratt@gmail.com
    "Stand-up paddling is a lot of fun! And if you're looking to learn while you're on the North Shore, you've come to the right place. We do tours and lessons for all ages and skill levels—from kids to adults and from beginners to experts."

    Surf & Sea Stand Up Paddle Lessons
    Call 808-637-SURF (7873)
    surfnsea@surfnsea.com
    phone 1-800-899-7873
    fax 808-637-3008
    Hours: Mon - Sun 9:00am - 7:00pm
    Hawaii's oldest surf and dive shop opened in 1921, a variety of items for sale from boards to musical instruments. Excellent instructors.

    REI
    www.rei.com/Paddleboards
    Lessons and anything for the surf

    Honu Hawaii Activities
    Phone: (808) 633-8904
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    Goofy Foot Stand Up Paddle Lessons - Lahaina $100.00
    Stand Up Paddle Lesson & Rental - Maunalua Bay $ 49.00
    Stand Up Paddle Lesson - Maunalua Bay $115.00
    Stand Up Paddle Tours, Lessons & Rentals - Kailua Bay $ 59.00

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    Banyan Courtyard

    by cjg1 Updated Sep 12, 2013

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    The Banyan Courtyard at the Moana Surfrider was a favorite place of our to enjoy some drinks and entertainment when we stayed at this hotel. There are plenty of tables ;some with umbrellas sit sit and enjoy a cocktail. There is nightly musical entertainment and this is the perfect spot for viewing. The centerpiece of this area is the very old; very large Banyan Tree in the center. I am a lover of trees and this particular Banyan is quite a sight to behold. I am glad the hotel made it a focal point and didn't tear it down to increase property space.

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    Kalakaua Avenue

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 15, 2013

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    Kalakaua Avenue is Waikiki's 2 mile long oceanfront street. The street is lined with hotels, restaurants, stores, shopping centers and is what I would call the center of Waikiki.

    The streets are always jammed packed with pedestrians either shopping or walking around looking for places to eat or drink.

    I enjoyed walking along Kalakaua Avenue, stopping in some of my favorite shops or grabbing a bite to eat or just some drinks.

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    Ko'olau Mountain Range

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 15, 2013

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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.

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    Kapiolani Park

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 15, 2013

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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 WWII, 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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    Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 13, 2013

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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 loacted adjacent to the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and the Hilton Hawaiian Village and can be easily access walking along the beach. The lagoon was a nice place for me and Ferni to enjoy a little canoe ride before heading out to lunch.

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