Oahu Travel Guide

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    Kills - Pearl Harbor
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  • Pro
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     Good restaurants, unique sights, fine beaches, people from all over the world 

  • Con
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     Waikiki's faux Hawai'ian experience. 

  • In a nutshell
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    Erin74 says…

     A beautiful place, but you need to get out of the city and explore! 

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See all 1996 Honolulu Tips
  • Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Pearl Harbour and especially its WWII plight is so famous that once in Honolulu there is practically no chance of skipping it. The area where the unsalvageable sunken ships were laying was turned into a memorial to the dead, still buried under the wreckage with an option for survivors to join their comrades at time of death. The whole complex...

  • Outrigger Reef On The Beach

    Honolulu Hotels

    We stayed at this hotel with a 3 month old in December of 2011. We were the last one to check in...

  • Shorebird

    Honolulu Restaurants

    The Shorebird in Waikiki is a huge restaurant right on the beach, perfect for dinner and drinks in a true Hawaiian atmosphere. We arrived one weekday evening, and the restaurant and bar were packed. We ordered a round of local draft beers (around $7 each), then we got our table right along the water. The menu is pretty extensive and expensive. We...



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  • Beaches

    Waikiki Things to Do

    Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination extraordinaire. While much of it has been eroded, trampled by millions of feet, or encroached upon by towering skyscrapers, hints of its original beauty can still be seen in the crashing waves and the warm sand. Come night time, the hipsters...

  • Hostelling International Waikiki

    Waikiki Hotels

    2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Beachfront Activities

    Waikiki Nightlife

    It was beautifully done. There was the performance near hotel’s largest swimming pool. Nice girls danced Hawaiian dances with those slow waving of their thighs, then all lights were off and darkness covered the beach. I thought they have technical problems with lights, even more I was scared when I heard shooting behind my back. I turned around and...



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  • Drop by the Kailua Visitors Center

    Kailua Things to Do

    The Kailua Visitors Center has great volunteers that have lived in Kailua 30 plus years. They can tell you all the places to go, the history, just about anything you want to know. They have bus schedules, maps, brochures, coupons and even t-shirts sometimes.Very nice people and a great way to start your trip.

  • Lanikai Bed & Breakfast

    Kailua Hotels

    1277 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Hawaii, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Get a Lomi Lomi Massage

    Kailua Things to Do

    If you are in Hawaii you have to experience a Lomi Lomi massage. Not only because it is awesome but because it part of the culture.Kailua is considered the massage capital of Oahu because it has more massage therapist per square mile than another other town. It is also known to have some of the best ones so there is no better place than to try...



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  • Swim, Play, Hang Aound the Beaches

    Haleiwa Things to Do

    Haleiwa has many beaches and coves along it's location in the North Shore of Oahu and besides the main attraction of the Area, which is surfing, you can also do the traditional beach activities here, but have caution on swimming if you are not a good swimmer as the waves and rip tides in the north shore is powerful, that is why this area is good...

  • Ho'o Nanea Hale

    Haleiwa Hotels

    Extremely quiet and clean! Everything was close by and the beach was fantastic for swimming and...

  • Honolulu International Airport

    Haleiwa Transportation

    If you are living anywhere other than Hawaii, your options are limited on how to get to Haleiwa. I would recommend flying into Honolulu, (HNL), then renting a car and heading up to Haleiwa.There are many different options on getting to HNL, so consult your local travel agent, or go online to find a cheap seat!



See all 17 Kaneohe Tips
  • Valley of the Temples

    Kaneohe Things to Do

    Granted, its a cemetery, but it has great views of the Koolau mountains and a cool Buddhist temple. Entrance to the main grounds is free, but for the buddhist temple there is a $3.00 fee.

  • Paradise Bay Resort Hawaii

    Kaneohe Hotels

    We wanted to be near the Banzai Pipeline where, in case you don't already know, the biggest surf...

  • Gourmet Plate Lunch

    Kaneohe Restaurants

    Dean's Drive Inn serves local food made by "local boy" Dean Mashima in a small storefront in Kaneohe. The atmosphere is very friendly and casual. For my first visit I explained that I had never been in before and the lady at the counter was extremely helpful in suggesting an order to satisfy our needs.The menu is a variation of traditional Hawaiian...


Hanauma Bay

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  • Visit the Iolani Palace

    Hanauma Bay Things to Do

    Check the inside of the Iolani Palace and learn how the old monarch rule Hawaii! It is very impressive how the state of Hawaii preserved the palace! Even the furnitures that the King and Queen used were preserved well. We were told by the guide that most of the furnitures were recovered- the desks, rocking chairs, dinner wares, etc. The stairway to...

  • Swim and snorkel at Hanauma Bay

    Hanauma Bay Things to Do

    I went snorkelling at Hanauma Bay in 1990, 2001 and 2002 and 2007.Snorkelling at Hanauma Bay is very nice. The only problem now over there is it gets very, very crowded and touristsy! In the early 1990s, I saw a lot of fish and sometimes turtles. It used to be that you can feed the fish. You can bring some food and feed the turtles. That was then....

  • Take the canoe at the Polynesian Center

    Hanauma Bay Things to Do

    There are so many things to see in Hawaii but make sure to include going to the Polynesian Center. It's not a complete vacation if you didn't go! It's like going to Seattle without going to the Space Needle. Or visiting New York without going to the Empire State Building.The Polynesian Cultural Center has the largest evening show. And, it has seven...


Pearl City

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  • USS Arizona Memorial (2)

    Pearl City Things to Do

    part two of my tips with more pictures.December 7, 2008 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States' entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial remain top tourist destinations in Hawaii with over 1,500,000 visitors The memorial, dedicated in 1962, spans the sunken hull of the...

  • USS Arizona Memorial

    Pearl City Things to Do

    December 7, 2008 marks the 66th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and The United States' entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial remain top tourist destinations in Hawaii with over 1,500,000 visitors The memorial, dedicated in 1962, spans the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it. Since it...

  • Hawaii's Favorite Fast Food !

    Pearl City Restaurants

    Zippy's is like an everything fast food kind of place . They have burgers, french fries, chili , chowder, haupia, lau lau pork, kalua pig, poi, won tons, Portuguese Sausage, pork hashCrispy Gau Gee, fried noodles, etc . they also have tons of pastry items, and i mean , you can get anything here . and its a nice place , kinda slow for fast food ,...


Hawaii Kai

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  • Koko Crater Botanical Gardens

    Hawaii Kai Off The Beaten Path

    The Koko Crater Botanical gardens are located on the floor of the crater. There is an easy two mile loop trail that takes you around the gardens, which feature Hawaiian, African, north and south American trees and shrubs. Our favorite areas included the cactus garden in the 'Americas' section and the Plumeria trees in the Hawaiian section. Most...

  • Makapu'u Beach

    Hawaii Kai Things to Do

    Makapu’u is Hawaiian for “bulging eyes.” The beach is located near Makapu’u point which is the easternmost point on O’ahu and on very clear days you are supposed to be able to see all the way to Molokai. The beach itself is very popular for bodysurfing but can experience large waves especially in the winter. The two small islands (Manana and...

  • Makapu'u Point State Wayside

    Hawaii Kai Off The Beaten Path

    The trail to Makapu’u Point is 2.8 miles (4.5 km) roundtrip, paved most of the way, and ascends to a height of 560 feet (170 meters). From the summit you will be able to look down at the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse and north to windward Oahu. There are also some old WWII bunkers near the summit.Along the trail desert plants and adorn the path. You...



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  • La'ie Point State Wayside

    Laie Things to Do

    La’ie Point State Wayside is a small park on the north eastern shore of Oahu. The park is 1.5 acres and includes a rocky point and 5 small islands. The islands have an interesting local legend that explains their formation. One of these islands (Kukuihoolua Islet) has a large natural arch that is very interesting. On another island (Mokualai Islet)...

  • Malaekahana Park Campgrounds

    Laie Hotels

    56-335 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hawaii, 96762, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Laniloa, The Mo'o

    Laie Local Customs

    This Legend is as it appears at La'ie Point describing the legend behind the formation of the 5 small islands. This point of land that extends out into the ocean is called Laniloa. According to legend. This peninsula was originally a "Mo'o" or giant lizard. Standing upright ready to kill any intruder.After Kana (a legendary warrior) and his brother...



See all 43 Wahiawa Tips
  • Dole Plantation (2)

    Wahiawa Things to Do

    part two of my dole plantation tips with more pictures.Dole was founded in 1901 in Hawaiʻi as Hawaiian Pineapple Company by James Dole, who opened his first pineapple plantation in the central plateau of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. Today the company is a multinational conglomerate that does business in over 90 countries and takes in...

  • Dole Plantation (1)

    Wahiawa Things to Do

    Dole was founded in 1901 in Hawaiʻi as Hawaiian Pineapple Company by James Dole, who opened his first pineapple plantation in the central plateau of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. Today the company is a multinational conglomerate that does business in over 90 countries and takes in upwards of $5.3 billion in annual revenue. Presently, It...

  • Pineapple garden maze ~ no pineapples!

    Wahiawa Things to Do

    I was going to call this a tourist trap, but decided that it was indeed a "great" diversion from a hectic day, and while it offers absolutely NO historical facts and has not one thing to do with pineapples except that it's aerial view shows it's shaped like a large pineapple) , it's just plain fun to find all the colored boxes (you have to find 6...



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  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

    Kahuku Restaurants

    Garlic shrimp heaven! We've heard about these shrimp trucks many times before. We finally got to try some when we were driving from Honolulu to North Shore's pipeline. We purposely made plan to stop by and eat lunch here. The place is usually crowded with a long line. But no worries, it went by pretty fast. For $13 you get a dozen of shrimp and 2...

  • Turtle Bay Resort

    Kahuku Hotels

    We decided to book this hotel due to the fact we wanted to be outside Waikiki and hopefully be close...

  • Best Shrimp Truck of Kahuku

    Kahuku Restaurants

    Kahuku is now beginning to be famous for it's shrimp trucks, selling what else? but shrimps and prawns, grown and cultured from their aqua ponds and are advertised as very sweet. there are many here in Kahuku but we chose to eat t Romy's since it was the most popular in the place and partly because the owners, the Aguinaldo Family were...


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Known for its 8 pristine islands and for being a staple destination among tropical resorts, a Hawaii vacation is something everyone ought to pamper themselves with at some point. You can visit the Lolani Palace in Honolulu, marvel at the active Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island, take a helicopter tour over Kauai, relax on a whale-watching catamaran cruise, snorkel off the island of Molokini, and shop in Waikiki. So pick from one of the many beautiful Hawaii hotels, unpack your bags, and enjoy!