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    Waikiki Aquarium

    by Ericasmurf99 Written Apr 12, 2011

    Beautiful place, we spent hours here because my toddler loves it. But I didn't mind, I find aquariums in general to be so peaceful. Friendly employees, meter parking (no "official" parking lot), photos/gift shop. General admission is $9, but locals/military/seniors/students are $6, under 3 is free.

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    X-TREME Jet Ski & Parasail

    by tigerjapan Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Family owned and operated Jet Ski and Parasail company. It is the only Parasail company that flies side-by-side tandem. You can take off and land on the boat because they have winchboats.

    Great fun and great views.

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    Waikiki Aquarium

    by geekgrrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a truly wonderful aquarium. Every time we go to visit, there is a new display. A month ago we were amazed at the seadragons that had been added to the aquarium. The displays are well-placed, and audio sticks are given to hear the interesting information at each display. The Aquarium is well worth a couple of hours from your beach time!!

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    Hawaii's Window on the Sea

    by aussiedoug Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    WAIKIKI AQUARIUM

    During our first rip, June 2004 we spent a really enjoyable couple of hours at the Waikiki Aquarium.

    We didn't think the girls would want to visit again in December 2008, but sure enough they did and again we had a fascinating couple of hours exploring this interesting Aquarium. It's great to see the University is actively involved in this place. It's also of good value to have a chat with some of the volunteer helpers who are a mine of information.

    My favourite part has to be the jellyfish. I can watch them using a simple form of sort of jet propulsion to get around for ages. They are really interesting creatures and very pretty inm the settings in which they are housed at the Aquarium.

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    Shave ice

    by gugi66 Written Jun 15, 2009

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    A classic in Hawaii, this is something you must try when comming to Hawaii. The world famouse Shave ice.

    But there is a difference with Shave ice and Shave ice, what i´m trying to say that it doesn´t taste the same everywhere, we tryed Shave ice on Waikiki beach and it was awfull and it had no taste but at Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park it was a big difference it was really tasty and it had a scoop of ice cream in it.

    So once again Waikiki beach is a tourist trap. For a good Shave ice go to Duke Kahanamoku Beach Park at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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    Pearls in the Oyster

    by gugi66 Written Jun 15, 2009

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    Why not try to open your own Oyster and find a Pearl, this you can find all over Waikiki, you choose your own Oyster and then you will perform a traditional ceremony before you open the Oyster with a Oyster knife.

    There´s often small Pearls in the Oysters but if you get lucky you can find a big one (my wife got a big Black pearl) so there is a chance.

    If you dont want them to make a hole in the pearl be sure to tell them because they are quite quick with the drill.

    There are several coulors of Pearls in the Oysters
    White- the most common
    Pink
    Light green
    Light grey
    Black- Most unusual

    A good tip is to take a paper coupon from the staff that sells the Pearls in the Oyster before you tell the salesperson that you want to buy, on the paper coupon you can get 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and up to 60% off the price (we got 50% of when we bought the pearl).

    DONT MISS ALL OF MY VIDEOS OF PEARLS IN THE OYSTER

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    Brochures and maps

    by gugi66 Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    This is the best way to plan your trip in Hawaii (apart from planing trough VT). Take the first day of and walk trough the town. There are Brochure and map stands all over Waikiki sidewalks that are free.

    On your walk in the city you will be stoped by agressive salesmen who is trying to sell you different kind of tours and things to do, do not buy any tour untill you got a brochure because in the brochures you can find good discounts at tours and things to do. REALLY GOOD DISCOUNTS

    Besides all the discounts there are very good maps, restaurants, things to do, and much more tips.

    One of these brochures are OAHU GOLD

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    Shoot with real guns

    by gugi66 Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    This is a must for those who loves firearms and guns. At Hawaii Gun Club and Waikiki Gun Club you can try a bunch of different firearms and guns.

    Some of the guns.
    M-16
    AK47
    CX-Storm 9mm
    12 Gauge Shotgun
    22 cal. S&W Revolver
    9mm XD-9 Springfield
    22 cal. Ruger
    22 cal. Ruger rifle
    And many more.

    Certified instructors are provided to aide and supervise customers, ear protection and safety glasses are provided for every customer.

    There are different targets that you can choose from, bulls eye, Usama bin Laden and a few more.

    DONT FORGET YOUR ID/PASSPORT, 21 YEAR AGE LIMIT OR ACOMPANIED WITH AN ADULT.

    Make sure you get a flyer/coupon from the guys handling out on the sidewalk on KALAKAUA AVENUE, you will get almost 50% of if you show the flyer when you go to the Gun Club. You can also find great disscount coupons to the Gun Club in the brochures along the sreetwalks (like 20, 30, 40 free shots, 10,20,25 %of the price and so on.
    SEE MY TIP OF BROCHURES IN MY THINGS TO DO TIP

    This is a great and fun experience, don´t miss it.

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    Fun Factory

    by gugi66 Written Jun 14, 2009

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    This is a place of fun for every ages. Every game costs a quarter and you win back quarters and coupons that you can collect and choose your price. We spent about 3hours here and spent about $50 but we got some good prices and since I collect coins from all over the world I managed to collect quarters from 47 states of 50 so I really enjoyed it, even if we lost much money.

    This is a great place for kids (if you have money to spare) otherwise don´t come here.

    Coupons Inside the fun factoy Jewllery Disney Outside
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    Fort DeRussy park

    by gugi66 Updated Jun 14, 2009

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    A beautiful park in the heart of Waikiki, right next to the beach. A big park with some wonderful trees and big open area, you have the army museum close by (see my tip of the army museum) the beach a stone throw away and shopping close by.

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    Duck Tour (by boat)

    by gugi66 Written Jun 14, 2009

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    One of the funnest tours! An absolute must-do when in Hawaii and one of the best ways to see the sights of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, world famous Hanauma Bay, and so much more by Duck Tours!

    Experience the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of a ride in a fully-restored, amphibious WWII DUKW or "Duck" as they are dubbed.

    It's fun for things to do in Oahu for the whole family. It's educational and an adventure that all ages can enjoy.

    There are two different tours you can take

    Hanauma Bay Snorkel/Diamond Head Tour
    A minibus will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Koko Marina, where you will be given snorkel snorkel equipment and then driven the rest of the way to Haunama bay. Once you are at Hanauma Bay, you will spend a few hours at the beautiful marine sanctuary snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and gorgeous coral formations.

    Once you are finished snorkeling, a van service is provided to take you back to Koko Marina at 1:30pm, just in time to hop on the "DUCK" for a return scenic trip back to Waikiki.

    SPLASHDOWN! in Maunalua Bay with a 30+ minute amphibious cruise in the ocean followed with a fully-narrated drive along the shoreline on Diamond Head Road and through the prestigious Kahala area with plenty of stories, local facts and fun history. There's a lot more to see than you would expect!

    This trip is really something Fun and DIFFERENT, so when you are dropped off at your hotel, you will really have something to talk about... Your GREAT ADVENTURE on the "DUCK"!

    PICKUP at most Waikiki Hotels
    RETURN to Waikiki: Depends on trip
    ADULT: $43 + Tax
    CHILDREN: (0-9) $33 + Tax

    ARIZONA, KEEHI LAGOON & CITY DUCK TOUR
    This tour takes you out you out to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial Visitor Center where you will see historical exhibits and dramatic footage of the actual bombing. Then on to a navy launch, to go out to the USS Arizona memorial, step aboard and pay your respect to the Navy sailors and Marines still entombed in the proud vessel below.

    But, we haven’t taken the DUCK swimming yet! Start preparing for Splashdown at historic Sand Island. That’s right! No getting on and off... everyone stays in his or her seats on the DUCK, as we launch into the ocean. For an adventure across the sea, and out to see three islands that have a history of their own. The view of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and downtown Honolulu is great and that is where we go next, off to see the palace and many other great buildings. We look forward to having you onboard the "DUCK", and providing you the "Best Ride and Most Fun" in town!

    PICKUP at most Waikiki Hotels
    RETURN to Waikiki: Around 3:00 to 3:30
    ADULT: $43 + Tax
    CHILDREN: (0-9) $33 + Tax
    The text and info. is taken from duck tours webpage.

    I didn´t do this tour because lack of time and I already taken some simular tours trough affordable tours (see my tip of affordable tours) But next time I go to Hawaii I will definatly take the duck tour.

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    Coldstone creamery

    by gugi66 Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    If your in mood for ice cream then this is the place to go to. There was so many flawores to choose from that in the end I took chocolate (yes yes, boring I know). When I saw the scoop of ice cream I decided that 1 scoop was more than enough.

    One scoop of ice cream and fresh made cone costs about $5 which is quite reasonabe price.

    A good tip, go through the Brochures (see my tip of brochures on things to do) there you can find a coupon to the Coldstone creamery, take any two ice creams pay for one. We did that, so actually we got two ice creams for $5.

    We sat down outside the Coldstone creamery and enjoyed our big ice cream when a flock of birds came and they were not shy, they went straigth for the ice cream. See my pictures. If you really want to enjoy your ice cream walk away a bit from the Coldstone creamery.

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    International Market Place

    by gugi66 Written May 10, 2009

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    The International Market Place has been an island tradition for years upon years.

    With over 130 carts, shops and artisan stands, this open-air setting in the heart of Waikiki remains a must-see-and-do for that special gift or souvenir.

    Take time to talk story with the local craftspeople, and snap a photo by a cascading waterfall under a century-old banyan, original home of Donn the Beachcomber.

    A coazy place to walk around in.

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    Statue of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku

    by gugi66 Written May 10, 2009

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    Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, 1890-1968. Although a descendant of Hawaiian royalty, Duke is a given name, not a title. He is known as the "father of international surfing" and was Hawaii´s Amabassador of Aloha.

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    The Stones of Life

    by gugi66 Written May 10, 2009

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    A very long time ago, possibly 400 A.D., four healers traveled to Hawaii from the distant islands of Tahiti. Legend says these men were kahuna, or wizards. Back then they might have been called soothsayers. Hawaii and Tahiti trruth to the story of their heroic voyage from far acrss the sea. Tales of their arrival have been recorded though chant and oft repeated lore. Said to be attractive, begguiling and adept at the science of healing, they were welcomed to their new island home. They settled in Waikiki in an area calle Ulukou, near what is now the Moana Surfrider hotel (see my tip of the Moana Surfrider hotel).

    Their names were Kahaloa, Kapuni, Kinohi and Kapaemahu. They are described as tall and stately with gentle, feminine ways. As they relieved pain, eliminated suffering and accomplished daily miracles of healing their fame spread across the island. They knew they would not stay in Hawaii. Their intent was to heal, teach, share and go back to their islan across the sea, leaving behind a powerful monument. They presented their plan.

    On the night of the full moon, thousands of followers gathered at the highest elevation of Kaimuki, the hill behind Diamond Head, a full two miles from Waikiki Beach. Not unlike the thousands of Egyptians who quarried stones to build the pyramids, these men and women were on a sacred mission, following their wizard´s directions.

    Four great stones, each weighing aton of more, were to be moved down to Ulukou where the healers lived. Before leaving Hawaii the wizards promised to endow their powers to one of the stones. Hand to hand, inch by inch the monumental stones were moved. Incantations, prayers and ceremonies dedicated the stones. The wizards left. Time passed. The stones continued to be a source of power.

    Fast forward to modern Hawaii. As Waikiki was developed, traditions changed. The stones were pushed aside, nearly covered in sand. Over time only the top of the stones could be seen. It wsas said that Princess Likelike presented a lei to the stones before she swam at Waikiki. But, as royalty faded from history, the power of the stones faded too. Surfers leaned their boards onthe stones. Beach goers sat on them as they brushed sand from their feet.

    Today the huge stones are treated with honor. Raised on a platform and surrounded with a wrought iron fence, they are no longer a spot to drop wet beach towels and rubber slippers. Cultural historians and storytellers stop to pay their respects and leave a lei. The mystery of the story of wizards from across the sea is pondered and re-told. Some say that a full-moon night still brings wizard shadows and the sound of ancient voices, chanting.

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Waikiki Hotels

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  • Hostelling International Waikiki

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Pat's at Punalu'u

    53-567 Kamehameha Hwy, Punaluu, North Shore, Hawaii, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Polynesian Beachclub

    2584 Lemon Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

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