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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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    AFFORDABLE TOURS

    by gugi66 Written May 10, 2009

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    If you want to explore Hawaii then you should go to Affordable tours and see what they have to offer. There are many tour companys that sells different kind of tours most of them stands on the sidewalks but does not offer so many selections.

    At Affordable tours you can combine different tours as you wish and they dont try to sell sell sell as the companys on the sidewalks. And the prices are lower at the Affordable tours then on the sidewalks.

    I took several tours with Affordable tours and all of them was great.

    The pickups are allways at the hotel your´e staying at (allways on time).

    IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ISLAND OF OAHU, THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO TO

    Some of their tours
    * Circle Island Tour - Exellent guides
    * Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City tour - Exellent guides
    * Exotic Beach Luau
    * Rainforest/Waterfall Adventure
    * Fun Snorkel Cruise
    * Dolphin & Snorkel Tour
    * Atlantis Submarine
    * Polynesian Culture Center
    * Beau Beau Scuba Diving
    * Paradise Cove Luau
    * Hanauma Bay Snorkeling
    * Waterfall Hiking Tour - See my tip of the Manoa Waterfall, it´s a dream
    * Diamond Head Tour - Exellent guides

    AND MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE.

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  • Tours of O'ahu Island

    by dbrchfld Written May 22, 2008

    One of the most enjoyable tours we took while on O'ahu was the Circle Island Tour from E Noa Tours. Our driver/gude was Shannon O'Brien, and he was incredibly entertaining and enlightening. I'm an avid reader of anything I can get my hands on regarding our vacation spots, but Shannon provided ten times more insight about Hawai'i, O'ahu, and Honolulu than I had garnered in six months of reading. We visited numerous beaches, drove by Diamond Head and through Kahala. Went to the Pali Lookout (not to be missed). Visited the ranch where Jurassic Park and other movies were shot. Stopped by the Dole Plantation. Ate lunch at Koolua Golf Club where Don Ho's parents own the restaurant and much, much more! Tons and Tons of photo ops you might not get otherwise. I strongly and enthusiastically recommend the E Noa Circle Island Tour for any first time visitor to O'ahu. Having said that, I would take the trip again because there's no way you can retain all the information with which you're provided on the tour. And, besides, Shannon is just so darn entertaining!!!!

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    St. Augustine’s Church

    by GuthrieColin Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    When the first St Augustine’s church was built in 1901 Catholicism was just beginning to be accepted in Hawaii. The influx of military personnel and tourists called for the construction of a bigger church.
    The church has since undergone several restorations the current French-Gothic structure was designed by a local architect named George McLaughlin. Its most striking feature is the green patina copper roof and the Gothic style stained glass (interior views). The south facing entrance features a floor to ceiling 76 feet high by 35 feet wide window depicting St Augustine. Most recently the stained glass has been under restoration; ocean air and the years have taken their toll on the lead frames.
    Mass is held daily
    Monday - Friday: 7:00am and 5:00pm
    Saturday: 7:00am; 5:00pm (For Sunday)
    Sunday: 6:30am, 8:00am, 10:00am and 5:00pm

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    Hanauma Bay Snorkel Delux Tour

    by tigerjapan Written Nov 3, 2007

    I didn't use this, but it seems like a good deal. I went out on the public bus etc, but I would probably just join a tour next time.

    This tour cost $9.95 and includes; hotel pick-up & return, air-con vans, all equipment, instruction if wanted, ocean coast line tour. It doesn't include the $5 park entry fee.

    Tours 4 Less have a range of other tours and their prices seem quite good.

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    Hanauma Bay Snorkeling

    by CIIK Written Jul 10, 2007

    The beautiful Hanauma Bay provides a nice and safe snorkelling spot. The bay is formed by the remains of an old crater. Located north-east of Honolulu it is a State Park wich means you will have to pay an entrance fee (5.- USD) plus extra money for snorkelling gear if you don't bring your own. When entering the place you will have to watch a movie first wich provides some information about the bay itself and its wildlife as well as tips and do's and don'ts.
    The beach is a 5 min walk from the entrance down a little slope. If you don't want to walk you can use the shuttle (!) fo 0,50 Cent downwards or 1.- USD upwards. You can see many different species of fish and sea turtles in the water all day long but the best bet is to go early in the morning when the crowds aren't that bad.

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    Madness of the New Year Fireworks

    by OlenaKyiv Written Feb 9, 2007

    Every New Year you can watch fireworks. All people, maybe except those whose room’s windows look at the bay, gather on the beach. Young-age crowd buys own fireworks, so actually fireworks start an hour before midnight. Here you have to be careful, because fire and sparks are everywhere. Many youngsters are already drunk. I wouldn’t say that for me it was the best view before screaming “Happy New Year!” However, the beauty of fireworks paid off my nervousness to be set on fire. To my surprise people watched fireworks in silence. Whether they were tired of their own fireworks, or they didn’t see how people scream in Ukraine, with happiness and excitement. But I will put aside the cultural differences :-)

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    Paradise Cove Luau

    by malianrob Written Mar 14, 2006

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    Paradise Cove is one of the largest and most respected luau shows in Hawai'i. I really liked this Luau better than Germaines Luau. I enjoyed making leis and learning to hula before the Luau began. The food at both Luaus were basically the same: Kalua pig, chicken long rice, steamed white rice, poi and salad. The show was great and definitely something you should do when you come to Hawaii.

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    Sunset dinner cruise

    by malianrob Written Mar 10, 2006

    This was really nice. It was a cruise around the harbor. There was dinner and dancing and alot of picture taking. I dont remember the cost but it wasnt too expensive. Rob and I took Anthony and he loved it.The food was good and so was the service.

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    USS Arizona Memorial

    by CandS Updated Feb 3, 2006

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    We visited the USS Arizona Memorial one day...we took a bus from Waikiki to Pearl Harbour (it took about an hour). We bought our ticket to the memorial and then looked around the museum for a while as we waited for our turn. The memorial was very interesting and worth having a look at...it was very busy when we were there though!!!

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    Hawaii fom the water

    by kphstar Updated Jul 26, 2005

    Organise yourself a evening trip on one of the dinner cruises and enjoy seeing the island from a different perspective. The cruise themselves can range from the good to the bad depending on your budget.

    But seeing a open water sunset is something to behold.

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    Walking with the Clouds

    by kphstar Written Jul 4, 2005

    The tour of the island is worthwhile because eventually you find yourself high above the cloud. It's quite mystical.

    A 4 hour tour can take you around to half the island. Seat back and enjoy.

    Tours can be booked from anywhere. They're cheap. Also, don't for get to tip your driver.

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    Hanging with the Big Kahuna

    by kphstar Written Jul 4, 2005

    This is about the only time and place where people are cool with you hanging with their legend. At least no one got there in time to tell me off.

    Hanging with the Big Kahuna. You'll be sure not to miss this bronze statue. Take a happy photo with the "man" and don't let and officals stop you.

    Kids, try this at home. :-) Or any other opportunity you get.

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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: Business

  • Polynesian Beachclub

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

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

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