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North Shore Surfing Tour
"Beyond the sands and waves of Waikiki the thrill of the surf is only the beginning. Our island tours offer true adventurers a chance to experience much more than the ocean. Hike historic valleys kayak to remote islet shores and savor the tastes of the islands. If you’re looking for fun that many visitors don’t get to experience request your reservation today. Oahu’s north shore is well known for legendary surf breaks like Waimea Sunset and the Banzai Pipeline. People travel the world over for a glimpse of these breaks and we’ll get you there – up close and personal. This countryside tour offers a nostalgic version of Hawaii that any visitor should experience.2 Person Minimum Tour Size All tours are private and exclusive to your group Tour
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2-Hour Small Group Stand-Up-Paddleboarding - SUP - Experience
"An Experience You’ll Always RememberLessons You’ll Never ForgetYour lesson start on the sand with ocean awareness and safety. Then we get you right into the water for a true ocean adventure. No worries our licensed instructors are trained in first aid and lifeguard CPR. Once in the water we show you all the fundamentals of SUP. And if you're an experienced rider then our experienced instructors will help you perfect your SUP wave riding skills. Semi-Private Surfing LessonWhen you and your friends want to go big group stand-up paddle boarding lessons are the only way to go2 Person Minimum Class Size You must book at least 2 Paddlers for this lesson. We do not group together people from different parties so each lesson is private and int"""When you and your friends want to go big
From $100.00
 
East Side of Oahu Surfing Tour
"Find What Lies Beyond WaikikiBeyond the sands and waves of Waikiki the thrill of the surf is only the beginning. Our island tours offer true adventurers a chance to experience much more than the ocean. Hike historic valleys kayak to remote islet shores and savor the tastes of the islands. If you’re looking for fun that many visitors don’t get to experience request your reservation today!East Side TourTraveling east of Waikiki offers a scenic drive to views of Diamond Head the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s windward side. You’ll see our island green with native plants and a panoramic view of the Koolau mountain range — a beauty that has even captured the lens of Hollywood films and T.V. Come along and encounter a lush vision of Oahu that many vis
From $250.00

Shopping Tips (8)

People's Open Market

Check out the farmer's markets around Honolulu for great fresh produce. I went to the Makiki District Park market on Monday at 8:30-9:30 AM at 1527 Keeaumoku ST. It is a delightful little park with a community garden, the farmers market is held in the parking lot, there were only a few venders but I got some great bananas, mangoes, tomatoes, and basil. We were staying in an apartment with a kitchen, so was able to bake some fish with delicious macadamia nut oil on it and served with a relish made from the tomatoes and basil. See the website address below for a full schedule of all the open markets around Honolulu, there are quite a few, and get away from Waikiki because if you stay there too long you will go nutty!

histrionia62
Apr 04, 2011

Oils of Hawai`i

Macadamia nut farm and store in a magnificent location in Waialua, Hawai`i. It is located off a breathtaking rain foresty road. The stores are surrounded by no less that 27 huge macadamia nut trees and many other trees. It was a cool, peaceful interlude in our drive. I bought yummy macadamia nut cooking oil that I use judiciously but regularly.

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Melodee50
Apr 04, 2011

Kau Kau Wagon

We are fortunate because we can afford our dreams, dreams of exploring as many destinations as possible. But there are so many people that can’t afford a daily meal.
I was lucky to meet the woman who gives hope and strength to hundreds of those in need, day after day. Her name is Sharon Black, but in Honolulu everybody knows her as Lady Kalona.
On a Saturday, at around 2pm, Kalona’s van pulls off by the Gateway Park in Chinatown, downtown Honolulu, were hundreds of people in need already await her because they know that Lady Kalona and her “army” of volunteers will be there for them with ham & cheese sandwiches, vegetables and fruit, gallons of water and juice, and clothes to donate. She never skipped a Saturday in decades!
Us, tourists, can make a difference too by giving up 3 hours of shopping or uselessly burning our skin on the beach and joining Kau Kau Wagon.
Personally, I had this experience twice, and both times I enjoyed it tremendously. Often, when we refer to a person as “homeless” something dirty, drugged, or drunk comes to mind but the reality is different. At the Gateway Park I had a chance to talk to a philosophy professor who lost everything he ever had, to an old lady that simply can’t afford a good meal because her pension is so ridiculously small, to a single mom of 2 daughters who can afford either her mortgage payments or a full fridge and clothes for her kids, and to a woman that can’t find a job for months. The list of examples can go on and on, but the reality will never change, unfortunately. There will always be people that need help.
If you care and want to make a tiny little difference, write to Kalona at kaukauwagon@aol.com or visit www.kaukauwagon.com.

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Nathalie_B
Jan 03, 2009

Where the local quilters shop

I was lucky to be able to attend a quilt show while I was in Hawaii, and asked them where they shop. They told me that everybody starts at Fabric Mart, and if they can't find what they want there, then they look in the more expensive specialty shops. Fabric Mart is on Kalakaua on the route into Waikiki and is easy to get to.

histrionia62
Jun 19, 2008
 
 
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Malasadas - the islander’s doughnut

Well they are sort of like doughnuts. Best when served hot. When you order them at a place, they will make them fresh for you, so they are never sitting around waiting for you to come into the store and buy them. There are several kinds to have, but I think the original style is best with the cinnamon sugar on it.

Leonard's Bakery is well known for their malasadas because they have been around for a long time. However...Champion Malasadas are better (some people say - including me). It is a smaller store, but is not too far out of Waikiki.

Leonard's Bakery
933 Kapahulu Avenue
808-737-5591

Champion Malasadas
1926 South Beretania Street
808-947-8778

RblWthACoz
Jan 20, 2007

Free/cheap fun

For a taste of daily local life, meander around an average grocery store, seeing what's different and what items (milk!) are frighteningly expensive. Buy some cold Hawaiian microbrew while you're there, then go back to where you're staying and attempt to drink it while watching local news or listening to Hawaiian radio...ah...

jmuehlbauer
Aug 06, 2003

Mokolii Island of shore from Kualoa Point.

This Island Mokolii, or also called China man's Hat,is located about 0.3 miles off shore from Kualoa point,the Island has a narrow shoreline.
To get to this Island you have to find your own way from the Kualoa Regonial State Park by way of boat or Kayak or swimming.
It is a 206 feet climb to the top of the Island,there is not much flat terrain , it is all up and up and the upper half is all Rock..
To get there you need to take Kamehamea Highway 83 between Waikane an Kaaawa Valley.

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Waalewiener
Mar 26, 2003

For fabric addicts like me

This store has a wonderful selection of Hawaiian and Japanese fabrics including lots of indigos. I enjoyed visiting the Kaimuki neighborhood which is fairly low key and a nice break from Waikiki.

histrionia62
Jun 19, 2008
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"Captivating Oahu"
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"Oahu: Home Sweet Home in Paradise"
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Diamond Head

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Pearl Harbour

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