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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
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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
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Lyon Arboretum

I tried following the map, but no matter which way I went I would come to a dead end. Granted I went on a trail when some trails were likely partially closed due to landslides, but I couldn't get anywhere without coming to a dead end with no trail in site.

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ArenJo
Jan 16, 2014

Koko Head Crater Trail Hike

Definitely don't go in the middle of a hot day. I am young and in decent shape, but couldn't even make it half way. Lots of people were taking lots of breaks and I felt extremely dizzy. Definitely don't take children on this hike. Not well maintained. Also, the parking area is difficult to find and GPS kept taking me to the wrong spot.

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ArenJo
Jan 16, 2014

Manoa Falls

Easy to get to. Parking does cost a few dollars though unless you park down the street. The hike does get a little muddy toward the end, so break appropriate footwear. I felt bad for the people that walked for about 45 minutes, then had to turn around. Also, if you have very small children this isn't the walk for you due to how muddy and slippery it is toward the end. The walk is about an hour each way at a moderate pace. Besides the parking fee, there are no fees here. Bring plenty of water, besides the gift shop near the parking, there is no other place to buy any. May I also recommend I love yogurt down the road near University of Hawaii, Manoa. The Dole pineapple yogurt is amazing.

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ArenJo
Jan 16, 2014

Great hike, but come prepared

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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Jan 15, 2014
 
 
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Climb Koko Crater: A Diamondhead Alternative

The climb to the top of Koko Crater is short, quick but steep. At first, the quick ascent could be off-putting, but we met an 80-year-old man on the way up the 1200-foot climb, so that inspired us to reach the top. Unfortunately, it started pouring rain when we summited but, being Hawaii, all we had to do was wait 10 minutes and the view opened up. Being above Hawaii Kai and having panoramas from Mokapu'u to Diamondhead was spectacular. I'll definitely do the hike again.
Sadly, I may have to do it quickly. There is talk of closing the hike to to the perceived danger from the rifle range near the base of the hike. Nevermind that no hiker has EVER been struck by a stray bullet and that there's mounds of earth between the trail and the range, someone is being a worry wart anyway. Frankly, this hike is such a good quickie that they should keep it open even if they do have one or two shootings a year. They keep Baltimore open, don't they?

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AKtravelers
Feb 29, 2008

Hiking

You can see Hawaii and not spend a fortune!

The hiking around the island of Oahu is unbelievable! All listed hikes have there unique sites to see! From waterfalls to historical accounts.

They are all here and they are free!

For listings of hikes to do, check out website below.

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Travel2write
Jun 22, 2007

Manoa Falls

The hike to Manoa Falls is a quick, easy 2 mile roundtrip hike. The falls themselves were a little disappointing when we were there....just a trickle. We did try to do it when it was getting late, and we scared ourselves. Does anyone watch Lost?

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agapotravel
Feb 18, 2007

HIke, hike and hike some more

We decided we wanted to do a ton of hiking while we were in Hawaii, there are so many great hikes in O'ahu. After this first one we did the second day though our enthusiasm went down about hiking destinations. Keep in mind that there are no glaciers in Hawaii or on O'ahu at least, therefore when it hasn't rained in a while there is no way to preserve water. Add the factor thats it's always around 88 there. Our first hike was to Waimano Falls, well it was suppose to be a fabulous hike through a strawberry guava forest, a steep descent with even a rope to help you up and down the trail in some of the really steep sections. Well this hike was to end at a water fall that flowed into one pool and then into another with a rope swing and everything....well no pool existed. So after a long hard hike in 90 degree heat down and not all that much water left we were disappointed to find a dried up falls and no relief from the heat. It was a real bummer and hard to muster up the energy to begin the steep descent up and out of the valley without ever getting wet. It was still worth it, we had fun nevertheless and got some pics of the dried up depressing falls anyways.

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Oct 08, 2006
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"O'ahu ~ “The Heart of Hawai‘i”"
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"Captivating Oahu"
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"Oahu: Home Sweet Home in Paradise"
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"Heaven on Earth"
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Climb a Tree

A unique interesting way to spend an afternoon. Climb a giant monkey pine or mango tree with an arborist. Anyone into rockclimbing would enjoy this adventure.
Costs range between 50-75 USD for two hours.
Few people on the island offer this afternoon adventure.
Contact me if interested and I will give you the information to the arborist.

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EGitan
Sep 13, 2006

Mountains, Lots of Mountains!!!

Along the eastern edge of O'ahu is the Koolau Mountain Range. They stretch from Kahala in the south all the way up to the North Shore. As with many of Hawaii's mountains, there are some very interesting formations within the range due to the lava flows that ran down them millions of years ago. A great way to view them by car is to take the Kamehameha Hwy., either from the North Shore due south or Kailua/Kaneohe due north. The highway basically runs parallel in between the mountains and the coast, and there are some incredible sights, including a few waterfalls.

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H-TownJourneyman
Feb 20, 2006

Manoa Falls

If you want to see a waterfall and take a very easy hike doing so, do Manoa Falls. It is easy to drive to (not far out of Waikiki) and is not really that strenuous. There are actually two waterfalls to see. There is the one you walk up to, and then another above it which you can only reach if you practically scale the mountain. No ropes are required to see the second, but good shoes are. And if it is wet, be prepared to be dirty and muddy. When you get to the first waterfall, there is a chain link fence to the left with a sign that says not to go past that point. Let's just say hypothetically you were to go past that point and then turn right and hypothetically scale the mountain. Just keep going up. You will know where to go when you get there.

pronounced "MAH'no-uh"

RblWthACoz
Jan 09, 2006

Drive up to Pu'u Ualakaa State Park (South Shore)

Puu Ualakaa, a 1,048-foot hill, means "rolling sweet potato hill". The panorama is sweeping and majestic. On a clear day (which I guess is almost always), the views extend from Diamond Head across Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, over the airport and Pearl City, all the way to the Waianae range.

A trip to Oahu without going to Pu'u Ualakaa is simply an incomplete visit!

Open Daily 7am-6:45pm (to 7:45pm in summer)
Entrance is free

Take the H-1 freeway going Ewa, and get off on the Punahou St. exit (Exit 23). Turn left on Punahou. Make a left onto Wilder Ave. Turn right on Makaki St. When the road forks, bear left onto Round Top Dr. The park entrance is 2 1/2 miles up Round Top from Makaki. Once in the park, it's a half mile to the lookout. No bus service.

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girladventure
Dec 29, 2005

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