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Where to Snorkel on the North Shore of Oahu

Not into the crowds and admission prices of Hanauma Bay? Is Hawaiian Electric Beach on the west side of the island too far for comfort? Then snorkeling on the North Shore of Oahu is for you. There are famous coves that you may already know, and less familiar spots to explore without bumping elbows. Here are the top five. Disclaimer: …

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Which Outrigger Hotel in Waikiki is Better?

Have a look through our recommended Oahu accommodations and you’ll find one brand listed more than any others – Outrigger Hotels and Resorts. The Honolulu-based luxury hotel chain distinguishes itself from the multitude of other settlements in Waikiki by remaining genuinely Hawaiian without a hint of misappropriation. While you really can’t go wrong with any Outrigger property, you’re wondering which …

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What is There to Do in Ko Olina?

Let’s be honest, Ko Olina is the candy-coated version of Oahu. From the perfectly trimmed grass to its famous lagoons it has all been manufactured to paint an image of paradise. The resort community stands in stark juxtaposition to the rest of the west side. If you follow the tracks of the historic Ewa Train for just 15-minutes on-foot from …

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North Shore Oahu Art Walk (and Drive)

In most circles, the North Shore is known for surfing. However, the art scene comes in at a very close second. Historic Haleiwa Town is lined with galleries and boutique shops that sell local artisan wares while vibrant murals and other hidden gems can be found everywhere. With a little insight (and a vehicle) you could easily spend a full …

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Best Waikiki Hotels for Singles

Waikiki isn’t exactly a matchmaking hot spot. Single minglers go to South Beach Miami or Las Vegas Nevada for that kind of thing. However, a lot of people visit Oahu on their own for a variety of other reasons, and are curious about which Waikiki hotels are more comfortable for those coming solo. After all, it can be a little …

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What to Do When it Rains on the North Shore

There is no shortage of rainy day things to do in Honolulu, but not everyone is staying in “town”. Some of you are holed up in the country, which for the most part is the absolute best way to experience Oahu. However, when the rain pours the North Shore can be a bit of a snore, given that most activities …

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What to Do on Oahu When it Rains

There isn’t much of a rainy season on Oahu, unlike Kauai which can go an entire month (typically December) without seeing the sun. That said, the island does get battered by precipitation from time to time, and while tropical rains can be appealing, it can also put a damper on plans. Don’t let it rain on your parade in paradise. …

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Best Way to See Oahu in One Day

Are you island hopping from Maui, Kauai, and/or the Big Island and only on Oahu for a day or two? Have you spent your days by the pool of a Waikiki hotel, realized that your vacation is almost up, and are scrambling to squeeze in some sightseeing? Whatever the case may be, you want to see as much of Oahu …

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Best Way to Get from Honolulu Airport to Your Hotel

You’re days away from your trip to paradise and fully intend to have the time of your life. You’ve booked the right accommodations and have already planned for a few activities. You know how important preparation is to a successful vacation, which is why you also want to know what your options are when it comes to airport transportation. More …

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Fun Things to Do in Wahiawa

Wahiawa means “place of noise” or “rumbling” in Hawaiian, although the moniker has nothing to do with the traffic or roadwork that seems to run on a never-ending cycle in this central valley neck of Oahu. Instead, it signals the sounds of the pounding winter waves from the nearby North Shore. It’s this very proximity to the North Shore that often …

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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort vs Hilton Hawaiian Village

We must admit that it feels a bit crass to do a “versus” comparison between two of Hawaii’s most famous resorts. However, we’re here to serve the people, and data tells us that a large number of future visitors are online and searching “Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort vs Hilton Hawaiian Village” as if there were an up and coming UFC …

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Fun Things to Do in Waikiki Beach

Some may say that there is no need to create a list of fun things to do in Waikiki. After all, from the moment you step out of your hotel in the AM the beach town is bustling with activity. Turn left or right, and there’s pretty much something enjoyable to get into. But therein lies the crux. With too …

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North Shore Oahu Surf Contests to Watch

Updated August 2021 Hawaii is the birthplace of surfing, and by default competitive surfing. Even people who are not fans of the World Surf League (WSL) plan their vacations around the Billabong Pipe Masters and the hoopla surrounding the events of the VANS Triple Crown. They are major tourism draws. But after a tumultuous 2020-21 the schedule has been thrown …

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Fun Things to Do in Haleiwa

Cruising into historic Haleiwa sometime soon? While it’s one of the most quaint and picturesque towns in the world, there is so much more than sightseeing to enjoy along this North Shore nook. Let’s have a look at our top picks for fun things to do. 8 Most Enjoyable Things to See and Do Around Haleiwa Town on the North …

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Where to Buy Authentic Souvenirs on Oahu

Let’s begin with a note about where not to buy souvenirs in Honolulu and on Oahu. Unless you’re seeking a simple token for coworkers or the in-laws, skip the ABC Stores and tacky shops on Kalakaua Avenue that hock items made exclusively in China. Instead, find something that is just as authentic as your experience on the island, and feel …

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Where to Buy Aloha Shirts in Honolulu

The “aloha shirt” is everything it has ever been accused of being. Some are kitsch, some are cool. They can be festive, or distinctively fashionable. They’re for dads to wear while mixing vodka tonics, and hipsters attempting to be ironic. Some say culturally significant, others say cultural appropriation. Ultimately, it’s what you make it out to be. And aside from …

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Kayaking to Moku Nui, Mokulua Islands

Best Place to Paddle on Oahu? “That’s my home right there” utters Bill, in a Sam Elliot-esque voice, without the southern drawl. From Moku Nui, he points across the cyan expanse to the golden shoreline where multi-million dollar villas nestle inconspicuously in between rows of palm trees. He withdraws his reach and once again rests both arms on his thighs …

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Where to See Sea Turtles on Oahu

Over the last decade the honu (sea turtle) population has skyrocketed throughout Hawaii. They are everywhere, yet you never grow tired of seeing them when snorkeling or walking along the sands of an isolated beach. They are equally abundant on Oahu, but it is possible to go a full week without spotting one up-close if you don’t go to the …

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Best Surf Lessons in Waikiki Beach

While there may be a playful dispute about which Hawaiian island reef-break first birthed surfing, Waikiki most certainly introduced the modern world to the sport of Kings (and their better halves). The playful waves that are now known as Canoes, Pops, Queens, and Publics offer all-season surfing to visitors, which makes it the most popular place in the planet to …

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Where to Stay on Oahu Other than Waikiki

You’ve been to Oahu and stayed in Waikiki once, twice, three times, or more. You’ve vowed to stay somewhere else the next time, with fewer tourists, fewer ABC Stores, and one less ROSS Dress for Less. That said, you don’t want to sacrifice all of the conveniences that the world famous beach community has to offer, including access to great …

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Film Locations to Visit on Oahu

From the moment ocean liners could carry film crews across the Pacific from the nearest harbor in Hollywood, Oahu has been featured in blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. Over the decades the island has dazzled cinema goers and sofa surfers, with celluloid driving more tourism that any Expedia ad or Fodor review. As a fan of feature films you …

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Most Hawaiian Hotels on Oahu

Here’s the general criteria to consider; If you were magically transported to a hotel lobby on Oahu, without being informed that you were on the island, would you immediately figure out that you were in Hawaii? If not, the property doesn’t pass the test. The following Oahu hotels however, are unmistakably Hawaiian, and therefore offer the authentic experience you’re looking …

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All Aboard the Historic Ewa Train

Few vacationers venture through the Ewa district of Oahu unless they’re headed to either Ko’olina for golf or to Disney Aulani Resort for seven uninterrupted days of family fun. There is relatively little to see along this leeward section of the island which feels (is) more industrial than tropical and that opinion is emphasized further when you happen upon the …

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Best Hawaii Vlogs and Podcasts

The popularity of vlogs and podcasts have skyrocketed of late, with viewers and listeners tuning in to keep abreast of things that are of interest to them. For the travel industry, they serve two purposes. For one, they give travelers insight into things-to-do and what to expect prior to visiting a destination. But they also provide a digital bridge to …

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Is Oahu Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

It’s an unfortunate question that people ask when it comes to visiting any new destination. But given that we’re talking about the land of aloha is there really any cause for concern? Is Oahu indeed safe for women who choose to travel alone? Allow us to answer the question – yes, Oahu is absolutely safe. That said, there are some …

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Where to Find Tiki Mugs in Honolulu and on Oahu

Tiki mugs are likely the most sought after non-edible “souvenir” on Oahu. Because of the demand you’d think that the island would be littered with these Polynesian treasures. But in all reality, they can be a little hard to come by. Sure, you can find a diluted version of them from one of the three-dozen ABC stores scattered about the …

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Just Dreams Waikiki – Beat the Presentation & Get Free Stuff

Do you dare sit through one of the timeshare presentations in Waikiki? If you’ve walked along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue as a tourist then the chances are you’ve noticed the signs fronting a street side podium claiming ridiculously cheap prices on car rentals, helicopter tours, luaus, and dinner cruises. If you’ve stopped long enough to wrinkle up your brow in curiosity …

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Which Hawaiian Island to Visit First

While there are eight main Hawaiian Islands, two (Niihau and Kahoolawe) are forbidden, and two others (Lanai and Molokai) make more sense for those who have already experienced the other more populated among the archipelago. These final four are primed for first time visitors, with each boasting its unique own offering for the uninitiated. Today. we’re providing succinct but informative break down this …

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