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Welcome to O‘ahu


he phrase “A Gathering Place” couldn’t be more apt when describing O‘ahu. This island— specifically—attracts people from all walks of life, the world over. Take it from someone who makes a living hopping from isle to isle, searching out the best of the best, from Ka‘u (the southern most point on the Big Island) to Hanalei (Kaua‘i’s North Shore). While the examples are many, I’ll share one with you, which will undoubtedly remain prevalent in my memory for decades to come. I was invited to a gathering in Kailua a few years ago, in which a dozen Bhutanese monks were being honored at a luncheon. The twenty or so monks were escorting an exhibition of their national treasures—scrolls and paintings that hadn’t left the mountainous countryside of their origin ever—some of which were centuries old. Regardless, the monks ranged in age from 12 to 90. Only one or two of them had ever been out of their respective snowy villages, where they led simple lives. None of them had ever seen the ocean. I watched as they arrived in a van, slowly emerging in the driveway of a multimillion dollar Kailua beach mansion (similar to the one our nation’s President resides in during his annual holiday vacation). Instead of walking through the gilded house, they instinctively opted to remove their shoes and tread the grass outside, which lead to the breaking surf. Before speaking to anyone,

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the each ran down to the water’s edge and some, in full crimson robes, plunged in to the wild blue yonder. Their awkward splashing and frolicking made those present tingle with joy. I was standing with a local kumu (Hawaiian elder) as we watched this scene play out, later to learn that one of the first prayers a monk learns talks of keeping your heart and mind as open and vast as the ocean—something that, until this very moment—each monk had only their imagination to draw from. Later that evening, I was dining at a 4-star restaurant downtown recounting the story with friends, only to follow up with some live jazz at a lounge in Waikiki. Heading to bed, I couldn’t help but reflect on the wild array of cultural offerings available to the people here. The moral is simple: You don’t need to have lived a life of seclusion to be bowled over by the range of activities offered on O‘ahu on a daily basis. Our culinary delights are not to be rivaled anywhere in the Pacific; there are neighborhood, as well as flashy, resort-style lu‘au; globally-recognized Hawaii Regional Cuisine fine-dining restaurants; sumptuous plate lunch counters; shave ice; malasadas (a must!) and no shortage of shrimp trucks, which now reside in multiple locations outside of the North Shore. One thing is certain: You won’t go hungry on O‘ahu.

Activities abound as well: Whale watching, snorkel and dolphin swim tours; surf lessons, sailing and even the shark dive—there are dozens of ways to get in the ocean that surrounds—and dominates—our daily life here. O‘ahu also has some of the most diverse hiking trails, some of which lead to hidden waterfalls, others to a sprawling bamboo forest or Ko‘olau Mountain vistas. There are Harley Davidson motorcycles to rent, farmers markets to peruse, shows and entertainment to soak in, live music everywhere you turn and hula steps to learn. Yet one thing we pride ourselves on here is the spectrum of cultural opportunities. From the Contemporary Museum atop Mt. Tantalus, to the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the historic Bishop Museum, to Queen Emma’s and ‘Iolani palaces, there’s a wealth of history and art to soak up. Chinatown is teeming with so many galleries and now, one-off boutiques, that a new one will probably open before this publication goes to print. Take this magazine along on your travels. It may come in handy with that spare hour between tours or while you’re resting between sojourns. After all, there’s always room for one more Thing to Do.


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he founding of Germaine’s lu‘au began in the early 1970s at Sea Life Park, the popular aquatic family venue overlooking picturesque Makapu‘u Point on East Oahu. After a time, we relocated to the sunny west side of our Island to a beachfront property near the Barbers Point lighthouse where it remains today. The area was the former seaside residence of Rosalei and William Stephenson & their family. The Stephensons were renowned for their hospitality and enjoyed hosting Hawaiian lu‘au as a regular family tradition. Prior to the development of the present Campbell Industrial Park, the area was lush with vegetation and surrounded with sugarcane fields waving in the gentle breeze. The waters along the shoreline of the estate teemed with fish and other treasures of the sea. To ensure that the family would be forever united and always remain keiki o ka ‘aina (children of the land), individual coconut trees were planted for each member of the Stephenson family throughout the property. The heights of the various coconut trees today represent the different generations of family who celebrated aloha in their Hawaiian way of life and enjoyed happy times together. The lone Norfolk pine tree on the estate served as the family Christmas

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tree and the family members decorated it each year as they celebrated the joys of the Christmas holiday season. In keeping with the Stephenson family traditions, we have taken special measures to insure that the “family of coconut trees” remains in the areas originally planted and is properly maintained. The lu’au has evolved over the years but the true spirit of Aloha remains as the defining element of the Germaine’s Lu‘au experience. The term lu‘au as defined in the Elbert/Pukui Hawaiian English Dictionary describes 1. The young taro tops, especially as baked with coconut cream and chicken or octopus; and 2. A Hawaiian feast, named for the taro tops always served at one; this is not an ancient name, but goes back to at least 1856, when so used by the Pacific Commercial Advertiser; formerly a feast was referred to as a pa‘ina or ‘aha‘aina. The pa‘ina describes a small dinner party as compared to the ‘aha‘aina which refers to a large banquet type gathering.

TradiTional ‘aha‘aina ‘Aha‘aina - means feast; feasting - Traditionally, feasts were held for human comfort and social enjoyment or to communicate with and seek the help of, or to appease the Gods.

In its supernatural context - we are referring to Hawaii’s pre-Christian deities and rituals. The term ‘aha‘aina is derived from the root words ‘aha which means a meeting; gathering; or assembly and ‘aina which refers to eating or a meal. In pre-missionary Hawai‘i, both special religious occasions and human milestones were observed with feasting. Food in early Hawai‘i was very often scarce and precious. What food they had, they shared with each other and with the gods. Feasts and even ordinary meals were important ways of communicating with the gods and one’s fellow man. During the feast or meal, the ancestral gods were usually brought out and they were also given their share of the meal - beyond a ritual offering of the spiritual essence or ‘aka’ of the food. In old Hawai‘i , the ‘aha‘aina feast was both a religious experience and an important part of the early ohana (family) way of life. The food prepared for the feast was precious to the early Hawaiian, for it provided vital source of life’s nourishment from the gods. Today, the observance of the religious significance of the ‘aha‘aina has all but disappeared and a feast, as it is hosted and celebrated in contemporary times, has become essentially, a purely social affair.

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Contents | 101 THINGS TO DO O‘AHU | WINTER/SPRING 2011

contents Maps O‘ahu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Windward . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Airport/Honolulu . . . . . . . 30-31 Pearl Harbor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Waikiki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 North Shore . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Central O‘ahu . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Gathering Place PAGES 38-49

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Go Polynesian Get Involved with Sea Life Explore Kualoa Get Wet and Wild in Hawaii Go for a Spin in a Dune Buggy A Valley Time Has Not Erased Enter Pineapple Country Savor Succulent Seafood Tour Hawai‘i’s Royal Palace Visit the Pacific’s Premier Museum Tour Kailua Go Waterfall Hunting Hike Manoa Falls Flora and Fauna See an Old Plantation Village Visit an Aquarium by a Reef And the Band Plays On

Waterworld PAGES 50-66

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Spend the Day at Kailua Beach Meet Hawai‘i’s Turtles Dive O‘ahu’s See-Through Water

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In the Country PAGES 89-96

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Browse an Eco-Lounge Fly a Kiteboard Catch a Wave Take Off On a Wakeboard Dive for WWII Wrecks Go Beach Hopping

Diversions PAGES 67-79

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Shop Paradise

Charter a Fishing Boat Ride a Submarine Get Acquainted with Dolphins Sail a Catamaran Try Stand-Up Paddling Soar in a Parasail, Roar in a Jet Ski Get Wet at Koko Marina Paddle a Kayak

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Feast on Shrimp From a Truck Visit a Mormon Temple See Polo On The Beach

Order a Tailor-made Swimsuit


Discover Ancient Fishponds Sea Life Park’s Dolphins


From the Top of the Island Look a Shark in the Eye Celebrate the Holidays Year-round



Visit the Valley of the Temples


Honolulu PAGES 97-100

Shop for a Timeshare

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Go Treasure Hunting Pamper Yourself with a Massage Go to a Lu‘au Take a Sunset Dinner Cruise Grab a Bite Escape to Shangri La Drift Through Chinatown Replay Your Vacation Find the Shrimp Shack City Nights

Walk Historic Honolulu


Visit Queen Emma’s Palace Gallery Showcases Hawaiian Collection


Visit the State Capitol Wander Through a Premier Art Museum


Go Ghost Hunting


Climb Diamond Head Worship in Hawaiian Pause at a Cemetery for Heroes And the Word was Hawaiian Hike to a Lighthouse




The Art of Hula


Take a $2.25 Tour

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Air Tours

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PAGES 80-82 Get Carried Away in a Helicopter Island Hopping Soar in a Glider Head for a Volcano Do a Tandem Skydive

36. Go Beach Hopping

Pearl Harbor

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Saddle Up


Head to Hanauma Bay Cruise Whale Territory

Party at a Farmers’ Market

Catch a Free Trolley

57. Do a Tandem Skydive

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Hang in Hale‘iwa

Visit the Arizona Memorial Tour a Famous Battleship Ride a Bus to Pearl Harbor and Beyond Take an Open Cockpit Flight Pay Tribute to Heroes Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum Board a Combat Submarine

Spend a Day at the Zoo Visit Teddy Bear World Catch a Legedary Waikiki Act Get Some Ink Get a Laugh Time Travel Wheels for All Occasions Take a Super-Charged VIP Ride Find the Irish in Waikiki Make it a Double Please Party on “E Sea Rider” Meet the Grand Ladies of Waikiki

WINTER/SPRING 2011 ISSUE Serving Hawaii since 1995 © 2011 Oahu Publications Inc. All right reserved. No part of this magazine may be reprinted without the written consent of the publisher. For advertising information: Phone 1-808-951-6790 Oahu Sales Phone 808-218-6713 Email For subscription inquiries: 1-888-580-8555 Cover photo: Polynesian Cultural Center

77. From the Top of the Island


Golf with a View

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Get the Jump on Tee Times


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Maps | 101 Things to Do O‘ahu | winter/Spring 2011

ISLAND OF O‘AHU Color-coded detailed maps are on pages Turtle Bay


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Ko‘olau Mountains





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20 Miles

Honolulu is the heart of O‘ahu, and three freeways, H1, H2 and H3, are the arteries that lead you to adventure. To avoid heavy traffic, stay off the highways from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m., and 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. or ride The Bus. Remember: no hurry, no honk. Bask. O‘ahu’s freeways provide spectacular scenery. The speed limit dips to 35 mph on stretches, but that’s optimum for a “windblown with the top down” experience.

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Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

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Waiale‘e Beach Park

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Waimea aiime Falls Park


Nohonani St.

Paoakalani Ave.

Park Shore Hotel


Aloha Dr.

Kuhio Ave.

Kalakaua Ave.

The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center



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Seaside Ave.

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Dukes Lane Holiday Inn Waikiki Waikiki Town Center

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Outrigger Reef

Royal Hawaiian Ave. Waikiki Marine Surf Shopping Waikiki Plaza

Waikiki Police Station

Prince Kuhio Statue

Banzai Pipeline e Surfbreak

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Moana Surfrider

Ehukai Beach Park

Wyland Waikiki

Ohana Waikiki Malia

The Royal Hawaiian


Launiu St.

Kaiolu St.

Lewers St.

Sheraton Waikiki

Sunset Beach Kameh ame

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Sunset Pointt Beach Park

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US Post Office


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Kuamo‘o St. Ainahau Triangle

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Go Polynesian

The Polynesian Cultural Center on O‘ahu’s North Shore is a perennially popular cultural attraction that most people don’t want to miss. Founded in 1963, PCC continually reinvents itself with new attractions and special events. The latest addition is “Ha: Breath of Life,” an evening song and dance stage show performed in the round and designed to encourage audience participation. PCC’s signature attraction is a group of eight villages and exhibits, where hundreds of Polynesian islanders share their customs and traditions with visitors. Moving through the villages, visitors will find themselves actually playing a role in the lives and adventures of Hawaiian and South Pacific cultures. PCC recently opened a canoe house called Halau Wa‘a, which houses a 57-foot double-hulled voyaging canoe that was carved and launched on O‘ahu. The canoe, “Iosepa,” is hand-carved out of dakua wood transported from Fiji. When it is not out on a sail, it can be seen in the canoe house, which also is used for interactive activities associated with Polynesian navigational practices. The 42-acre Polynesian Cultural Center is located in La‘ie, about an hour’s drive from Waikiki. It was founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help support student

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attendance at the church’s nearby college, Brigham Young University-Hawai‘i. Over the years, more than 33 million people have passed through its gates. PCC begins tours and cultural presentations at noon, six days a week (it’s closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Call for reservations and specific show times.

• Polynesian Cultural Center (808) 293-3333


Get Involved with Sea Life

A marine wonderland awaits you at the end of a mere half-hour drive along scenic Kalaniana‘ole Highway out of Waikiki. Sea Life Park, situated directly across Makapu‘u Beach and “Rabbit Island,” has entertained millions of visitors with marine mammal shows and colorful educational exhibits since opening in 1964. Dolphins, sea lions and even the world’s only known Wholphin (a hybrid between an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale) are all on hand to entertain you. Trainers also give lectures throughout the day to educate visitors on the lifestyles and habits of the park inhabitants. Sea Life Park has expanded operations to include marine

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mammal interactive programs, which feature three types of handson programs with dolphins. Children as young as 1 year old, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy an encounter with a dolphin. Those age 8 and older (also accompanied by an adult) can participate in a swim with the dolphin and an actual belly ride. The ultimate “swim with the dolphin� program offered at the park is the Dolphin Royal Swim, where you can interact with two dolphins. Sea Life Park is the only place in the USA where this program is offered. The park also offers interactive programs with sea lions, stingrays and a Sea Trek experience, where you can don a helmet that allows you to keep your glasses on and not mess up your hair as you cavort amongst the variety of marine life in the park’s Hawaiian Reef Tank. Come join the many happy visitors that come to the park on an annual basis. It’s simply a “must- see-and-do� activity when visiting O‘ahu.

• Sea Life Park (808) 259-2500


Explore Kualoa

Take a 4,000-acre working cattle ranch, spread from steep mountain cliffs to the sea, add horseback riding, ATV rides, a jungle expedition and other narrated tours to the mix, and you’ll have the makings of a grand adventure set in a gorgeous surround. Kualoa, located on the northeastern side of O‘ahu (a little

less than an hour from Honolulu), is a place brimming with history. It was once considered a sacred place—passing canoes had to lower their sails—where the children of ali‘i (royalty) were trained and the persecuted could find refuge. Just offshore, you’ll find Mokoli‘i (commonly called Chinaman’s Hat). In legends, this islet is described as the tail flukes of a lizard dragon, the victim of Hi‘iaka, the goddess of lightning (who also happens to be Pele’s baby sister). It’s also believed that Kualoa is the burial place of hundreds of chiefs and, in the form of night-marchers, they still make their mountain-to-sea trek here on certain evenings. In 1850, Dr. Gerrit P. Judd purchased the land from King Kamehameha III and the property has remained in the family since. The owners have long been dedicated to preserving and protecting Kualoa from development and have designed tours showcasing the cultural significance of the land. The Jungle Expedition is a great activity for the whole family. You’ll board a six-wheeled Swiss Pinzgauer and rumble along jungle trails, down ravines, through rivers and up to a scenic lookout with views of Kane‘ohe Bay. On an ATV or horseback tour, you’ll go deep into Ka‘aawa Valley, the back-lot for numerous feature films and television shows where trails lead beneath cliffs and high above the ocean. Narrated cultural tours include a trek to an ancient Hawaiian fishpond and tropical gardens or on a tram ride to learn about Kualoa’s legends and legacy. On a trip to Secret Island, you can enjoy a relaxing private beach, catamaran, kayak and canoe rides. Tours and activities can be purchased individually or as a half or full day package. The newest Sunset Dinner packages include





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two tours, transportation to and from Waikiki, a prime rib buffet dinner and backyard-style kanikapila (music and dance). For those wanting a more intimate experience, the new Royal Kualoa Tour provides a dedicated guide taking you to remote areas of the Ranch while sharing the stories and history of this sacred place. Kualoa is open daily with free admission to the Visitor Center, Restaurant, Gift Shop, History Hall, Judd Theatre and Petting Zoo.

• Kualoa (808) 237-7321


Get Wet and Wild in Hawaii

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is one of the world’s biggest and best water park brands, offering more than 25 slides and attractions, ideal for families and thrill seekers. While adrenaline addicts can enjoy slides such as Tornado, which catapults riders into a 130-foot-tall funnel and drops them into a swirling splashdown pool, the park also features tamer attractions such as the relaxing Kapolei Kooler (a winding lazy river), the Water World Playground (an interactive children’s area filled with fountains, mini-slides and a dumping bucket), and Hawaiian Waters—a 400,000-gallon wave pool with four-foot swells. Nestled on 29 acres of lush tropical landscape and natural cliffs, the park is Hawai‘i’s only water-themed amusement park and has been voted as Hawai‘i’s #1 family attraction. Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is only 40 minutes from Waikiki in O‘ahu’s “Second City” of Kapolei. The park is open year-round. For more information, visit or e-mail

• Wet’n’Wild Hawaii (808) 674-9283

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Go for a Spin in a Dune Buggy

There’s more to heading out of Waikiki than the destination. You’re in an island paradise, and there are sights, both fascinating and beautiful to been seen. Turn your drive around the island into the scenic adventure it should be: do it in a dune buggy. This is not an off-road adventure. These dune buggies, adapted from VW Beetles, feature four-speed manual transmissions, air-cooled engines, enough room to seat four and powerful enough to hold their own on the island’s freeways. They are equipped with a removable soft top, and you can rent surfboards, boogie boards and snorkel gear for the ride. All three of O‘ahu’s freeways make for scenic drives, but the newest highway, H-3, is usually less crowded. H-3 is 15.3 miles long and offers spectacular views of mountains and ocean. Dunebuggy Adventures offers rentals and guided tours.

• Dunebuggy Adventures (808) 371-6578


A Valley Time Has Not Erased

There will come a day when the urge to escape concrete and high rises can no longer be denied. That’s the day most people head for O‘ahu’s North Shore, a delightful expedition in shades of green and cornflower blue, where shrimp trucks, shave ice stands, big winter waves and a grand Sunday farmers’ market reside. Waimea Valley, located across from Waimea Bay, is a living pu‘uhonua (a place of peace and safety) for Hawai‘i and the world. The valley is one of the last partially intact ahupua‘a (a land division that usually extends from the mountains to the sea) on this island. At the epicenter of this glorious landscape is a 1,875-acre valley that has remained reasonably intact for some 700 years. In 1090, it was turned over to the kahuna nui (Hawai‘i’s high priests) and became known as the “Valley of the Priests.” The kahuna lived and cared for much of the valley until 1886. Today, Waimea Valley is managed by Hi‘ipaka LLC, which was established in 2007 by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The 150-acre property contains more than 5,000 native and nonnative plants and archaeological sites. Guided activities, which include a history walk, Hawaiian games, lei making, hula lessons and storytelling with Waimea’s kupuna (elders), are available. Also located on-site is the Waimea Valley Grill and Ku ‘Ono Waiwai, the valley’s retail store, which offers products made in the Islands, as well as weekly demonstrations by vendors. The valley is deeply rooted in Hawaiian history and continues to be a respite for Hawaiian spirituality and traditions. Waimea Valley is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. There is an admission fee.

• Waimea Valley (808) 638-7766

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Experience Hawaiian Culture in a Living Pu'uhonua (a place of peace and safety)




WaimeaValley offers visitors and guests the opportunity to experience Hawaiian culture on a site stretching from the mountains to the sea. The valley encourages guests to experience a natural, pristine environment while learning the values and traditions of Hawai'i’s heritage. Home to kahuna nui (high priest) of O'ahu for more than 600 years, Waimea has long been revered as sacred. The 1,875-acre valley has numerous cultural sites that provide a glimpse into the past, as well as a foundation for perpetuating Hawaiian spirituality and practices today. Join us for guided cultural and historical tours, cultural activities and demonstrations, and listen to the Kūpuna (elders) as they share the stories of old Hawai'i. With a variety of daily activities, you can explore the valley at your own pace as you meander through world-class botanical gardens, featuring collections from around Hawai'i and the world. You can view rare and endangered plants and species, like the 'Alae 'ula (the endangered native Hawaiian moorhen). Take in the beauty of the majestic Waihī (known to many as Waimea Falls), learn to play ancient Hawaiian games, or simply enjoy a nature walk on one of many of Waimea's sunlit paths. This is the Hawai'i you came to see and experience — and you will find it all in beautiful Waimea Valley. Located on the North Shore of O'ahu, across from Waimea Bay. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can enjoy a great meal or snack at Na- Mea 'Ono and stop by our unique gift shop for special Hawaiian merchandise. E Komo Mai — Welcome to Waimea Valley.

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Enter Pineapple Country

Take a step off the beaten path and spend a day at Dole Plantation in Wahiawa. Here you can take a narrated train ride through pineapple fields, find your way through the world’s largest maze, and learn about crops traditionally grown in the Islands. The Pineapple Garden Maze is laid out over 3 acres and contains more than 11,400 Hawaiian plants. Get acquainted with tropical crops and hear Hawaiian folklore on the Plantation Garden walking tour. Or hop aboard the bright red and yellow Pineapple Express train for a tour of the fields. Trains depart every half hour for the 20-minute narrated tours. The plantation, open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is located at 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, approximately 40 minutes from Waikiki. Public bus transportation is available.

• Dole Plantation (808) 621-8408 • Polynesian Adventure Tours (800) 622-3011


Savor Succulent Seafood

Shrimp plates are a popular dish when heading out to the North Shore, but, if your travels don’t take you there, you can find that same deliciousness right in Waikiki at the International Marketplace. Blue Water Shrimp & Fish Market, located on a bright corner of the landmark marketplace’s food court is a great find indeed. Their garlic shrimp plates—tender shrimps marinated and served up in a garlic sauce that offers just the slightest hint of heat—are what put them on the map. However, you’d be remiss to not venture throughout more of their menu. In fact, many people who discover this eatery make this their regular dining spot for the duration of their stay. Other popular choices include their steak and lobster combo, seafood combo and their mac-nut crusted opakapaka. Don’t let the food court setting fool you—this is serious seafood. Plates are piled high with fish, clams, even crab legs and then prettily plated with colorful sides such as a mango-pineapple salsa, greens or even an orchid. Blue Water’s presentation and flavor rival anything you’d find in a fine dining restaurant. Still feel like you need that food truck experience with your shrimp plate? Don’t fret. Blue Water Shrimp & Fish Market also has eight shrimp trucks located throughout the island including two more in Waikiki and one in Haleiwa.

• Blue Water Shrimp & Fish Market (808) 923-2529

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Tour Hawai‘i’s Royal Palace

King Kalakaua built ‘Iolani Palace to enhance the prestige of Hawai‘i overseas and to mark Hawai‘i’s status as a modern nation. Today, ‘Iolani Palace is the only official residence of royalty in the United States.

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In August 1882, King Kalakaua opened the Palace doors for the first time to welcome members of his legislative assembly and other invited dignitaries to view his new official residence. Built in an American Florentine style, architects Thomas J. Baker, C.S. Wall and Isaac Moore created a Palace for the modern age. The Palace had electricity four years prior to the White House, and the king installed a telephone in his office so he could keep in immediate contact with his chamberlain. Renowned guests from around the world sat at the King’s dinner table, among them Prince Oscar of Sweden and Norway and Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. Upon King Kalakaua’s death, this home became the official residence of his sister, Queen Liliu‘okalani, the last monarch of Hawai‘i. She was deposed in 1893, and the Palace immediately became a heavily trafficked government office building. In 1969, restoration work began with the help of the Junior League and ‘Iolani Palace now boasts its original beauty. Many of the objects and artifacts were auctioned following the overthrow of Queen Liliu‘okalani. Recovery and restoration of original Palace furnishings continues today. ‘Iolani Palace, a National Historic Landmark, is located in downtown Honolulu on the corner of King and Richards Streets. Tours are available to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Children under 5 are not allowed inside the main palace area. For more information, call (808) 522-0822 or visit www.


Visit the Pacific’s Premier Museum

For more than a century, the Bishop Museum has been the keeper of Hawai‘i’s vast store of natural and cultural history. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai‘i, boasting the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts. Charles Reed Bishop built the sprawling museum at 1525 Bernice St. in Honolulu in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. Established to house the Princess’ extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms, the museum has expanded to include documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific Island cultures. A significant portion of that priceless cache is housed in the three-floor Hawaiian Hall gallery, which has undergone extensive renovations in recent years. With its volcanic stone exterior and extensive use of native koa, the Hawaiian Hall, constructed in three phases from 1889 to 1903, is considered a masterwork of late Victorian museum design. Other permanent and traveling exhibits also are on display at the museum. The Science Adventure Center offers a highly interactive environment where visitors can feel the heat of a volcano and explore Hawai‘i’s natural environment. The Polynesian Hall is a gallery of two floors representing Pacific cultures. The museum’s state-of-the-art Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium offers a wide variety of astronomy-related programs for the general public. Bishop Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Tuesdays and Christmas Day. For information, call (808) 847-3511.

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Go Waterfall Hunting

Looking for an off-the-grid adventure? Try Secret Waterfall Tours. These hikes to hidden waterfalls help visitors find their way to places usually seen only by local residents. Tour guides can be arranged, but no need if you’d rather set out on your own. Hikes, which range from strenuous to fairly easy, will take you to a variety of waterfalls. There’s a 90-minute hike leading to a three-tiered waterfall that drops about 30 feet into a large pool filled with sparkling turquoise water. A longer hike takes you deep into the forest and another waterfall. The flume ride is something else. Hikers swim into a tunnel and are propelled by the surge of the tide into a large swimming pool. The company’s new attraction is a secret snorkel spot tour. Secret Waterfall Tours isn’t revealing details on this one. While you’re at it, ask about the company’s turtle adventures and scenic night tours.

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Hike Manoa Falls

Waterfalls don’t often appear at the pleasure of casual hikers. But there are happy exceptions — like Manoa Falls. Easily accessible by car or public transportation from Waikiki, this 150-foot waterfall can be found at the end of a 0.8-mile trail, which gradually ascends through a lush rainforest. Access to the waterfall and pool at its base is restricted due to the possibility of landslides. Watch your step on the trail—it tends to be slippery and muddy. The trail to the falls can be completed in 30 to 40 minutes, making a Manoa Falls side trip a quick escape from a concrete jungle into the silence of the rain forest.

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Flora and Fauna

A tour of O‘ahu’s botanical gardens is not only a walk in beauty, but a lesson in the science of tropical plants. Tours and exhibits are designed to enhance knowledge of various species, and as world leaders focus on the concerns of global climate change, many gardens are placing more emphasis on information about plant conservation and sustainability. The gardens below do not represent a full list of O‘ahu’s botanical gardens, rather a cross-section of destinations throughout the island. Foster Botanical Garden, a verdant oasis on the edge of downtown Honolulu, is filled with acre upon lush acre of the nation’s largest collection of tropical plants. And it’s home to 43 of O‘ahu’s designated “exceptional trees,” which are protected by law. The collection includes labeled plantings of palms, heliconia, orchids and a primitive cycad garden. The gift shop has packaged plants and seeds that are cleared for entry into the Mainland as well as plant-related gifts and crafts. Call (808) 522-7066 for more information. Liliu‘okalani Botanical Garden lies just north of Foster Garden, located between North Kuakini and School streets. This developing garden is devoted to native Hawaiian plants. Lyon Arboretum, a 194-acre tropical rain forest research center in upper Manoa Valley, is an easy drive from Waikiki. Home to more than 5,000 tropical plants, the arboretum contains one of the largest collections of palms in any botanical garden in the world. Open only on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the arboretum is an independent research unit within the University of Hawai‘i and is the only university arboretum in the country in a tropical rain forest. The entrance to the arboretum is at the end of Manoa Road. Reach the arboretum by phone at (808) 988-0456. Moanalua Gardens is located a few miles northwest of Honolulu. The 26-acre private park features a magnificent spread of aged monkey pod trees, which shade the vast green lawns that are designed for picnicking. The gardens include two streams, a taro patch, a carp pond and a group of ancient petroglyphs (stone carvings). Moanalua Gardens can be reached at (808) 833-1944. Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Gardens lies on the windward side of the island. The gardens are laid out on 400 acres in the shadow of the Ko‘olau mountains and divided into sections devoted to different types of tropical plants. Guided hikes are offered. Camping permits and information are available at the Ho‘omaluhia Visitor Center. Call (808) 233-7323. Haiku Gardens offers another view of the awesome Ko‘olaus. Haiku is a small six-acre garden in Kane‘ohe that features picturesque lily ponds, short but beautiful paths that wander throughout the property, and a fair share of exotic tropical flowers. To book a wedding reception or other event at the garden, call (808) 247-0605. Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens is a short drive up the coast from Kane‘ohe. With 725 acres to play with, Fong, the first Chinese-American elected to the U.S. Senate, had plenty of room to grow. You can ride through five gardens named for the American presidents under whom he served. The senator died in 2004 at the age of 97. Call (808) 239-6775 for more information.

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See an Old Plantation Village

Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village is the only “living history village” in the state. This outdoor museum showcases the lifestyles of immigrant laborers who came to Hawai‘i to work on sugar plantations. The restored sugar plantation and botanical garden are dedicated to the legacy of immigrants who came from China, Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Portugal, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. They began arriving in the late 1800s, and most of them stayed in the Islands and have become part of Hawai‘i’s diverse ethnic culture. Located on a 50-acre site just below the O‘ahu Sugar Mill in Waipahu, the museum features a collection of 32 authentic replica structures furnished with artifacts donated by former plantation workers and placed in their original settings. Each building tells a story of the lifestyle and challenges of these early plantation workers, and provides a window to an era in Hawai‘i’s past that played a major role in shaping its multiethnic future. Guided tours are conducted on the hour. Kama‘aina (local) guides take visitors through the museum, telling the “plantation story” of triumph over hardships and sacrifice.

• Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village (808) 677-0110


Visit an Aquarium by a Reef

A visit to the Waikiki Aquarium is the ultimate dry snorkeling experience. Located next to a living reef and across from Kapi‘olani Park, the aquarium houses a lot more than reef fish. Some 500 species of marine life, as well as a coral farm, reside at the aquarium. Check out the pulsating sea jellies, which are so clear, you can see what they’ve been eating. Look a shark in the eye at the 35,000-gallon tank that houses Hawaiian sharks and jacks. Behold an endangered Hawaiian monk seal, weighing in at nearly 600 pounds.

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Expect to be introduced to the only chambered nautilus born in captivity. The spiral-shelled cephalopod mollusk¬¬—the last of a species that dates back 500 million years—is sometimes referred to as a living fossil. An ancient relative of the octopus, the nautilus lives in a shell with rainbow-colored chambers¬ Look for this treasure in the “Jet Set” exhibit. The coral farm contains more than 127 species from the South Pacific and Hawai‘i, the largest collection in the Western Hemisphere. Corals originating from the farm can be seen in almost every aquarium exhibiting coral across the United States. The aquarium’s Coral Ark program seeks to conserve rare and environmentally threatened Hawaiian corals, with the objective of reintroducing them into the wild. Operated by the University of Hawai‘i, the aquarium is known for its innovative research and husbandry techniques. The aquarium is open every day except Honolulu Marathon Sunday in December and Christmas Day. There is a small admission fee.


And the Band Plays On

The Royal Hawaiian Band can claim one of the longest gigs in history: It’s been onstage for 174 years. The 40-member band plays more than 300 concerts a year. Founded in 1836 by order of King Kamehameha III, the band is one of the last living links to Hawai‘i’s monarchy. It is currently the only full-time municipal band in the country. The band represents the spirit of a grand and festive age in the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, when free concerts resounded throughout Honolulu and parades proceeded down the city streets. It differs from most other bands in the country in its musical repertoire, a delightful mix of classical numbers, Hawaiian pieces composed by royalty and past bandmasters, marching music, pop and jazz. You can catch the Royal Hawaiian Band for free concerts at the ‘Iolani Palace bandstand every Friday at noon, and at the Kapi‘olani Park bandstand every Sunday at 2 p.m. For more information about the band’s schedule, call (808) 922-5331 or visit

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Spend the Day at Kailua Beach

Picture a textbook-perfect beach that stretches powdery white along the shore, a beach where gentle ocean conditions prevail and obliging trade winds pump steam into windsurfers’ sails. This is Kailua Beach, recognized as one of the nation’s top beaches and a favorite of lifeguards, coastal researchers, visitors and locals. The reef and typically reliable ocean conditions allow for safe kayaking here. Many people paddle through Kailua Beach’s calm waters to the nearby Mokulua Islands, a noted bird sanctuary. In addition to the natural attributes of this beach, it is home to a groovy beach market. Kalapawai Market was established in 1932 and stocks everything a beachgoer needs. Here you can order gourmet take-out lunches from the deli, pick up a great cup of coffee and choose from a large selection of wines and soft drinks. Retail services, including kayaking and windsurfing rentals and lessons, also are available. Kailua Beach is a short drive from Waikiki, just over the mountains on the scenic Pali Highway. Situated on the island’s east shore, the beach is located in Kailua, a community of less than 40,000 people that attracts some 15,000 visitors per year. If you’re not sure how to experience Kailua’s calling waters,

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head to Hawaiian Watersports. From Kailua stand-bys like kayaking and windsurfing to newer sports kiteboarding and standup paddling, Hawaiian Watersports has you covered with lessons, tours or rentals. They even provide transportation from Waikiki to their Kailua location. Reservations required.

• Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks (808) 262-2555 • Two Good Kayaks (808) 262-5656 • Aaron’s Dive Shop (808) 262-2333 • Hawaiian Watersports (808) 739-KITE (5483), (808) 262-KITE (5483)


Meet Hawai‘i’s Turtles

The gentle, lumbering Pacific green sea turtle makes its home in Hawaiian waters. These huge, endangered creatures, which can grow to 4 feet and weigh up to 400 pounds, feed on seaweed, or limu, that grows on the rocks in shallow areas. The turtles, known as honu in Hawaiian, are referred to as green not for the color of the algae growing on their backs, but for the color of their meat. It’s common to get a look at a green sea turtle, but it is rare to come across the nearly extinct hawksbill sea turtle. Both species are considered endangered, but the Hawaiian hawksbill population

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is estimated at less than 30 nesting turtles. Named for its sharp, beak-like mouth, the much smaller hawksbill turtle is known for its striking “tortoise shell.” A good way to get a look at a turtle is to paddle a kayak in Kailua Bay, or at Turtle Canyon off Waikiki Beach. Turtle Canyon is accessible only by boat or kayak. Be mindful that green sea turtles are protected by law. Give the animal 10 to 15 feet of space and allow room for it to surface and breathe. It’s against the law to approach, chase, surround, touch or swim with any protected marine mammal. To report suspected violations, call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 1-(800)-853-1964.

• Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks (808) 262-2555 • Two Good Kayaks (808) 262-5656 • Ocean Joy Cruises 1 (888) 677-1277 • Hawaiian Watersports (808) 739-KITE (5483), (808) 262-KITE (5483)


Dive O‘ahu’s See-Through Water

Thanks to the lava that has poured into the ocean for centuries, Hawai‘i’s underwater landscape is a fascinating place to explore. With the advantage of warm water and high visibility, divers can discover a world of lava tubes, arches, caves and caverns, canyons, crevices and pinnacles. Add the occasional sunken vessel, an abundance of reef fish and scores of curious sea creatures, and every dive is nothing short of awesome. There are several activity options available for certified divers. Rent equipment from a dive shop and venture out on your own, or book a ride on a dive boat and head for a good offshore spot. If you aren’t certified and want to learn to dive, take an introductory dive or “resort course.” This dive is offered by most dive shops and takes about half a day. It can range from a simple shallow water beach or pool dive, to a deeper boat dive. The course begins with some serious instruction, learning the rules of the deep and getting comfortable with the equipment. It is usually a two-tank dive, no deeper than 30 feet with no more than four divers per instructor. Some companies offer free scuba clinics for people age 10 and older.

• Aqua Zone (808) 923-3483 • Aaron’s Dive Shop (808) 262-2333 • Captain Bruce’s (808) 373-3590 • Dive O‘ahu (808) 922-3483 • Surf & Sea (808) 637-9887 • A-1 Watersports (808) 779-0452 • Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773


Head to Hanauma Bay

What does a humuhumunukunukuapua‘a have to do with snorkeling? You’ll know when Hawai‘i’s state fish comes up on your snorkel screen. If you want to see one, visit Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve,

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Kailua Snorkeling O‘ahu’s most popular snorkeling spot. Hanauma Bay is a sunken volcanic crater ringed with 2,000 feet of golden sand that’s open to the ocean on one side. A filigree of inner reefs protect the novice snorkeler from the open ocean and, in turn, protect thousands of fish and other sea life from their natural predators. The bay abounds with colorful schools of striped manini, silvery needlefish, buttercup yellow tang, the large and quick palani, the stunning Moorish idols, opalescent parrotfish and more. Hanauma Bay is designated by the state as an Underwater Park and Conservation District. During the winter, Hanauma Bay is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; it is closed on Tuesdays. If you can’t get to Hanauma Bay for snorkleing, try Kailua Beach Park or Turtle Canyon off Waikiki Beach. The North Shore also offers some great snorkeling spots at Malaekahana Beach Park and Kuilima Cove at Turtle Bay. Snorkeling is an inexpensive pastime that is easier to learn than surfing or scuba diving and can be done either by booking a cruise or finding a good spot on a beach. If you book a cruise, expect gear, lunch and other amenities to be provided.

Kailua Snorkeling: • Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks (808) 262-2555 • Two Good Kayaks (808) 262-5656 • Aaron’s Dive Shop (808) 262-2333 Ewa Snorkeling: • Ocean Joy Cruises 1 (888) 677-1277 • Dolphin Excursions (808) 239-5579 Hanauma Bay Snorkeling: • Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773 • Snorkel Bob’s (808) 735-7944

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Cruise Whale Territory

Anyone who climbs aboard a vessel during humpback whale season and heads for the open ocean off O‘ahu can expect to see these playful, 40-ton creatures. There are so many of them out there from December through April that most boat companies don’t hesitate to guarantee sightings. In fact, these behemoths of the deep often start their time in the Islands even earlier: this season’s first sighting was on October 20. Hawai‘i is a major humpback mating and calving destination. Every year, the whales travel more than 2,500 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska to mate and give birth in Hawaii waters. Humpback whales exhibit a variety of behaviors that should be visible in one form or another from boats and shoreline lookouts. You might see a whale blow, which refers to the act of breathing and the cloud of water vapor produced above the animal’s head during the process of exhalation. You might also see a tail slap, a head slap, or if you’re lucky, a breach. Some good whale watching spots from the shore are: Ka‘ena Point, Halona Blowhole Lookout, Hanauma Bay, Shark’s Cove, Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse, Turtle Bay Resort, Lanaikai and Makapu‘u Point.


Charter a Fishing Boat

Imagine yourself a few miles off the O‘ahu shoreline on a boat trailing colorful lures. The morning sun is rising as the captain heads toward his favorite fishing grounds. You’re scanning

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the horizon for evidence of baitfish and birds flying just above the waterline—telltale signs of plentiful fish to catch. All you can see for miles is deep blue ocean and the Honolulu cityscape receding in the distance. No reason to daydream about deep-sea fishing when you can charter a boat and experience the real thing. There are a number of fishing charters to choose from in the Waikiki/Honolulu area, most of them moored in Kewalo Basin just minutes from Waikiki. Rewards on the end of the line might include mahimahi, prized for its light, moist flesh; ahi (yellowfin tuna), which is used to make sashimi; or ono (wahoo), a game fish known for its long, hard runs at speeds up to 45 mph. Ono is considered a trophy fish, and its name in Hawaiian means “delicious.” The ultimate sport fish is the Pacific blue marlin, ranging from 100 pounds to the “Granders” that tip the scales at more than 1,000 pounds. Tradition dictates that charter services provide all the equipment, including bait. There are charters that offer deepsea fishing, bottom-fishing, light tackle specialists, and tag and release. Sashimi Fishing is known for its midnight shark hunt. Most charter companies will share a portion of the day’s catch; a few will allow you to keep your own catch. Many local fishermen make a living through fish sales and tips. When you book your charter, specify whether you would like a private or a shared charter, and what type of fishing you would like to do.

• Sashimi Fishing (808) 955-3474 • Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773 • Sea Verse Sport Fishing (808) 262-5587


Ride a Submarine

A vast Technicolor wonderland has established itself in the coral reefs below the surface of the Pacific. This is the kingdom of sea creatures, reefs and underwater gardens, a subterranean view available to snorkelers and divers who have no qualms about putting their heads in the water. But if you really don’t want to get wet, a submarine ride is another option. Atlantis Adventures, owner of the world’s largest and most experienced passenger submarine fleet, will take you to depths of approximately 120 feet in air-conditioned comfort. There, you’ll explore the Atlantis Reef, where two wrecked ships, two sunken airplanes and other reef structures are home to exotic marine life. The 64-seat submarine is the world’s largest passenger submarine, spanning more than 100 feet. Passengers must be 3 feet tall and physically capable of navigating the near vertical ladder that provides access to the submarine. Sightseeing by submarine is one thing. Getting married on a submarine is another. Atlantis Navatek Cruises have added that option to the sunset dinner package, and now couples can either get married or renew their vows on a 140-foot sub. Ceremonies are performed on the bridge wings of Navatek I. The wedding package features seating for more than 300 guests and a variety of other options including dinner and dancing.

• Atlantis Adventures 1-800-548-6262

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Get Acquainted with Dolphins

It’s easy to romanticize any encounter with dolphins. Their mouths shaped in perpetual smile, these graceful mammals go clicking and whistling through the water, beckoning the adventurous to come along. Though not considered endangered, dolphins are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which dictates that humans and vessels maintain a distance of at least 50 yards. In the wild, it is not illegal for dolphins to approach you, but it is against the law to approach, chase, surround, touch or swim with them. There are ways to get close to a dolphin without breaking the law. One of the easiest is to find your way to The Kahala Hotel and Resort and head for the lagoon. There you might find a team of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins engaged in what looks like a bottlenose version of volleyball. The dolphins are the stars of an organization called Dolphin Quest, a marine research and education program based at The Kahala Hotel and Resort and at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island. Dolphin Quest trainers work with a small pod of dolphins where, among other things, they learn to interact with people. While guests become acquainted with the dolphins in shallow waters, Dolphin Quest trainers share information about these animals and the environmental issues affecting them in the wild. A dolphin swim for two is available for adults; Dolphin Quest also offers programs for children. Booking a snorkel cruise is another way to come in contact with pods of dolphins. Some companies, like Dolphin Excursions and Hawai‘i Kayaking Adventures, conduct personalized open ocean wild life adventures with dolphins.

• Dolphin Excursions (808) 239-5579 • Ocean Joy Cruises 1 (888) 677-1277 • Dolphin Quest 1 (800) 248-3316


waters of Waikiki. Instead of city lights, you’ll catch views of agricultural land and the Waianae Mountains. Private charters also are available.

• Ocean Joy Cruises 1 (888) 677-1277 • North Shore Catamaran (808) 351-9371


Want to walk on water? Try the hottest new watersport: stand-up paddle surfing, or SUP. The concept isn’t new. Stand-up paddling originated in Waikiki about 60 years ago. Beach Boy Surfing, as it was known then, was commonly used to get past the occasional flat surf day. With lightweight paddles, extra-wide, aerodynamic surfboards and a little bit of balance, this activity is slightly easier than surfing and a lot of fun. At Surf n Sea on the North Shore, you can rent a board and paddle or take a lesson with licensed instructors. The surf shop is situated on a calm bay that provides the perfect arena for the whole family to learn the basics. Rainbow Watersports provides rentals and family friendly lessons at various locations on the island. Book their sunset lesson or coastal paddle for spectacular views. Photos are free of charge and transportation is available. Stand-up paddling also is popular on Kailua Bay, where Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks rents equipment, offers lessons and conducts guided tours. One tour package includes lessons, gear, free hotel pick-up and lunch. Avoid crowds with Hawaiian Watersports’ daily lessons at out-of-the-way spots near Diamond Head and Kailua Beach, with available shuttles. Reservations required. For those who already know how to SUP, Hawaiian Watersports also offers gear rentals. As you stroll atop the water, be sure to keep an eye out for sea turtles, fish, and—if you’re lucky—a monk seal. But don’t forget what you’re doing. The idea is to stand up and paddle.

Sail a Catamaran

One way to gain a different perspective on Waikiki— and life in general—is to go sailing in a catamaran. You can take a sunset jaunt, a dinner cruise or a leisurely midday sail in waters off Waikiki Beach. The Aloha Tower piers host several large dinner cruise vessels, including the world’s largest Polynesian catamaran. These cruises sail just off the Waikiki shoreline, around Diamond Head and back. In addition to dinner, expect an upbeat Polynesian show with plenty of audience participation. Other cruise catamarans dock at Kewalo Basin (just west of Ala Moana Beach Park) and also set sail for Diamond Head. Don’t let the North Shore’s big winter waves dissuade any thoughts of going for a sail on that side of the island. You can take snorkel picnic cruises, as well as sunset sails, off the quieter Haleiwa shores for a nice getaway from the sometimes-crowded

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• Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks (808) 262-2555 • Rainbow Watersports 1-800-470-4964 • Surf N Sea (808) 637-SURF • Ty Gurney Surf School (808) 271-9557 • Hawaiian Watersports (808) 739-KITE (5483), (808) 262-KITE (5483)


Soar in a Parasail, Roar in a Jet Ski

Whether you’re harnessed to a parasail high above the ocean or steering a jet ski over the water’s surface, you’ll probably be wearing a grin. These water sports are fun for everyone. If you’ve never piloted a jet ski, instructors will help you get the hang of it. Propelled by a jet of water, jet skiing is a safe and fun activity for the entire family. Jet skis travel about 40 mph and some models seat up to three (two adults and a child). Parasailing is a quick and quiet thrill. Once you’re up there, it’s easy to forget you’re being towed by a boat and floating

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somewhere between 300 and 800 feet above the ocean. High-tech winch boats provide dry takeoffs and landings. All operators on O‘ahu use harnesses, which are comfortable, flexible, and allow for better views. The ride is designed for just about everyone, and most operators can take two people up at the same time.

• Diamond Head (808) 597-8646 • A-1 Watersports (808) 779-0452 • Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773 • Ultimate Xtreme Tours (808) 596-8383


Get Wet at Koko Marina

So, you’ve tried windsurfing and kiteboarding, now you’re looking for something a little less self-absorbed—a team sport where you can slice through waves in an inflatable vessel. A spin on a banana boat could be just the ticket. These inflatable rafts are towed behind ski boats and can seat up to six passengers. Bumper tubes are operated the same way, but the tubes only hold three passengers lying down. Expect to get wet. Koko Marina in Hawai‘i Kai is a good stop for banana and bumper rides.

• Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773


Paddle a Kayak

Paddling a kayak is a good way to leave the world behind and work off some stress. In a kayak, it’s enough to

concentrate on the rhythm of paddles dipping in and out of the water, enough to squint lazily into the sun for flashing schools of fish, indeed enough to spot the hazy outline of an island floating on the horizon. The world moves in slow motion, and all a paddler has to do is catch the rhythm. Kailua Beach was made for paddling. The shore is within paddling distance of the tiny Mokulua Islands. Called “The Mokes” by locals, these islands are designated bird sanctuaries. They harbor a host of intriguing seabirds including wedge-tailed sheerwaters and brown boobies, as well as green sea turtles. Both guided and selfguided kayaking tours are available. Since visitors generally don’t check kayaks with their luggage, it’s worth noting that kayaks — and even skilled guides if you don’t want to explore alone — are available to those who want to paddle. In addition to Kailua Beach, some of the most popular paddling spots around the island are Kane‘ohe Bay, Waimea Valley, Kualoa Beach Park, Kahana Bay, Kahana Stream, Waimanalo Beach Park and Waikiki Beach.

• Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks (808) 262-2555 • Two Good Kayaks (808) 262-5656 • Hawaiian Watersports (808) 739-KITE (5483), (808) 262-KITE (5483)


Browse an Eco-Lounge

A complex system of natural forces and ancient native practices has given form to this island’s unique ecosystem. Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks, at Kailua Beach, has opened an Eco-Lounge that is full of information and tools


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designed to help visitors learn about O‘ahu’s ecosystem, particularly Kailua Bay and its offshore bird sanctuaries. Visit the lounge before kayaking O‘ahu’s Windward coast.


Fly a Kiteboard

Kiteboarding is a relatively new and rapidly growing water sport. Like windsurfing, it’s an extreme sport that requires wind, guts, the right equipment and a lot of practice. Here’s how it works: The kiteboarder stands on a kiteboard—which looks like a small surfboard or wakeboard with straps—and is pulled across the water and into the air by a big kite. On a kiteboard, it’s possible to take a flying leap off flat water and soar 40 feet in the air. That’s the extreme side of the sport. Sounds simple enough, but it takes a little practice to coordinate the moves. Some kiteboarding instructors say a three-day class will do it. You’ll need some gear as well: a kite, board and control bars. All are available at Kailua Beach. Even beginners can get a taste of what it’s like to ride the wind with a kiteboarding lesson from Hawaiian Watersports. Lessons are at Kailua Beach, and teach everything from safety to basic skills. It usually takes about 6 hours of instruction to get someone on the board, but you’ll enjoy the newest equipment and capable instruction at one of O‘ahu’s premier kiteboarding locales. Reservations required.

• Hawaiian Watersports (808) 739-KITE (5483), (808) 262-KITE (5483) • Naish Hawaii (808) 262-6068

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Catch a Wave

To early Hawaiians, surfing was more than catching and riding waves—it was a social activity and honored ritual. In ancient Hawai‘i, surfing began with the selection of a tree from which a board would be carved, and eventually progressed to legendary surfing contests for the ali‘i (chiefs). Today’s surfers are no less enchanted by the sport. When the surf’s up, all else pales in significance. Surfing captures one’s body and soul through the very power and fury of the ocean, and it never lets you go. Waikiki, with reliable waves almost all year round, is a good choice for the beginner. Makaha, on the island’s northwest coast, is famous for its raging winter surf and towering waves. North of Makaha is Yokohama Bay, where the waves meet a rocky shelf and exposed reef. The “Seven Mile Miracle,” which stretches from Hale‘iwa to Sunset Beach on O‘ahu’s North Shore, contains many of the major surf spots on this big-wave coast, including Rocky Point, Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai, Waimea Bay, Chun’s Reef, Laniakea, and Sunset Beach. You can find surf pros offering lessons all around the island. Gear sales, rentals and lessons are available at Hawaiian Watersports. All of their instructors are CPR, Lifeguard and First Aid certified. Choose from group or private lessons that are perfect for the beginner or the surfer wanting to work on advanced skills; reservations required.

• Hans Hedemann (808) 924-7778 • Kailua Sailboards & Kayaks (808) 262-2555 • Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773 • Surf N Sea (808) 637-7873 • Ty Gurney Surf School (808) 271-9557 • Hawaiian Watersports (808) 739-KITE (5483), (808) 262-KITE (5483)


Take Off On a Wakeboard

Wakeboarding has made its debut on O‘ahu and appears to be here to stay. Boarders have discovered that riding the wake behind a boat is extremely satisfying. The stubby, multi-directional boards are drawn behind a boat via a towrope, and the wakeboarder rides the wake. An accomplished wakeboarder learns to zig and zag across the wake and do tricks, backrolls and tantrums (like somersaults) in the water. Training starts with a video, some instruction in the boat, and about 20 minutes in the water.

• Hawai‘i Water Sports Center (808) 395-3773

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Charter Scuba & Ocean Tours

Aaron’s Dive Shop


• Try diving today on Oahu’s fabulous reefs and discover a whole new underwater world. Or, for certified divers, experience Oahu’s fantastic wrecks, reefs and marine life. We run daily 2 dive boat charters all around the island • Free Waikiki pickups • Light snack included • Departs from varied locations depending on date and conditions •

Hawaii Shark Encounters


• Shark viewing tours • Trip runs 2 hours • Departs from Haleiwa

• North Shore Catamaran Charters


• Snorkel and Picnic Sail on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu • Private charters and sunset sails available •

Aquazone Scuba Diving & Water Sports Center

Ocean Joy Cruises Hawaii

• Offering Free Scuba Lessons, Daily Boat Dives, Shark Cage Adventures & Snorkel Rentals

• Sightseeing, dolphin watching, and snorkeling aboard deluxe power catamaran touring yacht, the Kai ‘Oli ‘Oli • 2 narrated cruises daily: Deluxe trip is 3.5 hours, Early trip is 2.5 hours, both feature 1 hour on snorkel site! • Departs from KO’Olina Resort Marina • Hot meals and beverages included



Atlantis Submarines


• Using the world’s technologically advanced passenger submarines and touring exciting undersea universes of Waikiki just pulsating with life, Atlantis offers an experience unique to Hawaii • Trip runs approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, daily • Departs from the Hilton Hawaiian Village Spa and Resort •

Captain Bruce’s Scuba Charters

808-373-3590 or 1-800-535-2487

• Great guided dives with lots of creatures, caves and dolphins for experienced divers and beginners • Departs from Waikiki 7a.m.-1-1:30 Mon thru Sat, and 9:45a.m.-3:30-4 on Sundays • Pick up at any hotel in Waikiki or Ko’olina • Food included •

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• SCUBA DIVING from intro dives to instructor classes, we cover it all. Call us today! • Trips run 3-4 hours • Boat Dives from Kewalo Basin (5 min from Waikiki) • Snack included •

Dolphin Excursions

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• Wild Dolphin tours and the best snorkel areas on Oahu • Trip runs three hours • Departs from Waianae Boat Harbor • Fresh Fruits, Yogurts, Cheeses, Granola Bars, Bottled Waters and Juices included •

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• Dinner Cruises

Atlantis Cruises-Navatek


• SPECTACULAR SUNSET DINNER CRUISES ABOARD ATLANTIS NAVATEK CRUISES - High-Tech Double-Hulled Vessel Offers Hawaii’s Smoothest Ocean Cruise • Trip runs 2 hours; daily from 5:15p.m. to 7:15p.m. • Departs from Pier 1, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Honolulu • Buffet or Steak and Lobster dinner incl. •

Fishing Trips

Sashimi Fun Fishing


• Fishing Tours • Trips run twice daily,11:30a.m.3:30p.m. & 4:30p.m.-9:00p.m. • Departs from Fisherman’s Wharf • Meal Included • Hotel transportation included •

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• Big Game Shark Fishing • Trip runs 9:30p.m.-1:00a.m. • Departs from Fisherman’s Wharf • Hotel transportation included •

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• V.I.P Treatment On 43’ Scarab Offshore Race Boat • Private Charters available • Departs from Fisherman’s Wharf • Snacks and Drinks included • Hotel transportation included •


Dive for WWII Wrecks

O‘ahu’s coastal waters serve as the final resting place for a number of shipwrecked navy vessels and downed fighter planes. The Mahi Waianae, a 165-foot U.S. Navy minesweeper, was built in 1939 for WWII service. It can be found 90 feet underwater, a short distance away from Wai‘anae Harbor. It was sunk in 1982 to create an artificial reef. The Corsair fighter plane crashed into the ocean in 1945. It now lies in waters off the east side of O‘ahu. Yo-257 was a Navy refueling vessel that served in WWII, and in the Korean and Vietnam wars. It was sunk in 1989, just outside Diamond Head State Park. In all, there are 10 sites like these, which have become accessible scuba diving sites teeming with marine life. Contact a local dive shop for excursion details.

• Aqua Zone (808) 923-3483 • Aaron’s Dive Shop (808) 262-2333 • Dive O‘ahu (808) 922-3483 • Captain Bruce’s (808) 373-3590


Go Beach Hopping

O‘ahu is blessed with more than 130 golden sand beaches that slope gently into the beckoning blue expanse of the Pacific. Find your favorite beach from the small sampling below: In Waikiki, you’ll find a 2-mile strand of a dozen beaches just outside your hotel doorstep. They stretch from the Ala Wai Yacht Basin to Diamond Head, and include Kuhio, Sans Souci (Kaimana), Gray’s and Kahanamoku. Ala Moana Beach Park, just west of Waikiki, also is a favorite of local residents. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, just past Hawai‘i Kai in East Honolulu, is known internationally as a premiere snorkeling and sunbathing destination. Back on the highway headed east, you’ll travel along a rugged, swell-splashed coastline with Sandy Beach and Makapu‘u. Both beaches are beautiful, but sometimes treacherous. Continue down the highway to Waimanalo Town, where you’ll find Waimanalo Bay Recreational Center and Beach Park, a 4-mile stretch of generally safe, always beautiful white sand beach. Kailua Bay, a favorite kayaking, windsurfing and sailing location, offers three miles of sand, small shorebreaks for the beginning bodysurfer, windsurfing and stand up paddling lessons, all on a relatively uncrowded beach. Along the coast to the North Shore are several notable beach parks: Kualoa, Kahana, Hau‘ula and Malaekahana. During winter months, waves may reach heights of up to 50 feet. But in the summer, the swells subside and the waves are safe for swimmers.

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Shop Paradise

O‘ahu is a shopper’s delight, with trendy and high-end retailers offering the latest apparel, jewelry, and lots more. Ward Centers spans several city blocks from Kewalo Basin to Ala Moana Beach Park. It features several different shopping complexes with everything from native books and psychic readings to chic clothing boutiques. Waikele Premium Outlets takes you away from metropolitan Honolulu for a shopping experience that will be easy on the pocketbook. The mall is packed with 50 stores that offer factory-direct savings, do-it-yourself buying and the satisfaction of going home with a good deal on designer duds. Ala Moana Center in Honolulu—with its 1.8 million square feet of space and 290 shops spread over four levels—is one of the world’s largest open-air shopping destinations. Ala Moana CenterStage, located on the ground level regularly features free entertainment. Chinatown offers Asian flavor along Maunakea Street. The Chinatown Cultural Plaza Shopping Center at 100 N. Beretania Street is packed with restaurants and shops. Asia Mall, an indoor flea market, is located inside the Plaza.

• Nohea Gallery Ward Warehouse (808) 596-0074 • Hilo Hattie (808) 535-6500 • Waikele Premium Outlets (808) 676-5656

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Catch a Free Trolley

Visitors can thank Hilo Hattie for taking the hassle out of a Honolulu shopping trip. The quintessential Hawaiian clothing and products store operates a trolley system that is absolutely free. There are 12 convenient pick-up points throughout Waikiki, with stops every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 5:10 p.m., 365 days a year. The shuttle makes a stop at Hilo Hattie’s mega flagship store on North Nimitz Highway. From there, passengers have a choice of returning to Waikiki or heading for Aloha Tower Marketplace, Ward Center, Ward Warehouse or Ala Moana Shopping Center. Hilo Hattie carries Hawai‘i’s largest selection of Island-made fashions, gifts, souvenirs, T-shirts, gourmet foods and jewelry. It’s the world’s largest manufacturer of Hawaiian and casual fashions, offering hundreds of exclusive prints and styles, from infant sizes to plus sizes. Hilo Hattie is more than a shopping destination. It’s a made-inHawai‘i experience.

• Hilo Hattie (808) 535-6500


Order a Tailor-made Swimsuit

It takes more than a perfect body to find the perfect swimsuit. With a tailor-made suit, fitting and flattering your right

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proportions can do just the trick. North Shore Swimwear is a custom-fit swimwear boutique in Hale‘iwa offering hundreds of combinations of styles and fabrics to choose from. For 10 years, the company has specialized in suits for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. Each suit is handmade, so getting a perfect fit is easy. You choose the style, size and fabric of the top and bottom, and a suit, made to your specifications, will be ready in five days. The store is located in the North Shore Marketplace.

• North Shore Swimwear 1-800-24-SUITS


Shop for a Timeshare

Purchasing a week or two at a timeshare property in Hawai‘i is a popular option for many visitors. Listening to a sales pitch will cost you nothing. In fact, you’ll likely be rewarded for attending the presentation with tickets to activities or attractions, a meal at a quality restaurant or other incentives. Timeshare buyers have the option of selecting a floating or fixed vacation period. A floating week allows a timeshare owner to select a vacation week from varying times each year, while a fixed week assures the owner of the same interval week each year. Check out timeshare resales for good deals on vacation property. Timeshare presentations are regulated by the State of Hawai‘i. Check in advance with the timeshare property owner if you have any questions.

• All Island Timeshare Resales 1-800-860-4177


Go Treasure Hunting

Need gifts for friends back home, but running low on dough? Make your way over to the Swap Meet at the Aloha Stadium. It’s been around for more than 29 years, and it’s open for business every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’ll cost $1 per buyer to get in, but parking is free and plentiful. The layout is user-friendly and easy to walk, with three rows circling the stadium so shoppers can’t miss a single booth. With more than 700 vendors, crafters and artists selling their wares, the Swap Meet is a favorite place to shop outdoors among visitors and kama‘aina (locals). Fresh fruit, homemade jams and jellies, tropical plants, jewelry, Hawaiian-print fabric and aloha shirts make thoughtful gift items at bargain prices. Here’s a hot tip: Bargain with vendors. Prices are competitive, and you may find that cute beach bag for a cheaper price a few stalls away. Go early for the best selection of goods. Cash is the payment of choice for most vendors.


Pamper Yourself with a Massage

A soothing massage is a nice way to begin and end a vacation in the Islands. When you first arrive, a massage helps relieve

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jet lag, melts away travel tension and promotes a sense of relaxation and balance. Paradise Massages & Spa, located on Kaiulani Avenue in Waikiki, provides their guests with relaxing, nurturing and effective skin care and body treatments. Available through both in-house and out-call therapy, their therapists created personalized sessions that address each client’s specific needs and goals. Massage treatments include Lomi Lomi, Hot Lava Rock, Shiatsu and Reflexology. For added relaxation, reveal your skin’s potential with a luxurious facial or a skin rejuvenating treatment. Some spa tips: 1. Arrive early between 30-15 minutes early. You want to be relaxed before your treatment. 2. Turn off your mobile phone. 3. Let your therapist know of any health concerns you may have. 4. Tips are usually 15-20%, if you are using a gift certificate, ask if the tip is included. 5. If something is not quite right (the pressure of the massage, for example), let your therapist know.

• Paradise Massages & Spa (808) 232-4073


Go to a Lu‘au

Loosely translated, a lu‘au is a big feast with a lot of singing, dancing and festivities. Backyard luau have been part of the culture for centuries, ingrained with the Makahiki festival that began in ancient Hawaiian times. Today, commercial luau have developed with the tourist trade and are major resort attractions. Lu‘au entertainment is almost always homegrown and showcases the considerable performance skills of hundreds of singers, dancers and more. Dinner also is a prime exhibition of the Islands’ best, with a traditional main course of kalua pig that’s slow-roasted all day in underground oven, then unearthed with a flourish just before the meal. Lu‘au are open to the public and presented daily at a variety of locations on O‘ahu. Germaine’s Luau is among those that allow you to experience the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands.

• Germaine’s Luau (808) 949-6626 • Polynesian Cultural Center (808) 293-3333 • Affordable Tours (808) 921-2280


Take a Sunset Dinner Cruise

Honolulu’s city lights are etched in the memories of thousands of travelers. One of the best ways to savor the view is from the deck of one of several sea-going vessels that travel O‘ahu’s shoreline every evening. Types of vessels include small catamarans and yachts to larger craft that can carry hundreds of guests. Dinner menus range from casual fare to elegant seven-course dinners.

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Most dinner cruise excursions feature hula dancers and elaborate entertainment, and many offer transportation to the vessel. No matter which cruise you choose, plan on a balmy breeze, the gentle movement of the ocean, a gorgeous sunset, and—when the sky grows dark—the beguiling backdrop of Honolulu’s city lights. It’s an exquisite way to end a perfect day on O‘ahu.

• Atlantis Cruises Navatek I 1-800-548-6262 • Affordable Tours (808) 921-2280


Grab a Bite

One of Hawai‘i’s major draws is its casual atmosphere. It’s just hard to think “formal” in a place where swimsuits, shorts and rubber slippers are daily attire. Though O‘ahu boasts lots of elegant dining, there are scores of casual eateries available as well. Kua ‘Aina Sandwiches at Ward Centre and on the North Shore in Hale‘iwa, is a well-loved local sandwich shop that has become legendary for its smoky, char-broiled burgers. Seaside Bar & Grill at the corner of Kuhio and Seaside in Waikiki features a list of dinner specials for under $11 that includes New York steak, lobster tail and crab legs. Bubba Gump’s at Ala Moana Shopping Center is the place for all things shrimp, crab legs and more.

• Big City Diner (808) 591-8891 • Bubba Gump (808) 949-4867 • Sergio’s (808) 951-6900 • Eggs N Things (808) 923-EGGS (3447) • Kua ‘Aina Sandwiches (808) 591-9133 • Seaside Bar and Grill (808) 922-8227 • Chili’s Waikiki (808) 922-9697


Escape to Shangri La

The late tobacco heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke devoted many years of her life to collecting Islamic art, which she housed in her Diamond Head estate on O‘ahu. When she died, Duke willed a large share of her estate to the study of Middle Eastern art and culture. Shangri La, her five-acre residence, was opened for tours, a change that unveiled to the public one of the most diverse and extensive collections of its type in the United States. Duke, whose vast estate was worth more than a billion dollars when she died at the age of 80, collected for nearly 60 years, and amassed more than 3,500 objects. Tours originate at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, with a video presentation about the colorful life of this woman (including background info on her father, James Buchanan Duke, who founded the American Tobacco Company and later became the principal benefactor of Duke University). A van transports tour participants from the Academy of Arts to Shangri La. The Honolulu Academy of Arts gallery, “Arts of the Islamic World,” serves as an orientation center for the tours, which are conducted three times a day, Wednesday through Saturday. Reservations are required. For more information, visit shangrilatickets@

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Drift Through Chinatown

Don’t plan to visit Chinatown. Just head in the general direction of Beretania and River streets and let it come to you. Chinatown is home to some 30 galleries, the Hawai‘i Theatre Center, a beautifully renovated 1922 performing-arts jewel, the nearby Hawai‘i State Art Museum, as well as coffee houses, bars, restaurants and live music venues. On the first Friday of each month, the action moves to the galleries, restaurants and nightspots. Called First Friday, the popular event made its debut several years ago and continues to draw crowds to the downtown neighborhood. If you’re an early riser, catch the action at the O‘ahu Market. Known for the best sashimi (raw fish) in town, you’re likely to see chefs from local restaurants bickering for choice fish, meats and produce. If you don’t get up that early, another sort of distraction can be found later in the day at Mr. C’s Chinatown Garage Fill Up & Go Bar at 10 N. Hotel Street. Night brings out Chinatown’s racier side, but like a whiff of exotic perfume, it’s hard to resist. In the end, to know Chinatown is to grasp an important chapter in Hawai‘i’s history and to better understand why O‘ahu is known as the “gathering place� of the Islands.

• Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace (808) 536-7036


Replay Your Vacation

With a small cash investment and a tiny bit of your time, you can turn your Island photos into video memories that can be replayed every time you long for a tropical breeze, a balmy stretch of beach or a mai tai. There’s a company called CineVie.TV that integrates digital photos into video memories that play like a movie — starring yourself, of course. Your photos will be set to music with Hollywood-style transitions and motion effects. DVDs can be picked up within an hour. CineVie is located at 307 Lewers St., Suite 208 near the DFS Galleria. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

• CineVie (808) 926-2021


Find the Shrimp Shack

The draw of this eatery is more than its award-winning, pan-fried garlic shrimp. This may be the only O‘ahu food stop that is as much a destination as it is a place to pig out. The Shrimp Shack is located in Punalu‘u on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Look for a bright, yellow lunch wagon, wait for the aroma of seafood and salt air to hit you, and you’ll know you’ve reached the spot. Featured on Food Network’s “Beach Eats,� the shack serves a bountiful menu of garlic shrimp, spicy shrimp, coconut shrimp, grilled mahi with onions, whole snow crab, steak and shrimp, Royal Crab Cakes, Golden Crispy Cod, mussels, calamari and tropical floats. The lunch wagon offers an outdoor dining area where you can relax and savor your meal in a laid-back beach setting. The Shrimp Shack is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

• The Shrimp Shack (808) 256-5589

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City Nights

Waikiki nightlife isn’t much different from the after-dark scene in most big cities—unless, of course, you factor in dazzling hula moons, balmy evening air, and ukuleles strumming to the beat of pounding surf. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel showcases popular Hawaiian entertainers in its newly redecorated Monarch Room. Two performances are scheduled every Thursday evening. Kani Ka Pila Grille at the Outrigger Reef offers a performance lineup of top-name musicians, young talent and internationally known Island artists every evening between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Level 4 Nightclub and Ultra Lounge at the Royal Hawaiian Center has a 4,500-square-foot dance floor and a 7,000-square-foot lounge outside. The nightclub is open until 4 a.m. Longhi’s at the Ala Moana Shopping Center lights up Friday nights with an acoustic happy hour from 9 p.m. until midnight. Comedy Polynesia and Sharkey’s Comedy Club offer back-toback laughs Wednesday and Saturday nights. Comedy Polynesia is produced by Hawaiian comedian Bo Irvine and Samoan funny man Chief Sielu Avea, who also is a former world champion fire knife dancer. The Magic of Polynesia in the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel features Merlin-award-winning magician John Hirokawa in a showy stage spectacular that transforms Hawaiian legends with mystifying illusions and special effects. For the latest scoop on shows, clubs and music, ask your favorite bartender or concierge.

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Take in the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Islands. Enjoy the spectacular show delivered to you at the ocean’s edge, under the stars and palm trees. Be touched by the magic of ancient Hawaii and its splendor. Feel the touch of Aloha. Experience a Hawaiian luau like no other and discover why visiting Germaine’s Luau once may not be enough. Let us take you back 100 years & 27 miles from Waikiki to our exclusive beachfront property on the shores of West Oahu. You will leave with fond memories of what a true luau is all about…a one of a kind experience not found anywhere else in the world. The all-you-can-eat buffet features an array of tasty Hawaiian – American selections, which include traditional Island favorites sure to please even the less adventurous.

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Shopping & Dining


Hilo Hattie – The Store of Hawaii

• Nimitz Flagship Store, 700 N. Nimitz Hwy. 808-535-6500

Open 9a.m.-7p.m. Daily • Ala Moana Shopping Center 808-973-3266

Open Mon - Sat 9:30a.m.-9p.m., Sun 10a.m.-7p.m. • At Hilo Hattie, you will discover the largest selection of Made-In-Hawaii fashions and gifts, along with their lowest price guarantee on thousands of Hawaiian products. • All major credit cards & U.S. personal checks accepted • Free Trolley Transportation is available from Waikiki, call 808-535-6500 Nohea Gallery

See all of Hawai’i from here • Ward Warehouse, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd. Honolulu, Hi 96814. PH: 808-596-0074 Open M-Sat 10a.m.-9p.m. • Westin Moana Surfrider Hotel, 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki 96815. PH: 808-923-6644, Open 7 days a week, 8a.m.-10p.m. • Nohea Island Arts in Kailua, 767 Kailua Rd. Kailua, Hi 96734. PH: 808-2622787 Open M-Sat 10a.m.-6p.m., Sun 10a.m.-4p.m. • Affordable, high-quality art and gifts made in Hawaii. Original paintings and prints, local designer jewelry, and Hawaiian Koa wood gifts • All major credit cards accepted •

North Shore Swimwear


• Open 10a.m.-6p.m. • Located in Haleiwa • Specializing in apparel and women’s swimwear (custom) • Visa, MC, Discover, JCB and American Express credit cards accepted •

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Snorkel Bob’s Kapahulu


• Open 8-5 everyday • Located at 700 Kapahulu Ave. • Snorkel gear with RX for adults & kids, activity reservations, boogie boards, beach chairs & 24 hour inter-island gear return •

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Ali’i Luau

Seaside Bar & Grill

• Open 5:00pm to 7:00pm • Located at 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie HI 96762 • Come to Hawaii’s most authentic Luau, winner of the coveted Kahili award for preserving Hawaii’s culture and you’ll enjoy melt in your mouth pork cooked in an under ground oven and a welcome by the Hawaiian royal court • Outdoor seating available • Price: $80 • All major credit cards accepted (Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover)

• Open daily, 6:30am to 10:00pm • Located at 2256 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI • Voted Best Value in Hawaii, Over 1.5 million customers served! • Price Range: $5 to $30 • All major credit cards accepted



Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.


• Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30am- 10:00pm, Late Night Happy Hour until 11:00pm; Friday-Saturday 10:30am-11:00pm, Late Night Happy Hour until 12:00am • Located on 4th Floor Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96814 • Top quality seafood, a fun interactive experience, and an environment that brings the movie Forrest Gump to life! We offer a variety of menu items including our Shrimp Specials, Dixie Style Baby Back Ribs, Mahi Mahi and Salmon dishes, All American Burgers, Salads, Sandwiches and more! • Covered Lanai Seating • Price Range: $8.99 to $18.99 • Visa, Master Card, Discover, American Express, Diners Club International, JCB cards accepted


Shrimp Shack


• Open daily, 10am- 5pm • Located on the North Shore in Punalu’u, next to Chings Store • Featured on the Food Network’s “Beach Eats,” the shack serves award winning garlic shrimp, spicy shrimp, grilled mahi with onions, whole snow crab, steak and shrimp, crab cakes, mussels, calamari and tropical floats. • The lunch wagon offers an outdoor dining area where you can relax and savor your meal in our laid back beach setting


Kua’aina Sandwiches

808-591-9133, Ward Center Honolulu 808-637-6067, North Shore Haleiwa

• This locally owned eatery has been serving for over 34 years. World famous mouthwatering hamburgers and homemade fries, a favorite of both visitors and kama’ainas alike • Outdoor seating available • Price Range: under $10

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The Art of Hula

In its authentic form, hula is the most powerful expression of indigenous Hawaiian culture that exists. The chants that give reason to the dance and the music are, in essence, the oral history of Hawai‘i’s native people. Passed down from one kumu hula (teacher) to another, the stories have survived Western contact, early missionary censure, U.S. take over and statehood. King David Kalakaua, who came to the throne in 1874, is credited with reviving the hula after it had been declared illegal at the insistence of Christian missionaries. But it was not until the 1970s that hula, in all its forms, exploded in the islands. The Merrie Monarch Festival, named for King Kalakaua, was established on the Big Island in 1971. Hula is divided into two general categories: Kahiko (ancient) and ‘Auana (contemporary). Hula Kahiko is typically performed with percussion instruments, sticks and some wind instruments. Hula ‘Auana is usually performed with ukuleles, acoustic and steel guitars and bass. Free hula shows are performed four nights a week at the Kuhio Beach Park hula mound. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.


Take a $2.25 Tour

What will two bucks and a quarter get you in Waikiki? More than you bargained for: That’s all you need to take a trip around the entire island. TheBus, O‘ahu’s award-winning mass-transit system, is nationally recognized as one of the best in the United States. About 260,000 people use the system’s 68 lines (approximately 4,000 stops) on a daily basis. TheBus will take you almost anywhere, from cultural attractions and theaters, to shopping centers and beaches. If it’s a look at the island you’re after, just sit tight and TheBus will make the circle from city to country and back. One-way fares are $2.25 for adults and $1 for youth. Transfers are accepted from route to route. Be sure the bus you’re on will continue along the coast rather than switch to the inland route. Baggage is limited to carry-on items, and there are racks for bicycles. For the latest information and routes, call (808) 848-5555.

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Get Carried Away in a Helicopter

On board a helicopter, it’s possible to lift off from a heliport, quickly bypass populated areas, and leave civilization behind in minutes. Look down and you’ll find yourself flying low over deep, impossibly tangled, uninhabitable canyons where inland waterfalls drop hundreds of feet right outside your window. Now and then, helicopter tours will hover before a unique geographic or legendary site, with the pilot filling you in on all its interesting details. Noise-canceling headphones wipe out the roar of the helicopter rotors, and music, like the soundtrack from a movie, sets the mood. Some helicopter companies offer private tours, which range from short hops to Moloka‘i to longer multiisland jaunts. On O‘ahu, you can combine a chopper flight with a dinner cruise. Make the night sweet with a sunset cruise aboard a Navatek catamaran, then top it off with a city lights flight. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which conducts tours on all four major Hawaiian islands, flies a state-of-the-art aircraft called EcoStar. The helicopter is known for its quiet technology and first-class seating arrangements. Blue Hawaiian is the only tour operator on O‘ahu that flies Eco-Stars.

• Blue Hawaiian Helicopters 1-800-745-2583


Island Hopping

The only way to get from one Hawaiian island to another is to board an airplane. There are no ferries. No trains. No underwater tunnels. No bridges. No voyaging canoe passage. That narrows the

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choice to the three commuter airlines that service the islands. Competition between these carriers has increased availability of flights and discounted fares often are advertised. But don’t expect to pay subway fares to reach another island. Prices are all over the board and it’s not unusual to spend $200 for a roundtrip ticket to any island. Booking through an O‘ahu discount provider is a painless alternative to flying direct. These trips usually include a guided bus tour and sometimes overnight accommodations. Each neighbor island has its own signature geographic and cultural characteristics, and each is distinctly different from O‘ahu. Take a trip to O‘ahu’s backyard. Visit the neighbor islands.


Soar in a Glider

It’s a feel-good experience at Dillingham Airfield in Mokuleia on O‘ahu’s North Shore, where Hana Hou Air offers both scenic flights and mini-pilot instruction on engine-free gliders. Hana Hou’s 20-minute glider flights soar along the majestic Waianae Mountain range and take in the beauty of the Mokuleia coastline, where crystal-clear waters come into view. Typically, a glider will be attached to a long rope and towed into the sky by a conventionally powered plane. At the desired altitude, the rope is released and the glider begins its engine-free flight. Gliders are well-suited to Hawai‘i’s incoming trade winds, which offer ideal soaring conditions year-round. And with no engines to gulp gas, they are the ultimate eco-friendly flying machines.

• Hana Hou Air/Hawaii Glider School (808) 222-4235

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Head for a Volcano

For a really “hot” excursion, jump on an Interisland Airways jaunt that takes you from O‘ahu to the volcanoes on the Big Island and back — all in time for dinner on the same day. You’ll fly in a 30-passenger, twin engine jet prop operated by two pilots, a flight attendant and your own personal tour escort. Most tours begin on O‘ahu with views of downtown Honolulu, the state capitol, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater. The flight path continues along the Kahala Coast, past Koko Head and Hanauma Bay to the east end of O‘ahu and the Makapu‘u Lighthouse, where you’ll get a striking view of the Windward Coast. Crossing over to the Big Island, you may see snow on the volcano summits, even in summer. Watch for the world’s largest observatories located at the top of Mauna Kea, and catch a glimpse of volcanic eruptions as you pass over the Kilauea Volcano. After landing, you are transported by Interisland Airways ground transportation to Volcanoes National Park. In addition to the volcano, the tour includes stops at the Volcano Observatory, Crater Rim Drive, steam vents, Thurston Lava Tube and other park attractions. The tour then continues to orchid and anthurium nurseries to see some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Then it’s back to O‘ahu for dinner.

• Interisland Airways O‘ahu 808-836-8080 or toll free from US/ Canada, 1-888-999-9015.


Do a Tandem Skydive

You’re seated next to a window in an airplane flying 14,000 feet over O‘ahu’s North Shore. The view is magnificent, but right now you’re a little distracted. The thought of jumping out of a plane is enough to sidetrack anyone — but that’s just what you’re about to do. You’re not going to jump solo, of course. You signed up for a tandem dive, and your instructor will be right there with you. You’ve been properly trained and your instructor has jumped hundreds of times, but the riskiness of it is still enough to leave your heart pumping. You and your instructor, who is attached to you like a Siamese twin, shuffle to the edge of the hatch. It’s now or never, so out you go. Words cannot describe the sensation of jumping out of an airplane at 8,000 to 14,000 feet. How do you explain fear for a mere moment, soon to be replaced by exhilaration that cannot be compared to anything you’ve ever done? The “drop” is over. Now you’re floating, enjoying the view. If you’re game, the instructor will perform some twirls and stalls, and even let you “fly” the parachute by yourself. Suddenly, you notice the ground is coming up sooner than you’d planned. The instructor pulls up at precisely the right moment and settles you gently on the ground for a perfect landing. Expect the adrenalin rush to last for a while. After all, you just jumped out of an airplane. And guess what? You’re ready to do it again.

• Pacific Skydiving (808) 637-7472 • Skydive Hawai‘i (808) 637-9700 • A-1 Skydiving (808) 779-0452

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Visit the Arizona Memorial

Hawai‘i burst into the pages of America’s history nearly two decades before statehood when on Dec. 7, 1941, it became the target of a Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor. The attack, which claimed the lives of 2,388 military and civilian personnel, resulted in the damage or loss of 21 vessels and 170 planes. Additionally, it triggered U.S. involvement in World War II. The USS Arizona was one of seven battleships tied up along “Battleship Row” on the southeast shore of Ford Island when the first wave of the Japanese attack began. The ship exploded at approximately 8:10 a.m. In less than nine minutes, she sank with 1,177 of her crew. Today more than 1.5 million people a year—over 4,500 a day— pay tribute to the Arizona crew when they visit the USS Arizona Memorial. It is located on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, about 45 minutes west of Waikiki. The Memorial, which is a unit of the National Park Service, was dedicated on Memorial Day 1962. Visitors to the Arizona Memorial first stop at the newly dedicated $56 million visitor center that tells a comprehensive story of the Day of Infamy, as well as the days leading up to—and the years following—the attack. It will also serve as a hub for all of the Pearl Harbor memorials. A new 7,000 square-foot museum illustrates—via artifacts, video, scale models and more—the historic day that thrust

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the U.S. into war. To add to the experience, visitors view a 23-minute film preceding the short jaunt to the Memorial site. The documentary offers a moving account of the events that led to the Japanese attack. After the film ends, visitors board a Navy-operated launch for the trip to the memorial, which was built to straddle the sunken hull of the battleship, the final resting place of many of the crew members who perished in the attack. The USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tours begin on an average of every 15 minutes from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Polynesian Adventure Tours 800-622-3011 • Affordable Tours (808) 921-2280 • Holo Holo Transportation (808) 478-2010


Tour a Famous Battleship

The USS Missouri secured its place in history as the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the United States, thus bringing an end to Japanese involvement in World War II. The formal papers were signed on the deck of the battleship on Sept. 2, 1945. The 887-foot battleship—5 feet longer than the Titanic—is moored near the USS Arizona Memorial. The pairing of the two battleships symbolizes the beginning and end of American involvement in World War II.

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Walk on the decks where General MacArthur signed the surrender ending World War II. Stand in the shadows of 67-foot long guns that fired 2,700 pound shells. Find out about life on board the world’s last battleship, including stories about kamikaze attacks.

Mighty Mo Pass $20 ($10 for children 4-12)

Includes Guided Tour

Call 1-877-MIGHTY MO No backpacks or similar bags allowed on-board. Affordable storage available. The USS Missouri Memorial Association is a private 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

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First launched on Jan. 29, 1944, the USS Missouri, nicknamed the “Mighty Mo,” saw service in three wars spanning more than five decades. Its final operational mission occurred on Dec. 7, 1991, when she sailed into Pearl Harbor and took part in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the attack. The Battleship Missouri Memorial opened Jan. 29, 1999, at Pier 5 on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The ship was refurbished with the help of a workforce of approximately 5,000 volunteers. Of course, nothing can compare to that moment of Japan’s surrender upon her deck—it was one of the first mass-media events of its kind—but the cameras keep calling on “Mighty Mo.” From Cher’s now-legendary video for “If I Could Turn Back Time” and the movie Pearl Harbor (of course) to CBS’s reboot of Hawaii Five-0 and the upcoming movie Battleship, it seems that the USS Missouri’s star keeps shining. “Mighty Mo” is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $16 per adult and $8 per child (4-12). Guided tours are available.

• USS Missouri 1-877-MIGHTY MO • Polynesian Adventure Tours 800-622-3011


Ride a Bus to Pearl Harbor and Beyond

Guided land tours are a tradition on O‘ahu. Sure, it’s possible to see the island’s top destinations on your own. However, cruising the island in comfort is just one of the benefits of booking a guided tour. Let the experts guide you as you take in the sights from around the island. No worrying about taking the wrong turn, the driver is there, and he’ll also be narrating the scenes for you! You’ll reach your destination with ease, and leave with a wealth of insider information only available from longexperienced companies. Affordable Tours can take you to Polynesian Cultural Center, Sunset Beach, ‘Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbor and many points between. The USS Missouri and Pearl Harbor tour takes to the Arizona Memorial, followed by a tour of the “Mighty Mo.” The Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Combo Tour by V.I.P. Trans takes you to the Pearl Harbor Memorials then on a comprehensive tour of downtown Honolulu, highlighting such sites as ‘Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha Statue and the National Cemetery of the Pacific.

• Affordable Tours (808) 921-2280 • V.I.P. Trans 1-866-836-0317 • Hawaii Activity Stores (808) 926-3800


Take an Open Cockpit Flight

Don a cloth helmet, goggles and a white silk scarf, and step back in time in the open cockpit of a fully restored 1941 Boeing Stearman bi-plane. A romantically reminiscent flight, tours can be designed to meet the imagination and desires of passengers. Biplanes carry only one passenger, who will sit in the front cockpit with the pilot in the rear. The open cockpit assures that

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your seat is a window seat, perfect for cameras and camcorders, and the staggerwing design allows an unobstructed view of the wonders below. A biplane is a perfect aircraft for aerobatics. The adventurous will want to try loops, rolls, figure eights, split S’s and more, and will find these maneuvers amazingly smooth and gentle in a Stearman. Stearman Biplane Rides has two Boeing planes that offer stunning aerial tours of the North Shore coastline. Take a 20-minute tour above sites like Waimea Bay and Sacred Falls. Or, come within miles of historic battleships and take the 1-hour combo tour that follows the route the Japanese took to Pearl Harbor on that fateful day in history. All flights leave from Dillingham Airfield.

• Stearman Biplane Rides (808) 637-4461


Pay Tribute to Heroes

Its striking black granite walls symbolize the massive hull of the formidable battleship it memorializes. The white marble standards represent the heroes who once manned the USS Oklahoma and is dedicated to the 429 sailors and Marines who lost their lives when the ship sunk during the 1941 strike on Pearl Harbor. It is a must-visit for anyone taking in the Pearl Harbor memorials. Located on Ford Island, the memorial also features the names

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of those who lost their lives when the ship rolled over at its mooring on Battleship Row. Here, visitors can learn yet another dimension of the Pearl Harbor story: Less than two-thirds of the crew escaped. The death toll was topped only by the USS Arizona’s 1,177 casualties. In 1942, the Navy created a plan to salvage the ship. Righting the huge vessel was a massive job. It was pulled from the water by more than 20 electric streetcar motors connected by cables to the hull of the ship. The ship was finally floated in early November 1943, and the bodies of the 429 casualties were recovered for burial. Unfortunately, the USS Oklahoma went down again while the ship was under tow to Oakland, Calif. She rests 540 miles northeast of the Hawaiian Islands.


Visit the Pacific Aviation Museum

At the Pacific Aviation Museum, visitors can see vintage warplanes and displays dedicated to air combat and its vital role in the Pacific during WWII. The museum is located on Ford Island, a National Historic Landmark at the center of the Pearl Harbor Historic Site complex. It is the site of the nation’s only aviation battlefield and continues to look much like it did on Dec. 7, 1941. The hangars that house the museum bear the bullet holes, strafe marks and bomb craters from that day. Located several hundred yards from the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri Memorial, the 42,000-square-foot museum contains a collection of fighter planes that saw combat in several wars.

The collection got a boost last year when the museum received five planes that had seen service in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Donated by the Hawai‘i Air National Guard (HIANG) and the USAF Museum, the aircraft are now part of the MiG Alley Korean War Exhibit that was built to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War. Take in this riveting exhibit on the Museum’s “Aviator’s Tour” of Hangar 79. New fighter planes join others waiting for restoration, like the supersonic F-14 Tomcat, which was the Navy’s primary maritime air superiority fighter, fleet defense interceptor and tactical reconnaissance platform from 1974 to 2006. The museum is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Access to the museum is via shuttles from the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. There is an admission fee.

• Pacific Aviation Museum (808) 441-1000


Board a Combat Submarine

Not a lot of people know what it’s like to live underwater in a “steel pipe,” particularly with a heavily armed enemy on your tail. To get at least a glimpse of combat submarine life, visit the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. The museum and park is dedicated to the sacrifice of more than 3,500 submarine personnel lost in World War II. On the Bowfin, visitors are given a self-guided, narrated tour using a Walkman-style cassette recorder keyed to stops throughout the submarine. The park is adjacent to the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center in Pearl Harbor. It’s open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



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Hang in Hale‘iwa

Life on O‘ahu’s North Shore centers on a lively surf town with a colorful past. Once the playground of Hawaiian royalty, Hale‘iwa gained celebrity in recent years as the location of television hit “Baywatch.” But the big winter waves that roll into the town’s nearby beaches are the major draw. The more than century-old town is a picture of the past, with rustic old buildings dominating the landscape. Many of the structures are listed on the State Register of Historic Sites, including the vintage 1921 building that has been the home of Surf & Sea Ocean Sports Headquarters for 35 years. The collection of surfboards hanging from the ceiling of the building traces the evolution of the sport from ancient wooden boards you’d expect to find at the Bishop Museum to examples of every era since. Hale‘iwa is also known for its shark encounter tours, its roadside shrimp plate vendors and its active art community. There are at least six art galleries in Hale‘iwa featuring dozens of artists, many from the islands, and several gift shops that also sell arts and crafts. In the North Shore Marketplace, the seascapes of Roy Tabora and Walfrido Garcia are on display. World-famous marine artist Wyland has established his headquarters here. Watch for murals created by artist and musician Ron Artis. They appear in ocean vessels, on skydiving aircraft and in public places. In Hale‘iwa and the neighboring community of Waialua, you’ll find an eclectic combination of marine art, pottery, sculptures, watercolors, and arts and crafts. The iconic M. Matsumoto shave ice store has been serving

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cool treats for more than 50 years. Shave ice packed into a cone and mixed with flavored syrups, sweet azuki beans and ice cream is a local favorite. In Hale‘iwa, you can rent or buy just about anything you need for fun on the water. If you need help learning to surf, windsurf, scuba dive or stand up paddle, an instructor is nearby.

• Hawai‘i Shark Encounters (808) 351-9373 • Kua ‘Aina Hamburgers and Sandwiches (808) 637-6067 • North Shore Shark Adventures (808) 228-5900 • Surf N Sea (808) 637-9887 • North Shore Swimwear 1-800-24-SUITS • North Shore Catamaran Charters (808) 351-9371 • Aloha General Store (808) 637-2288


Party at a Farmers’ Market

Get food fresh from the Earth on Sunday mornings at the Halei‘wa Farmers Market. Expect a crowd as shoppers browse through 40 tents brimming with produce, eggs, honey, grass-fed beef, plants, flowers and prepared foods. There also are health practitioners offering chiropractic care and organic beauty products, and artisans displaying jewelry, carvings, pottery and other handmade creations. Entertainers perform live music while brunch is served. The market is dedicated to green practices and only produce from O‘ahu is sold. Hours are 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Saddle Up

A guided horseback tour is a great way to not only explore out-of-the-way terrain, but also to become familiar with the lay of the land and O‘ahu’s culture. Happy Trails Hawai‘i is located on a mountain overlooking scenic Waimea Bay. Go with Happy Trails through rain forest terrain on a trail that opens to panoramic ocean and mountain views. Then stop at a tropical fruit orchard and get a juicy “taste of Hawai‘i.” Bring the kids — Happy Trails welcomes children as young as six. Kualoa, near Kane‘ohe, offers trail rides on its historic, 4,000acre working cattle ranch. Hawai‘i Polo conducts oceanfront rides for small groups on a trail along Mokuleia Beach on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Riders mount thoroughbred polo horses and ride through a 100-acre ranch and polo field. Full moon, sunset and other personalized rides are available. Some stables provide transportation from Waikiki. Ask about age and weight limits.

• Happy Trails Hawai‘i (808) 638-7433 • Kualoa Ranch (808) 237-7321 • Hawai‘i Polo (808) 220-5153


Feast on Shrimp From the Truck

Most travel destinations are known for some kind of provincial fare that’s served fresh from the land or sea—and is all the better purchased from a roadside stand. On O‘ahu, it’s jumbo prawns, farmed in Kahuku on the North Shore and served from shrimp trucks and shacks. The drive from the city to the North Shore is part of the draw. Gradually, the urban landscape gives way to a picturesque countryside edged by beaches and sleepy hamlets. Shrimp truck hours vary by establishment, but if you get there in time for lunch, there should be plenty to choose from. One of the oldest trucks is Giovanni’s, where you can get two scoops of rice and 12 pieces of shrimp for $12. Giovanni’s, like most of the North Shore shrimp vendors, offers a choice of shrimp dishes. Shrimp Scampi is a popular favorite, but you can get garlic shrimp, shrimp with lemon and butter, hot and spicy shrimp and shrimp tempura. You’ll dine at picnic tables on paper plates and pay $1 for soda from the can. The exterior of the trucks, which have seen better days, are decorated to reflect the personality of their owners. Giovanni’s is covered in graffiti, the result of thousands of scribbled notes left by patrons. To get there, take Kamehameha Highway (Highway 83) to Kahuku.


Visit a Mormon Temple

Among the many influences that define life in Hawai‘i are the multi-faceted enterprises of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1865, the church purchased a 6,000-acre

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Above the Pali Lookout


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plantation on O‘ahu’s North Shore in La‘ie. By 1919, a temple had been constructed at the site, and then came a college, which is now a branch campus of Brigham Young University. The Hawai‘i Temple Visitors’ Center is a striking structure with an interesting story. It is open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; admission is free and tours are available.


See Polo On The Beach

Go to a Sunday polo match on the beach at Mokule‘ia and see a historic game that has been played in Hawai‘i for more than a century. Considered one of the fastest, roughest and most dangerous sports played today, polo was brought to Hawai‘i in the 1880s. The Hawai‘i Polo Club at Mokule‘ia was founded more than 60 years ago and plays every Sunday this year from early April to the first week in September. The polo field at Mokule‘ia is the only one in the world that is located on a beach. Spectators tailgate with picnics and tents, play ball and fly kites on the field during halftime while watching a skydive performance. Live music takes the stage when the match has ended. Play begins at 2 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children.


Discover Ancient Fishponds

Ancient Hawaiian fishponds are a good example of aquaculture at its finest. Only a few of the 100 or so that once existed on O‘ahu remain. One, owned by Kualoa, is still operational. Hawaiians are the only Polynesians known to harness the ocean’s bounty using brackish water ponds near the ocean for stocking and harvesting fish. The system allowed Hawaiians to control algae, a major food source for fish. During ancient times when the ponds were controlled by the ali‘i (chiefs), most of the fish was reserved for their consumption. Hawaiians used two types of ponds: inshore and offshore. Brackish groundwater, flowing seaward through the porous lava rock, filled depressions in the rock, creating a unique habitat found nowhere else in the United States. Open-sea ponds were artificially enclosed with rock walls (kuapu), and had sluice gates, called makaha, that connected the pond to the sea. He‘eia Fishpond, an 88-acre, brackish water pond that was in use as late as the 1950s, is located near He‘eia State Park on O‘ahu’s windward coast. A good view of the pond is available from the park. The Moli‘i Fishpond, owned by Kualoa, is the only one still operational and commercially successful. Further north on Kamehameha Highway is the Huilua Fishpond, located on the east side of Kahana Bay. The pond is a National Historic Landmark and is usually only visible at low tide due to poor upkeep.

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Sea Life Park’s Dolphins

Since 2005, Sea Life Park Hawai‘i has increased the opportunity for visitors and kama‘aina to participate in three interactive dolphin programs: The Dolphin Encounter is offered to families with children as young as 1 year old (accompanied by an adult) to stand of a platform and touch, kiss, shake hands with a dolphin. The Dolphin Swim Adventure is for children age 8 and up, accompanied by an adult. This program offers an exciting belly ride, which has the participant hanging on to the fins of the dolphin. The Dolphin Royal Swim is where the participant will be taken on a thrilling ride by two dolphins — one dolphin on the back of each of your feet pushes you for the a thrill of a lifetime. Sea Life park is the only place in the USA where this swim is done.


From the Top of the Island

The Pali Highway, one of O‘ahu’s three eye-popping rides out of town, is crowned by a place called the Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout. From this windswept vantage point, the communities of Windward O‘ahu, the sparkling sweep of Kane‘ohe Bay and the restless surface of the Pacific spread for miles below. Here, too, the ghosts of ancient battles murmur through the emerald-forested cliffs, their wails muffled by the hum of traffic and the winds of time. Less than a half hour from Waikiki, the lookout is a good place to gain perspective on this island. Time has all but erased the violent history of this spot, once a bloody battlefield where Hawaiian warriors fought for control of the island. More than two centuries ago in the spring of 1795, the King of O‘ahu, who also ruled Maui, Moloka‘i and Lana‘i, sought to defeat Kamehameha, ruler of the Island of Hawai‘i. To get to the lookout from Honolulu, take the H-1 freeway to the Pali Highway off-ramp. Once on the Pali, you can take a scenic detour off the highway on your way to the lookout. Turn right onto Nu‘uanu Pali Drive, which winds through lush rain forest, then return to the Pali and watch for the signs to the lookout. NonHawai‘i residents will pay a $3 fee to park at the lookout.

• Dunebuggy Adventures Rentals and Tours (808) 371-6578 • Paradise Rent-A-Car (808) 924-7777


Look a Shark in the Eye

Watching a school of sharks coming at you from the depths of the sea has got to be an adrenaline-pumping hit. But that doesn’t mean you’re in danger — not if you’re in a shark cage with a crew that knows its stuff. Floating on the ocean’s surface, the shark cage provides visibility of approximately 200 feet, making it possible to see sharks coming up and at you from the deep. You can expect to see sharks

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ranging from 5- to 15-feet long, just inches away from the cage. On a shark tour, passengers can expect to see gray reef, Galapagos, sandbar and hammerhead sharks. The early Hawaiians worshiped shark gods. The king shark god of O‘ahu is Kamohoali‘i, who is said to reside in an underwater cave near Pearl Harbor. There are several companies on O‘ahu that are in the business of providing that experience. Tours depart daily from Hale‘iwa Harbor on the island’s North Shore.

• North Shore Shark Adventures (808) 228-5900 • Hawai‘i Shark Encounters (808) 351-9373


Celebrate the Holidays Year-round

What better way to remember your vacation than a Hawaiian Christmas ornament? At The Waikiki Christmas Stores, you can find ornaments like Surfing Santas, Hula Girls, Hawaiian Reindeer, Sea Turtles and many more tropical designs. Create memories by getting your cherished ornament customized with your family name and the year you visited the Islands. You will find hundreds of colorful Christmas ornaments in both Hawaiian and traditional themes. The free personalizing services are done in the stores and completed minutes after your purchase. The in-house artists are able to personalize your name in English or Hawaiian. In The Waikiki Christmas Stores, you will find many ornament styles: Hawaiian, Wedding, Family, Baby, Sports, Pets and many more. The Waikiki Christmas Store’s history in Hawai‘i was established in 1985 with the creation of the original Hawaiian Poi People ornaments that were sold throughout the Islands. Today, this entire collection is available to you at the Waikiki locations.

• The Waikiki Christmas Stores 1-800-459-XMAS (9627)


Visit the Valley of the Temples

The chiseled Ko‘olau mountains, covered in a carpet of multi-textured green, form a fitting backdrop for the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Located near Kane‘ohe, the park is dominated by a majestic Byodo-In Temple. The temple is a replica of the magnificent 900-year-old Byodo-In Temple of Equality in Japan. The O‘ahu replica was built in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawai‘i. The temple is graced by two acres of ponds stocked with several hundred Japanese carp, brightly feathered peacocks, black swans and other wildlife. An 18-foot meditation Buddha stands above the quiet scene. about seven miles from Kailua-Kona. Trent Bateman, a Mainland transplant who left a career in engineering to come to Hawai‘i, is growing award-winning Kona coffee on his farm, and breaking all the rules. For starters, the property he purchased didn’t fit the mold – too high above sea level. Then he decided to grow organic coffee. He and his family hand-tilled the soil, and then purchased some

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Walk Historic Honolulu

Honolulu, like many great cities, developed around a harbor. In the late 1700s when Captain William Brown discovered the inlet known as Kou, the harbor was the only accessible anchorage in all the Hawaiian Islands and provided refuge for Asian trade ships. The captain named it Fair Haven. In time, Honolulu replaced Fair Haven in ship charts and sailor talk. In Hawaiian, “hono” means “bay” and “lulu” means calm. Today, the Aloha Tower and the Honolulu Harbor bring to mind a time when Honolulu was known as the “Crossroads of the Pacific.” Honolulu harbor was filled with ships — first explorers, then merchants, and now the giant vessels of leisure travelers. Heading inland from the shoreline, history breathes in places like the ‘Iolani Palace, the Mission Houses complex, and Washington Place. Chinatown, a 15-block Pandora’s Box of multi-ethnic influences, dates back to the 1800s, when immigrant Chinese families began to establish stores in the area. It grew with the arrival of the first wave of contract laborers who came to Hawai‘i to work on the sugar plantations. The Hawai‘i Theater, first opened in 1922, has been restored and is now a striking multi-purpose performance center with a lively bill of fare. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, established in 1843, is the oldest cathedral in continuous use in the United States. Hawai‘i’s first saint — the Blessed Father Damien — was ordained

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in the cathedral in 1864. Damien, who was canonized last October, died in 1889 after devoting his life to serving leprosy victims confined to Moloka‘i. The cathedral is located at 1184 Bishop St.

• Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace (808) 536-7036


Visit Queen Emma’s Palace

On your way to the Pali Lookout, you might want to stop for a quick tour of Queen Emma’s Summer Palace. It is an airy, colonnaded, New England-style house of simple and practical design. Known as Hanai‘akamalama, the palace is named for a demigoddess who was a foster child of the moon. The house became a summer retreat for Queen Emma, the wife of King Kamehameha IV. They were the royal couple responsible for Queen’s Hospital and Saint Andrew’s Cathedral. Once nestled in the secluded uplands of Nu‘uanu Valley, the white-frame summer home is now surrounded by a lush garden. The palace is now maintained by the Daughters of Hawai‘i Preservation Society as a museum. They care for the paintings of royalty, the fine Victorian furniture, and the little koa wood cradle for the Queen’s son, Prince Albert, heir to the Hawaiian throne and godson of England’s Queen Victoria, who died at the age of four.

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The Honolulu Academy of Arts


Gallery Showcases Hawaiian Collection

Nohea Gallery wears its “authentic” label with nearly 20 years of practice. Since the Gallery opened its first store in 1990, it has sought out the work of local artists. Today, Nohea operates three galleries, one in Waikiki, another at Ward Warehouse and a third at Nohea Island Arts in Kailua. Ninety percent of its merchandise is purchased from contemporary Hawai‘i artists and its selection continues to evolve and grow. Nohea’s collection of handmade crafts and art includes such diverse items as wedding rings and potholders, as well as pitfired raku, finely turned wood vessels, jewelry, handblown glass, paintings, prints, fabrics and furniture. Nohea avoids knockoffs or second-bests, collecting only the works of craftsmen and artists recognized as masters in their fields.

• Nohea Gallery Ward Warehouse (808) 596-0074


Visit the State Capitol

In 1969, 10 years after Hawai‘i became the 50th U.S. state, dedication ceremonies were held for the first state

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capitol building. The impressive structure rises out of the center of downtown Honolulu, just a stone’s throw from ‘Iolani Palace, Hawai‘i’s first seat of government. The design and architecture of the Capitol, which ascends approximately 100 feet from its base, is representative of the unique history and natural features of the Islands. The entire building is set in a reflecting pool, symbolizing the rise of the Hawaiian Islands from the sea. The conic shape of the legislative chambers represents the volcanoes that spawned the geological origins of the Islands, and the 40 pillars encircling the building suggest an image of coconut palm trees, which were a major source of food, water, building materials and other necessities for early Hawaiians. Replicas of the State Seal, each 15 feet in diameter and weighing 7,500 pounds, are mounted at the mauka and makai entrances of the building. The state motto—“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”—appears on the seal. For tours of the Capitol building, call (808) 586-0178.




Wander Through a Premier Art Museum

The Honolulu Academy of Arts, established more than 70 years ago, maintains an extensive collection of Western and Asian art.

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The Asian collection is one of the most important assemblages of its kind in an American museum. It includes the James A. Michener collection of 5,400 Japanese prints, Chinese jade, Japanese bronze and Korean celadon bowls. Overall, the Academy’s 30 galleries contain more than 50,000 works, spanning 4,000 years from ancient Egypt to contemporary United States. Set aside an afternoon to tour the Academy, located at 900 S. Beretania St. in Honolulu. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum hosts free days on the first Wednesday and third Sunday of each month. Military personnel and their families are admitted free on the first Sunday of each month.

Kawaiaha‘o Church


Go Ghost Hunting

Ever heard of the Night Marchers? The guides at O‘ahu Ghost Tours know all about these Hawaiian ancestors. In fact, they’re experts on Hawai‘i’s ghosts. They know where the local spooks hang out, and they aren’t afraid to take you there. The Honolulu City Haunts tour is a walking tour that introduces participants to the ghostly stories of the city’s historic places. Orbs of O‘ahu is a driving tour of eerie sites where bad things once occurred. Both of these tours are conducted in the dark of night. The Sacred Spirits tour is a day tour to the dwelling places of legendary Hawaiian gods. These sites are as sacred today as


they were hundreds of years ago and are said to possess mana, or spiritual power. Expect to learn about the menehune, or little people, who are credited with performing a number of mindboggling engineering feats. To learn more about these tours, visit


Climb Diamond Head

Diamond Head, one of the best-known volcanic craters in the world, can be seen from the southeast coast of O‘ahu, not far from Waikiki. The view from the summit of this

“Nohea Gallery is a must-see shop for Hawaiian Art and Made in Hawaii gifts” At Nohea Gallery, we are inspired by the creativity of Hawaii’s artists and handcrafters. Visit us and see why Frommer’s, Fodor’s and New York Times have recommended Nohea Gallery for real Made In Hawaii art and affordable gifts. 私たちNohea Galleryは、ハワイのアーティストや手工芸品の作り手達のすばらしい創造力に魅せられています。彼らの芸術や手作りの作品をあなたと共有するため に、そして、あなたとハワイアンスピリットの架け橋となるように、私たちがここにいます。 Koa Boxes by Dellera Woodworks

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760-foot, extinct crater is well worth the climb. The steep trail to the top is mostly paved and defined by two sets of stairs—one, 99 steps; the other, 76 steps. It leads through a 225-foot tunnel (bring a flashlight) and ends with a spectacular view of the island’s west side. Try it at sunrise. Here’s a little history. Known in Hawaiian as Le‘ahi (“brow of the yellowfin tuna”), Diamond Head was so named when British seamen saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine and thought they’d found diamonds. The volcanic crater, a major O‘ahu landmark, has been extinct for 150,000 years. If you’re looking for company, take a three-hour hike from Waikiki’s Kapi‘olani Park to the entrance of Diamond Head with a group called The Clean Air Team. Hikes begin at 9 a.m. each Saturday starting at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in front of the Honolulu Zoo. For information, call (808) 948-3299. Admission to the park, which is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., is $1. Parking is $5.

• Polynesian Adventure Tours 800-622-3011 • Rabi Transportation (808) 371-3335


Worship in Hawaiian

The beautiful cadence of Hawai‘i’s first language can be heard every Sunday at a Christian service in Kawaiaha‘o Church, at 957 Punchbowl St. in downtown Honolulu. Designed by Reverend Hiram Bingham, the leader of the Congregational mission, the church was completed in 1842. It was here that King Kamehameha III first spoke the words that later became the motto of Hawai‘i: “Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘aina i ka pono, “ which translates in English to: “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.” The king spoke on July 31,1843, after Britain’s Rear-Admiral Richard Thomas returned to the king sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands. Services are held in Hawaiian and English, Sunday at 9 a.m. For more information, call (808) 522-1333.


Pause at a Cemetery for Heroes

The National Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as Punchbowl, is the resting place of more than 25,000 people who served in three American wars. This 112-acre cemetery lies in the middle of an extinct volcano called Puowaina Crater. In Hawaiian, Puowaina means “Consecrated Hill” or “Hill of Sacrifice.” The cemetery pays homage to American citizens who sacrificed their lives in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. A monument to Hawai‘i astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle, is located on the grounds. The Courts of the Missing—white stone tablets that bear the names of WWII soldiers missing in action—can be found in the cemetery. The cemetery also is known as the site of secret Hawaiian royalty burials. For more information, call (808) 532-3720.

• Polynesian Adventure Tours 800-622-3011

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And the Word was Hawaiian

The Mission Houses Museum is the site of the oldest structures in Honolulu and serves as a link to an era of significant cultural change in the Islands. Missionaries from New England began to arrive in 1820. Their goal was to convert the Hawaiians to Christianity. Success was slow but eventual. The buildings include the Frame House, built in 1821 with a pre-fab design and materials shipped from Boston. Unfortunately for the naive missionaries, the house was designed for New England winters, with tiny windows and short eaves for catching as much northern light as possible. The largest building on the property is the Chamberlain House. Built in 1831, it was used primarily for storage and to ease the crowding at the Frame House. In 1822, in the Printing House on the grounds, the first sheets of printing ever produced in the Hawaiian Islands were pulled from the mission’s press by High Chief Ke‘eaumoku II. For the next 20 years, using a second-hand Ramage press, the mission’s printers produced millions of pages of ka palapala (the writing), at first in English and then in Hawaiian. The Mission Houses Museum is located at 533 South King St. in downtown Honolulu, near Kawaiahao Church, ‘Iolani Palace and the Kamehameha Statue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.


Hike to a Lighthouse

The Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail is a popular hike any time of the year, but from December through April, when humpback whales are in residence, it’s amazing. Located on O‘ahu’s south shore between Sandy Beach and Sea Life Park, the short, paved trail is a relatively easy hike with good views of Koko Head Crater, the windward O‘ahu coast and Moloka‘i on the far horizon. The trail leads along the access road to the Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse, one of O‘ahu’s most familiar landmarks built in 1909. Guarded by three locked gates, the lighthouse is off-limits to vehicular traffic, but hikers are welcome. The second half of the hike faces east and brings you to a whale watching lookout where high-power binoculars are available. Not too far from the trailhead, a grassy trail branches off the main paved trail. That trail is what is left of an ancient Hawaiian path around the island called the “Kings Highway”. It leads out to a rock formation called Pele’s Chair and a lookout that is close to sea level. There is another unpaved rocky path, near the whale watching lookout, that ends at sea level on a rocky peninsula. Here you’ll find several large tide pools where fish hang out, and a mini blow hole that shoots sea spray into the air. To get to Makapu‘u Point, go east past Sandy Beach Park on Kalaniana‘ole Highway. Park in the lot at the base of the trail.

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Spend a Day at the Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo, in the heart of Waikiki, is an awardwinning urban jungle inhabited by more than 1,200 mammals, birds and reptiles. The latest addition to the menagerie is a six-member, all-male meerkat clan. The tiny, bug-eyed Kalahari Desert mammals, who belong to the mongoose family, are housed in the zoo’s renovated meerkat exhibit. Last year, the zoo welcomed three male Sumatran tiger cubs, the first births at the zoo since 1981. Another relatively new attraction is an orangutan named Violet. She’s a San Diego Zoo transplant who has made herself right at home thanks to Rusti, her new mate. Many of the animals in this 42-acre zoo are housed in openair enclosures. In the 12-acre Kabuni Reserve, which resembles the natural habitat of an African savanna, animals roam freely behind disguised barriers. Look for sacred ibis, spotted hyenas, greater kudus, giraffes, plains zebras, aardwolves, cheetahs, lions, rhinoceros (both white and black) and Nile crocodile. The zoo is visited by 750,000 people a year, and was recently named by a travel publication as one of America’s best zoos. It was cited for its diverse animal collection, special programs for visitors, knowledgeable and committed staff, and excellent exhibits. Located at the corner of Kapahulu Avenue and Kalakaua Boulevard, the zoo is open daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Visit Teddy Bear World

The teddy bear was born in America. The story goes that while on a bear hunt, President Theodore Roosevelt, hadn’t landed himself a bear. So, his companions tied a bear cub to a tree, giving him a chance at some quarry. Roosevelt declined to shoot the bear and a legend was born. Toy stuffed bears became all the rage, and they were aptly named for their champion: Teddy. You can see this scene and many more depicted at Teddy Bear World Hawaii. Hugely popular in Korea, Teddy Bear World Hawaii is one of Waikiki’s newest attractions. This fun-filled attraction features stunning vignettes from around the world—reinterpreted with animatronic teddy bears. Via self-guided tours, guests can view Mount Rushmore in “8 Wonders of America,” learn about the conservation of endangered bears in “Save the Planet” or take in a fantastical scene at “Dinosaur Park.” There’s even a chance to catch a glimpse of The King in a mini concert and pose with President Barack Obama. Sure to be popular: the gift shop filled with teddy bears and official Elvis Presley products.

• Teddy Bear World Hawaii (808) 921-8011

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Catch a Legedary Waikiki Act

Get ready to be entertained by the kings of Waikiki entertainment. The Society of Seven (SOS) have been headlining their show at the Outrigger Main Showroom since 1969. This Hawai‘i band pours all of their talent and energy into their revue that’s filled with singing, dancing, comedy skits and hilarious impersonations. Don’t be fooled by the comedy, these guys have serious musical chops. The SOS has released several albums and also have a regular show in Las Vegas. They’ve also been voted “Best Show in Waikiki” by Honolulu Magazine readers and have received a “Lifetime Acheivement Award” from the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts.

• Society of Seven (808) 923-SHOW (7469)


Get Some Ink

Polynesians have been decorating their bodies with tattoos for hundreds of years. Not only was a tattooed body considered an art form, but also the image was thought to guard health and spiritual well being. Some Polynesians became famous for their tattoos when they were recruited by explorers, who took them to London and placed them on exhibition. Today, tattoos are more popular than ever. In Waikiki, there’s a place called Tattoolicious. It’s on the corner of Ala Wai Canal Blvd. and McCully Ave. It’s big—2,800 square feet—and there are at least eight tattoo artists. These people are serious about their craft. A lot of people get tattooed in Hawai‘i to remind themselves of the Islands and their experiences being here. Tattoolicious caters to that crowd. It’s a souvenir that stays with you.

• Tattoolicious (808) 949-8287


Get a Laugh

If you could use a good laugh—and who couldn’t?— find a seat at the Hawai‘i Comedy Theater in the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. Celebrating their third anniversary in Waikiki, are a couple of comedy shows that explore the lighter side of Hawai‘i. Comedy Polynesia is produced by Hawaiian comedian Bo Namolokama Irvine, aka the “Hawaiian King of Comedy,” who has been thrilling Hawai‘i and international audiences for over 20 years with appearances on “NBC Late Nite,” Showtime and was the winner of NBC Last Comic Standing Season 6 Hawaii Showcase. Irvine has opened for greats such as George Carlin, Garry Shandling and Rodney Dangerfield. Comedy Polynesia also features Kento-San and Mr. Diamond Head, Michael Staats. “Comedy material that explores the lighter side of Polynesia has been running through our heads for years; it’s great to bring it to the stage and hear the laughter

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from our local and international visitors form Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the U.S. Mainland,” says Irvine. Comedy Polynesia takes the stage at 8 p.m., followed by Sharkey’s at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows are priced to make you smile. www.

• Hawaii Comedy Theater (808) 531-HAHA (4242)


Time Travel

Pacific Swing Hawaii transports you to the 1940s when Big Bands, swing and crowded dance cards ruled the club scene. Host Nathan Osmond carries on his famous family’s tradition of entertaining audiences with a show that is filled with nostalgia, comedy and of course, lots of music. The evening starts with a gourmet buffet dinner during which guests enjoy authentic newsreels and photography shown on large screens throughout the ballroom. As dinner winds down, the Broadway-style show begins. Dazzling costumes and talented singers have the audience swaying to 40s hits such as the orchestra’s theme song, “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” and “Chatanooga Choo Choo.” A thrilling evening of dance follows the show as guests fill the ballroom floor and swing to live Big Band tunes by Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Glenn Miller. Come dressed to impress—you don’t want to be a wallflower! Military Personnel are encouraged to don their uniform. Pacific Swing Hawaii is at the Waikiki Beach Marriott’s Kona Moku Ballroom, Thursday-Saturday and shows twice a month at the Ihilani Resort & Spa.

• Pacific Swing Hawaii 1-800-595-4849


Wheels for All Occasions

Getting from one place to another on O‘ahu can be its own kind of adventure. O‘ahu’s vehicle rental companies can provide wheels to match any fantasy. Forget your motorcycle? No problem. If you’re the kind of person who’s not happy unless you’re stuck to the seat of a Harley, roaring down the road to somewhere, all you have to do is make a call. Big Kahuna Motorcycles caters to all types of road warriors with all kinds of different rides to choose from. Also try a two-seater toy car with a moped engine called a “Hawaiian Luv Bug.” It costs about $300 a day to cruise in a flashy exotic vehicle— rent a Jeep, a sportbike, moped, road bicycle, dune buggy or mountain bike. Segway of Hawaii in Kailua offers a sidewalk- and eco-friendly set of wheels. With zero emissions, these two-wheel wonders are perfect to hop on for a leisurely stroll through Kailua’s quiet neighborhoods and tranquil beaches. If you want someone else to do the driving, book a tour bus, hire a limo for a private tour, or take a trolley through Waikiki and the downtown area. Let your mood determine your mode.

• Big Kahuna Motorcycles (808) 924-2736 • Paradise Rent a Car (808) 946-7777 • Segway of Hawaii-Kailua (808) 262-5511

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Take a Super-Charged VIP Ride

Take a ride on a super-charged luxury boat and remember what it’s like to totally indulge yourself. Slicing through the waves with an experienced captain at the helm, you can relax on big white cushions or stretch out on the padded sundeck. All you have to do is kick back and let the VIP Super Boat crew do the work. When you’re in the mood for special treatment, give Captain Tiger a call. He’ll see that you’ve got a seat on the “Excaliber,” a 43-foot scarab, off-shore speedboat powered by twin SS 502 engines with over 1000 HP. Once aboard, the superboat sets off for Diamond Head in search of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and a good time. Then back around to Waikiki Beach, cruising the harbor and sipping a cocktail. VIP style means transportation from your hotel and a little sightseeing. This is a small charter tour. Grab your family or friends and rip through the ocean with Captain Tiger.

• VIP Super Boat (808) 955-3474


Find the Irish in Waikiki

Honolulu has several Irish bars that boast beers, music, dancing and festive company. Irish Rose Saloon on 478 Ena Road in Waikiki, and O’Toole’s on 902 Nu‘uanu Street in downtown Honolulu feature rock ’n’ roll on most nights and Irish bands on occasion. Kelley O‘Neil’s on 311 Lewers Street is a lively pub with an affordable menu and a great Guinness Pie. Guinness Stout is served on tap. The pub stays open until the wee hours every night.

• Kelley O’Neil’s (808) 926-1777 • Irish Rose Saloon (808) 947-3414 • O’Toole’s (808) 536-4612

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Make it a Double Please

Want to disappear for a while? Try Dave & Busters at the Ward Entertainment Center. Among the establishment’s many distractions are two happy hours, during which cocktails (including premiums) are half-price, glasses of wine are $1 off, and draft beers are served at a special rate. These happy hours happen Monday through Friday from 4:30-7 p.m., and Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to closing. Dave & Busters also offers video games, food, music and events. The doors open at 11 a.m.

• Dave & Busters (808) 589-2215


Party on “E Sea Rider”

Classic rock ’n’ roll has hit Honolulu in the form of a unique party boat that departs nightly from Fisherman’s Wharf. The Rock N Roll Blues Cruz offers an evening of partying complete with food, drinks and live entertainment. The festivities kick off at 9:30 p.m., when a bus picks up partygoers from hotels all over Waikiki. By 10 p.m., the “E Sea Rider” yacht is geared up and ready to go, taking all aboard for a smooth cruise along Waikiki’s scenic shores. Captain Tiger rocks out to Led Zepplin, The Beatles, Rolling

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Stones, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, AC/DC and ZZ Top. The cruise is an hour and a half long, and features live guitar music, comedy, dancing and music videos.

• Rock N Roll Blues Cruz (808) 955-FISH (3474)


Meet the Grand Ladies of Waikiki

“The First Lady of Waikiki” is a nickname bestowed upon the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel. It was the first luxury hotel built in Waikiki, opening on March 11, 1901. Originally, the Moana was a four-story, 75-room hotel that charged a nightly rate of $1.50 per room and featured the first electric elevator in the islands. The Moana has since aged with grace and beauty, her elegant interior now incorporating an interesting mix of modernity and Hawaiian tradition. No less elegant is the slightly younger Royal Hawaiian Hotel, which first opened in 1927 and has recently undergone a $60-million facelift. The “Pink Palace” is on the National Register of Historic Places, built on a site that King Kamehameha I used as a playground after he conquered O‘ahu, and encompassing the coconut grove where Queen Ka’ahumanu’s summer palace was located. Captain William Matson, founder of the Matson Steamship Company, built the Royal Hawaiian to accommodate passengers from the company’s luxury cruise ship. It became a gathering place for the rich and famous, and continues to draw presidents, royalty, Hollywood and sports stars today.

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Pick a Golf Course

O‘ahu is home to many golf courses. Some of them are ultra-exclusive—operated only for military personnel or private club members—while some are so busy, tee times are difficult to arrange. Here is a brief list of some O‘ahu golf courses: Municipal Courses Ala Wai Golf Course Pali Golf Course Ted Makalena courses in Kahuku, Ewa Village and West Loch Resort Courses Ko Olina Golf Course Sheraton Makaha Resort West Hawai‘i Prince Golf Club Palmer Course and Fazio Course at Turtle Bay Resort

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Semi-Private and Private Courses Waikele Golf Course Makaha Valley Country Club New Ewa Beach Golf Club Mililani Golf Club Pearl Country Club Kapolei Country Club Luana Hills Country Club O‘ahu’s newest course is the Coral Creek Golf Course on the Ewa Plain. Designed by Honolulu-based golf course architect Robin Nelson, the 18-hole, 6,808-yard, Par 72 course is designed to expose coral rock formations in cliff-like structures, testing golfers of all skill levels. Luana Hills Country Club, built in 1993, is nestled deep in the Maunawili Valley on the Windward side of the island. The 18-hole, Par 72 course was designed by Pete Dye and features natural flowing streams, lush ravines and great mountain vistas. There is a fully stocked golf shop, a restaurant and lounge. Ask about the Country Club’s golf and transportation package, which includes green fees with cart and round-trip transportation from Waikiki. Contact Aloha Golf Tour offers everything from clubs to caddies, taking care of tee times at your favorite courses.

• Aloha Golf Tours (808) 922-GOLF (4653) • Coral Creek Golf Course (808) 441-4653 • Ko‘olau Golf Club (808) 236-4653

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OAHU KO’OLAU GOLF CLUB Carved out of a magnificent tropical rain forest on the windward side of the 2,000-foot Ko’olau Ridge mountain range, Ko’olau encompasses three distinct climate zones and features winding ravines, extreme elevation changes, and breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls. Situated on eastern Oahu, the rugged landscape of this tropical jungle course uses ravines as the target for holes and boasts lush vegetation and huge sand bunkers. Considered the toughest course in the nation from the back tees with a slope rating of 152, Ko’olau’s spectacular setting will inspire you from beginning to end.

Ko’olau Golf Club 45-550 Kionaole Road Kaneohe, HI 96744 Tel: 808-236-4653

CORAL CREEK COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 6808 yards

91-1111 Geiger Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706 Nestled along the Ewa plain, the par 72, 6808-yard golf course will provide a challenging test to golfers of all skill levels. Coral Creek was designed to expose natural coral rock formations in cliff-like structures, which adds to the beauty of the terrain. A world-class golf course layout and stunning views create one of the finest golf experiences in the world. Architect: Robin Nelson Slope: 135/127/123/111 Rating: 72.2/70.4/68.5/68.3

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EWA BEACH GOLF CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 6711 yards

91-050 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706 Hidden away in a Kiawe forest lies a golfer’s paradise. When you visit the Ewa Beach Golf Club, you will be impressed by the strikingly beautiful natural Hawaiian surroundings. The course is consistently rated as one of the best maintained courses on Oahu with near perfect greens.

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OAHU TURTLE BAY RESORT With almost five miles of beachfront, Turtle Bay Resort is the perfect place to take in the azure beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn and, of course, Turtle Bay. Only 45 minutes from the energetic pulse of Honolulu, Turtle Bay Resort’s oceanfront setting immerses guests in the natural tranquility of the North Shore lifestyle. Oahu’s spectacular ocean views are on display from every one of the Resort’s 443 magnificent accommodations, including our beach cottages, villas, guest rooms and suites. A luxury beach resort, Turtle Bay Resort also features two lushly landscaped pools, championship golf courses by Fazio and Palmer, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking and mountain bike trails, a surfing school, world-class dining and shopping.

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HAWAII PRINCE GOLF CLUB 27 holes, par 72, 7225 yards

91-1200 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706

Hawaii Prince Golf Club boasts 27 dramatic holes - the only golf course of its kind in Hawaii! It occupies 270 acres of sheer beauty and offers stunning views of the rain-carved Waianae mountains. The course layout consists of three nine-hole courses, any two of which can be combined to play 18 holes! Architect: Arnold Palmer & Ed Seay Slope/Rating: A+B: 137/73.8, 130/72.2, 125/69.8, 120/70.4 B+C: 136/74.8, 129/72.9, 123/70.0, 117/69.5 C+A: 137/74.1, 130/72.2, 126/69.7, 118/69.9

Open: 1992 Yardage: A+B: 7,117/6,759/6,237/5,275 B+C: 7,255/6,801/6,175/5,205 C+A: 7,166/6,746/6,214/5,300

LUANA HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 6595 yards

770 Auloa Road, Kailua, HI 96734

Perhaps the most beautiful golf course on Oahu, Luana Hills is a one-of-a-kind creation, sculpted by Dye Design in 1994 in the deep valley between Kailua and Waimanalo and ringed by the Ko´olau Mountains. Luana Hills measures just 6,595 yards from the back tees, but its relatively modest length belies the challenge that lies ahead. Local residents refer to it as ‘Jurassic Park’ because there are few signs of civilization, only the surrounding forest and the mountain peaks overhead. Architect: Pete & Perry Dye Slope: 136/131/126/139/117/129 Rating: 70.9/68.8/66.2/70.9/61.7/67.4

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Open: 1993 Yardage: 6595/6164/5522/4654

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OAHU MAKAHA RESORT & GOLF CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 7040 yards

84-626 Makaha Valley Road, Waianae, HI 96792 Tucked in the Waianae Mountain Range at the base of Oahu’s highest peaks, the Makaha Resort & Golf Club offers ocean views from every hole, the best weather in the state, a championship design, and spectacular scenery. The traditional layout was designed by William F. Bell (Torrey Pines) and was named the “Best Course on Oahu” by The Makaha Resort & Golf Club delivers a unique experience every golfer will enjoy. Architect: William Francis Bell Slope: 137/134/129 Rating: 74.3/71.3/73.9

Open: 1969 Yardage: 7040/6414/5856

MILILANI GOLF CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 6455 yards

95-176 Kuahelani Avenue, Mililani, Hawaii 96789 Nestled on a plateau, with the Waianae Mountains and the Ko’olau Mountains stretching away in the distance, Mililani Golf Club provides a “get away from it all” feeling of remoteness. The course beautifully carves its way through Norfolk Pines, Eucalyptus trees, African Tulip trees, and lush tropical Hawaii foliage, in bloom all year. Architect: Bob Baldock Slope: Men: 70.5/124, 69.5/121, 68.4/117 Women: 75.3/128, 72.5/123

Rating: 70.5/69.5/72.5 Open: 1966 Yardage: 6455/6239/5756

MOANALUA GOLF COURSE 9 holes, par 36, 3062 yards

Moanalua Golf Club, 1250 Ala Aolani St. Honolulu, HI 96819 Built in 1898 by Samuel Mills Damon, Moanalua Golf Club has the distinction of being the “Royal and Ancient” home of golf in Hawaii. For over 110 years, Moanalua Golf Club has remained a challenging, well-maintained golf course offering breathtaking views of the Honolulu skyline and Diamond Head Crater. Architect: Donald MacIntyre Slope: 124 Rating: 70.8

Year Opened: 1898

OLOMANA GOLF LINKS 18 holes, par 72, 6326 yards

41-1801 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795 Located in beautiful Waimanalo, a 25-minute drive from Waikiki, Olomana offers two distinctly different nines, each equally challenging. The front nine features level fairways with a formidable water hazard at each hole, while the back nine’s rolling hills are stippled with sand bunkers. Architect: Robert Baldock Slope: 126/121/128 Rating: 69.8/68.3/72.4

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Open: 1967 Yardage: 6326/5887/5456

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OAHU PEARL COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 6787 yards

98-535 Kaonohi Street, Aiea, HI 96701

One of the finest golf courses on Oahu, Pearl Country Club has been in operation since 1967. Graced with stately trees of many varieties, this course challenges all golfers with its varied terrain. Located on the gentle slopes of the Ko’olau mountain range, Pearl Country Club overlooks Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, and the Waianae Mountain Range to the west. Architect: Akira Sato Slope: 135/130/130 Rating: 72.0/69.7/72.1

Open: 1967 Yardage: 6787/6232/5536

ROYAL KUNIA COUNTRY CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 7007 yards

94-1509 Anonui Street, Waipahu, HI 96797

Royal Kunia Country Club opened to the public in 2003. The course is blessed with great views of Pearl Harbor and the city of Honolulu. Situated only 35 minutes from Waikiki, the course offers a great golfing experience for the beginner and the low handicapper. Come play Oahu’s newest course and experience a golf pleasure few have had. Architect: Robin Nelson Slope: 132/128/122/113 Rating: 73.5/71.2/68.9/64.1

Open: 1971/2002 Yardage: 7007/6507/6002/4945

TURTLE BAY GOLF GEORGE FAZIO COURSE 18 holes, par 72, 6535 yards

57-049 Kuilima Drive, Kahuku, HI 96731 Located on Oahu’s scenic North Shore, the George Fazio Course has hosted the LPGA’s Hawaiian Open and was the site of the first Senior Skins Game. This resort-style course, George Fazio’s only in Hawaii, features generous fairways, deep bunkers, and ocean views. Site of Golf Channel’s Big Break V, Hawaii. Architect: George Fazio Slope: 131/123/112 Rating: 71.2/69.2/65.5

Open: 2003 Yardage: 6535/6083/5355



18 holes, par 72, 7218 yards

57-049 Kuilima Drive, Kahuku, HI 96731

Located on Oahu’s scenic North Shore, the Arnold Palmer Course is home to the Champions Tour Turtle Bay Championship held every January and the LPGA’s SBS Open held every February. Ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top courses in Hawaii, the Palmer Course boasts a challenging layout with outstanding conditions. Site of Golf Channel’s Big Break V, Hawaii. Architect: Arnold Palmer Slope: 143/140/132/125/121 Rating: 74.4/72.5/70.0/67.0/64.3

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Open: 1992 Yardage: 7218/6795/6225/5574/4851

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OAHU WAIKELE GOLF CLUB 18 holes, par 72, 6663 yards

94-200 Paioa Place, Waipahu, HI 96797 Waikele Golf Club provides challenges and enjoyment to players of all skill levels from beginner to pro through the use of water features and special topography. Surrounding the course are spectacular views of Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, and the Ko’olau and Waianae mountains. Architect: Ted Robinson Slope: 126/122/119/129 Rating: 71.7/69.9/70.1/75.2

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Open: 1993 Yardage: 6663/6261/5226

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