Oahu Journals

A Week in Waikiki

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A July 2003 trip to Oahu by ggflier

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Quote: There's something for everyone in Oahu. Read on and discover that it doesn't have to cost you a fortune to experience an aloha paradise.

A Week in Waikiki

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A Week in Waikiki Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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Is Hawaii really the trip of a lifetime? It certainly was for me! From snorkeling to luaus to circle island touring in a rented jeep, there is plenty of variety and beauty on Oahu, and believe it or not, it doesn't have to cost you a fortune to enjoy it all. This journal highlights some of the "must-sees" on a first time visit to Waikiki, focusing on activities for a budget-minded traveler. One of the biggest misconceptions of Oahu is that it's not much more than a "lil Los Angeles" with its many high-rise buildings and busy traffic; but isolated, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and quaint little beach towns are all within an hour’s drive away. As we discovered, Oahu has so much varie...Read More

Lifetime in Hawaii

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Hotel | "Royal Kuhio - Lifetime In Hawaii"

Lifetime in Hawaii Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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We were pleasantly surprised when we stepped into what was supposed to only be a "partial ocean view" studio, complete with full kitchen. From our lanai we had a panoramic view of the mountains, Ala Wai Canal, the city and the ocean. The room was very clean and comfortable. This is adequate for up to four people since the living room and sleeping area were separated by a sliding screen divider. The high-rise building was very secure and also included free parking. There is a recreation deck on the 7th floor with a pool and rec room with pool table, neither of which we used since we were only a couple of blocks walking distance from famous Waikiki beach. I did miss the fact that there was no ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Lifetime in Hawaii
2240 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-5309

Waikiki Lau Yee Chai

Restaurant | "Top of Waikiki"

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A great way to view the sunset, The Top of Waikiki is a rotating restaurant offering views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, and mountains. We enjoyed the sunset dinner specials, steak and lobster for $20 each. The meal was tasty, friendly staff and good cocktails. The regular prices seemed a bit pricey for the quality, but would definitely recommend for those who visit during the sunset special pricing. When we visited this was only good for ONE hour, so call beforehand.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Waikiki Lau Yee Chai
2270 Kalakaua Avenue
Oahu, Hawaii
(808) 923-1112

Paradise Cove Luau

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Attraction

Paradise Cove Luau Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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After a long, yet amusing (depending on your host) bus ride, we arrived to lines of people for the Paradise Cove Luau at the Ko Olina Resort. There were hundreds of people, all ages. Upon entrance, everyone had their picture taken with performers dressed in Hawaiian attire, including grass skirts, coconut shell bras, and all. The first stop for many adults was the bar section, for a variety of cocktails such as lava flows and blue Hawaiians. These are included, number depending on your chosen package. After the pre-luau activities, everyone gathers for the traditional Imu ceremony, and then it's off to feast on roasted Kalua Pig, salmon, fried chicken, potato salad, and lots more. Then ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Paradise Cove Luau
2024 N King St
Oahu, Hawaii 96819
(808) 842-7911

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

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Attraction | "Hanauma Bay"

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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We were glad we took the advice of those who warned us to arrive at Hanauma Bay by 7am to avoid problems with parking and long entrance lines. The park hours are 6am to 6pm, every day except for Tuesdays (closed). The visitor’s fee is $3.00 and parking is $1.00. Everyone must view the video/education program about the bay and its rules for protecting the reef. Afterward, a walk downhill and snorkel gear is all that's needed to get you swimming with plenty of gorgeous sea life. Bring your own snorkel gear if you plan to arrive before 8am since the equipment rental will not be opened yet. The sandy beach is a beautiful spot for relaxing and safe for children. This was a fir...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Oahu, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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Attraction | "Arizona Memorial"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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A visit to Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial, is a moving educational experience with historical exhibits documenting Japan's surprise attack on the US Pacific Naval Fleet the morning of December 7, 1941. Before departure to the floating memorial, an informative 23-minute film is presented to visitors telling the tale of this tragic time in US history which lead World War II. Visitors are then taken by boat to the memorial, which floats over the fallen battleship. From Waikiki, Pearl Harbor can easily be reached by public transportation ("The Bus"), but be prepared for about an hour of traveling time each way. There are large crowds for this "must see" activity, arriv...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 28, 2004

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 422-0561

Waikiki Beach

Attraction

Waikiki Beach Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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It was a surreal moment to take the first steps into the Pacific Ocean at Waikiki Beach. The famous white-sand beach had plenty of visitors and the water was a beautiful turquoise in color. There are plenty of water activities and rentals from beachside vendors and lots of nearby food options. We had been eyeing large round flotation rafts for rent and decided to rent one at the fee of $10 an hour, but it was worth it. The casual activities like this are what make Waikiki so special, basking in the sun, feet dipped in the ocean on a warm sunny day. We preferred to plant ourselves on the less crowded western stretch of the beach early in the day, but later, make your way down towards the Shera...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2004

Waikiki Beach
Kalakaua Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 951 4088

Atlantis Cruises Navatek I: Reservations & Information

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Attraction | "Atlantis Dinner Cruise – The Navatek I"

Atlantis Cruises Navatek I: Reservations & Information Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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We really enjoyed our 2-hour sunset dinner cruise on Atlantic Cruises Navatek 1 in Oahu. This high-tech vessel utilizes a design that the company boasts its "passengers will enjoy the smoothest cruise in the islands." Indeed, we did enjoy a smooth sail, and even for those with concerns of motion sickness, would recommend it. The boat departs from a pier at the Aloha Tower Marketplace and includes roundtrip transportation from many Waikiki hotels. There were people dressed up in slacks and dresses, some in "dressy" shorts or jeans, but all wearing smiles. There weren’t many children. The Sunset Buffet...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

Atlantis Cruises Navatek I: Reservations & Information
1600 Kapiolani Blvd
Oahu, Hawaii 96814
(808) 973-1311

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

Attraction | "USS Bowfin Submarine"

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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Near the Arizona Memorial visitor center, lies this submarine used during World War II. It is credited with sinking 16 vessels. The park offers a submarine tour, a museum featuring an exhibition of the history of submarines and related artifacts, and a mini-theatre. There is a waterfront memorial honoring submariners lost in World War II. Operating hours are daily from 8am–5pm and adult admission is $8. There is a walkman headphone audio tour to guide you through the tight quarters of the Submarine. Take advantage of it, as there are lots of interesting facts and info that is offered throughout the tour. It was really pretty amazing to see things like the tiny sleeping and eating quarters f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2004

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
11 Arizona Memorial Dr
Oahu, Hawaii 96818
(808) 423-1341

A Self-Guided Circle Island Tour

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Self-Guided Circle Island Drive Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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After picking up our rented convertible Jeep Wrangler and with the aid of a very helpful, knowledgeable agent at Thrifty Car rental at 325 SEASIDE AVE, we left early for our explorations. The agent gave us a map and shared tips on great stops for local eateries and popular beach stops. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, towels, a hat to prevent a sunburned scalp, and lots of sunscreen! As rental agents will advise, don’t leave any valuables locked in your car. Bring them with you. It may sound odd, but with car rentals, a common practice to ward off thieves is to leave the top down and doors unlocked. Some Memorable sights: Halona Blowhole – There is a...Read More