Oahu Journals

The Spirit of Aloha

An April 2003 trip to Oahu by uyyek

Quote: I was stationed in Pearl Harbor while serving in the U.S. Navy from 1999-2003 and spent a little time exploring the island.

The Spirit of Aloha

Overview

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Oahu is not as big a tourist trap as the Big Island, and it's a little less crowded as a result. Still, the big sights can be a bit cramped if you don't go in the early morning or late afternoon, so plan ahead. The Arizona Memorial and the nearby Bowfin Submarine Memorial are must-sees. Head out to the North Shore to see the big waves, particularly in February, as well as the Dole pineapple plantation. Definitely do a luau or two and stroll with the other tourists around Waikiki.Quick Tips: Bring an umbrella; it doesn't rain constantly, but it does rain consistently - during the rainy season, it'll downpour from around 4pm until 4:30pm every day. Really. Check the Hawaii Visitors a...Read More

La Mer

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Restaurant

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An unbelievable dining experience! We began with a glass of Dom Perignon and a pair of ham and cheese quiches to whet our appetites. We chose the prix-fixe menu, plus wine pairing: Foie gras mousse with a Banyuls wine reduction -- Served with a crisp wheat cracker, this helped to establish a flavor on our palates for what was to come. Beer-tempura battered foie gras served over asparagus flan with Banyuls wine reduction -- The creamy, delectable texture and flavor of good foie gras, married with a soft and smooth flan, without the heavy grassy notes I expected. The reduction added a hint of sweetness and fruit, which complimented the aforementioned flavors perfectly. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

La Mer
2199 Kalia Rd.
Oahu, Hawaii 96815-1988
808/923-2311

Keo's In Waikki

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Restaurant | "Keo's in Waikiki"

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The atmosphere is relaxed, with an eclectic mix of decor that cleverly divides the dining room into several smaller niches of five or six tables, so you feel more secluded than you really are. The menu borrows heavily from classical Thai cuisine, with a local touch to some seafood dishes. There are the usual suspects, of course, including firm, flavorful phad Thai noodles with a slightly spicy peanut sauce and tom yum goong (a spicy fish soup). Specialty items include the Evil Jungle Prince, a spicy basil, coconut milk, and chili dish served with your choice of chicken, shrimp, or seafood, and Bangkok duck, sliced roasted duck served with either a red or green curry or steamed vegetabl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

Keo's In Waikki
2028 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 951-9355

Olive Tree Cafe

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Restaurant

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It seems odd to find a Greek restaurant in Honolulu (hell, they treat SPAM as a delicacy, so anything even hinting at ethnic diversity outside of Asian cuisine is a surprise), but they've managed to create something special here. A small café tucked into a corner by Kahala mall, the owner and staff are friendly and courteous and offer a selection of Greek specialties that make your mouth water before you make it to the front counter. This is one of the few restaurants where you could just walk up and order one of everything on the menu, because EVERYTHING is good here. Although they list it as a special, spanakopita (spinach and feta in phyllo pastry) is available all the time (and it is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

Olive Tree Cafe
4614 Kilauea Ave.
Oahu, Hawaii
(808) 737-0303

Diamond Head State Monument

Attraction | "Diamond Head"

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Originally named Laeahi, meaning "brow of the tuna" (look at it from a distance and use your imagination), by the ancient Hawaiians, the peak was named Diamond Head by British sailors in the 1800s who mistook the glimmer of light off the calcite rocks to be diamonds. An extinct volcano, Diamond Head was used by the US Army to build Fort Ruger in the crater, a lookout and cannon emplacement, until it was made a national park. The trail is paved but steep in places and should be considered carefully for those with health conditions. There is no shade other than in the tunnels (and please don't stop there, because there isn't room for people to stand around), so plan an early morning or late afte...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 26, 2005

Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Road And 18th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
808-587-0285

Polynesian Cultural Center

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Attraction

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The Polynesian Cultural Center is a full day of activities all located in once convenient place. Established in 1963 by the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the center is meant to perpetuate the culture and heritage of Polynesia and provide work opportunities to the local BYU students. It is divided into eight "villages," representing the different island groups of the Polynesian islands, including Samoa, Hawaii, Togo, Tahiti, Aoeteroa (New Zealand), Fiji, the Marquesas, Tonga, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), with different activities and presentations unique to each culture. A manmade river winds its way through the park, and canoe rides are offered which give a good overview of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 27, 2005

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, Hawaii 96762
(808) 293-3333