A September 2005 trip
to Oahu by Patti Albrandt
Quote: Oahu has a plethora of places and experiences to gain. Revere Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, the Pali overlook, the Polynesian Culture Center, and water sports, or just bathe in the sun’s glorious rays. The largest Hawaii flea market has bargains galore, especially macadamia nuts!
For those who would like a bit of a hike, spend a few dollars and make your way up to Diamond Head. A person understands why it was a lookout--there's a great view of Waikiki Beach. It's best to take some water, since you start in the bottom of an old volcano. The heat can sneak up on you.
If you want to experience a quieter side of Hawaii, visit the Byodo-In Temple in Kaneole. It's a replica of a Buddha Temple in Japan, complete with koi ponds and 2-ton brass bell. There is a small fee.
Check out the Hawaiian flea market held at the football staidum close to Pearl Harbor. They've got great prices on Hawaiian gifts. Macadamia nuts are much cheaper here. Entrance fee is minimal.