A July 2005 trip
to Oahu by dina4
Quote: Oahu is a beautiful island, and Kailua is the perfect base to explore it. Away from the crowds of Waikiki and Honolulu, Kailua offers gorgeous, uncrowded beaches and is conveniently located for many exciting day excursions.
Attraction | "Polynesian Cultural Center Luau"
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 16, 2005
Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, Hawaii 96762
Attraction | "USS ARIZONA"
1. Get there EARLY! We got there at 8:45am on a Tuesday in July, and we waited 45 minutes in line to get our tickets. We then had a 2 1/2-hour wait until our scheduled "appointment" for our visit to the Memorial. (It's free, by the way!) We killed time by having a Dole whip at the visitor center, touring the Bowfin submarine (see separate journal entry), and having an audio guide tour of the PEARL HABOR grounds and museum.
2. Do not think twice about whether or not to get the audio guide. It is a definite MUST! For $5, you get a narrated historical guide to the grounds and the museum. Start the tour about an hour before your scheduled appointment. We did it with our teenaged children and their grandparents, and everyone was deeply moved.
3. Your scheduled appointment begins with an engaging documentary that explains all the historical events and tensions that lead up to the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Afterwards, you board a boat that takes you to the memorial. You can continue your audio guide on the boat trip there, during your visit, and on the boat trip back.
Words can't really describe the feelings you experience when visiting the memorial. You must visit yourself to understand.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 16, 2005
Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
One Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, Hawaii 96818
Attraction | "USS Bowfin Submarine"
1. The audio guide is wonderful. It's narrated by someone who actually sailed on the Bowfin during WWII.
2. If you're claustrophobic, you may want to pass on this adventure. The walking spaces are very narrow, and there can be a lot of people in front of you and behind you.
3. Visit the adjacent submarine museum. It's definitely worth a 15-minute walk-through.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2005
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
11 Arizona Memorial Dr
Oahu, Hawaii 96818
Attraction | "Lunch in Waikiki Beach"
After touring Pearl Harbor, we decided to have a late lunch in Waikiki. ***Make sure you have a good map that shows all the one-way streets, and make sure you stay on the Hwy 1 (and off the Nimitz Hwy) as long as possible. The traffic is truly shocking (and I live in West Los Angeles!).
We chose the Moana Surfrider's Banyon Beach Bar as our place to see the sights. We had a table next to the sand, under the beautiful Banyan tree. The amount of people in the water and on the very short stretch of sand was mind-boggling. We were very happy watching the surfers, swimmers, and sunbathers while sipping mai tais and having lunch. The lunch, by the way, was pretty pricey and nothing spectacular. However, the view and the location were worth every penny.
We would have liked to stay and shop a while--the shopping in Waikiki did look very enticing--but the mai tais were strong, and the peace and solitude of our beautiful Kailua Beach was calling.
Having had lunch practically ON the beach at the Moana Surfrider, we accomplished two tasks--filling our starving tummies and seeing the famed Waikiki Beach. Definitely worth it!
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 16, 2005
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
+1 808 951 4088
Here are some tips:
1. Go early. We had the beach to ourselves from about
9:45 until 11:30am. As we were leaving, there were lots of kayaks arriving.
2. Ask for a large, dry bag, and bring a picnic lunch. There's nothing like a picnic on your own deserted, private beach.
3. Bring your camera! The views of the Koolau Mountains and the beach communities of Lanikai and Kailua are breathtaking. There are also plenty of photo ops on the island--rock formations, caves, and lots of birds and their eggs.
4. Bring snorkel gear. We wish we had.
5. Visit on a weekday, like we did. We heard the weekends are much more crowded.
6. Hawaiian Watersports will deliver your kayaks to the beach. They were very friendly and prompt, and they were willing to meet us in Lanikai, which is the closest take-off point for the Mokolua islands. It takes a lot longer if you take off from Kailua Beach Park.
7. I say this is a beginner trip none of us are serious kayakers. We had kayaked before in lakes and very calm ocean waters. This is a bit harder, but anyone who is reasonably fit can do it.
Kayaking Adventure in Kailua Bay
Attraction | "Getting pounded at Sandy Beach"
8808 Kalaniana'ole Hwy
Attraction | "Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay -- Disappointing"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 30, 2006
Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay
los angeles, California