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Hawaii Vacation - Next Stop - Busy Oahu

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A February 2006 trip to Oahu by creekland

Kailua Beach, Windward Shore  Photo, Kailua, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: The second stop on our journey—and vastly different than Kauai! "Must do's" here include a visit to Pearl Harbor, and if visiting in winter, the North Shore. The weather is still quite nice, but plan on crowds in many places if planning a visit to Oahu.

Kailua Beach

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Kailua Beach, Windward Shore  Photo, Kailua, Hawaii
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Kailua Beach has to be one of the most perfect looking beaches in Hawaii. It's long—over 2 miles—and in a crescent shape, and has exotic looking islands offshore. There are palm trees, beach houses, and plenty of sand and water. We took an excursion here from where we stayed in Northeastern Oahu, and I have firmly decided that if we ever do Oahu again, it is most definitely worth it to pay to stay oceanfront on this beach (though DO expect to PAY for that luxury). Aside from Pearl Harbor, walking on this beach and watching hubby and the boys enjoy boogie boarding and playing in the sand was the most enjoyable Oahu experience for me.Despite being a "perfect" beach, this one was not crowded—at least not...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Pearl Harbor—I'm told it's the only place that spends no money at all on advertisement and yet still gets over a couple million visitors a year. Having been there, I can understand why. Knowing this, expect a crowd, regardless of what day you visit. To get to Pearl Harbor, get a guidebook. The traffic is heavy and the directions can be tricky, but having a navigator read while someone drives does the trick just fine. Once in the parking lot, head to the LEFT (while looking towards the water) and get in line to get your free tickets to the memorial. Parking was free, the tickets were free, and they offer headsets that are giving a good guided tour of the museum, which I THINK were free too, and if...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

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

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

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Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Bowfin"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The USS Bowfin is a submarine from WWII, nicknamed the "Pearl Harbor Avenger" since it sank 44 enemy ships. As a note, the USS Bowfin and USS Missouri are NOT National Park run (even though they are in the same location), so there are entry fees for these. They are run by preservation groups, so the money you spend goes into preserving these wonderful monuments to history. Anyway, you can tour it (self-guided) separately for $10, or you can get a combo pass for a self-guided tours of the Bowfin and the USS Missouri for $26 ($16 for kids). We opted for both. We also opted for the headsets that explained the tour, which are HIGHLY recommended, as there are no signs explaining the same things, so yo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

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

Battleship Missouri Memorial

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Attraction | "Pearl Harbor/USS Missouri"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The USS Missouri, like the USS Bowfin, is not run by the National Park, but rather by a preservation group. Therefore, it does not offer free admission, but nonetheless, it is worth visiting to see the battleship and for the history of it all (the Japanese surrendered on the USS Missouri, thereby ending WWII).To get there, it's the same parking lot as the USS Arizona Memorial, but go right (when looking at the water) from the lot. You'll see a canopy, under which you wait for a guided shuttle ride onto the base and to the entrance. You can buy tickets directly at the entrance or a combination ticket with the USS Bowfin.The USS Missouri offers different levels of tours or self-guided admission. We orig...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2006

Battleship Missouri Memorial
Pearl Harbor
Oahu, Hawaii
(808) 973-2494

Laie Point

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Attraction | "Visiting Laie Point"

Laie Point Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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Laie is in northeastern Oahu (other end from Waikiki) and has a sight that is a really nice stop for a short diversion or stretch of legs. At the stoplight at the shopping center, head directly AWAY from the shopping center (onto Anemoku Street). At the end, turn right and head to the dead end. There will probably be others parked there.This is Laie Point—and it's a fabulous look at the water and the power of nature. There's a rock arch there—out in the water just over 400' offshore. This arch was created by nature in ONE DAY—by a tsunami in 1946—and has been standing there for visitors to gaze at ever since.Besides the arch, there is about a 330 degree water view, and a symphony of ocean wave noise—n...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2006

Laie Point
Just off Kamehameha Highway
Oahu, Hawaii

Polynesian Cultural Center

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Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu
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We wanted the most authentic luau we could find on our vacation to Hawaii and pretty much everyone said it was here, at the Polynesian Cultural Center, so that's where we went. While there, we sat next to a Hawaii resident who had brought relatives to the luau—telling them he thought this one was the most authentic, so while we don't have experience with luaus… that's the best we can offer!Overall though, the Polynesian Cultural Center can be a "whole day" destination. There are exhibits (crafts and daily life) and performers from seven Polynesian Islands—Hawaii, Samoa, Maori New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga—all sponsored by the local Brigham Young (Mormon) University. You can buy wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2006

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