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Hawaii Dream Vacation

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An October 2005 trip to Hawaii by Kebamo

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: My Wife has always dreamed about going to Hawaii. Well I came into a little bit of money and I decided that I would fulfill her dream. So it was off to Hawaii...

Hawaii Dream Vacation

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There was just so much to do in an 8-day period. If you are going to Hawaii be sure to allow at least 14 or more days to take in the sights The food was great, the shows and most of all the people. They made the whole trip the best.Quick Tips: When you get there find a cheap, or discount travel agent in the area. You will find them in most hotel lobbies. Plan each day with a different trip. Remember these excursions will get the most sight seeing for your buck. See all you can and do go to the Polynesian Center. It will be a long day about 14 hours but you will have the time of your life! See all you can eat all the foods! Try the poi.Best Way To Get Around: Guided tours. If you wan...Read More
China Mans Hat Photo, Hawaii, United States
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We got a great deal from cheap tours there in Honolulu. Got 10-hour whole Island tour with lunch. We went everywhere even to the Dole Pineapple plantation, Pearl Harbor, shopping, and a great Island Tour. Our guide was excellent and being a native knew the Island well. So if you get to go to Hawaii be sure to take the tour. You'll see things you never knew existed.

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Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Attraction | "Pearl Harbor"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The Imperial Japanese Navy made its attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, was aimed at the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy and its defending Army Air Corps and Marine defensive squadrons. The U.S. public was greatly offended by the treachery of the attack and rallied in support of the Armed Forces and the US Government's decision to enter World War II, initially against Imperial Japan. The attack damaged or destroyed twelve American warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, and killed 2,403 American servicemen and 68 civilians. However, the Pacific Fleet's three aircraft carriers were not in port and so were undamaged, as were ...Read More

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

Polynesian Cultural Center

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Attraction | "The Polynesian Center"

Polynesian Cultural Center Photo, Laie, Oahu
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This Center is hosted by the students of Brigham Young University. By working here they earn their way through college. The shows put on here about their home island and lands is exceptional. Walking through this center is a cultural history lesson that you'll always remember. The shows and food, there is so much to do. We spent 14 hours here and really didn't get to see everything. The student are all so talented. Be sure to take in this show you'll be glad you did!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

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

Waikiki Beach

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Waikiki Beach Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Well this is it, the famous Waikiki Beach. The water was great, the beaches nice but rocky because of all the coral and volcanic stones. Legend has it that if you remove the volcanic stones from Hawaii you will have bad luck until they are returned. We didn't want to chance that so the rocks stayed. One thing we did noticed that they didn't have any seagulls here. Tons of pidgeons. The sun was super warm and you'll tan fast here. It was a great time and we only allowed about 1 day for the beach, but if we ever go back, we are going to allow everyday for the beach!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2006

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

Traditional Island Luau

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Welcome Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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The pleasant and entertaining ride from Waikiki to Oahu's sunny west shore is a chance for one of the friendly hosts to greet guests and prepare them for the evening ahead. Guests who board the bus as strangers will feel like members of the Ohana, or extended family, by the time they step off. Upon arrival at at the luau, you are welcomed with a traditional shell lei and greeted by the majestic beauty of a luau on a tropical Pacific Ocean beach. An impressive ceremonial event at the Luau is the opening of the imu (underground oven). This is the traditional rock-filled oven where the Kalua Pig is placed early in the day and gently roasted to succulent perfection. Gather to watch ...Read More

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Ali'i Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise

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Attraction | "Dinner Cruise"

Ali'i Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Cruise "Hawaiian Style" along Waikiki's historic coastline aboard the Ali'i Kai Catamaran and watch as the sun slips into the West and Honolulu transforms herself for the evening. Enjoy a delicious dinner and watch a thrilling Polynesian show, capturing all the beauty and tradition of the islands. The Boat: Ali'i Kai Catamaran is the world’s largest Polynesian catamaran, made to cut through the water for a comfortable ride, featuring two spacious covered decks with a 360-degree view. The buffet offers open seating on the lower deck followed by a Polynesian Show. Makahiki Buffet: With seating on the lower deck, you’ll enjoy a party atmosphere, seated at long picnic-style tables so that ...Read More

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Ali'i Kai Catamaran Dinner Cruise
Honolulu Harbor, Pier 5
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(808) 539-9495

Dole Pineapple Plantation

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It was great! Here is a short history about the Dole Pineapple Plantation and how it got started: The pineapple is believed to have originated in the verdant lowlands of Paraguay. Carried aboard 15th and 16th century trade ships, the fruit was soon found growing as far away as Mexico, Australia, China and India. Christopher Columbus brought pineapples home from his travels in the "New World" and they soon became a gourmet delight savored across Europe. Even George Washington grew them in his Mount Vernon hothouse. No one is certain of when pineapples were first grown in Hawaii, but historians believe that a Spanish shipwreck in 1527 on the South Kona coast on the Big Island of Hawaii ...Read More

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Dole Pineapple Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy.
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
(808) 621-8408

Welcome to Oahu Hawaii

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Welcome to Oahu Hawaii - A Beautiful Place to Vacation O'ahu, Hawaii, nicknamed The Gathering Place, is the third biggest island in the Hawaiian islands. Oahu is the most traveled island for visitors and is home to Honolulu, Waikiki, and the famous North Shore. Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu is the home of some of the world’s finest hotels, restaurants, and museums. Waikiki, the most world-renowned area of O'ahu, is the most popular Hawaii vacationer destination. This man-made beach attraction encompasses 450 acres of the best vacation activities, hotels, dining, and entertainment. Oahu Hawaii is geographically diverse with mountain ranges, tropical rainforests, volcanic craters, beautiful beaches, an...Read More