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Oahu: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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A January 2007 trip to Oahu by Carmen

Hilton Hawaiian Village Photo, Honolulu, Oahu More Photos
Quote: A few days on Oahu were plenty, but the North Shore made this island stop worth it.

Oahu: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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Overview

Diamond Head Sunset Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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I've got to say that Oahu wasn't my favorite destination ever, as it was more industrial and city-like than I pictured Hawaii to be. However, there were some pluses to stopping here to visit for a few days.The best place on Oahu, in my humble opinion, is North Shore. I'd seen surfing on TV, but it's much more fascinating in person. The Bonzai Pipeline had 15-foot waves the day we were there (they can reach up to 30 feet) and because of the topography here, they curl nicely. I could've easily sat on the beach for hours watching them "hang loose."I wouldn't have cried if I had missed it, but I'm glad I visited Pearl Harbor. It was a well-organized tour experi...Read More

Hilton Hawaiian Village

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Hotel

Hilton Hawaiian Village Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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I had many recommendations for the 4-star Hilton Hawaiian Village, including an endorsement from my travel agent. The hotel is both beautiful and convenient, but its service could use some work.Having had to re-book a flight due to winter weather, we arrived later than expected, tired and cranky. Finding the hotel using the directions supplied on the Website was a struggle. Then, finding valet parking was a challenge, so we ended up self-parking (which costs $20 a day, even for partial days) and hauling our luggage through the garage and down the stairs on our own. We were not given the “Aloha” I expected, but greeted rather gruffly and without a smile. The front desk clerk asked to see my res...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

Hilton Hawaiian Village
2005 Kalia Rd.
Honolulu 96815
(808) 949-4321

North Shore Beaches

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Attraction | "North Shore: Bonzai Daniel-san!"

North Shore Beaches Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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The highlight of my stay on Oahu had to be my drive to North Shore. Make sure you get really good directions before you go, because NOTHING in Oahu is well-marked. We would have never known what beaches we were visiting had our concierge at the Hilton Hawaiian Village not given us landmarks to look for.We started at Sunset Beach and wondered at the rough surf and the surfers who sat on their boards out in the water waiting for that perfect wave. What a contrast to Waikiki’s almost non-existent surf. The north, windward sides of the islands have the better surf conditions, and the locals know it! We stayed here about an hour and then managed to get our car out of a crowded lot with the hel...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

North Shore Beaches
North Shore
Oahu, Hawaii

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

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Attraction | "Pearl Harbor: Reliving a Day of Infamy"

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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The best advice I could possibly give for seeing the Pearl Harbor memorial is to get there EARLY! The complex opens its doors at 7:30am and the first boat leaves for the memorial at 8am (and every 15 minutes after that) The bus tours start dropping people off at around 7:30am, so the lines snake pretty far. The good thing is that it moves fast. We got in line by 7:30am and were in the door by 8am, and on the boat at 8:30am.Here’s what surprised me. It’s not a site to see at your leisure. You’re assigned a tour time when you’re given your free ticket. (The tour is free, there’s an audio tour option which costs $5, and proceeds go to the museum upkeep. Also note the back of your ticket, each one...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

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

Dole Pineapple Plantation

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Attraction | "Dole Pineapple Plantation - Yummy!"

Dole Pineapple Plantation Photo, Wahiawa, Hawaii
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On the way to North Shore, you’ll find the Dole Pineapple Farm at your halfway mark. Should you stop? Well, that depends if you like pineapples. There is a train tour, a plantation walking tour, and a giant maze. I found the train tour to be a waste of time and $7.50. The tour is narrated by a soundtrack over the speakerphone in the cars, and it’s pretty hard to hear, and kind of kiddie to me. (There’s a song about the Pineapple Express that just reminded me too much of Barney the purple annoying dinosaur.) But should your kids get a kick out of it, you can buy the CD in the gift shop. But please don’t share it with me!At the end of the train tour, however, we were given a sample of fr...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 26, 2007

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