Oahu Journals

Oahu - The Gathering Place

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A September 2006 trip to Oahu by RoBoNC

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay Photo, Oahu, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: This journal explores some of the sites of Hawaii's most populous island as well as a great budget hotel in the midst of it all.

Oahu - The Gathering Place

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Overview

Skyline of Honolulu Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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Oahu is the third largest island and the most populous of the other islands in the chain. Most people arriving to Hawaii will enter through the island of Oahu where Honolulu International Airport is located. The island is easily identifiable from the air with the hundreds of skyscraper hotels of Waikiki hugging the coastline. Flying into Honolulu International Airport is a unique experience because the main runway is located in the ocean and you have to taxi onto the mainland. If the plane does not stop, it is going right into the ocean. Most of the hotels on the island are situated in the Waikiki district of Honolulu. Waikiki is the tourist center of Hawaii accommodating millions of v...Read More

Best Western Coconut Waikiki Hotel

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Hotel | "Coconut Plaza Hotel"

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While most of the island of Oahu is beautiful countryside surrounded by pristine beaches, there is that one section that makes you wonder if you are in Hawaii or New York City. Waikiki, clearly identifiable from the air as you approach the island, is filled with huge skyscraper hotels and most of the shopping complexes on the island. While Waikiki is the main tourist destination on the island, many people will find that staying in this area can be very costly. The average hotel stay is between $150-$200 a night and that is just for a city view. I was on a mission to find a cheap hotel in the center of all the action. I was beginning to get discouraged until I found the Aqua Coconut Plaza Hotel....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2007

Best Western Coconut Waikiki Hotel
450 Lewers Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 923-8828

Dole Pineapple Plantation

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Attraction | "Dole Plantation"

Dole Pineapple Plantation Photo, Wahiawa, Hawaii
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If you want to taste some of the best pineapple in the world, then look no further than the 50th state of Hawaii. Pineapple can be found served at every meal from pineapple wedges at breakfast to Hawaiian Pizza loaded with ham and pineapple, and wash it all down with none other than cold refreshing pineapple juice. Pineapple has been a fixture in Hawaii ever since James Dole, known as the "Pineapple King," bought 60 acres of land in 1901 and created what came to be known as the Dole Food Company. The Dole Plantation, located in Wahiawa, on the island of Oahu, continues to grow and supply pineapples to over 90 countries around the world. The Dole Plantation is about a forty-minute drive...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2007

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

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

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Attraction | "Hanauma Bay"

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay Photo, Oahu, Hawaii
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Oahu is home to some of the top surfing competitions on the Banzai Pipeline located in North Shore. While many people prefer to be on top of the water riding the waves, there are others who wish to be under it and Oahu has many great places to go scuba diving. However, I am neither scuba certified nor have I ever been able to master the surf board, so what else is there to do except for swimming. I found out there is plenty to do and all you need are a mask, snorkel, and water fins. Snorkeling is a great way to enjoy the water and catching a great view of all the marine life that calls the waters of Hawaii home. While you can snorkel anywhere there is water, the marine life that you m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2007

Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay

Oahu, Hawaii

Diamond Head State Monument

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Attraction

Diamond Head State Monument Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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If you want to get a great view of the island of Oahu and the pristine blue waters surrounding it, try hiking to the top of Diamond Head State Monument. The monument is the most recognized landmark in Hawaii and has been designated a National Natural Landmark. Diamond Head was formed from a single eruption creating a saucer shaped crater that covers 350 acres. The width of the crater is greater than the height of the mountain. To this day, it is an excellent example of a tuff cone. Because of the panoramic view of the island, the federal government purchased it and designated it for military use. The military began to build tunnels and gun emplacements at the top of the crater to pro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2007

Diamond Head State Monument
Diamond Head Road And 18th Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
808-587-0285