Oahu Circle the Island Tour - 2022 One of the most enjoyable ways to discover Oahu is to do a ‘Circle the Island Tour of Oahu.’ In this article, we provide you with tips and recommendations on how to make the most of this 1-Day Island Tour! There is a lot to discover on the island of Oahu! Even visitors who have visited the island multiple times discover will new things about Oahu with each visit. So how are you expected to discover all there is to do and see on Oahu in one visit let alone one day? You can’t and you won’t. But this Oahu Travel article will give you tips on how you can make the most of a 1-Day Tour of Oahu. You’ll discover beaches, great food, amazing views, hikes and if you’re lucky you’ll see Turtles and you’re sure to meet some amazing people too. The following Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Oahu Circle Island Tour – 2022’ will help you see the most of this beautiful island in a single day. But we must warn you, it will be a full, long day and you will need a rental car. There are a number of tour companies offering ‘Circle the Island Tours’ and some are very good, however with these Group Tours include a larger group of people and you will follow a set schedule with no freedom to take advantage of spontaneous stops along the way…and spontaneity often creates the best experiences. Keep in mind this plan is very ambitious and will require an early start and a FULL day, but you will see a lot of the beautiful island, and best of all, after you enjoy this first ‘Circle the Island Tour’ you will have a list of amazing things you will want to see and do (again) on your
Oahu Circle the Island Tour – 2022
One of the most enjoyable ways to discover Oahu is to do a ‘Circle the Island Tour of Oahu.’ In this article, we p[……]
Visiting Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular Oahu Attractions and in this Oahu Travel Guide article, ‘Oahu Things to do: Visiting Pearl Harbor,’ we’ll provide you with tips and recommendations on how to make the most of your visit to this historic landmark. Oahu is home to one of the most tragic, and historically impactful events in modern history, Pearl Harbor. This poignant landmark located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu is one of the most visited attractions in the entire state of Hawaii. Each year millions of visitors take in the moving message and importance this memorial has come to represent. On December 7, 1941, “…a date which will live in infamy” as stated by Franklin Roosevelt in his December 8th address to a joint session of Congress, the Empire of Japan attacked the air and naval forces of the United States with a deliberate and sudden blow. The attack on Pearl Harbor sunk one of America’s ships, the USS Arizona, and it propelled the U.S. into World War II. In our latest Oahu Travel Guide article, 'Oahu Things to Do: Visit Pearl Harbor', we’ll give you tips, recommendations, and facts about how to make the most of your visit to one of the top attractions in Hawaii and one of the most important times in America’s history. Attraction: Pearl Harbor Memorial Location: 1 Arizona Memorial Drive, Honolulu, HI 96818 Telephone: 808.422.3399 Hours: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) Website Why you should visit Pearl Harbor Memorial: Pearl Harbor is the site of one of the most devastating attacks on the United States and it is a place where visitors come to honor fallen members of our armed forces. In the 1941 attack on our country, the USS Arizona sank with members of our navy on
Visiting Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular Oahu Attractions and in this Oahu Travel Guide article, ‘Oahu Things to do: Visiting Pearl Harbor,’ w[……]
Many major motion pictures have been filmed on the island of Oahu and many of those movies have been produced at Kualoa Ranch – one of Oahu’s most popular things to do. If you have been to the movies since 1955, it is likely you’ve seen a movie that was shot in part at Oahu’s Kualoa Ranch. Movies like Karate Kid, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, 50 First Dates and many, many more have used the picturesque Kualoa Ranch as their backdrop. Located on the windward coast of Oahu, Kualoa Ranch is a stunning 4,000-acre, private nature reserve and one of the most popular attractions in all of Hawaii. In this latest Oahu Travel Guide article, Oahu things to do: Visit Kualoa Ranch, we’ll share all the facts and recommendations on how to make the most of your visit to Kualoa Ranch. Attraction: Kualoa Ranch Location: 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744 Telephone: 808.237.7321 Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Website Why you should Visit Kualoa Ranch: If you love movies and the outdoors and if you enjoy a bit of adventure, there is no better attraction for you to experience than Kualoa Ranch. This massive, 4,000-acre private nature preserve and the working ranch offer a wide array of tours and adventures fit for the entire family. Also, if you enjoy the idea of being chased by ‘Dinosaurs’, then look no further than Kualoa Ranch. There is so much to do and see during your visit to Kualoa Ranch that it is literally impossible to see it all in a day or maybe even a week…but if you have a few hours or a full day to spend enjoying this amazing ranch, you are sure to enjoy nonstop action and some of the most spectacular views on the island. Kualoa Ranch is an actual working
Many major motion pictures have been filmed on the island of Oahu and many of those movies have been produced at Kualoa Ranch – one of Oahu’s most pop[……]
Oahu is known for its beautiful beaches and World Class Snorkeling – one of Oahu’s most popular things to do and one of perhaps the most popular destination for Snorkeling on Oahu is Hanauma Bay. One of the most popular activities on Oahu is snorkeling in the beautiful, clear blue ocean along the coast of the island and the most popular location to Snorkel on Oahu is Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay is a naturally formed ‘bay’ located on the southeast coast of Oahu, and was even voted, ‘Best Beach in the U.S.’ in 2016. In this latest Oahu Travel Guide article, Oahu things to do: Guide to Visiting Hanauma Bay, we’ll provide you with all the details and tips you will need to make your visit to this top Oahu Activity the best it can be. Attraction: Hanauma Bay Location: 7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI Telephone: 808.768.6861 Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday, all other days; Open 6:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Website Why you should consider Visiting Hanauma Bay: Hanauma Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beach areas in all of Hawaii and in fact it was awarded the ‘Most Beautiful Beach in the U.S.’ in 2016. Known for its beautiful reef, an abundance of a wide variety of fish species and calm waters is why Hanauma Bay is considered the premier spot for snorkeling on Oahu. Hanauma Bay is not a Beach Park, like many of the popular beach areas on Oahu. Hanauma Bay is a Nature Preserve that is dedicated to respecting and maintaining the sustainability of the precious marine life, living reef, and the many species of fish who call Hanauma Bay ‘home.’ In the past, Hanauma Bay has welcomed up to 3 million visitors each year and now the Honolulu Parks Department has placed more restrictions on the number of days the
Oahu is known for its beautiful beaches and World Class Snorkeling – one of Oahu’s most popular things to do and one of perhaps the most popular desti[……]
See this latest Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Oahu Things to do: Guide to Visiting the Byodo-In Temple,’ to learn how you can enjoy a visit to an amazingly peaceful and beautiful temple. The Byodo-In Temple sits at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains, in Oahu’s beautiful Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Established on June 7, 1968, as a commemorative temple to honor the 100-year anniversary of Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants, the Byodo-In Temple is a lushly landscaped haven for wild birds, colorful fish, and peaceful people who come to meditate on the grounds. Visiting the Byodo-In Temples is one of the top Oahu things to do for new and repeat visitors to the island. Created as a smaller-scale replica of the more-than-950-year-old Byodo-In Temple located in Uji, Japan, the Byodo-In Temple in Oahu is a non-practicing Buddhist temple that welcomes those of all faiths to visit and meditate. Even if you aren’t religiously inclined, you will find that the Byodo-In Temple is a relaxing space for quiet reflection and appreciation of natural beauty. In this latest Oahu Travel Blog article, Oahu Things to do: Guide to Visiting the Byodo-In Temple, we introduce you to one of the top attractions you can enjoy during your visit to Oahu. This amazing temple is a place where all can go to appreciate the beauty of Hawaii and to reflect in a peaceful space. Byodo-In Temple Location: 47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744 Telephone: 808.239.8811 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (limited holiday hours and closed Christmas Day) Website Why you should visit the Byodo-In Temple: The Byodo-In Temple is a lushly landscaped haven where wild peacocks roam and colorful Japanese koi carp swim. It is a place filled with still reflection pools, small waterfalls, and little corners for meditation. The grounds offer restful relaxation for everyone,
See this latest Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Oahu Things to do: Guide to Visiting the Byodo-In Temple,’ to learn how you can enjoy a visit to an amazing[……]
Attending an authentic Hawaiian Luau is a great way to learn a bit about Hawaiian culture, and Hawaiian history and enjoy dancing, entertainment, music, and tasty Hawaiian dishes. Hawaiians will host Luau’s to celebrate a wide range of occasions including birthdays and graduations to weddings. A Luau is an extension of the close-knit and friendly islander lifestyle that forms the basis of the rich Hawaiian culture. As tourists come to Hawaii seeking to immerse themselves in the culture, the Luau has expanded to an all-purpose celebration. In this latest Oahu Travel Guide article, Oahu Things to do: History of the Hawaiian Luau, we’ll provide you with all the rich history and origin of this amazing activity. History of the Luau: Before the 19th century, special occasions were celebrated with an aha’aina, which means “gathering meal.” Hawaiians believed that these ceremonial gatherings were a way to honor their gods through unique cultural dishes and practices, while also celebrating the unity of the people brought together by the event. During this time in Hawaiian history, men and women were not allowed to eat together. Men and women were separated during mealtimes at aha’aina and even ate different foods. Women of all classes and common folk were also forbidden to eat certain Hawaiian delicacies such as traditional reef fish, moi pork, and bananas. Only the “Alii” or “chiefs” of ancient Hawaii and the kings were allowed to indulge in these foods. This all changed in 1819 when King Kamehameha II ended the religious traditions of the aha’aina that segregated people during meal times by hosting a feast for everyone to enjoy the Pacific’s greatest flavors. Men, women, children, and royalty all dined and celebrated as one – giving way to a new feast: the present-day Luau During these first Luau events, people traditionally sat on the
Attending an authentic Hawaiian Luau is a great way to learn a bit about Hawaiian culture, and Hawaiian history and enjoy dancing, entertainment, musi[……]
One of my favorite ways is by spending the day relaxing on one of the many Windward beaches. I recently wanted a more invigorating form of relaxation so a friend and I decided to try a five-hour guided tour to the Mokes, Lanikai’s twin islands, with a locally-owned company, Twogood Kayaks. When we arrived at Twogood Kayaks, our guide for the day gets straight to business. He gives a quick but thorough safety briefing and an intro-to-kayaking lesson. He also goes over the surf report and our route – a large swell is rolling in and conditions might be too rough to land on Moku Nui; we will put out to sea at Kailua Beach Park then paddle to Moku Nui and attempt to land on its beach. And then we’re off! Under our guides’ watchful care, we paddle two-thirds of the way to Moku Nui. We are abruptly stopped when two lifeguards roar past on a jet ski and inform us that the Mokes are off-limits due to dangerous conditions. Time for plan B. Since we were unable to go out to the Mokes on our guided tour, my friend and I picked another day with better weather to try again. We rented a tandem kayak from Twogood Kayaks for the day; it came with everything we needed – paddles, seats, lifejackets, and racks and straps to transport it. The friendly staff gave us a safety briefing followed by directions and pointers then helped us load the kayak. The paddle out was calm and beautiful; the water was crystal clear and we observed plenty of healthy coral and even spotted a honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) or two! We landed on Mokunui’s beach in between sets of waves and promptly set off to explore. Following the staff’s succinct instructions,
One of my favorite ways is by spending the day relaxing on one of the many Windward beaches. I recently wanted a more invigorating form of relaxation[……]
Ea Mai Hawai'inuiakea This chant speaks of the genealogy of the Hawaiian Islands themselves and includes references to the divine origins of early chiefs and kings. Genealogy chants such as this one are revered in Hawaii as they affirm the connections between people and the land upon which they live. These connections help us better understand our privilege and kuleana (responsibility) to care for places and people. Na Kahakuikamoana, Fornander Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folk-lore, Vol. IV Ea mai Hawaiinuiaakea Ea mai loko, mai loko mai o ka po Puka mai ka moku, ka aina Ka lalani aina o Nuumea Ka pae aina o i kukulu o TahitiHanau o Maui he moku, he aina Na kama o Kamalalawalu e nohoNa Kuluwaiea o Haumea he kane Na Hinanuialana he wahine Loaa Molokai, ke akua, he kahuna He pualena no Nuumea Ku mai ke alii ka lani Ka haluku wai ea o Tahiti Loaa Lanai he keiki hookama Na Keaukanai i moe aku Moe ia Walinuu o Holani He kekea kapu no Uluhina Hanau Kahoolawe, he lopa Kiina aku Uluhina Moku ka piko o ke kamaiki Ka iewe o ke keiki i lele I komo i loko o ka ape nalu Ka apeape kai aleale Loaa ka malo o ke kama O Molokini ka moku He iewe ia, he iewe ka moku Ku mai Ahukinialaa He alii mai ka nanamu Mai ka api o ka ia Mai ka ale poipu o Halehalekalani Loaa Oahu, he wohi He wohi na Ahukinialaa Na Laakapu he kane ia Na Laamealaakona he wahine Hookauhua, hoiloli i ka Nuupoki alii Ka heiau kapu a Nonea I kauila i ka po kapu o Makalii Hanau Kauai he alii, he kama, he pua alii He huhui alii, a Hawaii Na ke poo kelakela o na moku I pahola
Ea Mai Hawai’inuiakea
This chant speaks of the genealogy of the Hawaiian Islands themselves and includes references to the divine origins of early ch[……]
Your dream Oahu Wedding can be a reality! Just keep these 7 tips in mind while planning your wedding in Hawaii. Destination weddings are increasing in popularity as more people shun the hotel ballrooms for a picturesque wedding on some faraway beach. An Oahu Wedding is a perfect choice no matter the time of year. No international travel means you may convince more guests to come and you’ll find a number of gorgeous locations for your wedding ceremony and reception. Here are 7 tips for planning your Oahu Wedding. Tip #1. Use a Wedding Coordinator If you’re planning your Wedding in Hawaii from a distance, you’ll want to utilize the services of a wedding planner or coordinator. This is especially true if you’re not familiar with the venues. Your wedding coordinator will help you select where you hold your ceremony, suggest venues for the reception, organize the services of local vendors, and much more. Tip #2. Choose a Hotel or Resort Wedding Package An even easier way to plan an Oahu Wedding from afar is to choose one of the many packages offered by Oahu resorts and hotels. If you’re dreaming of a wedding on the beach then you’re in luck as many of the hotels that offer such packages are right on the water. What is included in these wedding packages varies by property. Some offer packages that include everything you’ll need for your big day while others may only include the venue rental with other services and catering offered ala carte. Tip #3. Pick Your Date Seems obvious, right? Some couples get so overwhelmed at the thought of all the details that go into planning their Oahu Event that they put the whole thing off. That’s a mistake. Pick your date and reserve your venue as far in
Your dream Oahu Wedding can be a reality! Just keep these 7 tips in mind while planning your wedding in Hawaii.
Maps for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands, along with descriptions and points of interest are available for download in PDF format. Click on the island map name below to download. Each map is two pages with a map on one side and a suggested itinerary on the back.
Maps for each of the six major Hawaiian Islands, along with descriptions and points of interest are available for download in PDF format.