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Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, USA
Before I moved to Hawaii, I was able to take a short "scouting" trip to sort out where I wanted to live and learn about the island of Oahu. I stayed with some generous friends on Kaneohe Bay on the windward side of the island who had a lovely view...
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47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA
Every time I drove by the Valley of the Temples, I was curious about what lay beyond the sign for the memorial park. One day, when driving around the Island, I drove in and saw the beautiful cemetery grounds nestled under the Koolau Mountains. The...
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49-479 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744, USA
For an out of the way place to enjoy a lazy day, head to the Kualoa Regional Park. The open spaces allow for unbelievable views of the Koolau Mountains and the Chinaman's Hat (Mokolii) Island. It is also a great place to bring a picnic lunch, play...
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Kaaawa, HI, USA
North Shore, Oahu Everyone always talks about how Hawaii is like paradise - it does not disappoint. The drive past along the North Shore continues to reveal turn after turn of stunning scenery.
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52-222 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaaawa, HI 96730, USA
Kualoa Ranch, Oahu
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Turtle Bay, Kawela Bay, HI 96731, USA
Shaka! We got to stay on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu for two weeks in December. Typical beautiful Hawaii winter weather, the rain and clouds would usually break in the late afternoon, just in time for happy hour. We caught some surfers doing...
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57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731, USA
We only have one resort on the North Shore: Turtle Bay. It’s set right on the beach and has a 36-hole golf course. Every Tuesday the resort’s bar hosts open mic night. —Hoku Haiku 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., Kahuku, (808) 293-6000. This appeared in...
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The north shore is simply the best area of Oahu. And of course there isn't a site more mesmerizing than some 30 foot waves. If the conditions are right some surfers might be out but overall the power of the ocean and the spirit of the north shore...
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Pupukea, HI 96712, USA
Intuition would tell you that the sun always sets in the west, but on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the sun sets on the North Shore. In reality the area referred to as the "North Shore" is located more toward the western part of the island. The best...
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59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
This historic nature park has gardens, cultural sites, and a waterfall that empties into a pool visitors can swim in. Don’t miss botanical specialist David Orr’s monthly full moon walks, which showcase plants that bloom at night. — Hoku Haiku ...
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Waimea Bay, Hawaii 96712, USA
Families gather at this North Shore cove—all golden sand and peacock-colored swells—in summertime. Adventurous types swarm the rocky headland—a riotous scene that resembles Where's Waldo? or Richard Scarry's...
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Laniakea Beach, North Shore, HI 96712, USA
More commonly known as Turtle Beach, this Oahu North Shore cove often attracts honu, aka Chelonia mydas, the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. These big, friendly giants can reach 400 pounds as adults and are herbivorous, feeding primarily...
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Kahalewai Place Haleiwa, HI 96712, Haleiwa, HI 96712, United States
The Pacific Ocean picks up power in the winter months on the North facing shores o Hawaii. Great for surfers not for swimming or snorkeling!! This beach is on Oahu right next to Haleiwa Beach Park.
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Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Beautiful warm surf at chuns reef on north shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Tasty waves for longboard and short. Can get big winter, so be careful.. park right across from beach, lock up, don't leave valuables. surf with sea turtles until sun goes down....
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66-200 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
North Shore of Oahu
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67 Kupahu St, Waialua, HI 96791, USA
Hawaii is the only state in the United States with the right climate to grow and harvest cacao beans, yet there are few growers on the islands. Grown on Oahu's north shore, Waialua Estate is one of the few to harvest cacao from a single estate,...
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Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791, USA
You know that something is pretty spectacular when you are in the moment, experiencing an event or a place and you still can't believe your eyes. Every second you are acutely aware of how unique the moment is; the scenery, the tastes, the smells...
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Waialua, HI 96791, USA
Ancient Hawaiians believed their souls would leap into the spirit world from this lava shoreline on the western tip of Oahu. These days, people jump off here in gliders instead, soaking up views of the Waiʻanae coast to the south, Mokuleʻia to the...
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When it comes to traditional "made in Hawaii" dishes, cheese probably doesn't come to mind. You might think of pineapples and macadamia nuts, which, as it happens, are also being enjoyed by the cows at Naked Cow Dairy, Oahu's only dairy farm....
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Kapolei, HI 96707, USA
When you think of snorkeling on Oahu, most people tend to think of Hanauma Bay, the beautiful nature preserve on the eastern side of the island. However, there's a beautiful spot on the Western side of the island just north of the Ko Olina resort...
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96818, 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Aiea, HI 96701, USA
The ABC Stores on Honolulu's every corner actually aren't a bad place to pick up inexpensive gifts for loved ones back home. But true bargain-hunters will want to make the 20-minute drive from Waikiki to the Aloha Stadium swap meet, held every...
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99 Salt Lake Blvd, Aiea, HI 96701, USA
Nothing beats a good find at the flea market. And who can resist a stall filled with sweet scents, especially witha name like Filthy Farm Girl. Handmade on the Big Island from all-natural ingredients, these soaps, lotions, and lip balms come in...
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Pearl Harbor, HI 96701, USA
Every December 7 at Pearl Harbor, there is a memorial to those who died in the awful attacks that day in 1941. Survivors gather here, though fewer every year remain alive. Oil still rises from where the USS Arizona lies in the harbor. The horrific...
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1515 Wilder Ave, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
At first glance the small little market open on Thursday evenings at St. Clements Parish in the Makiki neighborhood of Honolulu does not seem like much to stop for. However, I often took friends there or pointed them in that directions for a...
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247 Beach Walk #601, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
There's a certain kind of peace that one feels when basking in the Waikiki sun. You go there, banana daiquiri on one hand, and a trusty old camera on the other. You capture the moment and say to yourself, "ahh...this is paradise."
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2877 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Some of the best snorkeling we did on Oahu didn't cost a cent—including Sans Souci Beach, a walkable distance from the Waikiki hotels and close to the aquarium. But why pay to get into the aquarium when you can wade right into the water and see...
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Kapiolani Park Beach, Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, HI 96815, USA
The Hawaiian Islands are made up of many more cultural groups than Hawaiian Islanders and white settlers. Located between Asia and North America, the blend of cultures is much different than the other 49 States. Every time I host guests in ...
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Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
My favorite part about living in Hawaii is the view from where I live. I am tremendously blessed to have the spectacular 'perch' that I do looking over Diamondhead, Waikiki, Honolulu, and past the airport to Ko'olina. If you are looking to see...
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4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
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Get the total Oahu vibe of this most-visited Hawaiian Island just as the locals do. After two years of living "on island," snorkeling at North Shore, shopping at farmers' markets, getting hammered at Buzz’s and partying in Chinatown, here's the...
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37 Manoa Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
One of the shortest and usually easiest hikes on Oahu is on the Manoa Falls Trail. The trailhead is easy to find, with the Rainbow's End Snack Shop nearby. The trail can be a little treacherous in wet weather. The muddy path becomes quite slick. A...
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1156 Koko Head Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Growing up in Hawaii allowed us to have exposure to many types of foods. Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Korean, Portugese, Puerto Rican, Filipino, Tonga—the list goes on and on. One of the treats we would enjoy was Li Hing Mui, a type of preserved...
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Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Ala Moana Beach Park is a long skinny thread of land on the beachfront between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. The atmosphere is much calmer than Waikiki, though large events are often held at the Park—like the Floating Lantern Memorial and the...
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2760 Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
You are lucky the sun only rises and sets once a day on Hawaii—otherwise, you’d spend all of your time transfixed by the horizon. Hike to the leeward (eastern) side of any island on a clear evening and train your eye over the ocean in search of...
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925 Maunakea St # C2, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Once a week I allocate $3.65 for my favorite lychee bubble tea. The frozen beverage with black tapioca pearls tastes so delicious on a hot day. And, I also found that it provides a great deal of headache relief. The mom and pops store is run by a...
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1050 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
It might be the middle of the City, and it might be at the major concert hall in Honolulu, but Wednesday evenings are typically reserved for the Ward (aka Honolulu) Farmers Market. Tents go up, and local food vendors and farmers display their...
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1 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
The Aloha Tower is an iconic and historic landmark in Hawaii. Built to show the Aloha spirit to Honolulu in 1926 and to house the Harbor Master’s traffic control center for Honolulu Harbor, the tower still stands to serve those initiatives. The...
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Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
If there is one geological formation that represents the island of Oahu, and perhaps the entire state of Hawaii, it is Diamond Head. This crater, formed about 300,000 years ago, prominently sits right next to Waikiki and makes its way into many...
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Maunalaha Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
In the land where the sun shines and the temperatures rarely require a sweater, decorating for the holidays in Hawaii takes on a different look and feel than it does throughout the rest of North America. I drove by this little arrangement every...
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1001 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Brewing Kona Coffee, the Honolulu Coffee Company has locations throughout the City. The cafes also have a selection of baked good inspired by the Islands. For something different than Starbucks, Honolulu Coffee Company is an excellent choice to...
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900 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
I expected a museum of Pacific Island Art when I first heard that Honolulu had an art museum. Imagine my surprise when I found Monet and Van Gogh among the fascinating collections of work gathered at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Much larger than it...
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Magic Island, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Less popular with tourists than Waikiki, but more popular with the locals, Ala Moana Beach Park is the location for citywide events like the Lantern Floating Memorial, Relay for Life, and occasional holiday fireworks displays. The park's long...
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4211 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
If you visit Kahala Mall, you might come across this statue of Jack Lord. Known for his role as Steve McGarrett on the original Hawaii Five-O. The mall is a traditional shopping center with department stores and shops on the edge of Kahala's high...
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1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Several traditional shopping malls dot Oahu including Ala Moana Center. Across from the Ala Moana Beach Park, it's easy to spend a day shopping and sunbathing! The open air walkways and tropical shops indicate shoppers are in Hawaii, but most...
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Kaka'ako, Honolulu, HI, USA
Kakaako is a beautiful area of Honolulu. Thus far it has been slow to develop, but most of the area is slated for high-rises and shopping centers. Walking around the park can be a great way to unwind during a business trip, or take the family...
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2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
The most enviable address in Waikiki, the beachfront Halekulani is all about restrained elegance and pitch-perfect service. The hotel dates back a century, though it was entirely rebuilt in the 1980s—and the room decor—fifty shades of...
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Mānoa Valley, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Known for rainbows, it is rare that anyone leaves the Hawaiian Islands without seeing a ribbon of color in the sky. For visitors who want to chase a rainbow, there is no better place on Oahu than Manoa Valley. Also known as "Valley of the...
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Pali Hwy, Honolulu, HI, USA
Experiencing a little history along with my hike, I imagine what it would have been like to wind up the Old Pali Road when cars still chugged and the roads clung to the cliff faces. The precarious hanging bridges and roads built onto the steep...
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Chinatown in Honolulu has an enormous number of shops and restaurants, food stalls, and vendors within several blocks of downtown. There always seems to be something new to try or buy. First Friday is a great time to visit Chinatown for the art...
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2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
In Honolulu, just a couple blocks off Kalakaua Avenue sits the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. The open-air lobby with several shops on the ground floor and a tropical garden near the entry make this hotel a quieter and beautiful place to stay...
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Waikīkī Beach, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Keep an eye out on the beach and you just may catch an amazing show of Hawaiian culture and teamwork, as friends and families compete in outrigger canoe races on Waikiki beach.
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5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Long considered one of the top hotels on Oahu, the Kahala has always been a particular favorite among the type of guests who travel with their own security detail. A number of past U.S. presidents, plus kings, queens, princesses Grace and Di,...
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100 Hanauma Bay Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
We learned about this hard-to-find, stunning "spitting cave" in our guidebook, Oahu Revealed. Accessed via a semi-hidden public access walkway (there's a sign) in the dead end at the end of Lumahai Road, the short but steep trail leads down to a...
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Hanauma Bay, Hawaii 96825, USA
Hawaii's waters boast an exciting wealth of biodiversity, accessible with a swimsuit and a snorkel. The rocky shores of Richardson Beach on the Big Island are a favorite jumping-off point for humans and sea turtles alike, while the island’s...
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Getting around Oahu was a breeze on my Vespa scooter. My 250cc engine was enough to easily get me over the Koolau Mountain passes and zip to the grocery store. For experienced drivers, a big scooter or motorcycle ride around Oahu feels like an...
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8483 Highway 72, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
Halona blowhole lookout is one of the most visited areas on Oahu, but oddly enough, very few people scale the cliffs down to the small and secluded beach below (mostly because they can't see it). It's actually a great little beach they call...
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7491 Kokonani St, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA
Looking for something low-key and different to do on one of our last days on Oahu, we found the Koko Crater Botanical Gardens. While the 'hike' was really more of a walk, the impressive crater ridge and amazing assortment of some seriously crazy...
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41-741 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795, USA
The only reason why we found this place was because we were headed to see the Halona Blowhole and we just stopped just to see the water. Love at first sight! The sand was soft, the water was a beautiful aqua color, and the waves were gentle. Not...
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Waimanalo, HI 96795, USA
East side of Oahu looking towards offshore islands.
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Maunawili, HI 96734, USA
Eons of running water are responsible for Hawaii’s escarpments and canyons. After a rainfall, innocuous streams, pools, and waterfalls can swell to impressive sizes. For an easy hike, walk along the Maunawili Falls trail on Oahu to glimpse the...
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Kailua, HI 96734, USA
Lanikai Beach is no secret to the locals, or to tourists, as it is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the world, and it's arguably the best beach on the island of Oahu. Chances are that if you're visiting Hawaii then you're probably on...
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Kailua, HI, USA
Kailua Beach is always named one of the best beaches in the world. It has the most deliciously soft sand, gentle surf, and maybe a turtle ( honu) to swim with. Kailua Beach is actually many beaches. For a fascinating study on ancient beach names,...