Things to do in Oahu on New Year’s Eve 2014

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In my last post, I wrote about things to do in Oahu over the holidays, but I focused on Christmas events. What about New Year’s Eve, you say? Well, I decided that there was more than enough going on in Waikiki on this day of celebration to warrant a separate blog. So here it is … some of the exciting New Year’s Eve happenings in Waikiki. Of course, firework displays are the main Oahu attractions on New Year’s Eve, and this year you’ll have a choice of three shows, all beginning around midnight. The largest and only free show takes place at Waikiki Beach, kicking off promptly at 11:55 pm. Alternatively, head over to Kaka’ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu for the "Party of the Year," featuring fireworks, live music, games, food trucks, and more. Tickets for this event start at … [Read more...]

Hawaii Holiday Attractions 2014

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Fortunate to be escaping winter and spending your holidays in Oahu? You picked a great time to visit one of the world’s most famous vacation destinations. While the weather is lousy in most of the rest of the country, it’s just about perfect in Hawaii. Of course, this tropical destination is never lacking for things to do. However, evoking the Christmas spirit is sometimes difficult when you’re soaking in the Hawaiian sunshine. We won’t cry you a river. Nevertheless, believe it or not, the island features many holiday events in December. Here are a few Oahu holiday attractions to get you in the spirit when you’re beached out. Visit Candy Cane Lane Take a stroll down this path festively decorated with Christmas lights. Along the way, enjoy holiday entertainment, visit with Santa … [Read more...]

Pearl Harbor Day 2014

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Looking for historic Oahu attractions? Well if you’re a history buff, you’re in luck! This year is the 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, that infamous day in 1941 when the bombing of the US Naval Base in Hawaii incited the US’s involvement in World War II. Today, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are the ideal place to both commemorate this tragic event and celebrate the legacy of those brave men and women who contributed to the American war effort. First up is the USS Arizona Memorial – the most visited attraction in all of Oahu! This memorial honors the 1,177 crewmen who perished in the December 7th attack with a compelling 2-hour self-guided audio tour. This tour takes you to 28 different points of interest throughout the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites National Park, each … [Read more...]

Oahu Attraction Tips

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If you live in Oahu, you know and, if you’re planning to visit, you’ll find out. The traffic in Waikiki is a nightmare. In fact, it commonly ranks among the worst in the nation. While we can’t give you a police escort through the city while you’re sightseeing, we can offer advice to help you beat the traffic, or at least avoid it as much as possible.  Use these tips to build your very own Oahu Pass that won’t leave you sitting behind the wheel in traffic. One obvious piece of advice would be to avoid rush hour. You can do this by getting to where you need to go between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. Of course, you won’t be guaranteed to avoid traffic, but you’ll increase your chances dramatically. Alternatively, if you want to get around at a time that you know there’ll be … [Read more...]

Halloween in Oahu 2014

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How does Oahu celebrate Halloween? With the same unique islander mix of cultural heritage and just plain fun that Hawaiians approach everyday life! Here are a few of our top picks for things to do in Oahu this Halloween. Each of these Oahu attractions is full of festive holiday fun for the whole family, and they’re popular events with locals and visitors alike. Hallowbaloo 2014 Saturday, October 25 5:30 -10:00 pm Chinatown, Honolulu http://hallowbaloo.com/2014/ This is the 7th year of this local tradition and it’s only gotten grander and more exciting each year. Hosted in the Chinatown neighborhood of Honolulu, Hallowbaloo is a free music and arts festival for the whole family (although there are optional armbands for purchase which provide admission to nearby clubs). The … [Read more...]

New – Sea Life Park Dolphin Encounter

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Good news, Flipper fans! Smart Destinations is adding a new bonus attraction to our Oahu family of attractions – a special dolphin encounter at the popular Sea Life Park. It’s a rare, intimate chance to come face to, er, nose with one of the most iconic creatures of the sea – the gentle, playful bottlenose dolphin.  This encounter will be an amazing addition to your Hawaiian vacation, and is sure to be something you’ll never forget. The Sea Life Park Dolphin Encounter is potentially a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – so don’t miss out! Sea Life Park is a fantastic local institution chock full of opportunities to encounter both the familiar and the exotic. A particular highlight of the park is the 300,000-gallon tropical tank, filled more than 30 brilliant and beautiful reef … [Read more...]

Cheap Oahu Attraction Tickets

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It’s hard to believe it’s already August, but with only a month left before the inevitable start of the school year, we’ll all soon be wrapping up our summer vacation plans. However, as the days get cooler and shorter in most of North America, down in the Hawaiian Islands, life is as carefree and casual as it ever was. September is largely a warm, dry, and sunny month on the island of Oahu, and even the winter season in Hawaii is likely to see temperatures in the mid 70s. September through December is a great time to visit Oahu because airfare and accommodations can be found for cheaper than they can during the pricey tourist seasons. You’ll also have fewer crowds to deal with! Why not brighten up the darker months with a Hawaiian vacation? There’s so much fun to be had on … [Read more...]

Oahu July 4th 2014 Attractions

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What could be better than Fourth of July in Hawaii? Once you’ve had the chance to live the experience, we think you’ll be able to answer, “Not much.” America’s newest state has plenty of Independence Day pride, and as the natives are known for their laid back lifestyle, you can imagine that celebrations would ensue. Plus, fireworks add to the already picturesque landscape and Oahu attractions that draw so many visitors. If you’re on the Island of Oahu, known as “the Gathering Place,” you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see 4th of July Fireworks no matter where you are. Take a look at some of the top fireworks extravaganzas on Oahu and decide where you’ll celebrate take your family or friends for the Fourth. Aloha Tower Marketplace Aloha Tower in downtown … [Read more...]

Oahu July 4th 2014 Attractions

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Independence Day is celebrated in the fiftieth U.S. state, Hawaii, the same way it is on the mainland and there are certainly a number of Oahu July 4th 2014 Attractions that will be open for business in about a week’s time. The Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass will get you into some of the fun, but there are a number of alternate things that you may want to consider doing if you will be in Oahu on July 4th. For a family-friendly Independence Day celebration, head to the Turtle Bay Resort for a day of prize giveaways, live music and fireworks. There will be a number of different food booths at the event and groups like Cultural Nation, Crimson Apple and Kapena are all scheduled to perform before the fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Best of all, the event is free and open to the … [Read more...]

Oahu Summer Discounts

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Oahu is full of exciting events throughout the year, but the summer may be the best time of all to visit. The third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to some of the biggest summer discounts in the entire state. In addition to the savings that are offered by the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass, there are a few other ways to save cash during a visit to Hawaii. Instead of spending money on taxis or renting an expensive car, get around in Oahu on the aptly named public transportation system, TheBus. Fares are just $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for kids. If you are going to be staying for an extended period, four-day and monthly passes are available. Use TheBus to get as close as you can to wherever you want to go and then walk the rest of the way. It’s a great way to get … [Read more...]