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 Honolulu likes to extend the Independence Day revelry by celebrating a day early on July 3rd. Their … [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 public. Another event that is connected to the resort is the Da Hui Paddle Race. The 36th edition of the race is … [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 exercise and get a look at the local landscape up close. Use the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass to visit … [Read more...]

Germaine’s Luau: A Hawaiian Tradition

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As the sun sets over Oahu’s Leeward Coast, a slight breeze ripples through palms silhouetted against the ocean. When you hear the sounding of the conch shell, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a native Hawaiian festival – where food, music, dance, and drink cultivate a feeling of ohana (family) you can’t get anywhere else. What is this majestic place? Welcome to Germaine’s Luau, a Hawaiian institution that has been bringing native island culture to visitors for more than 40 years. With your Go Oahu Card attractions pass in your pocket, you’ll be greeted with a traditional shell lei and an enthusiastic “aloha” from your hosts. Germaine’s Luau has been featured on television shows like ABC’s Good Morning America and has been called the best luau in America. Wondering what to expect during this loud, colorful, and community-style celebration? The Feast The … [Read more...]

Oahu Summer Events 2014

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Although you can save time waiting in lines and up to 55 percent on admission to all the top Oahu attractions and tours when you buy a Go Oahu Card by Smart Destinations, there are also plenty of other Oahu summer events that the card doesn’t cover. Consider checking out some of these interesting Oahu Attractions this summer during your trip to Hawaii, in addition to the sights that are covered with the Go Oahu Card. On Independence Day this year, galleries and other arts venues will be opening their doors for an evening of culture during the The ARTS at Marks event. The event will give guests the chance to follow a map as they make their way to all of the galleries in the area to see artist receptions, hear live music and sample refreshments. The event is free and will also be held on the first Fridays of August and September as well. About a week after the event on July 4, … [Read more...]

US Summer Attraction Discounts

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If you’re a budget sightseer like I am, you’re probably looking for the best deals when it comes to travel—whether it’s local or long distance. Often times, travelers only pay attention to finding the best deals on accommodations and transportation, forgetting about the costs accrued through actually doing things and enjoying the adventure. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s easy to get the best attraction discounts when you know where to look. No matter where you are in the country, city attractions passes will conveniently save you money on admission prices. Keep reading to discover my favorite attractions in the Northeast, Midwest, West Coast, and Florida. The Northeast As a New Englander, I know there’s no better time to enjoy the Northeast United States than in the summer. It’s for this reason that summer has always been my favorite season. The weather is … [Read more...]

Oahu Vacation Tips

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If you plan on saying “Aloha” and traveling to Hawaii sometime in the near future, then you should certainly be looking forward to it. Known for surfing, snorkeling, sunshine and SPAM, the 50th state is near the top of the list of top vacation spots in the U.S. In addition to familiarizing yourself with all destinations that are included with the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass, you may want to pick up a travel book or guide and do some light reading. If you don’t have the time, here are a few quick Oahu Vacation Tips that may help you out along the way – or at least make your trip a little bit more well-informed and hopefully a lot more fun! No matter whether you have or haven’t eaten SPAM before your trip to Oahu, it might not exactly be your first choice when it comes to trying local fare. That’s fine, because there are a number of other classic cuisine choices that … [Read more...]

How to Plan a Summer Vacation

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While a summer vacation may seem light years away—especially if you’re reading this from somewhere in the Northeast that’s still occasionally pummeled with snow—in just a few short months school will be wrapping up, the days will be long and sunny, and you’ll be wishing you started planning your summer vacation earlier! While planning ahead is a big part of preparing for an affordable and enjoyable summer vacation, it also gives you something to look forward to as you wait for winter to say its final adieu. A family summer vacation should be a relaxing, fun-filled time for bonding and re-energizing, but too often families find their vacations to be just as stressful, if not more so, than their daily routines. This can be due to lack of planning, chaotic itineraries, unhappy family members, and the number one cause: overspending. Whatever your budget, your summer vacation … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Hawaii 2014

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If you’re spending St. Patrick’s Day in Hawaii, it appears the luck of the Irish has already been bestowed upon you! And you’re about to get even luckier because if there’s one thing that Hawaiians do best, it’s show visitors a good time—especially when a holiday rolls around. The Irish down in Hawaii love St. Patrick’s Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than among the breathtaking Hawaiian scenery and world-class Oahu attractions, complete with a tropical vibe and the friendly people of the island known as “The Gathering Place.”   The Parade The most popular St. Patrick’s Day even for visitors and locals of all ages is the Honolulu St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Friends of St. Patrick Society of Hawaii host this jovial parade which is in it’s 4th year, making it a true Hawaiian tradition. The 2014 parade starts at 12:00 noon on Monday, March … [Read more...]

School Vacation Travel Tips

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School vacations present a wonderful opportunity for kids to let loose, adults to cash in on some much needed relaxation, and for the whole family to get the bonding time that’s so hard to squeeze in this time of year. Plus, after a long winter, we can all use a getaway, whether its to the sandy beaches of Oahu or to the Big Apple to visit the New York attractions you know and love. This year, plan a family vacation that’s fun, affordable, and hassle-free for everyone. While this may seem like a challenge, you’d be surprised how fun the process can be when you stick to some pretty easy guidelines and use convenient attraction passes. Try implementing these travel tips on your next vacation for smooth sailing all the way through. Know your budget. It’s important to remember not to fantasize you have more in your vacation savings than you do or to underestimate your … [Read more...]