Oahu Tourism Discounts

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Hawaii’s majestic scenery and tropical year-round weather make it a tourist’s dream come true—though we’re sure the natives don’t mind it either! On the Island of Oahu, you’ll find that everyone seems happy to be there and to show you some Hawaiian hospitality. It’s know wonder it’s known as “The Gathering Place.” While many travelers cite their budget as a reason not to go to Hawaii for vacation, it’s possible and even very doable to vacation in Hawaii without burning a hole in your wallet. You can start with Oahu tourism discounts for dozens of top Oahu attractions. From touristy Waikiki to the wild North Shore, you’ll have access to it all. Does kayaking the North Shore sound enthralling? What about snorkeling in Hanauma Bay? Feasting and dancing at a traditional Hawaiian Luau? You can do all these things and many more with a Go Oahu Card, an … [Read more...]

Top Oahu Holiday Attractions

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Can you think of a more appealing setting for a winter getaway than the lush islands of Hawaii? Oahu invites you to explore, discover, and embrace the Polynesian paradise this holiday season! Enjoy the sensational sunny weather, a variety of holiday celebrations, and dozens of unique attractions. The island of Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place”, making it the perfect location for bringing friends and family together to create unforgettable holiday memories! Vans Triple Crown of Surfing North Shore Hawaii | Nov 12-Dec 20 Surf culture in Hawaii is deeply ingrained within its history and its present. The first known occurrences of surfing are connected to ancient Hawaii traditions, where the sea had a perceived persona, which could reflect emotions. This reverence for the ocean resulted in a desire to engage with it, worship it, and even perform rituals and dances to please the … [Read more...]

Hawaii Wedding Planning Tips

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Having witnessed my parents renewing their wedding vows in Oahu, I came to appreciate the simple beauty of a traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony. When planning your Hawaii wedding, you can embrace the modern American style, or you can opt to embrace the local customs for a truly unique ceremony to commemorate this most substantial event! In a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, guests arrive to the jovial sounds of ukulele music. Hawaiian weddings allow for the newlyweds to enjoy the company of their guests before the ceremony begins, instead of being isolated in their respective chambers. The grooms dress in all white with a splash of red or orange in the form of a sash. The bride wears a long, white dress that is meant to flow in the breeze of the Pacific. Brides are adorned with a crown of Hawaiian flowers. Like a traditional processional, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, … [Read more...]

Prince Kuhio Day

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What better way to experience Oahu than to engage in a celebration of its rich history and tradition? Locals and tourists alike welcome the holiday each year on March 26th - the birthdate of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniani’ole Piikoi. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii who became the 1st Hawaiian delegate to the United States Congress. As delegate, he wrote the first Hawaii Statehood bill in 1919, and won the Hawaiian Homes Act in 1921 - which set aside 200,000 acres of land for Hawaiian Natives. Prince Kuhio Day not only honors the former royal, but it is also a love letter to the individuals and organizations that strive to perpetuate the unique Hawaiian culture and traditions. Make the most of your visit to Oahu attractions this month, and take part in the festivities. All events are free and open to the public!     Prince Kuhio … [Read more...]

Romantic Things to Do in Oahu on Valentines Day

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If you’re lucky enough to be in Oahu for Valentine’s Day, you should take advantage of the many opportunities on the island for romance! Breathtaking scenery, ample options for outdoor fun, and plenty of premier attractions lead to a surplus of fun and romantic things to do in Oahu to impress your date on Valentine’s Day. With the special day just a few days away, there’s little time to waste! Check out some of our favorite ideas for Valentine’s Day dates in Oahu. Experience the Allure of Secret Island Beach An afternoon at Secret Island Beach in Kualoa Ranch will undoubtedly make for a Valentine’s Day to remember. At this secluded beach with sweeping views of the Kaneohe Bay and Mokolii Island, how you use your time is up to you! Guests can spend three hours there with unlimited use of all facilities and activities, including kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, swimming, … [Read more...]

Oahu Attractions: Pro Bowl Preview

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In January, there is one Oahu attraction enjoyed by local Hawaiians, visiting tourists, and television viewers alike: the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. This year, the NFL's all star game will be taking place on Sunday, January 27 with kick-off at 2 PM HST (7 PM EST). Players from 26 NFL teams will face off in front of more than 13 million viewers nationwide. Here's a look at how you can celebrate the game in Oahu this weekend: 2013 Pro Bowl Celebrations Since 1980, the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii has been home to the NFL's Pro Bowl Game, a showdown between the best players of its two leagues: the AFC and the NFC. Official Pro Bowl festivities begin on Friday with Eat the Street, a food truck rally close to downtown Honolulu. Over 40 food trucks and street vendors will be opening up at 4 PM featuring delicious tailgating-themed food representing every NFL city represented in the Pro Bowl. You … [Read more...]

Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival Returns for 5th Year of Mayhem

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Combining Hawaii’s largest live music showcase with spirited Halloween revelry, Honolulu’s Hallowballo Music & Arts Festival is back for its fifth year—so we hope you’re ready to party! On the weekend of October 27th and 28th, Chinatown’s Art District will be brought to life with a mob of 15,000+ masqueraders and live music from over 40 bands. It's bound to be a rollicking good time for the 21+ crowd, though anyone can enjoy the free events that take place both days. This festival is one of the best Oahu attractions for music lovers! Free Street Festival Saturday’s Free Street Festival begins at 5:30 PM on Nu’uanu Avenue. Four outside stages will be set up for this year’s entertainment, which features headliner Delta Spirit, an alternative rock band from San Diego known for their use of unique instruments (think trash can lids) and soulful sound. Other highlights … [Read more...]

Sailing the Pacific

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When you are staying on an island, what better way is there to explore the landscape and seaside attractions than sailing? Public or private sailing trips not only put you in the middle of breathtaking ocean views, but also get you up-close and personal with Hawaii’s local waters wildlife. There’s lots of exploring to be done, and here top sailing-related things to do in Oahu: Makani Catamaran Sail The ultra-comfortable Makani Catamaran Sail two-hour cruise excels in its luxuries: each Makani catamaran is a U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel that offers a full bar, a covered cabin seating and pilothouse seating, an LCD TV and stereo system, and sunbathing nets. The cruise is offered as either a breakfast sail (with free donuts!) or an afternoon sail with refreshments to purchase. While you’re cruising the Oahu shores in their Makani, keep a look out for flying fish and sea … [Read more...]

The Honolulu Marathon

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Did you know that Honolulu, Hawaii is home to one of the world’s ten largest marathon races? The Honolulu Marathon takes place on Sunday, December 11th this year, and in the past has averaged about 25,000 finishing runners. To put that number in perspective, that’s only about 10,000 less participants than compete in the world’s largest marathon in London. First held in 1973, the Honolulu Marathon has maintained popularity with marathoners partly because it requires no qualifying standards, has no limit on its number of runners, and has no time limit to finish the course. Another draw is its breathtaking ocean views; the majority of the Honolulu Marathon’s course runs along the beach, passing through such notable tourist attractions as Honolulu Harbor and the famous Waikiki Beach. Runners also pass by Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American land, and Diamond Head, … [Read more...]

Go Oahu Card Review

Lisa Weber of Adventures and Discoveries Hawaii has used both a Go Oahu Card (a by-the-day, all-inclusive Pass for sights and activities in Oahu) and the new Custom Oahu Explorer Pass (pick what you want to see and do, it gets put on a custom Pass). As Lisa describes it, both save you money on tours, activities, cruises, and outdoor activities. But depending on your travel style, you may want to choose one over the other. Lisa's advice is that if your are a "very active vacationer" then the Go Oahu Card is probably the right bet. If on the other hand, the Custom Explorer Pass is the way to go if "you don’t want to rush around and make sure you get in as many activities as possible each day you can just pre-pick your activities and know you are getting a great, pre-paid deal." Go Oahu Card has 30 attractions that it covers, while the Custom Oahu Explorer … [Read more...]