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...]

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 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...]