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...]

Hike to the Famous Makapuu Lighthouse

Makapuu's red roof

Time spent in Hawaii usually consists of two kinds of activities; the relaxing, beach-related kind, and the adventuring, exploring kind. From hiking the iconic Diamond Head crater to exploring Hanauma Bay by snorkel, the Hawaiian adventurer has a lot of classic outdoor options to choose from. But for the traveler interested in a rare opportunity, there’s a brand new tour this season to check out – the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike, guided by Kaimana Tours, LLC. Available at a discounted price through both of Smart Destinations’ budget-friendly passes, this newly added activity is a unique opportunity to visit some of Oahu’s most famous historical sites. The tour goes past many of the most beautiful and truly representative Hawaiian natural landmarks, as well as a bounty of wildlife. From Koko Head and Koko Crater to the gorgeous seascapes of Oahu’s southeastern coastline, the … [Read more...]

Moanalua Golf Club a Favorite for Locals and Aviators

To the many visitors who enjoy golf as part of a Hawaiian Holiday, it may seem surprising that golf only came to the Islands at the very end of the 19th Century. In fact it wasn’t until 1898 that Hawaii had its first course: the Moanalua Golf Club on Oahu. Moanalua is a beautiful course located about 25 minutes from the hotels on Waikiki, but despite its proximity to the many visitors to the Island, it remains a popular spot with locals. While a nine hole course, players can take advantage of two different sets of tees for an 18 hole experience. This allows for a “front” nine and “back” nine that offer different perspectives and tests. The greens and fairways are all of Bermuda Grass and the course is a par 36 over 2,972 yards. In describing the course, GolfNow says “With out of bounds on every hole, brisk trade winds and a stream that meanders through the course … [Read more...]