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 traffic, we suggest you rent a bike. It’s a great way to get around and enjoy Hawaii’s terrific … [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 festival is dedicated to showcasing the artistic vibe, musical culture, and local cuisine of Hawaii’s … [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 Oahu in autumn and winter months, from whale watching during the great humpback migration to sunbathing … [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 Honolulu likes to extend the Independence Day revelry by celebrating a day early on July 3rd. Their … [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...]

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...]

20th Annual Honolulu Festival

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Every March, the Islands of Hawaii come together for crafts, dancing, art demonstrations, educational programs, parades and games in a colorful three-day celebration of culture and harmony on Oahu. This festival is known as the Honolulu Festival, and it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 on March 7th through 9th. The peace-promoting event fosters understanding and cooperation between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, including representation from countries like Japan, Australia, Tahiti, the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, and of course, the United States through Hawaii. Most programming is free to the public, so attending this globally significant event is easy for everyone. A visit to the Honolulu Festival is the perfect addition to any Hawaiian vacation. This year, the schedule includes eight hours of crafts and performances on Saturday and Sunday, featuring gymnastic … [Read more...]