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...]

Oahu Attractions List

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A Hawaiian vacation to the island of Oahu is every bit as wonderful as it sounds, complete with some of the best beaches in the world, lush tropical scenery, and cultural and historical attractions. Oahu attractions are some of the best in the country and cover a wide range of interests. Whether you're seeking adventure or relaxation, you'll find plenty of things to do in Oahu. If you're not familiar with all of Oahu's top attractions and tours, take a look at the 36 attractions available on an Oahu attractions pass.   Oahu Attractions List Polynesian Cultural Center Makani Catamaran USS Bowfin Museum Sea Life Park Paddle Boarding Oahu Snorkel Oahu North Shore Oahu Kayak Rental Battleship Missouri Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Oahu Island Tour USS Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor and Honolulu Tour Diamond Head Hike and Shuttle Waikiki Beach Gear Rental Kualoa Ranch … [Read more...]

Spring Break in Oahu

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How does Spring Break 2014: Hawaii sound? The spring fever will soon strike, and as always, the sun is warm and the water is an unbelievable blue in the Hawaiian Islands. The spring break season on Oahu is bustling with college students making the most of their week off by relaxing on the beach, sipping tropical cocktails, and adventuring in the rugged and beautiful Hawaiian countryside. It’s time to break out your swimsuit and flip flops again for the perfect spring kickoff vacation. From cruises to surfing lessons, Oahu attractions capture the spirit of the island! Go on an Adventure Perhaps all that time spent buried in books has you itching to get out and do something exciting or exceptional. Get your heart beat up and your senses exploding with an Oahu kayak rental on the untamed North Shore, where vegetation is lush and large green sea turtles duck in and out of the water. … [Read more...]

Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Oahu

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If you don’t have plans locked in for this Valentine’s Day, you better get to work. However, if you’re lucky enough to be spending the most romantic day of the year in one of the most romantic places in the world, you’ve at least got plenty of options. Whether you’re keeping the fire going or sparking a new one, a fun Valentine’s Day date is a great way to show someone you care—and that you know how to have a good time! If your loved one likes the great outdoors, take her on a hike. If your honey can’t get enough Hawaiian culture and cuisine, a luau might really wow him. Either way, there are more than enough things to do in Oahu. Here are some ideas for romantic dates on the island known as “The Gathering Place.” The Outdoorsy Date If your date is more mud and adventure than spa treatment and roses, consider a hike over the majestic Hawaiian terrain and pay a … [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...]

Oahu First Friday Events

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Did you know that downtown Honolulu is home to a thriving arts community bursting with culture and color? That’s right, the Downtown-Chinatown district encompasses many Oahu attractions, including more than a dozen art galleries and five theaters, filled with the talented local artists that give the district such a distinct flavor. If you’ve yet to experience this scene, there’s never been a better time to check it out. Friday, February 7th, on the first Friday of the month, The Arts District kicks off the year with its grand opening of the First Friday Street Festival, to be continued on the first Friday of each month. On the grand opening, from 5 PM to 9 PM you can peruse all the galleries and other art venues for free as they open their doors to the public for an evening of cultural and artistic celebration. Live music, artist receptions, and free refreshments at The ARTS at … [Read more...]

Hawaii Whale Watching Discounts and Tips

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This winter, tourists aren’t the only ones flocking to Hawaii to escape the cool temperatures of the north for warm, tropical weather of the Islands—the humpback whales are well on their way, too! Make sure to get in on the action with our Oahu Whale Watch Package, featuring three Oahu attractions that provide prime whale watching opportunities. Humpback whales migrate from the Gulf of Alaska to the warm, shallow waters encompassing the Hawaiian Islands every year during the winter months. Since that’s over 3,000 miles of travel, it’s quite apparent that the entire North Pacific humpback whale population has chosen Hawaii as its favorite destination. Chances are, once you experience Hawaii, you’ll understand why they keep coming back! You can catch the whales frolicking off the coast right from the island of Oahu, a destination many vacationers choose because of its world … [Read more...]

Top Oahu Winter Attractions

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It almost goes without saying that Hawaii is an ideal destination for your winter getaway. Still, we’ll say it: Hawaii is the perfect place to beat the winter blues. While the island of Oahu, home to the capital Honolulu and the world famous Wakiki resort area, captures the hearts and flyer-miles of visitors all year round, winter in Oahu is extra special for three reasons: you can whale watch, the surf’s up (WAY up), and it’s much warmer than it is anywhere else in the United States. The most incredible Oahu attractions are just a plane ride away. Make this the winter you see it all. Whale Watching Between the months of November and April, over 10,000 humpback whales migrate from Alaska to the warm Hawaiian waters for the winter. Peak season for whale watching is in February and March, so this is the perfect time of year to book your whale watching adventure. Whale watching … [Read more...]