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...]

Christmas in Hawaii

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If you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas in Hawaii, you may be wondering just what there is to do during the holidays in the tropics. While Santa may have traded in his warm red suit for a more appropriate flowery Hawaii shirt, you can be certain that Hawaiians and their holiday visitors get in the spirit just like their friends in the contiguous United States. The most popular Hawaiian destination, both during the holidays and year round, is the island of Oahu, known as “The Gathering Place.” Oahu offers a diverse mix of outdoor recreation and water sports, beautiful scenery, fascinating history, and rich cultures. The famous Waikiki vacation spot is located on the South Shore, right by the state’s capital, Honolulu. Excited to say “Mele Kalikimaka” in Hawaii yet? Read on to see what Oahu attractions you and your family can enjoy.   Celebrate the … [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...]

Triple Crown of Surfing Oahu

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Oahu is full of exciting events and things to do all year long, and 2013 is no different. One upcoming Oahu Attraction that many people are looking forward to and will be heading to the island to attend is the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first event in the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing. In addition to the Reef Hawaiian Pro, which runs from November 12 to 23 at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach, the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing also includes an event at Sunset Beach (in Australia) from November 24 to December 6 and the Billabong Pipe Masters event from December 8 to December 20.  After the Pipe Masters, the final event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, the World Surfing Champion will be crowned. At this point, it looks like it will either be Mick Fanning or Kelly Slater, but, given the volatile nature of the sport, anything could happen during this year’s Triple Crown of … [Read more...]

Oahu Attraction Closings for Government Shutdown

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As you are probably aware of at this point, certain factions of the United States government have become involved in a dispute which has resulted in some parts of the government being closed until further notice. While the shutdown will obviously be temporary, there are a number of affected areas in the interim. For travelers in certain areas of the country, some attractions which are involved with the federal government may or may not be open. If you were planning on visiting any Oahu Attractions today or in the near future, there are a few closings to be aware of. Due to the Government Shutdown, the following Oahu Attractions (so far) are closed: USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park Battleship Missouri Memorial USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Tour Pearl Harbor Memorial Pearl Harbor Museum Now that those Oahu attractions are … [Read more...]

Hawaii Surf Season Tips

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Many Polynesian traditions stem from their relationship with the ocean, so be sure to bask in its splendors on your Hawaii vacation! Hawaii hosts ideal surfing conditions year-round, with ocean temperatures averaging at 74 degrees F (23 C), with summer months reaching close to 80 degrees. Each season offers swells that are made to suit different levels of surf experience. Surf is at it’s lowest during the summer months, making it an idyllic time to get an introduction to the waves. Rent your surf board or boogie board with Hawaii Oceans Beach Gear – included in your Go Oahu Card – to see if you can tackle some of the most internationally revered surf sites! Winter is a favorite amongst seasoned surfers, as the swells usually rise between 6 and 12 feet, with bigger swells pushing up to 25 feet! The legendary winter waves attract professional surfers who participate in a bevy … [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...]