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Kim Taylor Reece

Discover Hawaii's renowned artist, Kim Taylor Reece and his North Shore Gallary. Kim is best known for his captivating photographs of hula dancers

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Waikiki Beach - All 8 Sections of Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is one of the the most famous and recognized beaches in the world. Learn about the 8 different sections of this beach. All have their own character and beach ambience!

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Oahu Nightlife, Honolulu Nightlife, Honolulu Bars

The Best 2015 Honolulu Bars, Most Popular Honolulu Nightclubs, and Wild Waikiki Nightlife...

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Scuba Diving in Hawaii, Scuba Dive in Oahu

Scuba diving in Hawaii is a grand underwater adventure! Whether you are venturing to take your first scuba dive in Oahu, looking to get your Hawaii Scuba Certification, or take advantage of some of the advanced scuba diving Hawaii has to offer, Oahu’s Northern, Southern, and Western ocean waters, are a colorful adventurous playgrounds, waiting to be explored.

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Oahu Transportation

Oahu transportation including flying in and out of the Honolulu International Airport is easy as it should be. Renting a cheap Oahu car rental to explore the island, or traveling about on an Oahu bus or Waikiki Trolley will get you from place to place, and couldn̢۪t be simpler or more fun!

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Top Hawaiian Surfing Spots

Hawaiian Surfing is a way of life on Oahu. Check out top North Shore beaches including Pipeline & Waimea, or learn how to surf in Waikiki. With close to a hundred named Oahu surf spots around the island, it’s hard surf them all! Oahu waters offers something for all levels...from surfing Waikiki beach to famous Banzai Pipeline!

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Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace is one of Oahu's most revered National Historic Landmarks, and must see things to do in Oahu. This Honolulu Attraction is located in the civic center downtown Honolulu, and is actually the second palace that was commissioned to be the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy.

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Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore - Time to head to the countryside and pay a visit to this laidback corner of Oahu, whether you're coming to surf the world famous North Shore beaches, stroll through rustic Haleiwa town,browse through Hawaiian art galleries, or looking for northshore golf courses...experiencing North Shore Oahu is a must.

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Hiking Diamond Head Trail

Diamond Head Trail is one of the best Oahu hikes. Get tips on this rewarding 1 mile Oahu hike, that offers amazing 360 degrees views when you reach the 760-foot summit top.

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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling & Tips

Hanauma Bay is one of the most popular and visited Oahu beaches. Known for an amazing snorkeling experience, with over 300 different Hawaiian fish species lurking about the shallow coral reefs

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Waimea Falls Park - Waimea Falls, Oahu Hikes, Oahu Waterfall

Waimea Falls Park - For Oahu hikes, this is more like a pleasurable one mile stroll through lush botanical gardens, that lead up to the grand Waimea Falls. Still known as the popular Waimea Falls Park, this Oahu waterfall and grounds are now run by the stewards of Waimea Valley Hi’ipaka.

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Hiking Makapuu Lighthouse - Best-of-Oahu.com

The Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu, including the Makapuu Tidepools and fabulous views of the Windward side, Koko Head, Makapu'u Beach, and neighboring islands!

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Things To Do In Oahu

The best things to do in Oahu come from local insiders' tips. With so many things to do in Oahu, vacations can sometimes feel quite overwhelming with endless choices and so little time! Discover the best Oahu attractions along with helpful insider local tips, and off the beaten path destinations worth visiting!

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6 Best Honolulu Attractions

There are some great Honolulu Attractions to discover, experience, and remember when visiting Oahu! From the simple pleasures of visiting the Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo, to swimming with the many colorful Hanauma Bay fish, there are some wonderful Honolulu Attractions worth discovering. Once you’ve had enough sun and sand and need a little break, you can mozy on down to Pearl Harbor, the Iolani Palace Honolulu, and the Bishop Museum Hawaii.

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Best Oahu Hiking Trails

Oahu hiking trails provide access to best views and adventures on the island. Explore Diamond Head Trail, Manoa Falls, Lanikai Pillbox, and other great hikes. These Oahu hikes will transport you to the island’s natural wild beauty. Hiking Oahu will be one of the true highlights of your Hawaiian vacation.

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Oahu Golf Courses

You’ll find most of Oahu golf courses are kept in great tiptop shape, and rank as some of the best Hawaii golf courses to choose from. You may be inclined to a challenge at a North shore golf course or want to stay close to your hotel and do some golfing in Waikiki… either way you will have a great Oahu golf vacation.

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Peggy's Picks on Kapahulu Ave

Peggy's Picks is a must stop when you're out Oahu shopping for gifts andunique treasures from around the world.  You’ll find just abouteverything from colorful puka shell jewelry to 7-foot wooden carved masks

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Favorite Oahu Restaurants

Short list of best Oahu restaurants, including favorites such as Roy's, Haleiwa Joes, Shokudo, Pineapple Room, Goma Tei Ramen and Leonard's Bakery. Best breakfast spots, Ono Hawaiian plate lunch & good cheap eats are included as well...

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Top Waikiki Restaurants

There are hundreds of Waikiki Restaurants to consider, and we would like to showcase the best, including Ono Hawaiian Foods, Side Street Inn, Duke's, and the Chart House. There are some great hole-in-the-wall local favorites worth discovering as well!

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Rainbow Drive In - Best Plate Lunch

Rainbow Drive In, also known as Rainbow’s, makes the short list when searching for the best Hawaiian plate lunch on Oahu. It’s no doubt the best hole in the wall plate lunch

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Best Shopping on Oahu

best places for Shopping on Oahu, including the Ala Moana Shopping Center, Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & botique local shops that specialize in island art, Hawaiian culture, and everything Hawaiiana!

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Kaniakapupu Ruins

The Kaniakapupu Ruins, better known as King Kamehameha III summer home, is an incredible treasure and piece of Hawaiian history that is tucked away on this Oahu hike!

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Hawaii Waterfalls on Oahu

Hawaii Waterfalls on Oahu are like little secret gems in the lush jungles of the island. You have to work to get a glimpse of some, while a short hike will grant you a great reward to see the others.

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Best Oahu Vacation Rentals - for your perfect island stay

Oahu vacation rentals are the way to go if you’re looking for something special outside of Waikiki, including Lani Kai, Kailua, Ko'Olina & the North Shore.

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Best rated Honolulu Restaurants

Check out the best rated Honolulu restaurants, including Alan Wongs, Roy's, Chef Chai, Shokudo, and local hole-in-the-wall spots. These restaurants outside of Waikiki, will leave you in awe, with satisfied smiles, and cravings for more!

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Sunset Beach Oahu North Shore

Sunset Beach Oahu is considered another surfing mecca of the North Shore. Get directions, tips, and surfing info on Sunset Beach Park. This Oahu beach is not to be missed after making your rounds at Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline!

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Ala Moana Beach Park - most popular local Oahu beach

Ala Moana Beach Park is a playground that just about offers something for everyone, Get tips, directions and the scoop on this local beach. You'll discover a half mile stretch of white sand, Ala Moana Park with shady trees with picnic tables and a wide expanse of grass to play around in, tennis courts, a yacht club, 3 concession stands, and an additional half crescent beach. All of this is across the famed Ala Moana Mall.

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Banzai Pipeline Hawaii - Best of Oahu

Experience the legendary Banzai Pipeline Hawaii, known around the world for its perfect barelling waves. Head to Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore Oahu. Located at Ehukai Beach Park, surfing pipeline is an unique experience itself, and ranks in many people’s list as one of the top 100 things to do before you die!

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Lanikai Beach Oahu Hawaii - Best Oahu Beaches

Lanikai Beach is rated the all time best beach on Oahu. Get tips and directions to this beautiful Windward Side beach. You will be mesmerized by endless milesof calm tranquil aqua blue waters!

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Discover Kailua Beach Park

Kailua Beach Park is rated as one of the most beautiful Oahu beaches. Get tips and directions to this local spot, located on the Windward coast, where you'll find this incredible half mile long beach.

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The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet - what you need to know

The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet or Aloha Flea Market, is best described as a Hawaiiana shoppingspectacle, that’s both entertaining and overwhelming at the same time.

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Diamond Head Beach Park - Best Oahu Beaches

Diamond Head Beach Park is the spot you venture to discover the Diamond Head Lighthouse, tide pools, surfing community, and fun beach combing

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Hiking Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls is one of the most fascinating waterfalls to hike to on Oahu! Cascading 150 feet down, it will seem more like 1000 ft as you stare

up at endless water falling down the rocks. Not many Oahu waterfalls are easy to hike to, that can also deliver such an

impressive show.

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Oahu

There couldn’t be a more grand entrance into Waikiki than entering the 22 acre Oahu Hilton Hawaiian Village. This Oahu resort features an island record of 5 swimming pools on site, a 5 acre salt water swimming lagoon, 5 hotel towers, 20 onsite restaurants, and a rainbow street bazaar that is part of the village that includes close to 100 shops through out.

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Oahu Bus

The Oahu bus is one of the best ways to get around the island. Get bus routes and tips to Honolulu attractions and best beaches. The Honolulu bus system is actually ranked as one of the best transit systems in the world.

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Hotels in Oahu - Best Oahu Resorts, Hotels in Waikiki, Budget Oahu Lodging

Searching for the best hotels in Oahu for your upcoming vacation? You’ll find that a majority of the choice hotels are in Waikiki, but a few exceptional Oahu resorts are located just outside of this bustling Oahu lodging enclave. Whether you are looking for the best Oahu luxury hotels or searching for some run of the mill inexpensive Waikiki Hotels, there are great selection for everyone!

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Ko Olina Oahu, Visit Oahu, Ko Olina Golf Course, Marriott Ko Olina, Ko Olina Lagoons

Beautiful Ko Olina Oahu,ranked as top 3 beaches on the island, is not to be missed when you visit Oahu.

The four magical Ko Olina Lagoons are pristine crescent-shaped swimming holes

tucked away in the Marriott Ko Olina beachfront property in the western leeward side of Oahu. Other key attractions are Paradise Cove Luau and the Ko Olina Golf Course which houses Roys Restaurant.

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Best Oahu Beaches to Explore

Discover the best Oahu Beaches on the island. Pristine beaches to action packed, including Lanikai Beach, Waikiki, and Hanauma Bay. No matter what you're looking for, there is an Oahu beach guaranteed to satisfy your craving for the ultimate beach experience in Hawaii.

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Yokohama Bay - Keawaula Beach

Discover beautiful Yokohama Bay, also known as Keawaula Beach, on the Westside. This best Oahu beach resides in one of the most secluded areas of the island.

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Makapuu Beach - a best of Oahu beach gem!

Makapuu Beach is a Hawaiian gem that sits below Makapuu Point. Most visitors venture out this direction to hike up to the Makapuu Lighthouse, but rarely stick around to enjoy one of the most beautiful Oahu beaches!

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Honolulu Zoo - Best of Honolulu Attractions

Honolulu Zoo hosts more than 750,000 visitors a year in its 42-acre setting! This Honolulu attraction is part of the 300-acre Kapiolani Park and is said to be the largest zoo within a 2,300 mile radius (Um, of course, right? Because how many zoos can be erected on the ocean, unless you count the underwater sea life…nevermind, I digress). It is also unique in that it is the only zoo in the entire United States to have come from a king’s grant – the Hawaiian “Merrie Monarch” himself, King Kalakaua.

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Discover the Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum is the most comprehensive and complete museum in Hawaii. A fantastic collection of Hawaii's heritage and culture is stored in this museum, which was commissioned by the husband of the last descendant of King Kamehameha the Great, Bernice Pauahi Bishop.

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Waikiki Aquarium - One of the popular Honolulu Attractions

Waikiki Aquarium is another popular attraction for visitors in Oahu. Located next to a living coral reef, this award winning aquarium will delight you with multi-colored tropical fish, monk seals, reef sharks, live corals, and much more!

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Waimea Bay - Waimea Bay Hawaii, Waimea Falls Park, Surfing Waimea

The towering North Shore waves start here in Waimea Bay. The winter swells that roll into the famous Oahu North Shore beaches, generally top out at Waimea Beach Park , on the right hand side of the bay. Surfing Waimea Bay, along with Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline, is a considered almost a pilgrimage among many pro-surfers that fly in from all around the world to partake in the daring action. The fun generally begins when the National Weather Service issues high surf warnings for the North Shore. Waimea Bay Beach Park is located just past Haleiwa Beach, and across from Waimea Falls Park.

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Sandy Beach Park

Oahu's Sandy Beach Park is notoriously known for it's powerful shorebreaks and fine beach sand that gets into everything! Get tips & directions on this local beach spot. Sandy Beach is a beautiful isolated stretch of beach and water playland park for the locals, that lays just beyond the popular Halona Blowhole.

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Hawaiian Shave Ice - Best Spots on Oahu

The best places on Oahu that to get a Hawaiian shave ice, include Shimazu Store, Waiola Shave Ice, and the famous Matsumoto Shave Ice on the North Shore

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Best of Oahu

Best of Oahu is your insider's guide to this island's best highlights, some of which are rarely discovered by tourists. Be in the know as this guide treats you to an insider's view of fantastic Honolulu attractions, spectacular Oahu beaches, captivating Hawaiian culture, amazing hidden Oahu Waterfalls, the rugged and rustic Oahu North Shore, famous Hawaiian surfing spots, best Oahu golf courses, scenic Oahu hiking trails, incredible Oahu shopping, and of course the most scrumptious island eats -- and then get ready for the very best Oahu nightlife. .

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Oahu Resorts - Hilton Hawaiian Village, Turtle Bay Oahu Resort, Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club, Kahala Hotel and Resort

There are really only 4 Oahu resorts that have the extensive grounds and prestige worthy of the title as “true Oahu resorts”. Hawaiian Hilton Village, Turtle Bay Resort Oahu, Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club, & the Kahala Hotel and Resort are your 4 island stars that rise high above the rest! Unique settings, onsite golf courses, tropical lagoon beaches, exquisite manmade waterfalls, popular luaus, star attractions such as dolphins and sting rays swimming about, spa centers, boutique shops, fine dining restaurants, top notch rooms and suites, and front row beach real estate are some of the outstanding all-in-one features you will find at these luxury Oahu resorts that are hard to find anywhere else.

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