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Leonard's Bakery, a once local secret spot for their fresh hot malasadas (a Portuguese style donut), has grown in popularity with lines that stretch into parking lot! Make sure to get your hands on some of the cream filled malasadas, including Haupia and the flovor of the month!
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.
Discover the top 10 Oahu attractions! From beautiful beaches to amazing activities, we have ranked all your favorites including the most popular waterfall and hike on this 600 sq foot mile island.
10 amazing organizations that help protect and save Oahu Hawaii, doing incredible things and putting forth efforts to preserve our beautiful paradise
Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center, planning a day up in the North Shore in a small town called Laie, and explore countless experiences this Oahu attraction has to offer! Sometimes referred as the Disneyworld experience of Hawaii, this Oahu attraction will entertain you with lots of shows, activities, a Hawaiian luau, and end with a night production called Ha “Breath of Life”.
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!
Best of Oahu recognizes worthy Oahu events and activities taking place on the North Shore and other unique spots around the island.
Upcoming Hawaii Bridal Expos has the latest bridal styles, wedding trends, and tips to organizing your special day, wedding expos provide great information and ideas on many aspects leading up to the wedding day
Waikiki is one of the world’s most traveled and sought out vacation destination in the world. Discover the best Waikiki experience in places to stay, Waikiki restaurants, Honolulul attractions, nightlife and much much more!
I had the pleasure of growing up on Oahu and falling in love with it. It’s the friendly Hawaiian people, the majestic blue Pacific Ocean, the ono delicious food, the pace of life, and the tropical smells in the air that fills me with the spirit of Aloha.
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. .
Take time to explore the best Oahu wedding locations, including classic hotels, beautiful beach settings, stunning landmark churches, Hawaiian wedding gardens, museum settings, and storybook wedding halls. Get married at the Bishop Museum, Waikiki Aquarium, or historic Iolani Palace.
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!
There are really only 5 Oahu resorts that have the extensive grounds and prestige worthy of the title as “true resorts on Oahu”. Hawaiian Hilton Village, Turtle Bay Resort Oahu, Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club, Disney Aulani Hotel, and the Kahala Hotel and Resort are your 5 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.
Aloha Trikke is offering an amazing 50% off discount on one of their featured tours around Waikiki and other spots around the island on a fun new electric scooter.
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!
Discover Hawaii's renowned artist, Kim Taylor Reece and his North Shore Gallary. Kim is best known for his captivating photographs of hula dancers
Explore Oahu North Shore for the rustic 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 is a must.
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.
The Ehukai Pillbox Hike is better known as the Sunset Pillbox Trail, because it has some beautiful views of Ehukai Beach (better known as Banzai Pipeline) and the North Shore coastline
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!
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.
Oahu is one of the most popular destinations when choosing a Hawaiian wedding. There are some great venues for Oahu weddings including wedding flowers, best island spots for photos, fun bachelor and bachelorette party choices, wedding party outings, and the wedding itself.
Koko Crater Trail, better known as “Koko Head Stairs”, is your StairMaster workout for the day, with a rewarding panoramic view up top. This Oahu hike will test your endurance and strength to continuously take each additional step up the mountain
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!
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!
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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Short list of best Oahu restaurants, including favorites such as Roy's, Haleiwa Joes, Shokudo, Cinnamon's, Goma Tei Ramen and Leonard's Bakery. Best breakfast spots, Ono Hawaiian plate lunch & good cheap eats are included as well...
Discover the best Oahu restaurants around the island, including Koko Head Cafe, Cinnamons, Hula Grill, and popular Leonard's Bakery!
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
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
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!
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!
There are some big best of Oahu deals to be found if you do some searching. Here are a few deals and discounts worth exploring before spending your dollars!
Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area beach is jaw-dropping dead gorgeous, with turquoise blue waters and miles of some of the softest white sand your will toes will ever touch!
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!
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.
Maunawili Falls is a unique 20ft waterfall tucked below the towering Pali Cliffs, a fun Oahu hiking trail will lead you up to the valley falls
The Best 2015 Honolulu Bars, Most Popular Honolulu Nightclubs, and Wild Waikiki Nightlife...
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!
Oahu transportation for visitors 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 couldn't be simpler or more fun!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.