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Best of Oahu Newsletter, Issue #023 Summer Travel Begins
June 10, 2023
Aloha from Oahu

Best of Oahu Newsletter

Green Sea Turtles Nesting Season

With signs of Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles starting to nesting on the Windward Side, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) recently announced that overnight camping has been suspended at Bellows Beach until further notice.

This suspension is in place due to turtle nesting season, which typically lasts from May to August. The DLNR has implemented this measure to ensure the safety of the endangered green sea turtles and their nests.

While daytime activities and beach access will remain open, overnight camping will not be permitted during this period. We urge everyone to respect the restrictions and to help protect the turtles and their nests during this critical time. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to preserve Oahu’s natural resources. waimanalo-bay.html

Koko Crater Trail New Platform

Exciting Changes Coming to Koko Crater Trail: New Platform Construction Underway

Attention all hiking enthusiasts! Prepare for some exciting updates on Oahu's renowned Koko Crater Trail. In a bid to enhance visitor safety and elevate the trail experience, the city has announced a temporary closure of the Koko Crater stairs for four days this month.

Starting immediately, the trail will be off-limits as a dedicated crew, assisted by a helicopter, embarks on the task of replacing the existing viewing platform at the top. The old platform will make way for a sturdier steel structure boasting approximately 71 square feet of flat viewing area.

To ensure the success of this ambitious venture, the trail will undergo additional closures on June 16, 26, and 29. The city has partnered with the esteemed non-profit organization, Kokonut Koaltion, for this $426,000 project. With their collective expertise and dedication, the new platform is expected to be completed by the end of summer. koko-crater-trail.html

Oahu June & July Events

Welcome 2023 with lots of festive events happening around the island.

There are some upcoming running events, night markets, Hawaiian band performances, and some fun seasonal events worth checking out.

There also lot's of other holiday events happening at Honolulu attractions, shopping centers, Farmers Markets, hotels, and other places...

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Do Not Harass Hawaiian Monk Seal

In a recent and alarming incident at Kaena Point, a couple was observed taking photos with a Hawaiian monk seal, sparking outrage and concern among wildlife conservationists and the local community.

The Hawaiian monk seal, a critically endangered species, requires utmost protection and respect to ensure its survival. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of responsible tourism and the need for increased education and awareness about the sensitivity of our unique ecosystems.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is actively investigating the matter and urges everyone to report any further incidents that may jeopardize the well-being of our cherished marine wildlife. Let us unite as a community to safeguard these incredible creatures. kaena-point.html

Waikiki Friday Fireworks

The Board of Land and Natural Resources have approved a permit renewal for the weekly Friday night fireworks display off Waikiki, but not before an ignited a thought-provoking discussion on environmental stewardship and the role of fireworks in local culture.

Hawaii Explosives & Pyrotechnics Inc., the organization responsible for orchestrating the captivating aerial show for the past three decades, appeared before the board to request a renewal of their right-of-entry permit.

This permit would allow them to continue setting up and conducting the displays on a designated portion of Duke Kahanamoku Beach for a one-year period, commencing on May 26. Since 1991, these mesmerizing fireworks, generously sponsored by the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, have graced the skies at the same location. hilton-hawaiian-village.html

New State Park Law

In a significant move towards addressing the mounting challenges faced by state parks in Hawaii, a groundbreaking law was signed on Thursday by Governor Josh Green, signaling hope for improved visitor management.

The newly enacted legislation aims to empower community-based non-profit organizations to take charge of regulating visitor numbers at state parks across the islands. With Haena State Park, a beloved tourist destination on Kauai, serving as the symbolic backdrop for the bill-signing ceremony, officials and community members are optimistic about the positive impact this law could have on other iconic parks, including the treasured Kaena Point on Oahu.

In recent years, the increasing popularity of state parks has led to a concerning rise in overcrowding, overtaxing resources, and an overwhelming strain on the fragile ecosystems they harbor. Recognizing the urgent need for a sustainable solution, this legislation grants community partnerships the authority to effectively manage visitor numbers, ensuring a more balanced and harmonious experience for both locals and tourists.

With community-driven initiatives at the helm, these partnerships can now strive to strike a delicate balance between promoting responsible tourism and safeguarding the fragile ecosystems found within our cherished state parks.

The hope is that this legislation will facilitate a more sustainable approach to visitor management, reducing the strain on these natural treasures while ensuring future generations can continue to appreciate the unique beauty of Kaena Point and other state parks on Oahu. kaena-point.html

Main Waikiki Street Closure

Beginning this summer, a major construction effort will commence on Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki's main thoroughfare. The project is estimated to last approximately nine months and will span from Olohana Street to Monsarrat Avenue, as well as from Dillingham Fountain to Poni Moi Road.

To ensure the successful completion of this important infrastructure improvement, work hours will be scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. City officials have carefully chosen these hours to minimize inconvenience to both residents and tourists alike.

While the project is underway, it is essential for visitors to be aware of the potential impacts on their travel experience. During work hours, sections of Kalakaua Avenue may be temporarily closed or reduced to limited access. This might lead to some delays and changes in traffic flow in the affected areas. Pedestrian access may also be rerouted or limited at times for safety reasons. Rest assured, though, that local authorities will make every effort to ensure a smooth and organized flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Please note that local businesses along Kalakaua Avenue will remain open and accessible throughout the rehabilitation project. The shops, restaurants, and attractions that make Waikiki a beloved destination will continue to welcome visitors, offering a diverse range of experiences and memories to be made. waikiki.html

A Trip to the North Shore

The North Shore of Oahu is a vibrant destination that offers a host of exciting summer attractions.

The waves are flat, but it's still a treat to see the legendary surf spots, such as Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach, the North Shore attracts surfers and spectators alike.

Aside from surfing spots, the North Shore offers beautiful beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. Waimea Bay and Ehukai Beach are popular choices for sunbathing and swimming in the crystal-clear waters.

Food enthusiasts will delight in the diverse culinary scene of the North Shore. The area is famous for its roadside food trucks and shrimp shacks, serving up delicious and fresh seafood. From garlic shrimp to acai bowls, there is a wide array of local flavors to explore.

Nature lovers can embark on scenic hikes in the area. The Waimea Valley Trail takes you through a lush botanical garden to the stunning Waimea Falls, where you can cool off with a refreshing swim.

The North Shore also boasts picturesque trails, such as the Kaena Point Trail, which offers breathtaking coastal views.

During the summer, the North Shore hosts various events and festivals. The Haleiwa Arts Festival showcases local artists, musicians, and performers, offering a vibrant celebration of Hawaiian culture.

And make sure to slow down when passing through old town Haleiwa. It's filled with art galleries, boutique & surf shops, and home to the famous Matsumoto Shave Ice.


Things to do on Oahu

Summer is here and Oahu offers wide range of fun attractions worth exploring. Here are just a few of the most popular things to do on Oahu...

Explore Waikiki Beach: Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, with its pristine white sand and sparkling blue waters. Visitors can soak up the sun, swim, surf, or simply relax on the beach while enjoying the breathtaking views.

Visit Pearl Harbor: History enthusiasts should not miss the chance to visit Pearl Harbor, the site of the infamous World War II attack. The USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri are among the notable attractions that provide a glimpse into the events that shaped history.

Hike Diamond Head: Diamond Head is an iconic volcanic crater located near Waikiki. Hiking to the summit rewards visitors with panoramic views of the island's coastline and Honolulu. The trail is moderately challenging, making it a great activity for outdoor enthusiasts.

Enjoy a Luau: A visit to Oahu wouldn't be complete without experiencing a traditional Hawaiian luau. Visitors can immerse themselves in Polynesian culture, enjoy a delicious feast, watch captivating performances featuring hula dancers and fire knife dancers, and learn about Hawaiian history and traditions.

Explore the North Shore: The North Shore of Oahu is renowned for its legendary surfing spots, including the famous Banzai Pipeline. Visitors can watch professional surfers ride massive waves during the winter months or simply relax on the beautiful beaches. The North Shore is also home to charming towns, roadside food trucks, and scenic hikes.

Discover Hanauma Bay: Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a must-visit destination for snorkeling enthusiasts. Its protected reef teems with colorful marine life, and visitors can snorkel or dive to explore the underwater world. It's important to note that Hanauma Bay has specific rules and regulations to ensure the preservation of its delicate ecosystem.

Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center: Located on the North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center offers an immersive experience into the diverse cultures of the Pacific islands. Visitors can witness traditional dances, take part in interactive activities, learn about indigenous arts and crafts, and savor authentic Polynesian cuisine. Things-To-Do-In-Oahu.html

Explore Oahu Breweries

Oahu is a haven for beer enthusiasts with its thriving microbrewery scene that has been growing over the past decade. There are several noteworthy microbreweries to consider visiting. One such gem is the Honolulu Beerworks, known for its impressive selection of craft beers brewed on-site. From hoppy IPAs to smooth lagers, their rotating taps cater to a variety of palates.

Another popular choice is the Waikiki Brewing Company, offering a range of tasty beers, including their signature Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale and award-winning Hana Hou Hefe.

Additionally, BeerLab HI, situated in Honolulu, is a must-visit for beer connoisseurs seeking unique and experimental brews. With their constantly changing tap list and small-batch creations, BeerLab HI promises an exciting and dynamic tasting experience.

These microbreweries are just a few that offer a delightful blend of creativity, quality, and aloha spirit, making them fantastic destinations for beer lovers looking to savor the flavors of the island.

Check out the list of best Oahu breweries... oahu-breweries.html

Oahu Popular Shows

Check out new shows & concerts popping up around Oahu.

Booking for new Oahu Shows and concerts have taken off for Blue Note Waikiki, Slack Key Lounge, Kana Ka Pila Grille, Waikiki Shell, Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Theatre and many hotel live music and entertainment venues. oahu-shows.html

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