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Winter Adventure In Oahu



Winter Events

  • October: First Friday Street Festival in Honolulu
  • October 5: Ka Lwi Coast Run and Wal
  • November 29: Holiday Craft Fair at Hawaiian Mission Houses
  • December 14: Honolulu Marathon
  • January 1: Hatsumode Festival
  • March 1: Sake Appreciation Festival

  • Winter Activities

  • Visit the 5 Pearl Harbor Historic Sites to view where World War II both began and ended.
  • Head to the famous Waikiki, once a playing ground for royalty and now a popular gathering place for tourists from all over.
  • If you are big into surfing, visit Waimea Bay, a legendary Oahu surf spot.
  • Attend any one of Oahu's great luaus like the Polynesian Cultural Center's Ali'i Luau or the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort's luau.
  • Visit the Bishop Museum, recognized as the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
  • Hike to Makapu'u Point, a 2.5 mile roundtrip hike to the most eastern point of the island.
  • Go to Sea Like Park Hawaii, a marine mammal park, bird sanctuary, and aquarium.
  • Experience the Byodo-In Temple, a non-denominational Buddhist temple located at the Valley of the Temples.


  • Honolulu International Airport
  • Kalaeloa Airport
  • Kona International Aiport
  • Lihue Airport


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    About Oahu, Hawaii

    Oahu is Hawaii’s most populated island, with wonderful city nightlife and an excellent culinary scene in the state capitol, Honolulu. However, this bustling atmosphere does not mean you can’t find your own pocket of tranquility on the island. I love Oahu’s sunny leeward side beaches for snorkeling or sailing, but those seeking lush tropical escapes can find peaceful paradise on the less populated (and high rise-free) windward side.

    Those wanting to experience resort living, golf, and plenty of amenities will want to base an Oahu stay on the ‘city side’ along the coast adjacent to Honolulu. This is where you’ll find the top island resorts, condos, and most vacation communities. Party-goers will want to plant themselves right along the beach at Waikiki, but quieter areas are closer than most people think. A 20 minute drive from the Honolulu airport plants visitors in peaceful oceanfront resorts. As a plus, Honolulu is a short cab ride away for a night out.

    Oahu’s North Shore and Windward side (northeast and northwest) feature much less development; here is where you’ll find smaller vacation homes and less crowded beaches. The windward town of Kailua offers shops, eateries, and plenty of beach equipment rentals. Seven miles of world-class surfing beaches stretch along the North Shore, offering plenty of entertainment for surfers as well as spectators. Central Oahu is home to the famous Dole Plantation and the Hawaii Plantation Village, where Hawaii’s past comes alive. To the south, Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor offers a more sobering reminder of history.


    Highlighted Properties in Oahu


    Villas and Vacation Homes:
    A quiet villa or vacation home on Oahu is the perfect way to get a truly Hawaiian experience.

    Villas/Homes

    Condos:
    Choose from hundreds of Oahu condos with ocean views only steps away from the beach.

    Condos

    Hotels:
    Hotels on Oahu offer an island escape with luxury and relaxation like nowhere else on earth.

    Hotels

    Best Way to Experience Oahu





    Day 1


  • Morning: Start in Honolulu for a bit of history: visit Pearl Harbor with a tour of the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Take a walk on famous Waikiki.
  • Lunch: Grab lunch from a traditional plate lunch vendor in the city, or better yet, stop to eat at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck.
  • Afternoon: Charter a sailboat for a tour of the dry, sunny leeward side of the Oahu coastline. As an alternative, head to the public beach access just beyond the JW Marriott and Aulani Resort and Spa on the leeward coastline, where the snorkeling is excellent right from the shore.
  • Dinner: Walk from the beach over to Disney’s Aulani resort. Walk the grounds of this hotel to check out the abundance of authentic Hawaiian art, then eat a meal oceanside at ‘Ama ‘Ama.

  • Day 2


  • Morning: Rent a car and drive the Pali Highway across the Koolau mountains (Oahu has two volcanoes!) to the wilder windward side. En route, spot the region used in the filming of the show Lost.
  • Lunch: Eat a picnic lunch at one of the island’s most scenic beaches at Kailua, then go for a dip in the surf.
  • Afternoon: Rent kayaks at Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks, and explore the nature reserve and bird sanctuary at Flat Island, accessible from the main Kailua beach at Lanikai.
  • Dinner: Eat in Kailua at Buzz’s Burgers. Trust me, you’ll have worked up an appetite!
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