8 Iconic Oahu Experiences

Tourism in Hawaii started right here on Oahu. Early writers, such as Twain and London, traveled on steamship from California, always stopping in Honolulu en route to islands next door. Today, even though islands such as Maui and Kauai see millions of visitors per year, Oahu remains the beating heart of Hawaii’s tourism industry. In fact, in 2014, over five million tourists from around the world spent time on Oahu’s shores, which is more visitors than all the other neighbor islands combined.

One of the reasons for the numbers, of course, is the international airport, but so are classic island experiences visitors find on Oahu. And, while some of the spots will definitely be crowded, there’s something lovely about standing in a spot you’ve dreamt about for years — living the postcard tacked on your wall or floating in your head. If you’ve never been to the island before but are starting to plan a trip, here are eight iconic Oahu experiences to place you in that magical space where tropical dreams become reality.

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September 4, 2015 by
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Na Pali Coast Kauai

Ways to See the Na Pali Coast on Kauai

With its multi-hued fingers of eroded earth seemingly crawling up from the sea, the Na Pali Coast is one of the world’s most dramatic stretches of coastline. Formed by millions of years of erosion by wind, water and waves, it has the stoic and wise appearance of a landscape sculpted by time. It’s completely undeveloped and largely inaccessible. Luckily for travelers, though, there are numerous ways to enjoy the coastline, if often from a distance.

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August 28, 2015 by
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The Hana Relay: Running On Maui’s Road To Hana

For 364 days of the year, driving the Road to Hana on Maui is a serpentine journey through paradise. Waterfalls splash through bamboo forests that creak in the afternoon breeze, and roadside stands sell loaves of banana bread that were freshly baked at dawn. On the second Saturday in September, however, visitors might encounter some additional sights that aren’t part of the regular drive, such as a group of women all dressed as fairies or a band of rowdy mariachis. No, this isn’t Halloween in Lahaina—it’s the annual running of the Hana Relay, one of the most popular events on Maui.

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August 25, 2015 by
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How to Choose Which Hawaiian Island You Should Visit

Waikiki beach and Honolulu, the largest city on the Hawaiian Islands.

Depending on your travel style and what you’d like to do during your vacation, it’s a good idea to know what each island is all about in advance. Here’s how to choose which Hawaiian Island you should visit.

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August 21, 2015 by
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Best Sights in Kohala

Kohala Hawaii

North of the white sand Waikoloa shoreline and the Mauna Lani resorts, and west of verdant Waipio Valley and Hi’ilawe Falls, is one of the Big Island’s most under appreciated, and least visited corners.

Kohala—as understood by Big Island locals—comprises the island’s northwestern tip from Kawaihae to Pololu Valley. The “Kohala Coast” is South Kohala and is well known to island visitors, since this is the site of large scale resorts and many of the Big Island’s best beaches. North Kohala, on the other hand, is where the scenery turns rural, the towns becomes smaller, and parts of Hawaii’s ancient history are a little bit closer to the surface. It’s an outpost of art and blustery beach parks and winding, single lane roads—and a part of the island you should definitely visit if based on the Kohala Coast. For an idea of some of the places to stop if you embark on a Big Island road trip, the following are some of the best sights in Kohala to experience the beauty and culture.

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August 21, 2015 by
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10 Maui Insider Tips

The average length of a Maui vacation is 7-11 days. While that’s enough time to work on a tan and go snorkeling, scuba diving or surfing, it isn’t enough time to pick up on the island’s minutiae. Sure, a guidebook might point you to a “hidden” spot (which will be empty, of course — except for everyone with the same guidebook), but the real secret is how to sink into the pace of island life and expertly skank with its rhythms. Follow these 10 Maui insider tips for a hassle-free vacation, and you’ll have a leg up on other visitors.

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August 14, 2015 by
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How to do a self-guided day trip to the North Shore of Oahu

Seclusion on Kawela Bay

On a quick trip to Oahu in February 2015 — our first time in Hawaii — my fiancé and I had just two days to take advantage of the sun and surf. In an effort to avoid the crowds and high-rise resorts of Waikiki, we rented a car so we could explore more of the island, the North Shore in particular. Below is a step-by-step way to follow in our footsteps on a self-guided day trip along the Windward Coast and North Shore. In the end, we felt like we were able to experience Oahu like locals, from awesome but unpretentious food to an off-the-beaten-path beach.

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August 7, 2015 by
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Best Activities in Waikiki

There’s a certain energy to Waikiki unlike anywhere else in Hawaii, with its potent combination of city and beach culture, romantic history of Duke Kahanamoku and the original Hawaiian beach boys, and slack key guitar melodies drifting on the breeze. Yes, the parking here is exorbitantly expensive and there’s no denying the crowds, but its titillating tropical energy can’t be ignored. Harness some of that energy for yourself by partaking in some of the best activities in Waikiki, from mountaintop down to the sea.

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August 7, 2015 by
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Where to Find Art on the Big Island Of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii has a powerful energy distinct from its neighboring islands. This is where Pele, volcano goddess, still spouts her fiery fury, and where snow falls in silent sheets on the summit of Mauna Kea. It’s an island still growing — having added 500 acres of land since Kilauea’s eruption — with deep, historical roots, from the humble birthplace of King Kamehameha to ancient cities of refuge.

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July 31, 2015 by
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Biking Down Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island

Outside a lava tube on one of our stops.

Biking down a volcano is an activity everybody should do at least once in their life and there is no better place to do this than on the Big Island of Hawaii. Home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world (Kilauea) and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island is a dream come true for anybody who loves natural wonders and outdoor activities. Visitors can easily drive themselves around the park and explore all the marked sites to learn about Hawaii’s volcanoes, but biking the volcano gives you a completely unique experience.

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July 24, 2015 by
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