I’m Going to Oahu

Hey y’all, I’m going to Oahu, Hawaii on Dec. 16th and I wanna know what there is to do (especially cheap things). If you were to go to Porto Rico, I could tell you the best spots to go for cheap to nothing and I know some of you have gone to Oahu before so let me know if you have any suggestions for a fun stay!

What did you enjoy most when you visited?? Thanks so much for any and all ideas!!

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3 thoughts on “I’m Going to Oahu

  1. 1. Bored in Vernal said:
    December 4th, 2006 at 9:34 am e

    Ohhhhh, I wish I was going with you! We lived on Oahu in 1988-89 and it’s been a long time, but here are my suggestions:
    1. It is costly, but spending a day at the Polynesian Cultural Center (Laie) really is worth the money. You can go to the Temple early in the morning and do the PCC for the rest of the day (it takes at least an entire day)
    2. We loved Haunauma Bay even though it’s more crowded and commercialized than what I usually like. Snorkeling and watching those colorful tropical fish come right up to you…it was amazing. Even young children can do this. All you need is a cheap mask and snorkel (don’t rent, just bring one or buy one at the dollar store) I hear that now there are restrictions on visitors, so check when it’s open, and get there early.
    3. Waimea Valley has some nice hikes, a beautiful falls, etc. They used to have some little tours that were fun, you would learn ancient Hawaiian dances, see cliff divers, archaeological sites, etc. You can go swimming beneath the falls. It’s off the beaten track, so much more relaxed and not as touristy. All free, I think!
    4. Close to Waimea is Pu’u O Mahuka Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple site. It’s a short hike–read about it and get directions here. There’s not as much to do there–just hike up and see it. You can do it the same day as Waimea.
    5. I love Chinaman’s Hat–if you don’t have really young children with you. Read about it here. You can walk out there at low tide from Kualoa Point. There’s a secluded beach, small cave, and volcanic cone to explore.

    My advice for Hawaii–don’t try to do too much in one day. Go to one or two places and stay there the whole day and enjoy. Get food at the grocery store and picnic. There are tons of places to picnic. Wear plenty of sunscreen!!

    2. Mark G said:
    December 4th, 2006 at 6:08 pm e

    Thanks so much for that great information, BIV! Sounds great and I can’t wait!

    My cousin Brittany sent me this, as well:

    Turtle Bay on North Shore […is close to] the famous Sunset beach and Haliewa and minutes away from a great snorkeling cove that not too many tourists know about called Sharks Cove. At night turtles come up onto the beach (hence turtle bay) It might be a good idea to stay in Honolulu a couple nights and somewhere else the other nights. It just depends on what you want out of the vacation. The north shore is kicked back and relaxed while south shore is full of night clubs, great shopping, and plenty of resturaunts.

    Things to do:

    snorkel at sharks cove or hanauma bay
    go to haliewa surf town and get mottsomotos shave ice + eat at pizza bobs
    polynesian culture center
    surf waikiki (only $10 for 2 hourse to rent a board from a beach boy)
    eat at Dukes at Waikiki
    Hike stairway to heaven- it’s hard and you have to sneak in but so worth it. Takes about an hour is pretty much straight up the side of the mt. the top is a WWII bungelow. It’s the 2nd highest point on the island and you can see other islands from this point. Afterwords go tour the Budhist temple below it’s all free!
    Hike Mak’apu’u light house- This is an easy hike and only takes about 20 min or so. It’s really pretty and you can sometimes see whales breeding below
    spend a day at Waimea bay- this is the clearest water without waves on north shore
    watch the sunset at sunset beach- this is the best place to see the sun go down you HAVE to do this
    have a bonfire-maybe not on this vacation but it’s fun you can hunt crabs because they all come out at night and they taste good too!
    Visit a waterfall-there are a few, I only went to La’ie falls and it wasn’t too impressive but I think there are other falls near Kaneohe
    eat a pineapple
    shark tours ( for $100 you can go shark diving in Haliewa)
    rent scooters and circle the island-pack a picnic it’s lots of fun
    visit the La’ie temple
    Dole plantation-world’s biggest maze
    Waimea park-I think they may have stopped doing this but you can dive waterfalls and kayak
    cattamaran-I didn’t get to do this but it always looked like fun
    electric beach is a common place to see dolphins
    watch the sunrise (almost as good as a sunset)
    Pearl Harbor ( make sure to get there before 4:00 so you can take a boat out to AZ memorial)
    Iolani palace and bishops museum
    walk around Waikiki-tons of shopping! aquariums, art galleries
    I know you and Janice like dancing so check out Blue Tropics night club if you get a chance, they have monkeys inside. or Mai Tai-it’s on top of ala moana mall it’s a little more sophisticated.
    Sunset dinner cruise
    I’ll think about some more stuff cause there’s lots!

  2. Markii, make sure you and Jan go to Sharks Cove in Laie. Its a great place to snorkel. There is also a place to visit where the turtles come right up to the shore.(I dont remember where exactly, but right by pipe line). Honolulu is always so much fun to shop the strip at night. Its beautiful, and you can watch the Hilton across the ocean light the fireworks off every night! Are you going to North Shore? Im jealous! What an awesome time to go! Wow, have an awesome time with your fambam!!! Merry Christmas!! xxoo
    ps DONT FORGET TO GO TO MOTSOMOTOS SHAVE ICE!!! HOLY COW, THE BEST SHAVE ICE EVER!!! YUMMY!

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