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Explore a Valley Time Has Not Erased

Take a trip to O‘ahu’s North Shore to discover a sacred ahupua‘a (a land division that usually extends from the mountains to the sea) that just so happens to have a world-class botanical garden in the middle of it! WAIMEA VALLEY, located across from Waimea Bay, is a 1,875-acre, privately owned nonprofit property filled with… Continue »

Search Out Waterfalls

Looking for an off-the-grid adventure? Seek out a waterfall. Easily accessible by car or public transportation from Waikiki, MANOA FALLS can be found at the end of a 0.8-mile trail that gradually ascends through a lush rainforest. The trail to the falls can be completed in 30 to 40 minutes, making a Manoa Falls side… Continue »

Re-create the Scene

Even if this is your first trip to O‘ahu, chances are it’s not your first glance of the island. Numerous movies and TV shows have been set on O‘ahu, and others have used the scenery for filming. Perhaps the most notable show on airwaves currently, and in years past, is HAWAII FIVE-0. A quick drive… Continue »

Visit A Garden Gallery

Immerse yourself in tranquil beauty at KAHALUU GALLERY & GARDENS. Located in the heart of Kahalu‘u, in Windward O‘ahu, lies an enchanting gallery and gardens filled with unique art and plants. The property was artist Hiroshi Tagami’s (1928-2014) never-ending canvas that slowly evolved into the Eden that it is today. Tagami’s love of nature is… Continue »

Find Flora and Fauna

A tour of O‘ahu’s BOTANICAL GARDENS not only is a walk in beauty, but also is a lesson in the science of tropical plants. Some tours and exhibits are designed to enhance knowledge of various species, while others are more aesthetic, providing photo tours around the island’s gorgeous botanicals. The gardens below do not represent… Continue »

Find the Shrimp Shack

The draw of this outdoor eatery is more than its award-winning spicy garlic shrimp. SHRIMP SHACK, a bright-yellow lunch wagon located along the scenic ocean-lined Kamehameha Highway in Punalu‘u (6 miles south of Polynesian Cultural Center), is one of the few O‘ahu food stops that is as much a destination as it is a place… Continue »

Saddle Up

A guided HORSEBACK TOUR is a great way not only to explore out-of-the-way terrain, but also to become familiar with the lay of the land and O‘ahu’s culture. KUALOA, near Kane‘ohe, also offers trail rides on its historic 4,000-acre working cattle ranch. Available as oneor two-hour tours, riders are treated to stunning ocean views as… Continue »

Pamper Yourself, Hawaiian-Style

Hawai‘i is a healing place, and not just because of the soothing sounds of waves crashing on the shore or the warmth of the sun on your skin. Here, culture traditionally focuses on the importance of healing both body and spirit. Spas throughout the islands are incorporating treatments based on traditional Hawaiian practices into their… Continue »

Shop Paradise

O‘ahu is a shopper’s delight, with a wonderful mix of locally owned shops mixed with trendy and high-end retailers offering the latest apparel, jewelry, beauty products and more. ALA MOANA CENTER, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, boasts more than 290 restaurants and shops. Entertaining hula shows, events and performances are often hosted at center… Continue »

Peruse Downtown Honolulu

Honolulu, like many great cities, developed around a harbor; in fact, hono means, “bay,” and lulu means, “calm,” in Hawaiian. Today, ALOHA TOWER AND HONOLULU HARBOR bring to mind a time when Honolulu was known as the “Crossroads of the Pacific,” filled with ships from lands far and wide—first from explorers, then merchants, and now,… Continue »