Hawaii Trip, what to do in Oahu...

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    Nov 07, 2012 5:36 PM GMT
    Been to Hawaii quite a few times in my life and looking for something different and fun to do in Oahu...

    Done Diamond Head, North Shore, Turtle Bay, Pearl Harbour, Waikiki Beach...

    Anyone know of any other awesome things to do??
  • sfjock11

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    Nov 07, 2012 7:19 PM GMT
    day trips to other islands. e.g. hawaii (hilo side is closer) for volcano national park, maui for haleakala, road to hana, kayaking and snorkeling at kapalua, little makena beach. kauai for the napali coast (hiking, kayaking, zodiac boat, etc.).

    food on oahu! leonards for made to order malasadas! ono hawaiian foods for real local food.
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    Nov 07, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    Awesome man, I'll check it out... I've been to Maui before quite a bit also but will be just staying on Oahu this time...
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    Nov 07, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    sfjock11 saidono hawaiian food for real local food.


    Oh, no! Hawaiian food! icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 07, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    Take a drive up Tantalus Drive for amazing views of Honolulu from the Round Top Forest Preserve overlook. The drive is really beautiful and the views are the best on the island.
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    Nov 07, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidTake a drive up Tantalus Drive for amazing views of Honolulu from the Round Top Forest Preserve overlook. The drive is really beautiful and the views are the best on the island.


    +1.

    There are fantastic hiking trails at the top of Tantalus. It's been a while since I lived there, but there's a small parking lot at the top surrounded by avocado trees. The trail across the way goes to the very top of the mountain and you can loop back around down the mountain through bamboo groves and other beautiful tropical mountain scenery before returning to your starting place. We always used to take visitors there.

    Favorite beaches: Sandy's, Makapu'u, Waimanalo (Belows AFB on the weekends is best), Kailua, Malaekahana, Waimea Bay, Mokuleia, Electric Beach, Makaha Surfing Beach.

    There are great valley and ridge hikes everywhere, as I recall there are books with trail guides.

    A couple of easyish walks that are fun. Drive to the end of the road past Makaha in Waianae, then walk to tip of Kaena Point. Or on the opposite tip of the island, take the walk to Makapu'u Lighthouse, but just before the lighthouse you'll come to a cliff off the right side of the road, you can climb down it to the tidepools at the water's edge.

    Local food, anywhere and everywhere.

    PS: Be careful in Hawai'i! Nature is pretty but it is not always gentle. It is not an amusement park. Tourists are forever not paying attention and falling off mountains, drowning in riptides, etc.
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    Nov 07, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    Check out Koko head hike. Just down the road from Diamond head.
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    Nov 08, 2012 7:48 AM GMT
    sfjock11 said leonards for made to order malasadas!


    Oh my god their wrapped Portuguese sausages are AMAZING. Make sure to heat them first though, makes all the difference.
  • unhooligan

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    Nov 08, 2012 7:56 AM GMT
    Jump off the rock at Waimea beach. Ala Moana shopping mall. Errm eat the wassabe poke. Yumm
    Avoid Wikiki. tourists are crazy, but so are the local crack heads.
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    Nov 08, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
    I just came back from there a couple of weeks ago. If you haven't done it, the snorkel/ sail tours are a lot of fun. I went out with this company:

    http://waikikibeachsailing.com/home.html

    I did the snorkel/ sail tour twice, once last year and again this year because I enjoyed it so much. If you do that go on the earlier(7 am) sail- the honu are more active and numerous at that time of day.

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    I also sailed on their high-speed afternoon run this last trip, which was an absolute blast. Sit in the bow nets and let the waves crash over you!

    I highly recommend this outfit; it's a very good crew with a fast boat, and Cap'n Dave is a great guy.
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    Nov 08, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Excellent, I am stoked to hike!!! Not too much hiking to do in Toronto... especially in the COLD!!!
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    Nov 09, 2012 12:37 AM GMT
    Favorite thing so far. Drive to the North shore. Sit yourself under a palm tree. Eat a plate lunch and then fall asleep (take a nap) under the tree. That was my favorite memory. Watch falling coconuts.
    Also work out at a gym in waikiki that is also a sex club if you are into that. Forgot the name.
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    Nov 09, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    cndplayer saidExcellent, I am stoked to hike!!! Not too much hiking to do in Toronto... especially in the COLD!!!


    Kealia trail near Dillingham Airfield. Keep one eye peeled for "The Triple Hill". All good fun!

    The summit.
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    On the way up near Dillingham Airfield.
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    Nov 09, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    "Char Siu House" on Maunakea Street for manapua.
    "Little Villag" on Smith Street for Honey Walnut Shirmp and Mu-shu Pork rolls.

    Both great. Both cheap.
  • mr_bijae

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:34 AM GMT
    It's been about fourteen years since I was there, but there is a pilot on the north shore that does glider rides over the north west point of the island. It was pretty cheap back then. Even if the cost is higher, it's well worth the views! He was an awesome guide and stayed up long past our paid time. GAMRican has a picture of the airport we flew out of

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    On the way up near Dillingham Airfield.
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    Since you're renting a car to get to North Shore, take time to visit the Pineapple plantations. YUM

    You say you've done Turtle Bay... have you considered SCUBA diving there? I got certified in Turtle bay. It was January and the water was great. Rumor has it you can find a way to hear whales sing during the winter months... but it's just a rumor.. icon_wink.gif

    Another great thing to do is watch all the surfers on the north shore. WOW, The winter months bring big waves to the islands.. and that means some HOT surfers.... watch closely for the deck change.. WOOF!!!
  • ggst82

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    Nov 09, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    Uhmm...I guess I'll be the drunken fatty and say you have to at least try, if you already haven't:

    Bubbies (mochi ice cream shoppe)
    Wailana Coffee House (greasy spoon diner)
    Waiola Shave Ice (no explanation needed)
    Indigo (great bar/restaurant with martini specials and free pupu)
  • Bigolbear

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    Nov 14, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    I liked Waimea Falls. The hike from the park entrance to the falls in the back was nice.