Seven Things to Do While in Oahu, Hawaii

Be Part of a Luau. A luau is a must experience event while visiting Hawaii. Don’t make the mistake of just going to the luau but be a part of the luau. Being part of the luau will bring you memories forever and not to mention having a good time. How do you become part of the luau? By being in the front row where all the action is going on. This is where they pull members of the audience onto the stage to dance and other “stuff”. The kids appreciate being pulled to participate. There are different types of tickets which can be bought for the luau and the most enjoyable are down in front vice trying to look over everybody to see what is going on. Being in the back leaves you out of the action and wondering what is going on up front vice having to wait on yourself at the buffet line to get your meal or any addition items that you want to go back for and only if they have any left for you. Tickets are broken down between front section, restaurant service next to the activities to sitting in the back buffet line waiting on yourself. A luau can also be an all day event or an evening meal. The main difference is the all day luau are more family focused while the evening luaus are more of a dinner show. Either one, remember to buy the front section seats and let your family enjoy themselves. So remember a luau is an experience while enjoying up in front and not sitting in the back trying to see what is going on.

Explore Hawaii History. There is much to see and experience while looking for history in Hawaii. In order to take in as much as possible about our history we strongly encourage taking a tour at the following places: Iolani Palace/Missionary Houses, Chinatown, and Pearl Harbor. Iolani Palace and the Missionary Houses give you a first hand account of the forces which shaped and will shape our future. Iolani Palace was residence of !!! And was the last residence of our monarchy before being over thrown. The Missionary Houses shows how their influence has shaped and still shaping our state. They are located within a two blocks of each other is a must stop to understand the dynamics that are still shaping our history. Chinatown is a about a mile by mile section of Honolulu that has evolved into a bustling diverse community. Not only has it kept it Asian characteristics but other small boutiques, restaurants, and shops have taken root here as way. The majority Asians arrived to Hawaii as indentured servants and Chinatown was their business and economical hub to serve their needs. Pearl Harbor is a whole day affair which consists of USS Arizona Memorial, Bowfin Submarine Museum, the USS Missouri, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. These attractions take you up close and personal of our military contribution to the war effort during World War Two. While visiting the USS Missouri make sure you go on the guided tour. If not you will only be walking around on a big ship without realizing the amount of history the ship was part of during her service. This holds true for the Pacific Aviation Museum. Ask for a guide to give you the extra details that bring the exhibits alive. These three stops to explore our history ties together our pride past to our ongoing future which will give you a better understanding of our island.

Hike up Diamond Head Crater. Diamond Head Crater senderismo en gives you an impressive view of the South Shore, East Shore, Waikiki and Honolulu. The Diamond Head Crater Hike consists of a series of switch-back trails along the inside of the crater which takes you up to a set of stairs, through a tunnel, to another set of stairs and through another tunnel which has a iron spiral stair case and through an observation post to finally make it to the top. The Diamond Head Crater was used as part of the U.S Army Coastal Defense System starting in 1908. Once you are on top of the observation post you can see the other observation posts ringing the south side of the carter. While looking into the crater you can only imagine the magnitude of this volcano before it was extinct. The name “Diamond Head” was given to the crater by early British Sailors who mistook something something as diamonds and the name has stuck to this day. Entrance to the crater is on Monsarett Ave on the back side, away from the ocean through a tunnel. You will be surprised to see that there is still an Army presence in the crater by an Army National Guard unit is still located here or how big the inside really is once you arrive. Remember the crater is blocked by any wind and when it gets hot on the outside of the crater, it gets really hot in the inside of the crater. Plan accordingly or go for an early morning hike to see some beautiful sunrises and beat the heat before the sun starts to bake the inside of the crater. There is a lunch wagon which sells refreshment on the inside of the crater in the parking lot but usually shows up around 7:30 to 8:00 a.m.

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