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Discussion in 'Community Center' started by doc trinidad, Jun 14, 2012.

  1. doc trinidad

    doc trinidad

    Aug 29, 2009
    Heading to Hawaii in July we will be on Oahu can anyone recommend things we really need to do while there? So far spending the 4th at the cultural center.
    Looking to do some fishing while there as well thanks everyone in advance!
  2. jwaj


    Dec 19, 2002
    USS Arizona Memorial. If you snorkel: Hanauma Bay.
  3. AKC

    AKC Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Just hang out, enjoy the blue skies and lush greenery. Feel the mana.

    While in Laie, go check out Pounders, if bodysurfing is your thing.

    Used to be my backyard.

    Enjoy your trip, make good memories....
  4. eisman

    eisman Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    I like Oahu despite the heavy handed tourist stuff. Mainly I stay away from that if possible. Still there's some stuff you just have to do.

    First, don't take a lot of stuff. You can live for weeks out of a gym bag. There's no need for formal or fancy clothes unless you're doing a wedding. The odds are very good that if you take a jacket or long pants you'll never wear them. (If you were going to the big island it's different.) One pair of shoes and sandels. A hat. Sunglasses (good sunglasses). Two pair of shorts/swimsuit/ 2-3 shirts. That's all you need. Anything else you can buy there; cheap.

    Second, hit the flea market at the stadium in Honolulu for all your beach gear. Mats, floats, swimsuits, etc. Get your junky souveniers there too.

    See the Arizona. I think everyone should. But be prepared; I almost blew my temper a couple times at the lack of respect the average tourist shows.

    You need to see Waikiki Beach. The wife will want to shop. The kids will want to swim. Find a nice place wth good wait service and spend the time watching the grls and drinking a maragrita (or whatever). An alternate is to pick up a 6 pack at the ABC store (on every corner) and sit on the seawall.

    Go visit the old gun battery (now a museum) at Ft Derussy Park on the north end of Waikiki. Great display of local history with a focus on WWII. Nice park too.

    Go up to the North Shore. Eat fish tacos. Get shaved ice. Take the Audabon park trail up to Wiamea Falls. Don't stand under the cannonball tree.

    Go up to Makaha (on the western side of the island) and see where surfing really got it's start back in the 60's. This is the one part of the island that's still "old school".

    Don't bother with the Dole Plantation unless you really have a burning urge to know more about pineapples.
    Do a Luau, but ask around. Id's say the one at the Polonysian Center, but others may have a better idea.
    Take a day and drive the east side of the island. Picnic on a beach; odds are good you'll be pretty much alone.
    Don't rent a 4 wheel drive (unless the rates are crazy good. I had one last SEP for $16/day.) Don't get anything convertable, or plan to loose anything you leave in it.
    Find a nice beach and watch the sunset.

    If you're military or retired DOD PM me and I'll give you some more good info.
  5. TimberWolf7.62


    Aug 29, 2010
    Exactly what Eisman said. But go to Dole if you want to run their maze (take water - it's hot) and don't forget the submariner's museum next door to Pearl, the Arizona, and Missouri.
  6. doc trinidad

    doc trinidad

    Aug 29, 2009
    Guys thank you all for the info it really been helpful. we are getting really excited and heading out next week. One question though does anyone know if there is a decent place in china town to pick up some good Chinese cleavers and kitchen knives? I cook for a living and am always looking to add to my collection!
  7. bobbystoney

    bobbystoney Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    What about the helicopter ride? Is it worth it?
  8. Blunt Forged Edge

    Blunt Forged Edge

    May 15, 2012
    I'm sure there are places in China Town to buy them. Might want to buy out time to check out the Swap Meet at the Aloha Stadium too. It's been a while since I've been back home since leaving Hawaii in 1986. Maybe a lot has changed?
  9. akabu


    Jul 11, 2000
    be their in mid July.Sent this to my son in May.
    http://www.alohafriendshawaii.com/keiki.html this one no longer works.


    Hidden Hawaii - new edition coming out.
    OAHU Popout Map – fits in shirt pocket.
    This should get you started. Sun Block Sun, Block!! Take a small folding umbrella for shade or passing shower.
    carry Water , Do Not Drink from ground water source without treatment! Real bad juju.
    Bug Juice, treat your clothing with :
    Pick up a 3 day Bus Pass, cheap allows you to get on and off the Bus all over the Island. Free bus routes Maps at the library at the end of the Ala Wai canal {walk towards Diamond Head}.
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012

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