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Lanai Animal Rescue Center

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This is the ultimate destination animal sanctuary!

Lanai Animal Rescue CenterLocated .06 miles past the airport on the small island of Lanai, Hawaii, is Lanai Animal Rescue Center, or L.A.R.C., a no kill cat sanctuary. L.A.R.C. shelters around 380 cats. The “enclosure” is created in an outdoor setting, using the natural environment to build on and around. Started mostly from volunteer labor, L.A.R.C. has flourished into a functioning 501- c(3) non-profit. They are always looking for volunteers, especially on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

L.A.R.CThe layout of the sanctuary was planned well. As you enter, there is a small fenced area where guests sign in and place booties over their shoes. This area is also security in case a cat sneaks past you on your way into the main area of the sanctuary. As guests sign in, the cats begin to gather at the main entrance awaiting all the petting and attention they will soon be getting. It is amazing how friendly and curious these cats are. For the well-being of the general population of cats there is a quarantine area, a sick ward, a transition cage and a few other staging areas, which are separated “enclosures” for new or sick cats.

Lanai Animal Rescue CenterThe space has plenty of hiding areas, baskets hanging from trees and baskets on the ground in rows for sleeping. Wooden pallets lying in the tall grass create hideaway areas too. It is peaceful out in the open air with felines purring at your feet, head butting your leg for attention. Guests can come to the sanctuary anytime from 11am to 3 pm. There is a feeding station and outlying litter areas. For a place with so many cats you would expect there to be an overwhelming smell, but there isn’t. The animals are so friendly here that you might decide you need a furry companion. Or you might decide to “sponsor” one that steals your heart. L.A.R.C is always looking for “furr-ever” homes for their “Hawaiian Lions,” as they call them. Even if you can not take one home, this place is definitely worth a visit.

LARC HawaiiFounded in 2008 by Kathy Carroll, L.A.R.C. was (and still is) a labor of love. Many years before, she recognized that there was an overpopulation of cats on the island and decided to organize a quarterly TNR program (Trap, Neuter, Return). She organized volunteer vets and volunteer community members to trap the animals, spay or neuter them, give them dewormer and flea treatment and release them back where they had been trapped. Because of her efforts the cat population on the island of Lanai is infinitely smaller than what it could be today. Since the sanctuary was built many of the homeless and feral cats around the island have been relocated to the sanctuary. Yet, it is amazingly calm at the sanctuary. There is an occasional cat fight, but most of the felines have found a way to survive together, after all… they do live in a kitty paradise.

Lanai catDirections once on Lanai: Take Kaumalapau Hwy west out of Lanai City past the airport. Turn left at the second dirt road on your left. There will be an engraved rock that says “Kaunolu.” Take this turn and stay to the dirt road on the left and drive up. You will see the gate to L.A.R.C. on the right side of the road less than a quarter of a mile up the road. L.A.R.C is open from 11 am to 3 pm daily.

If you would like to help this sanctuary from afar or you would like to learn more about the programs and adoptions that they provide, visit www.lanaianimalrescue.org.

Maui Swap Meet Treats and Treasures

There is one location on Maui that is a one stop shop kind of place. A place that ‘has it all’. A place where you don’t know what treasures you might find.

Maui Swap MeetThat place is: The Maui Swap Meet!

Even its location is beautiful, if you look up while shopping. You will be looking at I’ao Valley in the distance. The clouds usually hover just around the peaks of the West Maui Mountains and sometimes sink down into the valley, creating a beautiful landscape. The ocean is very close by; it is about a 3-minute walk. Tourists as well as locals can enjoy a visit to the Swap Meet. It is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Swap MeetThe Swap Meet happens on the grounds of the University of Hawaii Maui Campus every Saturday morning from 7 am to 1 pm. It costs $0.50 cents to get in; children 12 and younger are free. It is an outdoor event, yet very rarely does it get cancelled because of rain. The early bird definitely gets the goodies here! If you arrive after 11 am you will find some vendors sold out and some packing up. Another reason to go early is because the later it gets, the hotter it usually gets as well. Don’t forget the sunscreen or a hat, you will want a little protection from the sun.

Maui Swap Meet The Swap Meet has been happening on Maui for over 30 years. It has been at its current location at the college campus for about the last 5 or so years. It was previously held in Kahului in a vacant lot next to the local post office. It probably grew too big for that area and traffic and parking created some issues. Now there is plenty of parking at the college, which is good, because this place gets busy.

Fresh FruitsWhen you enter you will see rows and rows of tents with clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, souvenirs, wooden carvings, art work, jams, jellies, spices, produce, fresh cut flowers, and plants. You will find booths where you can get a massage, some reflexology, or a tarot reading. It is also a meeting ground for many local food trucks and vendors. There are fresh juices, teas, gourmet donuts, gourmet popsicles, gourmet hot dogs, etc.

The food is always good and there is a variety of options to make even a large group of people with differing appetites happy. There is local Hawaiian food, Indian food, Filipino food, Mexican food, even vegan food, and the list goes on. Besides the prepared foods there is also fresh produce, and the selection is fantastic! Some of the best you will find on the island.

Maui artYou can find anything from multiple varieties of bananas and plantains, avocado, tomatoes and squash to local strawberries, coconuts, macadamia nuts, taro, turmeric and mushrooms. You can even find some of our more unusual fruits like rambutan, noni, sapote, dragonfruit, white guava and lilikoi when in season. So stop by and seek out some of the delightful treats and treasures that Maui has to offer at the local Swap Meet.

Vitamins and Good Vibes at the Big Island Farmers Markets

hilomarket1Big Island Farmers Markets on the Hawaiian islands are more than places to buy your produce, local treats and flowers to decorate your home or yourself. They are centers of social life, where you never know who you will run into to talk story and share the latest news with. It can be your local councilwoman, the friend you have not seen in a while or someone who speaks in the same accent as you and, as you find out, went to your old school thousands of miles away. The world can be that small on a farmers’ market, even on the Big Island. If you want to get to know the island inside and out, start with buying some papayas and apple bananas at the farmers market and talk to the people you meet there. Here are my two favorites:

Find some Hilo Magic

hilomarket2It all began with only 4 vendors in 1988, who set up their wares across the street of the big banyan tree in Mo’oheau Park by Hilo Bay. Today there are more than 200 fruit, vegetable, flower, art, crafts and clothing sellers together with food booths, homemade soaps and even Hawaiian Lomilomi Massage at the Hilo Farmers Market that starts at the picturesque Hilo Bayfront on Kamehameha Avenue and expands up Mamo Street. The two big days are Wednesday and Saturday. Then both sides of Mamo Street are filled with booths and all of the action. On the other days only the side with the vegetable and flower vendors is open, which are often joined by some jewelry, tropical clothing and honey stands. Make sure to stop here next time you are in town and find your favorite tropical delight. How about a bag full with sweet papaya for just one dollar? The market is open from 7 am to 4 pm.

Puna’s Cornucopia at Maku’u Market

hilomarket3The freshest green papaya salad, a juicy huli huli chicken, French crepes or a local laulau plate are just some of the items you can find at the Maku’u Market to make your palate very happy. This Sunday sensation is the place to be on Sunday mornings. Have a bite and shop around for your fresh produce, perhaps some new plants for the garden, jewelry, clothes, art or anything else you can imagine. Maku’u Market it a colorful and vibrant combination of a farmers’ market, an art market and a flea market at the same time. A feast for the senses and also a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors or hilomarket4to make new ones. It is as much a social event as it is a chance for small businesses from the Puna region to generate an income. Let the music, the scent of flowers and fruits and every now and then a refreshing rain shower take you to a slower pace of life and recharge your inner batteries for a new week. This gem is about 25 minutes south of Hilo between Keaau and Pahoa. Plenty of parking gives easy access. 8 am to 2 pm, every Sunday.The Big Island now has about 28 farmers’ markets and they are sprouting up all over the other islands as well. There you can always be sure to find the freshestproduce and the best prices, together with great food, live music and a fascinating mix of local and visiting people.

Bea’s Banana Bread

It does not matter where your bananas come from, these were from the Hilo Farmers market, but any ripe banana will do and within a short time your kitchen will be filled with the scent of tropical pleasures. Better even when it comes out of the oven! Try this easy recipe and don’t forget to share the Aloha with others too…

  • 1 cup butter at room temperaturebananabread
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Beat butter at high speed, add sugar and eggs until all is thick and creamy. Add the previously mixed dry ingredients and beat at medium speed until all is well mixed. Add bananas and vanilla. Finally fold in the walnuts.

Bake about 55 to 60 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Fits perfectly in a 9 x 13 baking dish or make it fun and fill a few small loaf pans. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Watersports on the Rocks – Hilo’s Playgrounds for Water Lovers

keaukahaHilo may not be on the list for prime beach destinations, but Big Island’s best kept secret has many surprises for all water lovers in store. Beautiful spots for swimming, kayaking, surfing and even snorkeling can be found all along the coastline and are not even that well hidden.

The fun begins right behind the airport of Hilo, east of Hilo Bay in an area known as Keaukaha. Following Kalaniana’ole Avenue you will find some unique and simply beautiful spots where you can get wet or just bask in the sun while enjoying the views.

richardsonBring your snorkel, mask and fins to explore Richardson’s Beach Park. Black sand, lava rock plus a smooth entry into the water, which is teeming with schools of fish and the famous sea turtles of the area, are just a few of the attractions there. On clear day you can see all of Mauna Kea while you are floating in the water.

onekahakahaOnekahakaha Beach Park is the best place for families with small children. The water is shallow with a sandy bottom, protected by lava rocks all around. In the park there are several covered gazebos ready for picnics and much shade can be found under the trees. Weekends can be rather crowded.

coconutislandCoconut Island is located just a short walk away from Hilo’s hotels on Banyan Drive and Queen Liliuokalani’s Garden. A footbridge takes you to the quaint park with its miniature beaches. Small but exquisite, it is a great spot for kayaking and snorkeling. Kids, big and small ones, enjoy diving off an old stone tower. The Hawaiian name for this little jewel in Hilo Bay is Moku Ola, meaning “Island of Life.” It is said to have healing energies and has a rich, ancient history. Take some time and talk to the fishermen in the area to learn about the legends and stories of Moku Ola!

Surf is up in several areas in and outside of Hilo. One of the most beautiful spots however is Honoli’i Beach Park. It is popular with the local surfers and on some early mornings you may even run into the mayor of Hilo, who also appreciates a good break. Parking can get tight, but it is so worth it, even if you have to walk a bit. A small path and stairs take you to a rocky shoreline with some black sand, all backed by a beautifully landscaped park with bathrooms, showers and picnic facilities.

For those who prefer to count their laps in a more controlled environment, the answer is Hilo’s Kawamoto Swim Stadium with its Olympic size pool in a central location on Kalanikoa Street.

coconutisland2White sandy beaches are not a part of Hilo’s landscape, but instead there is an abundance of one-of-a-kind enchanting lagoons, magical bays, beautiful reefs and the perfect waters for kayakers and surfers. Together with the bustling art and food scene, the rich history and natural beauty of the land, this small, laid-back town in East Hawaii is a destination for those who are looking for the true Hawaii.

Coming to Hawaii for a honeymoon: romantic things to do

Hawaii is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world. The islands’ tropical climate, beautiful white-sand beaches and scenic views create the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Here are some ideas of what you can do during your honeymoon in Hawaii.

Hawaiian LuauVisit a luau. A luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast combined with a dinner show. Luaus are usually held in a romantic setting (usually near the beach) in the dim light of the setting sun. It is a feast of life, a way of celebrating any special occasion, such as your honeymoon. Luaus take place on the four main Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii. You’ll be able to taste traditional Hawaiian delicacies as well as standard American fare if you’re less adventurous, sip tropical cocktails and watch a Polynesian show with music and dances from various Polynesian island nations, including Hawaiian hula performances.

Hawaii Dinner CruiseGo to a dinner cruise and sail into the sunset with one of the many romantic cruises that are offered in Hawaii. Most of the dinner cruise providers will try to impress you with Polynesian entertainment aboard, local or international cuisine, drinks and friendly service. But what’s most impressing is the panoramic island views that will reveal in front of you as you cruise along the shore. If you happen to take a cruise during the whale season (November to March) you may even see breaching whales.

Island sceneryRent a car for a day and explore the island on your own. All Hawaiian islands are unique and offer numerous scenic drives. Visit popular attractions or stop at a remote beach where you can enjoy more privacy and the company of each other. If you prefer someone else to do the driving, do a guided island tour instead.

musicListen to live Hawaiian music. If you are staying in Waikiki or another resort area you will most likely find live Hawaiian performances right there. Many of the hotel bars and restaurants have nightly entertainment with live Hawaiian or contemporary music. You can also pick-up free brochures and island magazines at the airport that will give you an idea of what else you can do in Hawaii.

Best snorkeling spots on Oahu

With Oahu known for having clear water and coral reefs teaming with all kinds of marine life, the island has quite a few popular snorkeling locations. Here are three of the best spots:

Hanauma Bay

hanauma_bayHanauma Bay is probably the most popular snorkeling spot not just on Oahu, but in the entire state of Hawaii. About a million people come here every year. Located on the southeastern shore of Oahu, the bay has crystal clear waters and a coral reef that is home to numerous fish, many of which are endemic to Hawaii (found nowhere else in the world). The fish at Hanauma Bay are quite tame, meaning that they aren’t shy around humans. So you’ll be able to swim right next to them and watch them feed on the reef. Especially the parrotfish are fun to watch as they scratch algae off the reef (you can literally hear them chew!). The nice thing at Hanauma Bay is that you don’t have to swim out far to see the fish. You can literally stand in chest-deep water, put your head below the surface and see the fish. Venturing out into the deeper waters of the bay is recommended for advanced snorkelers only.

Kahe Point

Located on Oahu’s leeward (west) coast near the Ko Olina resort area, Kahe Point is a snorkeling destination unlike any other on the island. A power plant across the beach uses seawater as a coolant and then discards this water through a pipe out into the ocean. Since this water is warm, it attracts a wide variety of fish as well as turtles. No need to worry that the discarded water is dirty. It is just used as a coolant and is clean. You’ll also see boats anchor here. These are tour companies that offer cruises along Oahu’s leeward coast and many of them stop at Kahe Point as this is one of the best snorkeling spots along this coast. Keep an eye out for boat traffic if you plan to snorkel here.

Shark’s Cove

sharkscoveThis bay on Oahu’s North Shore is a great snorkeling spot, but only in the summer months. In winter the surf is up on Oahu’s North Shore and this is when the ocean is too rough for snorkeling. When the ocean is calm you can see many colorful tropical fish here. It’s a good idea to wear fins or reef shoes as the cove has a reef and is surrounded by sharp rocks. And no need to worry. You’re not likely to encounter any sharks inside the bay. Shark’s Cove got its name from a popular story that says that the outline of a reef outside the cove looks like a shark when seen from above.

Hiking Oahu’s most popular volcanic crater Diamond Head

Only 150,000 years old, Diamond Head is an extinct volcano and one of the most photographed attractions on Oahu. In fact, it is a worldwide symbol of Hawaii and Waikiki, made popular in numerous movies and on postcards and wall calendars. Because of its unique geological history, Diamond Head was declared a National Natural Landmark in 1968.

Stairs leading to the summit

If you are feeling fit, a hike up to the summit of Diamond Head is a must-do while on Oahu. This moderate 1.5-mile (2.2 km) hike leads up along a steep narrow trail with many switchbacks, steep stairways and a dark tunnel. The trail was recently renovated and made easier. Going through the dark tunnel now is optional because there is a new easier paved path and stairs that lead to the top.

On your way up, you will get to several lookouts from where you can enjoy beautiful south shore and mountain views. Wait until you get to the summit where stunning 360-degree views of Honolulu, Waikiki Beach and the blue Pacific await. On clear day you can even see the neighbor islands of Molokai and Lanai on the horizon.

Diamond Head State Park

It takes 35-45 minutes to reach the summit, and there isn’t much shade along the way. So bring a hat, sunscreen and water. To avoid the crowds and hot temperatures, it is best to come early in the morning. The park is open from 6 am to 6 pm. There is an admission fee of $1 per person (or $5 per car). There are also guided Diamond Head tours departing from Waikiki that include roundtrip transportation.

Visit the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

The USS Arizona MemoOil Leaking from USS Arizonarial at Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular attractions on Oahu. More than one million people visit it each year. The USS Arizona is a sunken battleship and the resting place of 1,102 marines killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. At the time of the attack there were 1.4 millions of gallons of fuel aboard the USS Arizona, and up until today it is leaking from the sunken battleship, forming oil droplets on the ocean’s surface. Some people call them “black tears.”

Admission to the Pearl Harbor visitor center and the USS Arizona Memorial is free, however, you need to get a ticket to board a US Navy shuttle boat that takes you to the Memorial. Around 4,500 tickets are available daily, but they are usually all taken around noon, so if you come in the afternoon, it might be too late. On the ticket is shows the shuttle boat departure time, and usually you’ll have to wait an hour or two and sometimes even longer before it’s your turn (depending on how many visitors there are that day). So if you come in the morning and get a ticket with an assigned time in the afternoon you will have enough time to explore other visitor attractions at Pearl Harbor.

Entering USS Arizona MemorialWhile waiting you can explore the visitor center where you will find interesting exhibits and information about the Pearl Harbor attack. There is also a bookstore and a snack shop. Right before you board the shuttle boat that will take you to the Memorial, you will be taken to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater where you will watch a 23-minute documentary film about the attack.

One important thing to keep in mind when visiting is that purses, bags and other personal belongings are not permitted at Pearl Harbor. You can only bring a camera.

Many visitors come to Pearl Harbor with a tour group. Pearl Harbor tours include roundtrip transportation from Waikiki hotels, tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial (so you will not have to wait in line) and a local tour guide who will provide narration. Some tours include admission to other Pearl Harbor attractions, such as the USS Missouri battleship, the USS Bowfin submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Other Pearl Harbor tours include a visit to other island attractions, such as downtown Honolulu, the Dole Plantation, Oahu’s North Shore and more.

Scenic drive on the Kahekili Highway on Maui

Unlike the popular Hana Highway (Road to Hana), the Kahekili Highway (Hwy 340) is one of Maui’s lesser-known scenic drives and for good reason. It traverses a remote area on Maui, the coastline between Honokohai and Waihe’e. On some tourist maps Kahekili Highway is labeled as an ordinary state road and it may appear to be a faster route from the Kapalua area in West Maui to Kahului since when looking at its length, it is indeed shorter in terms of distance.

However, you won’t be able to drive faster than 20 mph and in many areas it will be more like 5 mph. That’s because the Kahekili “highway” is more like a goat trail, especially around the village of Kahakuloa (between mile 14-15 and 10-12). It is mainly a narrow, curvy, cliff-hugging one-lane road without guard rails. There are occasional pullouts if a car is coming from the opposite direction.

Kahekili HighwayYes, it is a scenic drive with beautiful views of Maui’s rugged undeveloped northeastern shore, but it is definitely not for the faint of heart, not for aggressive or impatient drivers or for those afraid of heights or steep drop-offs. Also, it’ll be to your benefit if you feel comfortable having to back up your car under these road conditions or drive within an inch of a cliff wall to let an oncoming car squeeze by.

Here are a few tips if you decide to do this drive:

  • Make sure you’re not violating your rental car agreement (ask the rental car company if they allow their cars to be driven on this road). A four-wheel drive is not necessary since the road is paved.
  • Rent a small car. Big vans or SUVs are more difficult to navigate on this very narrow road, especially since it’s just barely one lane wide but with two-way traffic.
  • Make sure you have enough gas in your tank. This is a remote area with no gas stations along the way.
  • Begin your journey from the Lahaina/Kaanapali side. Like that you’ll be driving on the inside of the road along the cliff and not along the edge. You’ll also be able to look farther ahead of the road to spot oncoming traffic and your passenger will be less frightened.
  • Don’t do this drive in the dark. Start early enough so you’ll reach your destination before the sun sets. Also, it’s best to do this drive on a sunny day as rainfall makes the road slippery.
  • Keep in mind that the driver will have little opportunity to enjoy the views since there are few places to pull over and the eyes will have to focus on the road while driving.
  • And finally, make sure you’re rested and alert before heading out. It takes at least two hours driving time (not counting stops) from West Maui to Kahului.

Not to be confused with the Road to Hana, Maui’s most popular scenic drive, which many find challenging because of its 46 one-lane bridges and 620 curves, but is nowhere near as intense as the Kahekili Highway.

KahakuloaPoints of interest along the way include Honokohau Bay, Nakalele Blowhole and Kahakuloa Head, which is located at the remote Kahakuloa village. The village is quite picturesque with an old church and fishing houses overlooking a curved bay and black-sand beach surrounded by lush vegetation.

If you enjoy scenic drives but are not up to doing this trip on the Kahekili Highway, there’s good news because Maui has many other beautiful areas that are more easily accessible. For an almost otherworldly experience, the Crater Road that leads up to Mt. Haleakala is fascinating, as you could easily get the idea you’re driving up into heaven or on the Moon. And then there is of course the popular Road to Hana, which is less than 15 miles away (linear distance) from Crater Road, but the complete opposite with its super lush surroundings. If you’d rather not drive yourself but let someone else do the driving, consider booking a tour. Like that you enjoy the scenery instead of focusing on the road. There are tours that go up Crater Road to visit the summit of Mt. Haleakala and other tours explore the Road to Hana and its many interesting sights along the way.

Visiting Oahu for the first time: Activities and things to do on Oahu

Visiting Oahu for the first time? There are so many things to do and see here. Here are our recommendations for first-time visitors to the island.

Must-see attractions on Oahu

Pearl HarborPearl Harbor Pearl Harbor is the most popular historical attraction in Hawaii. More than 1.5 million visitors a year from around the world come here to pay their respect to those who perished on December 7, 1941, in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The most visited monument here is the USS Arizona Memorial, a resting place of 1,102 soldiers who died aboard the USS Arizona battleship. Other top Pearl Harbor attractions are the USS Missouri battleship, the USS Bowfin submarine and the Pacific Aviation Museum. Visiting the USS Arizona Memorial is free, but you will need to wait in line to get tickets. Other attractions at Pearl Harbor have admission fees. Many visitors come to Pearl Harbor with a guided tour group. All tours include roundtrip transportation, a tour guide and narration, admission tickets (so you don’t have to wait in line) and admission to other Pearl Harbor attractions (if included in the tour description). One thing to keep in mind when visiting Pearl Harbor is that visitors are not allowed to carry bags and other personal items inside the park. You can only bring a camera (without bag) with you.

Sunset BeachCircle Island Tour – You can get a good overview of the island in one day. Many local tour companies offer Oahu circle island tours that will take you to island’s best beaches and top island attractions. A tour around the island usually takes 8-10 hours and begins around 7:30 in the morning when a tour bus will come to pick you up from your hotel. Most of the tours include a professional guide that will tell island stories and point out things of interest along the way. A circle island tour usually includes a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation, North Shore Oahu beaches (Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay), the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Makapuu Lookout and more. Many of these tours start with a visit to Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona Memorial.

Hawaii VolcanoesNeighbor Island Tour – You have crossed the Pacific to come all the way to the beautiful island of Oahu. All Hawaiian islands are different and unique so it is nice to visit at least one more Hawaiian island while here. For example, you could visit the Big Island of Hawaii for a day, where you can see one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Hawaii’s number one attraction.

Must-do things on Oahu

Diamond HeadHike Diamond HeadDiamond Head is one of the most popular attractions in Hawaii. People hike to the top of this extinct volcano to enjoy amazing views of Honolulu, Waikiki and the vast ocean. On a clear day you can even see the neighbor islands of Molokai, Lanai and Maui on the horizon. There are a few tours that will take you to Diamond Head. Most of them go there during the day when it is usually busy and hot. There is one unique sunrise tour that goes at 6 in the morning before other tours groups come.

Hawaiian LuauGo to a Hawaiian Luau – Visiting a Hawaiian luau is on the to-do-list of many Hawaii visitors. A few good luaus take place on Oahu; some of them are held on secluded beaches, others directly in Waikiki or at the Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu’s number one paid attraction. If you want to spend a day learning about Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures, their customs and traditions, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a fun place to explore. Tours to the Polynesian Cultural Center usually include roundtrip transportation, the admission fee and luau tickets.

Hanauma BaySwim or Snorkel at Hanauma BayHanauma Bay is the most popular snorkeling destination in Hawaii. Here you can see plenty of colorful fish, a coral reef and unique marine life. Since the bay is very popular the Hanauma Bay parking lot fills up quickly. If you go with a tour group, you won’t need to worry about parking. Tours include roundtrip transportation from Waikiki, as well as snorkel gear – a high-quality silicon dive mask, snorkel and fins.