Luau and submarine tours, Whale Watch and Sub Tours (Jan-April), Snorkel and
Sub Tours, Helicopter and Sub Tours
Breakfast specials, pancakes, bacon, scambled eggs, 2.99 Anniversary special
Address: 2256 Kuhio Ave Corner of Kuhio and Seaside
Free Hawaiian music and dance. Featuring entertainment reminiscent of old Hawaii. 30 min show begins at 7pm in DFS Galleria Waikiki.
Place: Cnr Kalakaua And Royal Hawaiian Ave.
Presents free concerts most Friday at Queen Kapiolani Park Bandstand near Hon Zoo. 1 hour concert feture differnet musical groups, tranditional or contemporary Hawaiian, jazz, pop
Hawaiian Band performs from noon to 1pm most Fridays Near Coronation Pavilion at Iolani Palace. For schedule call 922-5331
Buy food from the booths on beach and enjoy sunset, entertainment and movie at citys sunset on the beach. Held on most weekends 4pm, entertainment from 4:30pm, movie 7pm on the beach across from zoo.
Presents educations programs for children and families. Moonlight tours, breakfast behind the scenes, snooze at the zoo. Call 9717195 for info.
All you can eat breakfast on the beach. Views of Waikiki beach and diamond head. Serve fruits, pastries, scrambled eggs, hot potatoes, hash browns, fresh carved ham etc
Hours: 7-11 breakfast buffet.
Place: Outrigger Reef Hotel 2169 Kalia Rd.
Price: $6.99 with coupon, complete dinners from $8.99.
In Aloha Stadium. Tshirts, aloha wear, electronics, jewelry, souvernirs, food vendors etc.
Directions: H1 to stadium exit ,follow signs pointing to Aloah Stadium
Phone: 486-6704 swap meet info.
Hours: 6-3pm Wed and Sat.
What was known as the Kodak Hula Show
Address: Lawn on the Waikiki side boundary of Kapiolani park adjacent to Waikiki shell.
Bus: 55, last stop going to town
Hours: Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am
Well worth going. Beautiful coral,
fishes and turtles.
Address: Heeia Pier
Bus: 55 takes you there
Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel
5000 Kahala Ave (lagoon downstairs)
Bus: 55 to Ala Moana, 8 to Waikiki Zoo, then 14 to Kahala Ave
Phone: 739-8888 (hotel), 739-8918 (Dolphin Quest)
Feeding hours: Daily at 9:30am, 11:00 am, 2:00pm
Price: Free to watch, but if you want to participate in interaction program (feed and swim with the dolphins) it is fairly expensive. You can call Dolphin Quest to make a reservation.
The lawn area just to the east of the Lighthouse is a good place for sunsets. There are 3 lookout areas along here bordered with low stone walls looking down Diamond Head Beach. You can usually see colored wind sails along here also.
Directions: From Waikiki you can walk or drive along Kalakaua Ave parallel to the beach through Kapiolani Park, continue past Dillingham fountain on left and Sans Souci Beach hotels on right. Kalakaua ave curves to the left and intersects Diamond Head road at stop sign. Turn right onto Diamond Head road, passing a nice neighborhood with interesting looking homes. Look for steep Downhill Street on the right which is Beach St. but usually the sign is missing.
Includes continental breakfast, mountain bikes, rain jacket and bell helmet. Begins down a 5 mile paved mountain Road. From above Honolulu you will visit a tropical rainforest with views of Oahu then shuttled to Manoa Valley for a 2 mile hike to waterfall. For more information and tours see: www.BikeHawaii.com or call 734-4214, 877-4214
Personal helicopter tours. Experience of a lifetime.
Horseback rides. Found at the hill top of Waimea valley. Will see panoramic views from Kaena Point along North Shore. For more information call: 638-RIDE (7433)
Chinaman's Hat officially known as Mokolii is a small island close to shore (about 600 yards) seen from Kualoa Beach Park. Here you will find a small mountain, tidepools, sea caves and two white sand beaches, one of which is a secluded cove facing the open sea. It is usually quite popular during the weekends, but deserted during the week. Sunrises from here are magnificent. (Include diagram on pg. 69)
Directions: From Kamehameha Hwy. 83, enter Kualoa Regional Park. Go to the end of the parking lot and if its low tide can walk across over the connecting reef otherwise can paddle over on rafts, kayaks or surfboards.
Goat Island is a small island offshore from Malaekahana Bay State Recreation Area. It has 3 beaches and is also easily reached on foot over a reef at low tide when the sea is calm. As you arrive onshore there is a welcome sign. It is best to check the tide and wear old sneakers to protect your feet if you plan to walk across.
At low tide can see hundreds of sandbars. The water is usually glassy and nice for exploring. Commercial tour boats depart from Heeia Pier. Kaneohe bay drive begins at Mokapu blvd, border of Kailua town. Goes around the base of Oneawa hills to the left under overpass of H3 hwy. Kaneohe bay can be seen immediately to the right.
Directions: Coming down Kaneohe bay drive, turn right on Kam Hwy. About a mile down turn right onto Lilipuna Rd. It is a loop road that curves around Pohakea Point through a nice residential area. There are some nice elevated views here. One good spot is at the entrance road that descends to parking lot and pier that service University of Hawaii's Marine lab on coconut island. Parking is available along descending road, only for short periods. Turn right from Lilipuna road to get onto Kam hwy. Cross bridge which passes through a swamp and mangrove forest. Right after swamp will come to entrance to Heeia State Park, which also has some good views. Next door to park is Heeia Kea Pier is where glass bottom boats like Coral Queen and Cruiser Bob depart. For kayaking try Toogood Kayaks, call 262-5656. Apparently they can deliver Kayaks if arrangements made. From Hwy turn right onto Lihikai drive a tiny street. that descends to Wailau Point passing Laenani Park on the way. There is a Hotel complex. The park is a good place for picnics, picnic tables available, shaded with trees, rest rooms and good views. Heeia State Park In the middle of Kaneohe Bay, 184 acres, good views. Coconut Island which appeared on opening credits of Gilligan's island in view, picnicking pavilion, restrooms and night security available. To the right can see Heeia Fishpond. To learn some history of the area call: 247-3156 Address: 46-465 Kam Hwy at Kealoni Point He'eia.
3 hour Whale, Turtle and Dolphin Tours. Experience of a life time.
Surrounded by taro field. Enter park through time tunnel, recreated nineteenth century plantation camp inside. Call 677-0110
About 3 miles up Round Tip Dr. from Makiki St. in Honolulu. 50 acres. Panoramic view of Honolulu. Hardy family hiking, picnicking in adjacent forest reserve.
About 10 miles east of Honolulu off Likelike Hwy. (Hwy 63) at Kane'ohe. 400 acres. Constructed as part of a flood control project for urban Windward Oahu. Picnicking, camping by permit, community center and gallery. Walking trails.
2 miles north of Honolulu airport off Hwy. 83. Windward shore, sand and reef beach. Camping, picnicking, snorkeling, swimming. Lifeguard (summers and weekends only), phone, restrooms, night security, showers.
This is a 3,922 stair climb with stunning views. Once overseen by the US Coast Guard, the stairs are now overtaken by Honolulu County and officially closed at the moment.
Directions: Coming from La'ie on Kam Hwy. turn right on haiku road. Haiku road will turn into a u-shape as you reach Haiku Park. Take the first right after the park and go to the end of the street. Turn right again and park. Walk to the last street that goes off to the right. The entrance is a state access road that goes to the left after the first house from the corner. The road is gated. Walk around the side of the gate, walk up the hill until you reach a fence just below the freeway. To the left of the gate there is a large opening in the fence where you can easily pass through.
Circles along the top of Honolulu's Mount Tantalus. Suitable for a nice drive, bike ride, jogging and hiking along trails.(Hawaii Nature Center, 2131 Makiki Heights Drive).
Directions: From Makiki Heights, one short block later you will see road forks at little triangular park. You may go either direction, circular route. Going right, about 5 minutes drive will come to lengthy lookout shoulder along right side of the road. Below to the left will see Manoa Valley and out in front is Waikiki. Several views along the way. Ideal for sunset. About half mile from lookout, road curves to left through a park setting and entrance to Puu Ualakaa Park lookout with 230 degree view into Manoa Valley all the way to Waianae Mountains and Oahu's western shore. Car breakins are popular in parking lot so be careful. After leaving park can see top of houses hidden in rainforest and trailheads (link to tantalus map). Road climbs, drops and zig zags, under full grown trees hanging. Passes pines, ironwood, guava trees and varietie of colorful flowers. Road changes names from Round Top to Tantalus Drive halfway through. Near the end there are 2 westward facing scenic points. First into Punchbowl crater, second a view of airport area (looks good at sunset). Road descends and at intersection Tantalus drive and Makiki Heights, can go either way. Makiki Heights will take you to Museum of Contemporary Art (2411 Makiki Heights Drive 526-1322), then back to starting point (little triangular park). If continue downhill on Tantalus drive and make left onto Puowaina st, will reach entrance to National Cemetery at Punchbowl Crater (541-1430)
Bus: Corner Beretania and Alapai (opposite police station- check how to get here), Walk makai on Alapai St. to bus stop and transfer to #15 Pacific Heights (run every hour) Bus #15 only travels small section of the route but passes Contemporary Muesuem, and close to some viewpoints.
Area At end of Ruth Pl., via Peter St. from St. Louis Dr. off Wai'alae Ave. in St. Louis Heights, Honolulu. 49.9 acres. Nortfolk Island pine forest Hardy family hiking, picnicking.
Isn't big but shows the diversity of marine life surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Ask about reef walks and other aquarium excursions.Programs include, exploring the reef by day, learn what happends in Aquarium after dark. Call 923-9741 for info.
Can get good views of Pearl Harbor and Central Oahu on the way up. Heiau (sacred Hawaiian site, healing temple of ancient Hawaii) is at the park entrance. Many medicinal plants used in ancient days still grow around Heiau area including noni fruit, kukui nuts, hau flowers and ti leaves. Rest of the park has groves of ironwood and eucalyptus. Top of the road leads to Aiea Loop trail.
Garden mostly plants appropriate for dry climate. Open 9-4pm Directions: Turn up Kealahou st. and take another left to botanical gardens inside steep walled Koko Crater.
Fine art Gallery and Botanical Gardens. To arrange a visit call 293-8146. Admission is free.
Directions: Head down Kam Hwy toward Kaneohe. Turn right onto Wailehua road across from taco shop. Drive toward mountains on Wailehua road. Turn right at the first stop sign onto Lamaula road. Follow Lamaula road around the corner and up the hill to 47-754 Lamaula road.
New trailhead to Maunawili Falls established that begins at Pali Lookout alongside Pali hwy, just below tunnels on Kailua side. Trailhead reachable only when traveling from Honolulu side in downhill direction toward Kailua. If coming the other way, uphill toward Honolulu, exit at Nuuanu Pali Lookout area, follow direction signs toward Kailua to return down the hill. Pull over at hairpin curves scenic viewpoint, after passing tunnels and park there. Trailhead begins at the uphill end of the parking space at break in the rail. The Nuuanu Pali Lookout at head of Nuuanu Valley. Nice sunrise from here and will probably have the place to yourself. Cold in the morning though. Bus does not stop at Pali. For map of hiking trails click here
Coming out of pali lookout toward Honolulu turning left. Nice quiet drive passing lily ponds, big trees then as you pass over the bridge on the right will see sign to Judd Memorial trail, which leads to Jackass Ginger Pool.
From Kam Hwy turn left onto Pupukea Road across from park near the fire station. Pupukea Road climbs, zig zags, up the ridge. The road is narrow and winding. As pupukea Rd straightens out near the top a road appears on the right hand side with a sign indicating Pu'u O Mahuka Heiau State Monument (ancient Hawaiian sacred place of ceremony), high above Waimea Bay, magnificent view all along North Shore. Small Parking available but be careful of break ins. Off Pupukea Homestead Rd. (hwy. 835) from Kamehameha hwy. (Hwy 83) across from Pupukea fires station. 4 acres. Viewing of Oahu's largest heiau, a national historic landmark. Backtracking pupukea Rd. make a right turn onto it continuing uphill. Pass nice houses, nicely landscaped. Road ends at entrance of Boy Scout camp. Returning part way down Pupukea Rd making a right turn onto Alapio Road - Exclusive sunset hills area. Pass large homes surrounded by tall boxwood hedge known as the Mansion Elvis Presely's Hawaiian Retreat. Alapio Red continues at a 90 degree right turn, but proceed ahaead along Makena Red to see some great homes with pretty canyon sea views.