(Closed) Oahu/Waikiki suggestions??….We leave for HM in 14 days!!! :)

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Post # 3
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Keo’s Thai Cuisine if you like really good, authentic Thai food.  Also, make sure you buy at least one pearl (they have pearl oysters that you can buy and open yourself). to have as a souvenir.

Post # 4
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If you want to do a lot touristy activities I highly recommend getting the Go Oahu card. You can order them at a good discount through Costco. They include admission to about 30 places, a bunch of tours, luau etc. It’s a pretty good deal and we got a lot of use out of ours.

Post # 6
25 posts
  • Wedding: November 2012

The Waikiki area is great… lots to do without ever getting in a car. Go to Duke’s one night for dinner. It’s inside the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel on the main strip. Lanikai Beach in Kailua was the most beautiful (and not crowded) beach we went to. You can see Na Mokulua from this beach. Definitely go to Hanauma Bay. We took a tour of the island and saw some amazing hidden attractions like Laie Point, Pali Lookout (must go!), Halona Cove Beach (amazing!!). Go to Pearl Harbor too… it was a lot more than I expected. It also didn’t take a lot of our time but I’m glad we got to experience it. They have added more since I have gone so it is probably even better. Honestly though, get OUT of Waikiki. We rented a car for 2 days and drove all over the island and we saw so much more than I could have ever imagined and those were the best moments of our trip. We rented a jeep and took the top down… drove through the pinneaple farms, stopped at the Dole Plantation for some pinneaple ice cream, and went to the beaches on the North Shore.. and drove all the way back down Kamehameha Hwy… which is so beautiful it runs all along the shore. The North Shore is just so raw and unexposed we couldn’t get enough! You must get out of the Waikiki area at least for a day though… trust me! Sorry this was so long… I can give you more advice if you need it! My fiance and I went a year ago before we were even engaged and it was amazing.

Whatever you do… DO NOT go to the leeward (left side) of Oahu. The whole time we were curious why no one talked about it and why the tour didn’t go to that side so we found out why for ourselves. It is basically the “ghetto” side. Lots of crime, drugs, homeless people. There is a tent city along the beaches of that part of the island. It was extremely depressing and scary… so unless your brave and curious I wouldn’t reccomend going to that part. You can read about it here..http://gohawaii.about.com/od/hawaiianpeople/a/oahu_homeless.htm

Post # 7
769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

sansei sushi – great deals on sunday and monday nights if you get there early! think 4:30 for a 5:30 seat! totally worth it. try to get a outdoor seat.


Post # 9
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Allow a good chunk of time to Pearl Harbor and get there early. The park service has done a great job and made a fairly substantial complex- there’s the Missouri, Bowfin, Arizona and the Museum of the Pacific.

Also, the Bishop Museum (Hawaii’s state museum) was fun. It’s a series of buildings. A sort of please touch natural history museum, a traveling exhibit hall that as of mid-August had an exhibit on dinosaurs, state hall of fame and then the state history building that had a lot of cultural history objects.

Alan Wong’s was FANTASTIC! You should get reservations but you can do that online and let them know you are on your honeymoon (we got a free desert and a signed menu to take home)

Burger’s on the Edge was good too. It wasn’t too expensive and it was far enough off the beach that it wasn’t too busy. I loved their Quinoa veggie burger and Darling Husband really liked his Kobe style (Wagyu) burger. Darling Husband also like their shakes.

We went to Gunstock Ranch on the way to the North Shore for a trail ride. They were very accommodating, and led a good safe trail ride (I used to lead CHA trail rides so I’m hyper critical of safety procedures at some places).

Post # 10
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I second Duke’s. Take a hummer tour where Godzilla, LOST, and a bajillion other movies were filmed. I LOVED it!!!

Post # 11
2144 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Definitely rent a car and drive the north shore. There’s lots of great beaches, cute little towns, and awesome scenery. Haleiwa is really cute and there’s some good beaches near there. Waimea Valley is also near there, which is really beautiful.

Post # 12
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i am perfectly happy just sunbathing on the beach but other things to do:

– bruch at duke’s

– climb to the top of diamondhead and stop and get a snow cone when you’re done

– i’ve eaten at keo’s but it was in like 1999

– dinner at top of waikiki

– luau if you’ve never been to one.  i’ve done both germaines and paradise cove.  paradise cove was better

– i always enjoy the dinner cruise thing but it’s typical tourist stuff just like the luaus

– pearl harbor is a must

– visit turtle bay and the north shore and eat at one of the shrimp trucks (we didn’t rent a car but i have a buddy from high school that lives in honolulu to he took us around)

– i loved the train tour at the dole plantation.  get a dole whip (pineapple soft serve)

– this off the tourist track but we ate a place called wally ho’s garage and grill.

– visit an abc store but buy your souveniers at costco or target

– eat spam musubi (they’re everywhere even at the 711)

– if you’re adventurous, you can sneak and climb the haiku stairs (aka stairway to heaven)

Post # 13
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

stairway to heaven is next to impossible to climb these days.  they have two guards now who switch days, one that i swear shows up by 430 and will chase you down…seriously, he’s one of the best climbers on the island, if not thee, he will bring you down and ticket you.  the other, not so much.  but if you show up after 5am, forget it. plus the neighbors will report you if they see you park your car on the road nearby and leave looking like a hiker. we managed to get up one of out of two attempts, using same 400am departure method.  we scaled an 8 ft fence and walked in a sewer.

restaurant recommendations

– blt in trump

– morimoto’s in the modern

– kai market brunch

– little village in chinatown

– sansei for sushi

despite the being the more impoverished part of island, leeward oahu has some beautiful spots.  wet caves, amazing beaches at end. drive to the end of the road, and hike/walk kaena point, and ocean front hike (about 4.5m r/t) that ends with an albatross nesting ground and on most days, some of the critically endangered hawaiian monk seals.  sometimes you can see the leeward dolphin pods as well.  very sunny and hot, go first thing in am and brings lots of water/coverage/sunscreen.  don’t bring Anything you don’t need on trip, don’t leave anything in car in case it’s broken into.  basically, if you can’t lose it, leave at hotel or bring with you.

kualoa ranch atv trip (2 hr a must to get into heart of valley).

kapiolani comm college saturday morning farmer’s market.

snorkeling at shark’s cove (if it’s not too surf-y yet on north shore).

wild spinner dolphin/turtle snorkel boat trip by ocean adventures out of koolina marina.  

paradise cove luau at koolina.  most edible luau food on oahu, though it’s not saying much.  best show and best view/atmosphere since it’s far out of town.  

duke’s has good nightlife on sunday evenings.  


Post # 14
1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Go to the dole plantation. It’s a little drive but totally worth it. Also find a good luau to go to. It took up a whole day but there were so many activities going on and things to see that you will really enjoy it also the food at the luau is awesome.

Post # 16
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I just pinned like everything you ladies mentioned LOL.  YAY ^_^ we’re going to Oahu too.  I’ve been stalking the bee for tips haha

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