Blake’s Oahu Guidebook

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Blake’s Oahu Guidebook

Sightseeing
Beautiful views of the Ko’olau range behind a replica of a 900-year-old Japanese temple. Stroll through the gardens, ring the gong, or meditate at the base of a 9-foot Buddha. It’s worth a visit for about an hour. $5 entry fee.
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The Byodo-In Temple
47-200 Kahekili Highway
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Beautiful views of the Ko’olau range behind a replica of a 900-year-old Japanese temple. Stroll through the gardens, ring the gong, or meditate at the base of a 9-foot Buddha. It’s worth a visit for about an hour. $5 entry fee.
I love this beach park. The views are epic and there's always lots of space. If you rent a kayak or paddleboard, come here to go out to Chinaman's Hat. It's a short paddle out and you can even hike to the top! Bring a lunch and spend the afternoon with the locals.
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Kualoa Regional Park
49-479 Kamehameha Highway
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I love this beach park. The views are epic and there's always lots of space. If you rent a kayak or paddleboard, come here to go out to Chinaman's Hat. It's a short paddle out and you can even hike to the top! Bring a lunch and spend the afternoon with the locals.
This is a short hike with a steady incline on a paved trail. The views are excellent without too much work to get to the top. If it's clear enough, you can see Maui, Molokai, and Lanai! In the winter (Nov to March) whales can be spotted off the coast. I recommend arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon because parking (and the heat) can be tough.
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Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail
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This is a short hike with a steady incline on a paved trail. The views are excellent without too much work to get to the top. If it's clear enough, you can see Maui, Molokai, and Lanai! In the winter (Nov to March) whales can be spotted off the coast. I recommend arriving early in the morning or late in the afternoon because parking (and the heat) can be tough.
Beautiful hidden beach with picturesque cove and views. Be careful of the waves and don’t go in unless you’re a strong swimmer.
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Halona Beach Cove
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Beautiful hidden beach with picturesque cove and views. Be careful of the waves and don’t go in unless you’re a strong swimmer.
Everything pineapple! Go for a tour or just wander around on your own. There's lots to see and learn about the history of pineapple production in Hawaii. Did you know that pineapples are not native to the islands? This is worth a quick stop if you're on your way to the North Shore.
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Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
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Everything pineapple! Go for a tour or just wander around on your own. There's lots to see and learn about the history of pineapple production in Hawaii. Did you know that pineapples are not native to the islands? This is worth a quick stop if you're on your way to the North Shore.
This is an undulating coastal trail at the most northwestern point of the island. From the parking lot, it's about 2 miles to the "tip" of the island. At the end, there is a bird sanctuary where you can spot nesting albatross. If you're lucky, you might even spot a monk seal sunbathing on the rocks. This hike is considered easy for all skill levels, but is not wheelchair accessible. I highly recommend checking out this corner of the island.
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Kaʻena Point Trail
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This is an undulating coastal trail at the most northwestern point of the island. From the parking lot, it's about 2 miles to the "tip" of the island. At the end, there is a bird sanctuary where you can spot nesting albatross. If you're lucky, you might even spot a monk seal sunbathing on the rocks. This hike is considered easy for all skill levels, but is not wheelchair accessible. I highly recommend checking out this corner of the island.
Food scene
This is the first hotel in Waikiki. Inside is a beautiful courtyard centered around a large banyan tree. Pop in for a quick snack or enjoy a cold drink from the rocking chairs in the shade. Call ahead to book High Tea for a truly royal experience. It’s worth a visit and only a few blocks away.
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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach
2365 Kalakaua Avenue
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This is the first hotel in Waikiki. Inside is a beautiful courtyard centered around a large banyan tree. Pop in for a quick snack or enjoy a cold drink from the rocking chairs in the shade. Call ahead to book High Tea for a truly royal experience. It’s worth a visit and only a few blocks away.
Book ahead for happy hour drinks and enjoy the sunset from Waikiki’s only rooftop bar.
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SKY Waikiki
2270 Kalakaua Ave
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Book ahead for happy hour drinks and enjoy the sunset from Waikiki’s only rooftop bar.
If you’re looking to buy local coffee, this is the spot. They also have some funky artwork and cool pottery for sale. This is a nice pit stop on the way to the North Shore.
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Green World Coffee Farm
71-101 Kamehameha Highway
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If you’re looking to buy local coffee, this is the spot. They also have some funky artwork and cool pottery for sale. This is a nice pit stop on the way to the North Shore.
Nice pit stop before/after Kualoa Beach Park. Free samples of nuts and coffee. Plenty of local art and souvenirs.
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Tropical Farms Macadamia Nuts
49-227 Kamehameha Highway
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Nice pit stop before/after Kualoa Beach Park. Free samples of nuts and coffee. Plenty of local art and souvenirs.
Neighborhoods
Haleiwa town is old Hawaii at its best! There are lots of shops, food trucks, and world-famous beaches to explore, making it a perfect day-trip outside of Waikiki. I recommend snorkeling at Shark's Cove (Pupukea), then grabbing lunch at the food trucks across the street. The short hike to Waimea Falls is worth a visit (entrance fee required). In the winter, hang out on Sunset Beach to watch the big swells at Banzai Pipeline. And who knows...you might even spot Jack Johnson catching some waves.
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Haleiwa
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Haleiwa town is old Hawaii at its best! There are lots of shops, food trucks, and world-famous beaches to explore, making it a perfect day-trip outside of Waikiki. I recommend snorkeling at Shark's Cove (Pupukea), then grabbing lunch at the food trucks across the street. The short hike to Waimea Falls is worth a visit (entrance fee required). In the winter, hang out on Sunset Beach to watch the big swells at Banzai Pipeline. And who knows...you might even spot Jack Johnson catching some waves.
This is my favorite beach on the island. I love hanging out at Sherwood Beach in the afternoon because the row of forest provides excellent natural shade. The water is warm and blue, there are islands off the coast, and it's never really too crowded. Grab lunch at any one of the food trucks along the highway.
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Waimanalo Beach
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This is my favorite beach on the island. I love hanging out at Sherwood Beach in the afternoon because the row of forest provides excellent natural shade. The water is warm and blue, there are islands off the coast, and it's never really too crowded. Grab lunch at any one of the food trucks along the highway.
Entertainment
This is a great venue to check out live music. Even if you’ve never heard of the artist, just go! Grab dinner at Duke’s or Hula Grill in the same building, but make your reservation in advance.
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Blue Note Hawaii
2335 Kalakaua Ave
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This is a great venue to check out live music. Even if you’ve never heard of the artist, just go! Grab dinner at Duke’s or Hula Grill in the same building, but make your reservation in advance.
Kids
This place is great for young kids. They can spend hours here with all of the activities. My 3 year-old loves it!!
KIDS CITY ADVENTURE
1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
This place is great for young kids. They can spend hours here with all of the activities. My 3 year-old loves it!!
This is a nice calm beach that’s great for kids. The resort grounds are also quite pleasant and a nice respite from crowded Waikiki beaches. ;-)
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Ko Olina Lagoon 4
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This is a nice calm beach that’s great for kids. The resort grounds are also quite pleasant and a nice respite from crowded Waikiki beaches. ;-)

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Gypsy Guide app

I highly recommend downloading the Gypsy Guide app for Oahu to your phone. It's like having a personal tour guide in your car! If you are planning to visit other islands during your stay, you can download the entire Hawaii package. I've discovered new places, even as a local!
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Drive Hui

If you don't have a rental car for your entire stay, consider downloading the Drive Hui app for hourly/daily car rentals. The rates are competitive and you don't have to worry about finding a parking spot when you're done.