Tag Archive: Oahu travel

Oahu’s famous Diamond Head has an unrecognizable face

With a rippling green ridge that emerges from the skyscraper profile of Waikiki, Diamond Head is one of the world’s iconic visions. Though it indeed sparkles, it was calcyte crystals and not diamonds… Continue reading

Oahu Beaches: Laid back on Lanikai

If toasting flesh is on your mind, head for Lanikai Beach on Oahu‘s windward coast. Adjacent to Kailua Beach Park, this tony beach enclave attracts beachgoers with its powdery sands and dreamy aquamarine… Continue reading

Tourist trot to Manoa Falls still a thrill

Close to metro Honolulu and a destination for “adventure tour” buses, Manoa Falls is not a wilderness experience. Parking is five bucks. But get over it and you will enjoy this jaunt (1.5… Continue reading

Easy thrill: Manoa Falls, Oahu

Not far from Waikiki, Manoa Falls Trail sees a lot of footprints, among them unsuspecting tourists who sign up with a tour guide and pay for an “adventure hike.” Still, the 1.5-mile roundtrip… Continue reading

Waikiki: every enchanted evening

An eight-block grid of highrise hotels packed between the Pacific and the Ala Wai Canal, Waikiki Beach is indeed a ticky-tack post-war contrivance to bring tourists by the boatload (now plane load). But… Continue reading

Oahu’s North Shore: surf city

Every island has a north shore, but there is only one North Shore, on Oahu, known to surfers around the world. Within a few miles along the surprisingly rural Kamehameha Highway are four… Continue reading

Poking around Oahu’s Pokai

Around eight hundred years ago, Pokai Beach Park in Waianae on Oahu’s West Side was the happening place in Hawaii. If it hadn’t been, Hawaii may not have happened at all. Pokai, the… Continue reading

Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore

surfing capitol of the world

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