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Summertime Fun on Oahu…

Summertime is vacation time for many and our beautiful island of Oahu offers lots of fun family activities as well as thrills for all the adventure seekers! There is always the abundance of gorgeous beaches which can be found on all sides of Oahu and there are the ocean activities associated with them such as surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, sailing, and sport fishing. All of these options offer a chance to soak up the sun and enjoy the awesome Pacific Ocean that surrounds us here! However, you may be interested in some of the more unusual choices to be found like an adventure on a pirate ship, a “duck” tour, an encounter with some sharks up close and personal, or an ocean swim with a family of wild dolphins!

Then again, you might want to take a break from the beach and venture inland for some hiking, biking, a horseback ride, a photography tour, or maybe a zipline adventure! There are even ways to enjoy Oahu from the air with some parasailing or a ride in a Glider plane! The list could go on but these are a few ideas … to get you started. We are sure you will enjoy any and all of these ways to have lots of summertime fun on Oahu!

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Oahu’s Military History

Many who visit here come for the beauty of the beaches, the variety of water-sports and activities, and to relax and soak up the sun in our warm tropical climate. However, Oahu has much more to offer, not the least of which is Oahu’s Military History. Almost all who visit are familiar with the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor and many veterans come to pay their respects. Other visitors simply want a chance to view this solemn tomb under the sea. Other military sights and memorials to visit at Pearl Harbor range from battleships to submarines to aircraft, mostly having to do with World War II.

Yet another spectacular memorial to our fallen soldiers is the National Cemetery of the Pacific, located just north of downtown Honolulu, in the extinct volcano called Punchbowl. It has been considered sacred land since the days when Hawaii was a sovereign nation. A heiau (temple) existed here and many ancient Hawaiians were buried here. Now they share this beautiful setting with over 38,000 American soldiers, many of whom died during World War II. Here you will find a serenity among the graves, leading to a majestic marble staircase, and a huge statue of Lady Columbia (representative of all grieving mothers). From this vantage point you will also find one of the most panoramic views of Honolulu!

Even our military memorials are places of beauty not to be missed, so when you are planning your itinerary don’t forget Oahu’s rich military history!

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Hiking Oahu

Hiking on Oahu

Take a Hike, Hiking on Oahu!

Oahu is much more than beaches and ocean, more than city lights and tourist sights, it is also a place to explore nature; to experience lush tropical foliage, see rare Hawaiian birds, enjoy spectacular vistas, and more! There are many hiking trails offering everything from beginner friendly to challenging but wonderfully rewarding hikes. Some are family friendly and can be easily included in your planned daily activities, allowing you to enjoy another aspect of this beautiful island of Oahu! Wondering which hikes might interest you, where to go, or what you’ll see? You can start with the nine hikes recommended by Seek Spot. We offer a brief description as well as information on location, directions, and an approximate time frame required to complete the hike. We feel sure you will find any of these hikes to be an exhilarating, enriching, and unforgettable addition to your visit! So grab your sunscreen, your water bottle, some hiking shoes, and go take a hike in Hawaii!

Hikes on the South Shore of Oahu

Hikes on the North Shore of Oahu

Hikes on Leeward Oahu

Hikes on Windward Oahu

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Mikes Huli Huli Chicken

Dining with Aloha

When visiting here on Oahu, you are going to have a lot of choices of where and what to eat! Making a decision may be difficult and often visitors just choose from the nearest options or go to a restaurant whose name and foods are familiar to them. If you do this, however, you miss out on some of the delicious options available to you, and Hawaii has so many foods to choose from! There is such a diversity of cultures here and each offers something tasty, from traditional Hawaiian foods to Filipino dishes, from Thai to Chinese, and from Japanese to Mexican. There are poke bowls (yes that’s raw fish and it is delish!), Korean ribs, Hulihuli chicken, and island specialties like our Kahuku shrimp.

Are we making you hungry? Good! If you are wondering where to go to find these ono grinds (delicious foods) then just look under the Restaurant section of Seek Spot! We give you information on some of the many great places to dine, no matter which part of Oahu you are in at the time. Be sure to also check for any coupons offered! Fill your days with fun and your tummies with great food. Add to the happy memories you take home by dining with Aloha, Hawaiian style!

Restaurants on the South Shore

Restaurants on the North Shore

Restaurants on Leeward Oahu

Restaurants on Windward Oahu

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Oahu’s North Shore

Making a Trip Out to Oahu’s North Shore

While Honolulu has its city lights and its iconic Diamond Head and Waikiki, you don’t want to miss treating yourself to a visit to Oahu’s North Shore! It is, of course, renowned for its many gorgeous beaches, and it’s awesome surf is majestic to behold! You might enjoy watching the surfers at Waimea Bay, or you could go for a hike to a waterfall in Waimea Valley. Try some stand-up paddling, or go for a swim with sea turtles, or take in a beautiful sunset at none other than Sunset Beach. There is deep sea fishing out of Haleiwa Harbor, or, if you are really adventurous, go skydiving or on a glider ride for a “bird’s eye view” of the North Shore!

When you want to take a break from the beach, you can find lots of great places for lunch, dinner, or shopping in historic Haleiwa. From a tasty shave ice treat to amazing island artwork to fragrant island soaps that you can watch being made in a local soap factory, there is lots of variety to be found here! The list of things to see and do “out in the country” will make you glad you took a break from the city and made a trip to Oahu’s North Shore

Check out more here !

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Lei Day In Hawaii

Lei Day In Hawaii

Here in Hawaii, the date of May 1st has officially been designated as Lei Day, but it is celebrated all month long. Known elsewhere as May Day, those who make Hawaii home celebrate by the giving of a lei. This time-honored tradition begun long ago by the ancient Hawaiian people continues to be embraced here as a way to show love, pride, prestige, and friendship. Lei are given in greeting and in farewell, in celebration and in sorrow.

You will find many lei-making exhibits and demonstrations at various places around Oahu. There is also the Annual Lei Day Celebration which takes place at Queen Kapiolani Park. At this celebration all are welcome to come and see many Hawaiian artisans demonstrating their craft, as well as Lei making contests and exhibits. There is music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, the Hawaii Steel Guitar Association, local singers, and performances of hula.

Whether or not you choose to join in the Lei Day festivities or decide to enjoy one of the myriad other activities offered on Oahu, we hope you will be sure to give a beautiful lei to someone special and share in the aloha as we celebrate Lei Day in Hawaii!

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Wow Wow lemonade

ALOHA IN EVERY JAR
 
Each and every jar of Wow Wow lemonade is fresh, handcrafted, distinctly Hawaiian and infused with the spirit of Aloha. The process begins in the rich soil of Hawaii where our fruit is sustainably grown. By the time we reach Oahu’s farmer’s markets, our distilled nectars are reunited with the bright, juicy lemons that are being hand-pressed on location.
 
This is also where the final touches takes place. Combining pure water and raw cane juice with local fruit and lemons, the ingredients are shaken and poured over ice. Our loyal Wow Wow fans say it’s the citrus aromas and exclusive flavor combinations that keep them coming back for more. Our specialty mason jars are also a hit, and as always, they’re yours to keep.
 
Aloha (sharing the breath of life) is a more than a catchphrase for us, it’s a core value. As a native Hawaiian, we have a deep passion to see a truly sustainable Hawaii, and to be good stewards of the Aina (land) we’ve been given. By partnering with local farmers and using locally-sourced produce, we’ve created something we can be proud of – and something so fresh you’ll be sure to experience the difference. By loving the land and the people of the land, we’re trying impart health in our own small way.
 
Want to learn more? You can find us on the interwebs,
or come for a drink and say hello!
 
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Monarch Tattoo

Tucked into the little town of Hau`ula on the North Shore of

Oahu, Monarch Tattoo is a studio that prides itself on offering

tattoos that are custom designed for their clients. With Bachelor and

Masters’ degrees in fine art, owners Laura and Michael Naylor have

found tattooing to be a fulfilling medium to work in. Having a satisfied

client walk out wearing their artwork gives them a sense of pride and

accomplishment. The majority of their work is done freehand, drawn

directly on the body, and their inspiration comes from nature,

Polynesian tattoos, and traditional western style tattooing. If a client

has an idea for a tattoo, or has a drawing or picture of something they

like, then Laura or Michael will be happy to draw it up for them!

 

Tatooing is an ancient art form that is forever growing and

changing. Monarch Tattoo is a place that respects this history and

offers custom designed wearable art with excellent customer service in

a clean, welcoming environment. It is worth the drive out to the North

Shore to visit this creative, high quality studio whose goal is for each

client to leave smiling, and with a tattoo as unique as the wearer! To

get direction and find out more go to monarchtatoohawaii.com

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Oahu Destination Wedding { Kualoa Ranch }

wedding-dress

Modern Weddings Hawaii brings you the picturesque Oahu destination wedding of Leslie and David. The Kualoa Ranch Wedding was held at the Hale Molii pavillion and captured by Rachel Robertson Photography. The bride and groom who live in Alaska, met online and dated for two years. David popped the question on the beach watching the sunset!

Hawaii-Bridal-Party

They were attracted to Kualoa Ranch because of it’s ” natural Hawaiian scenery minus the hotels and a large beautiful tree to have party under.”  The couple had planned many pre-wedding activities for their guests attending the wedding. They enjoyed a booze cruise, paintball, a bridal shower at the Modern Honololu, and a post-wedding brunch! For their theme, they went with a “sunset” colors, nature inspired, relaxed feel–very fitting for Hawaii! For decor, they used their natural theme as inspiration and mixed organic sea life decor with warm colored flowers, and accents. The bridesmaids were able to pick their own dresses following the color palette and  and groomsmen wore RVCA long-sleeve button-ups, matching belts, khakis, and Rainbow brand flip-flops. The bride got her stunning dress from a consignment store in California.

wedding Hawaii-Couple

After the beautiful ceremony, the celebration continued throughout the reception with dancing, sparklers, and a photo booth! Fire knife dancers and hula provided great authentic entertainment. Guests were given favors with a Hawaiian flare including sea shells, Honolulu Cookie Company cookies, matches, and a wine stopper or bottle opener. The couple even  provided bus-rides back to Honolulu and Kailua after the bar was emptied– which made for a funny end of the evening!

wedding table-decor

Congratulations Leslie & David on your beautiful wedding & Mahalo Rachel Robertson for sharing these great photos!

Venue: Hale Molii Pavillion, Kualoa Ranch
Photographer: Rachel Robertson Photography
Coordinator: Gina from Divine Weddings and Events
Officiant: Luna Lyons
Florist: D’lish Design
 
See original post at http://modernweddingshawaii.com/oahu-destination-wedding-kualoa-ranch/

 wedding Kualoa-Ranch-Wedding

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Educate about and protect the Marine Life

malama pupukea with Jack Johnson

Malama Pupukea Waimea was proud to be invited to participate as a community partner at Jack Johnson’s concerts this year. They were set up in the Village Green with a handful of other great non-profits, all aimed at conservation and protection of the environment. They had a blast as they shared information about the Marine Life Conservation District with many of the over 7000 people who attended each night.


They would like to say Mahalo to everyone who stopped by and made donations, signed up for their newsletter and committed to becoming a volunteer! 

Jack’s “All At Once” campaign inspires everyone to get involved with the idea that “An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change” and all of you are helping to make that happen.

As part of the campaign, Jack and the Johnson Ohana Chairtable Foundation are matching, dollar for dollar, any donations made to our organization through September 1st, up to $2500. If you can make a donation that will help them to continue their work of caring for, educating about and protecting the Marine Life Conservation District please do so here http://www.pupukeawaimea.org/donate.php

Learn more about Malama Pupukea Waimea here www.pupukeawaimea.org

We also encourage you to visit http://allatonce.org/ to learn more about Jack and his amazing campaign.

 

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