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There are so many beautiful sights to take in on your Hawaiian vacation; mountain ranges, palm trees, white beaches, blue seas, and colorful flowers around every bend.  Some of the most beautiful sights, however, are a bit more tucked away – hidden under the surface of the beautiful waves of the Pacific Ocean around Oahu.

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If you’re looking for a truly unique, once in a lifetime activity to make your vacation memorable, Honolulu Honu Divers can show you a side of Oahu you otherwise wouldn’t see; the underside!

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Hector established Honolulu Honu Divers based on his absolute passion and love for the underwater world.  He has truly set himself apart from the other dive companies on the island by following a strict 1:1 or 2:1 dive ratio meaning that the only time you will ever dive with someone other than just him is if you book with a dive buddy you know!

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Whether you want to explore the different dive spots around the island by boat or stick to a shore dive, the personalized one on one experience of Honolulu Honu Divers can’t be beat.  Call today and let Hector “show you the time of your life.”

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11 Family Friendly Spring Break Activities

Mid March means Spring Break on Oahu, a time that can be both exciting and overwhelming!  The kids are home from school and ready to be entertained –  luckily, there are plenty of family friendly events going on around the island to keep your keiki busy.

We’ve compiled a list of 11 family friendly Spring Break activities, from historical to hands on.

HISTORICAL
Take your kids for some fun extra credit.  Show them they can have fun while learning about the wonderful island of Oahu.

1. National Memories Exhibit Opening
Opens March 14th

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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the first stop of the “National Memories” 2015 United States tour. The exhibit, which first went on display in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2010, has toured Mainland China and Taiwan. Through the use of imagery and more than 100 historic photos taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the China Burma India Theater, “National Memories” brings to life the camaraderie that existed between Chinese and U.S. soldiers as their countries joined forces during World War II. The Museum’s permanent “Flying Tigers Exhibit” featuring a WWII-era P-40 aircraft, will anchor the photographic display.

2. 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum
March 11th- March 16th
125For 125 years, Bishop Museum has chronicled life in the Hawaiian Islands. Over that time we’ve seen tremendous changes to Hawai‘i, our people, our cultures, our environment, and our place in a global society.  The emphasis of the exhibit will be the common lived experience of life in the Islands. Rather than create a linear chronological sequence through the period, the exhibit will examine change thematically, with more than a dozen large graphic panels exploring topics like Communication, Work Life, and Transportation.

3.  Kapolei Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a
March 14th

Part of the Prince Kuhio Festival which honors the life of Prince Kuhio, “The Citizen Prince,” this is a free, all day event that includes hula, local entertainment, traditional food prep lessons, local vendors, crafts, and traditional Hawaiian games.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Looking for something different to do outside with the little ones besides plopping them on the beach?  Look no further!

4. North Shore Keiki Surf School Camp
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North Shore Keiki Surf School specializes in teaching children how to surf and they’ll be holding a Spring Break camp!  Take some time for yourself and rest assured your children are in great hands as they spend the day in the beautiful waters of the North Shore.

5. Keawe Adventures
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Whether you want to visit Pearl Harbor, explore the North Shore, go fishing, hiking, or snorkeling, Keawe Adventures has a tour for you! Let them help you build your dream Hawaii Vacation or Staycation this spring break with one of their premier private guided tours on Oahu. 

6. Hawaii Duck Tours
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Explore Oahu in a way you never have before with an amphibious tour from Hawaii Duck Tours!  If you book any time in March or April, mention Seek Spot, and like them on Facebook, you get a free Rubber Ducky Scrub – sure to be a hit with your kids.

7. Gunstock Ranch Horse Day Camp
March 17th

This day camp is geared for the beginner rider ages 7-13 years old. It is the perfect introduction to learning about horses. This day will be filled with horse fun, education, and adventure. Students will be oriented and taught safety around horses. They will also learn how to properly mount and dismount, learn basic commands of making a horse do what they want, and go on a trail ride. Students will also learn through hands-on experience basic care for horses, how to saddle, and ride in the Western style.

8. Pipeline Womens Pro
Holding Period: March 16th-24th
pipelineWatch the best female surfers duke it out at one of the most famous surf breaks in the world – Banzai Pipeline.  Make sure you check the website before showing up to see if the event is on!

9. Learn To Play Hockey with Jami Yoder
March 14th

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly outside, but if your kids need a break from the hot sun, let them learn to play hockey with Team USA’s Jami Yoder!

HANDS ON
Let your kids’ creative side flourish with these hands on activities.

10. Explorers Club: Astrophotography
March 19th & 20th
All day STEM programs for 3rd through 8th graders. Students explore topics in science, technology, engineering and math.  This session will focus on learning about celestial objects and using technology to enhance images of the cosmos.

11. Paint The Night Away
March 20th

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Fun for the whole family!  On March 20th, you and your keiki can create a beautiful Mermaid painting at Haleiwa Joe’s 3rd Friday Art & Music Event.

12. Honolulu Music, Arts, & Food Festival
March 13th-15th

Explore the “5 festivals in 1” and enjoy more than 17 bands, arts & crafts vendors, local artists,  food from some of Honolulu’s best restaurants, petting zoos, games, pony rides, bully dog show, wine and drinks for the parents, and so much more!

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Lomilomi Hana Lima

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We so often hear people exclaim “I need a vacation to recover from vacation!” after returning from an amazing trip.  With so many fun activities to do and sights to take in, it’s no surprise that your Hawaiian adventure can leave you feeling exhausted by the end.  But there’s something you can do to relax, recharge, and help yourself enjoy your stay to its fullest, and it’s rooted in Hawaiian tradition to boot!

What are we talking about?  Lomi lomi Massage !  Lomi lomi, which means “healing hands” in Hawaiian, is a traditional Polynesian technique that focuses on total rejuvination and healing.  The aim of this practice goes beyond just soothing one’s sore muscles – the focus is to clear the body and soul of any bad energy or blockages, all while improving the immune system, circulation, healing, and flexibility.

R’lax Beauty & Wellness Spa offers lomi lomi massage in addition to all of its other wonderful spa treatments.  Booking a session there during your stay here on Oahu is a must.  Every session is different as lomi lomi is truly focused on the unique physical and spiritual needs of those that receive the practice.  Carve out a little time to treat yourself and reap the benefits of Polynesian history and healing so you can return home after your vacation truly rested!

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The Best Activities on Oahu!

Experience everything that Oahu has to offer in and around the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  SeekSpot.com has found the best activities for you to enjoy.
You can explore the ocean with Under The Sea, on their new glass bottom boat. View the exotic marine life in a one of a kind way.
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You can find dolphins off the coast of Leeward Oahu with Iruka Hawaii
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and  you can swim with spinner dolphins and see them up close with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures.
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Or you could enjoy a sunset sail with Hawaii Nautical
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or dinner cruise with Ocean Joy Cruises
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Discover the Beautiful Waianae Coast with West Oahu SUP.

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On the Windward side 
You will find TwoGood Kayaks,
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where you can rent a kayak and explore the pristine ocean of Kailua. 

Sammy’s Aloha Watersports offers clients the chance to explore the ocean and learn a new sport with personalized quality instruction.

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You can get your adrenaline pumping by Paragliding over the ocean with Aloha Paragliding.
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Or go on an adventure with Holokai Kayak Adventure Tours,
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and see parts of the island you have never seen before.
On the South shore 
Sail past the surfers in search of treasure off the shores of Waikiki all the while defending the ship against passing boats with water cannons with Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures. Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures Or, glide through the pacific at speeds up to 40mph with all 1,420 horse power on the Honolulu Screamer Honolulu Screamer Fly across the open sea, and get your adrenaline pumping with Xtreme Jet Ski X-treme Jet Ski or experience the ultimate airborne ride of a lifetime with Xtreme Parasail. X-treme Parasail Dedicated to teaching you to Surf, Stand Up Paddle and Double-Hull Canoe away from the crowds and with Aloha. Spend a day with Hawaiian Surf Adventures. Hawaiian Surf Adventures Enjoy spectacular cruising amongst these majestic high islands in the mid-Pacific with Honolulu Sailing Honolulu Sailing Enjoy Stand-Up Paddling, Fly-Fishing, Light-Tackle Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling  with Keawe Adventures. Keawe Adventures View the clear blue waters of Hawaii from the deck of a stand-up paddle board with Tropical Blends Tropical Blends Take in beautiful views and beautiful experiences, aboard a sailing boa with Tradewind Charters Tradewind Charters or come explore the beautiful underwater habitats surrounding Oahu with Pearl Harbor Divers. Pearl Harbor Divers
On the North Shore 
Observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment with Hawaii Shark Encounters. Hawaii Shark Encounters

Rent surfboards, bodyboards, stand up boards, and snorkeling equipment from North Shore Surf Shop.

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Enjoy a beautiful sunset sail with North Shore Catamaran. north shore catamaran Have the fishing experience of a lifetime with North Shore Sport Fishing. north shore sport fishing
Or learn to surf with North Shore Surf Girls. north shore surf girls

Chase down pelagic fish from Ahi, Mahi Mahi, and Ono, and hunt after the elusive giant-Ulua with Deep Blue.Deep Blue

There is so much to do for all ages on Oahu. Visit www.seekspot.com for more awesome activity ideas.
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WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

Knowledge in Motion (KIM) is hosting the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu on May 24 & 25, 2014. The Wild & Scenic On Tour is one of the largest environmental film festivals hosted throughout major cities in North America. This festival hosts two days of thought-provoking, environmental documentaries that speak to the questions of sustainability not only in Hawaii, but around the world.

 

This year’s festival is dedicated to supporting environmental education initiatives for Hālau Kū Mana Public Charter School. Founded in 1999, Halau Ku Mana is a community-, culture-, and place-based school in Makiki, serving Oahu students in grades 4 through 12.  They are 120 students strong across seven projects that seek to instill community and environmental stewardship through an academically rigorous curriculum.

Details: Saturday screenings are from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday screenings are at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7:30 pm.

 

Location: Doris Duke Theatre

900 S. Beretania St

Honolulu HI 96814

 

Film Schedule:

Saturday  May 24th

I Am Red

A Boom with No Boundaries

Honor the treaties

Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong

Tomorrows Ancestors

Damocracy

The joy of AIR

Intermission

A Brief History of the 5 Ct Bag Tax

Compost-a-lujah!

Beyond Reclaimed

An Inconvenient Youth

The Story of Solution

Backyard

A life well Lived

Ola i ka wai

Sunday May 25

Uranium Drive In

Unacceptable Levels

Momenta

 

To see film descriptions and trailers: http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/category/films/on-tour-2014/

 

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Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures

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The 83-foot galleon, Treasure Seeker, will take your little buccaneers in search of plunder and adventure via Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures. Smart-talking, swashbuckling pirates host the one and a half hour cruise past the surfers of Waikiki in search of treasure. Like all treasure hunts, this one is not without competition, so your fellow mateys will be defending the ship against passing boats with water cannons. All pirate ages are welcome for day cruises and snacks and drinks are available.

 

“The pirate crew is awesome, super fun and totally in character,” says Jennifer Pang, who brought her three- and six-year-old sons aboard. “As a former spokesperson for a theme park, I know my theming and this ship truly creates a full-blown pirate experience.”

 

Not only is this an ideal kid’s birthday party spot or unique vacation experience, at night the 21 and over crowd can enjoy an evening under the stars with irresistible music, fireworks, dancing, and celebration. Oh, and it’s BYOB so you can get as scallywag as your cooler will allow. Don’t be shy to put those pirate’s costumes of Halloween’s past to use for this adventure: Everyone will be dressed in character! Eye patches, pirate hats, swords, bandanas, shirts and other necessary pirate accessories are all available onboard.

 

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WIN A TASTE OF FRANCE

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We all remember when Lady and the Tramp shared that spaghetti noodle together in the candlelit alleyway—and the adorable meatball nudge that preceded. Or when Richard Gere’s character ordered champagne and strawberries to educate Julia Roberts’ character on the art of fine dining in Pretty Woman. Fine dining is often at the core of romantic moments because food is often an expression of love, or at the very least, lust. An elegant ambiance sets the stage for a variety of indulgences, divulgences, and kisses. There’s just something about soft lighting, crisp linens, and gourmet meals that enhances our ability to be sweet with each other. There are of course the aphrodisiacs that can be found in a find dining experience as well: oysters, champagne, truffles, chocolate—just to name a few.

Dr. Meryl Rosofsky, a noted aphrodisiac expert in New York City, says that even the act of eating oysters is seductive since the texture and shape requires that you suck, slurp, and eat them out of your hands. Oysters are high in zinc, which is thought to increase testosterone as well. In the spirit of this month of love, Seek Spot is offering a fine dining experience giveaway at an authentic French bistro in Hawaii, Brasserie Du Vin. This taste of France in the heart of Honolulu offers hand-crafted cocktails and beer, an award-winning selection of wines by the glass and bottle, and of course every culinary delight from appetizers to desserts. Indoor and patio seating is available.

In order to win a gift certificate for $50 to BRASSERIE DU VIN, comment below on this blog post and tell us whom you would like to take on a date here and why. We will pick a lucky winner at month’s end!

 

 

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TOP RANKED FOR ROMANCE

proposal sweetheart-shady-laneA recent survey by TripAdvisor.com found that 92 percent of its respondents are planning a romantic escape in 2014, up from 78 percent in 2013. Among that group, 17 percent will take a “couples getaway” trip for Valentine’s Day. Of all respondents, 61 percent were planning travel to a beach or ocean destination. Honolulu was listed third on the top ranking destinations for a romantic trip (San Francisco ranked first and Las Vegas second).

If you are one of those couples planning a romantic trip to Oahu, or a resident looking for unique date ideas, Seek Spot made our own “Top Three” for date ideas this Valentine’s Day:

1) Watch a Whale, Ride a Horse

February is the month to whale watch. Romantically enough, when you watch whales, you end up on a boat, which is often the perfect setting for an amorous time. Check out these options to find your ideal whale watching cruise!

Horseback riding is another romantic way to enjoy breathtaking views and do something adventurous with your amour. Gunstock Ranch in Laie is offering 20 percent off of their sweetheart rides special for the month of February. They also have a contest for free rides + flowers on Facebook until Feb 13!

2)   Get a Strike

Food, fun, and friendly competition can actually be quite romantic. Aiea Bowl is known among locals for its delicious food, namely the Tasty Chicken and all of their many desserts. For a fancier twist though, Aiea Bowl’s “Tasty Tuesdays” offer a five-course prix fixe menu. Cosmic bowling with live DJs happens four nights a week — Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays —late-night pupu and drink specials as well.

3)   Get Artsy, Foodie

Honolulu Night Market is happening on February 15 from 6 – 11 pm in Kaka‘ako. Each monthly event has a slew of food trucks, art and retail vendors, and live music. A date with fashion, food and music, how could you go wrong? Make sure to use our South Shore coupons page just in case you need to add a couple more stops to this Honolulu night out.

 

 

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A VIEW FOR A KISS

sunset kissIn honor of Valentine’s Day, Seek Spot has compiled a top five list of romantic spots on Oahu to sit with your love and enjoy a kiss. Some of these locations could even be ideal for a romantic picnic, a glass of wine at sunset, or a couples photo shoot.

1)    Sunset Beach, North Shore – This stretch of sand earned its name quite simply for being the most magnificent spot to enjoy a Sunset. It’s location on the eastern end of the Seven-mile Miracle makes for dependable postcard view of the neon sunsets.

2)    Tantalus – Drive or ride your motorcycle up to the top of this winding road and stop at various lookouts to enjoy the views and steal some kisses.

3)    Diamond Head – Hike up to the top of Diamond Head and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of Honolulu. Don’t forget the camera.

4)    Pu‘u o Mahuka Heiau – Overlooking Waimea Bay, this ‘Hill of Escape’ is the largest on Oahu and a state historic site. Go there not only to revel in the extraordinary view but to also learn how Pele leapt from here to Molokai and what this heiau was used for in ancient times.

5)    Pali lookout – The Nuuanu Pali Lookout, perched over one thousand feet above the coastline and amidst the clouds, offers panoramic views of the sheer Koolau cliffs and Windward side of Oahu. It’s windy here, so while it’s beautiful, it’s more of a snuggle-up-and-have-a-moment spot than a photo opp of the lovebirds.

To find any of these locations, visit our maps page!

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South Oahu, Hawaii Hikes (Hiking Trails)

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Diamond Head

One of the most popular trails to hike is to the top of Hawaii’s most famous landmark, Diamond Head. The Hawaiian people called it Leahi and considered it sacred, but in the 19th century a couple of sailors found what they mistakenly thought were diamonds. Even though they were wrong, the name Diamond Head became its common moniker. This one and a half mile hike takes you 750 feet up and gives you a fantastic 360 degree view from the top of the extinct volcanic cone. In fact, the view from the top platform is the longest view in the world! The hike can be steep in places and you go through some dark tunnels (bring a flashlight!) that were made by the military when they used this as a fortification during World War I and II. It is best to go early before it gets too hot and be sure to bring water and wear sunscreen. While steep, there are stairs and rails to help you along in most places and you will see people of all ages going up and down as you hike. When you reach the top there are viewing platforms It may be a bit crowded and you may need to wait your turn, but, as we said, the views are breathtaking! There is a fee and the hike generally takes around two hours. The hours it is open are 6am to 6pm. You will take Kalakaua to Monsarrat, which turns into Diamond Head Road, and follow the signs to Diamond Head State Monument, where parking is available. Remember, hat and sunscreen, hiking shoes, flashlight, and water will all be needed on this hike. If you have a fear of dark, enclosed spaces or a fear of heights, then this is probably not the hike for you, but it is a hike full of history with the reward of an unforgettable view!

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This one is an easy hike of about two miles and takes about an hour, but you will still need good hiking shoes as the trail can be slippery at times. You will hike through a tropical rainforest of vine-draped trees, bamboo, kukui and African tulip trees, and, if you go in the spring, will be treated to fragrant blossoms of the mountain apple tree! Of course you will have to be careful of roots and rocks and low hanging branches, and traverse cautiously through muddy sections next to the stream bed, but your reward is a beautiful view of the 150 ft Manoa Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the island! The trail ends just before you reach the falls. Due to a landslide, it is unsafe to proceed further and the pools at the foot of the falls are also off limits. Please respect the signs posted for your protection! To get there you will take Punahou to Manoa Rd as if heading for Lyon Arboretum. You will continue straight, past Paradise Park, to a small parking lot which is the trailhead. Do not take the sharp left in the road which takes you on to the Arboretum. If the lot is full you may have to park along the road but please be sure not to block any driveways in this residential area. Again, bring water, and you might need a little bug repellant too!

Makapu‘u Lighthouse Trail

This hike, which is just over 2 miles, is moderately demanding due to the steep climb, but will reward you with incomparable views! An abandoned road leads up to a trail that wraps up and around Makapu‘u Point. Taking Hwy 72, Kalaniana‘ole Hwy., past Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach towards Makapu‘u, you will see the Hawaii Kai Executive Golf Course on your left and just past there, a sign on a gate to your right saying “No Vehicles Allowed”. Park your car along the Highways shoulder but do not block the gate. Walk around the gate and follow the road as it curves up the slope. As you go higher, the path gets steeper, winding up and around the 646 foot high bluff to the lighthouse lookout point. Along with the fantastic ocean view of the Windward coast, you will also be able to see Rabbit Island, a seabird sanctuary, and sometimes, in the summer, a couple of awesome blowholes! You will probably recognize the lighthouse from TV shows like Magnum PI and Hawaii-Five-O. Once you are done enjoying the scenic view, retrace your steps to where you began.

For more about things to do and see, shopping, restaurants, maps, and coupons for South Oahu…click here.

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