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!
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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.
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
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
For 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
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.
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
Call for details
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
Call to book
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
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
Watch 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
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!
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
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
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!
When asked to think of famous Hawaiian athletes, I think it’s safe to say we all immediately conjure up images of surfers in our head. But did you know that Hawaii has produced a long list of top athletes in all the major sports? It’s not just water sports we excel in!
In the world of baseball, 1986 was a big year for Honolulu born Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez, two pitchers that played for the World Series winning New York Mets. Sid was the first Hawaiian to play in an All Star game.
Years later, history was made again when Brian Ching, a North Shore native, became the first Hawaiian to be drafted by the MLS. Continuing this trend, B.J. Penn, hailing from Kailua, was the first winner of the World Jui-Jitsu Championships that wasn’t from Brazil.
In terms of wahine, Michelle Wie from Honolulu was both the youngest player to ever play in an LPGA event and the youngest (and fourth ever female) to play in a PGA event.
Michelle Wie to play in LOTTE Championship!
Discover the Beautiful Waianae Coast with West Oahu SUP.
Sammy’s Aloha Watersports offers clients the chance to explore the ocean and learn a new sport with personalized quality instruction.
Rent surfboards, bodyboards, stand up boards, and snorkeling equipment from North Shore Surf Shop.
Chase down pelagic fish from Ahi, Mahi Mahi, and Ono, and hunt after the elusive giant-Ulua with Deep Blue.
Hawaiian Surf Adventures, a watersports company in Koko Marina Center, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.
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.
The East side of Oahu, also known as the Windward side, has baby powder soft sand and electric blue water. It is calmer than some of the other sides of Oahu, which makes for epic ocean adventures. Not to mention, the drive along the Windward coast is absolutely breathtaking. Here’s an itinerary for a day of adventure on the East Side:
The east side is a paddler’s paradise with offshore reefs to protect you from the big ocean waves, secluded islands to explore, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii’s largest natural harbor with the Sunken Island just up the road. Rent a kayak or get a guided tour from Twogood Kayaks and they’ll put their 30 years of experience to work making sure you have an escapade of a lifetime in the Pacific.
Get lifted — on land and in the air. Go tandem paragliding or off-road Hummer four-wheeling to experience some of Oahu’s most thrilling views. At Aloha Paragliding Adventure Tours, a United States Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association – USHPA certified Tandem Instructor will take you on a one-hour tandem discovery paragliding flight combined with flying over Hawaii’s ridges and valleys, waterfalls and majestic Ko’olau and Waianae Mountains. On their exclusive off-road, HUMMER excursion, you can explore Hawaii’s rugged beauty on a scenic hike including snorkeling and a picnic on a secluded beach.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, check out any of these spots for a delicious, local lunch!
Kaneohe Bay, located within He’eia State Park, is Oahu’s only barrier reef. This means that there is no open ocean swell, which allows coral to grow much more abundantly and nurture a greater variety of sea life. Holokai Kayak Tours Adventures will take you to some of the best snorkeling spots and stunning parts of the bay, many of which are only accessible by boat. Holokai can take you there.
End the day with ono Hawaiian grinds on a show you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. Chief’s Luau is TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked paid attraction on Oahu. An authentic, interactive and romantic experience culminating with a spectacular 10-minute, 8-man fire knife dance is held atop a marvelous ocean-mountain vista at Sea Life Park’s private and scenic Makapu’u Meadows. The panoramic backdrop is beyond your wildest postcard dreams.
Meet two of Oahu’s brightest rising stars— inspirational surfers who are as beautiful as they are talented.
Kelia Moniz is the current ASP Women’s World Longboard champion, winning back to back titles in 2012 and 2013. Kelia is the only sister among four brothers (hence her nickname: “Sister”), who are also surfing competitively, making their way as up-and-coming surf talents. Her parents own and operate Faith Surf School on the South Shore of Oahu. Her father, Tony Moniz, was a professional surfer and is a respected big wave surfer. Kelia’s mom, Tammy Moniz, homeschooled all five children, taking them straight to the beach after schoolwork was completed every single day. Her classroom was Waikiki Beach and it paid off, turning the Roxy girl into a skilled noserider and stylish surfer.
From another surf family on the North Shore of Oahu, Honolua Blomfield is currently the Junior International Surfing Association World Longboard Champion. Winning the gold in that competition means that Honolua beat out the girls AND boys up to 18 years old from all over the world for the title. The 15-year-old comes from a family of soul surfers and watermen with deep roots in Hawaii, which means she’s actually put in a lifetime of surfing some of the world’s most challenging waves just because they happen to be in her backyard. The switch-stance wave slider doesn’t discriminate between long or short boarding and has been racking up wins and runner-up statuses at competitions for both. Mostly though, Honolua keeps it old school because that’s what she knows. For this all-around surfer, it’s not about gear and specs, it’s about style and riding waves with whatever you’ve got in front of you.
To learn to surf or aspire to improve to Kelia or Honolua status, check out North Shore Surf Girls for lessons and board rentals!