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Hawaii Shark Encounters

This experience flat out rocked. It was a picture perfect day heading out from the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor on the North Shore of Oahu. During the 25 minute ride to the diving site, while soaking up the view of the shoreline, I said to one of my fellow tour members that “this sure beats working” and she replied, “You are working!”

Did I say this was awesome?

We arrived at the shark cage location and the sharks began to gather upon hearing the boat. This took me back to the first time I understood that there was such a thing as a shark cage in 1975 while watching the movie Jaws. If you are curious, check out this clip from the movie.

Our guides from Hawaii Shark Encounters, Richard and Kaleo were great at telling us all about the history of the tour and important safety information while interspersing some fun.

The screen capture above is from the optional Go Pro camera I rented during the tour. Can you believe it?

I was able to go down into the water in the cage and with snorkel gear and see sharks in the ocean. Amazing doesn’t begin to explain the experience.

Check out the website link on Seek Spot and go to the Hawaii Shark Encounters website. There is a lot of great information and photos.

As Suzanne from Denton, Texas came out of the water she exclaimed that this tour was “the best money I’ve spent” during her week on Oahu.

Hawaii Shark Encounters tour gets high marks for the tour itself but also for fun, safety and ease of reservations.

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Explore Oahu with Honolulu Honu Divers


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.”



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Pearlridge’s “BUTTERFLIES!” Display is Now Open

Pearlridge’s “BUTTERFLIES!” display is now open and it’s an experience that will make your heart flutter: the chance to get up close and personal with hundreds of rare butterflies as they flit freely, feeding and playing. This spring Pearlridge Center’s popular butterfly exhibit, “BUTTERFLIES!” returns with its enchanting Butterfly Conservatory and new educational classes by local experts.


Photo Credit: Pearlridge Center



For the first time, guests experiencing “BUTTERFLIES!” can also participate in classes by local experts Darlene Loo-McDowell, Dancetta Feary and William Haines. Shoppers will also learn how to propagate their own butterfly gardens and have the opportunity to purchase the plants needed. All classes are free with $3 purchase of butterfly house tour.

“BUTTERFLIES” is open to the public Saturday, March 7 through Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3 per person. One keiki under the age of eight is free with each paying adult.

“Since it first started three years ago our butterfly exhibit has really taken flight and is an activity families and even adults look forward to visiting,” said Kelly Kauinana, marketing director for Pearlridge Center.

“This year we’re taking the experience one step further by providing our shoppers with the tools and tips to grow their own butterfly garden at home. As scientists continue to see the Monarch’s decline, ‘BUTTERFLIES!’ is a great opportunity to educate the next generation on this majestic creature. It is our hope that these classes will build a foundation that can help the Monarch Butterfly population flourish.”


Photo Credit: Pearlridge Center


Exhibits and workshops included in this year’s “BUTTERFLIES!” exhibit are:

Butterfly Conservatory:

Pearlridge Center’s Downtown Center Court will come to life with the addition of the 18’ by 18’ Butterfly Conservatory, home to hundreds of live butterflies. Here, keiki will witness the butterfly’s life cycle firsthand as it transitions from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

According to the Butterfly Society of Hawaii, there are 17 species of butterflies in Hawaii. The exhibit features five found locally, including the Monarch Butterfly – which is growing increasingly rare — the white monarch, citrus swallowtail, painted lady, and Kamehameha Butterfly. All butterflies in the exhibit are raised by farmers on Oahu and Maui.


Photo Credit: Pearlridge Center


Gardening for Butterflies: Sundays, March 8 & March 22 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Grow your love for butterflies at a special session with seasoned butterfly gardener Darlene Loo-McDowell. Loo- McDowell will share information on the proper plants to help feed caterpillars and butterflies, as well as information on their care. Class sizes are limited and RSVPs are recommended. To RSVP call (808) 554-3307. All classes are free with $3 purchase of butterfly house tour.

Loo-McDowell has worked with Pearlridge Center’s Conservatory for the past three years and many of the butterflies in the Conservatory come from her garden.

Butterflies, Bobo Birds, and a Special Butterfly Observatory Tour: Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Join Dancetta Feary to learn all about local Monarch Butterflies, their predators, and what we can do to help grow the population. This presentation is complete with a special tour in the Butterfly Conservatory where Feary will share how to feed butterflies as well as some fun butterfly facts.

Feary, has long been one of the islands’ foremost protectors of the Monarch Butterfly and has been involved in breeding the White Monarch, one of the world’s rarest butterflies. Class sizes are limited and RSVPs are recommended. To RSVP call (808) 554-3307. All classes are free with $3 purchase of butterfly house tour.

Photo Credit: Pearlridge Center

Photo Credit: Pearlridge Center

Experience the Kamehameha Butterfly Up-Close: Saturdays, March 14 & March 21, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Join William Haines from the University of Hawaii and see our state butterfly, the Kamehameha Butterfly up close. Through the Pulelehua Project, Haines has been working to locate and research the Kamehameha Butterfly, in a quest to help one of the islands’ only indigenous butterflies.

Haines has contributed to developing maps and information on where to plant the Mamaki plant, the host plant for the Kamehameha butterfly to help increase the population of this regal species. His exciting presentation includes a discussion of the best hiking locations and elevations to find the Kamehameha Butterfly. Class sizes are limited and RSVPs are recommended. To RSVP call (808) 554-3307. All classes are free with $3 purchase of butterfly house tour.

Butterfly Field Trips:

Students will encounter butterflies in the Conservatory and explore and observe the stages of its life cycle through a collaborative activity. This field trip meets NSTA National Science Education Standards (c.2.1) Life Science / Life Cycle. Educators may request an in-class assessment activity at the completion of the field trip.

Field trips are available March 9 – April 2, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., with the exception of March 26, Prince Kuhio Day. The cost is $4 per student, which includes admission to the Butterfly Conservatory and one-hour curriculum. Butterfly classroom kits and lunch options are an additional charge. For questions or to schedule your visit please call (808) 554-3307 or visit

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Hawaii Duck Tours’ 15th Birthday Giveaway!

Hawaii Duck Tours has been splashing around Maunalua Bay since 2000.  Read on to hear about Hawaii Duck Tours’ 15th Birthday Giveaway!
Hawaii Duck Tours is giving away free body scrubbers for those who book Maunalua Bay Duck Tour in the month of March and April, 2015.
Come take a ride on one of our unique amphibious vehicles known as a DUCK and experience all the sights and sounds that Honolulu has to offer. You’ll proceed in our open-air vehicle past some of the major landmarks of the other side of Honolulu and the various districts that make up the South Eastern Shore of Oahu.

Here are three steps for how you can obtain the free gift. 1) Book “Maunalua Bay Duck Tour” (link: in March or April, 2015. 2) Select Seek Spot for How did you hear about us? 3) Leave a comment on “Facebook” (link: letting us know you how many body scrubbers you’d like to order. *One free gift per one person. Order more? $5 per item, but you’ll get 10% discount. Quack, quack!


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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.

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

national memories

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.

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
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!

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


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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The Best Activities on Oahu!

Experience everything that Oahu has to offer in and around the beautiful Pacific Ocean. 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.
You can find dolphins off the coast of Leeward Oahu with Iruka Hawaii
and  you can swim with spinner dolphins and see them up close with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures.
Ko`Olina Ocean Adventures
Or you could enjoy a sunset sail with Hawaii Nautical
Hawaii Nautical
or dinner cruise with Ocean Joy Cruises
ocean joy cruises

Discover the Beautiful Waianae Coast with West Oahu SUP.

On the Windward side 
You will find TwoGood Kayaks,
twogood kayaks
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.

Sammy's Aloha Watersports

You can get your adrenaline pumping by Paragliding over the ocean with Aloha Paragliding.
Aloha Paragliding
Or go on an adventure with Holokai Kayak Adventure Tours,
Holokai Kayak Adventure Tours
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.

north shore surf shop
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 for more awesome activity ideas.
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Windward Oahu ADVENTURE Itinerary

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.

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