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Aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii

Updated on November 25, 2014

Honolulu, Hawaii, Oahu - Where Dreams are Made

It was July, 1981 when my husband and I and our two daughters first visited Honolulu, Hawaii on vacation. There was great excitement! Never in our wildest dreams did we think that this beautiful island would be the perfect vacation destination.

All four of us immediately fell in love with Honolulu, with a dream that one day we would like to make this city our home. We fell in love with the Aloha spirit of the people, so warm and friendly, the magnificent oceans, the scenery, and the food. I could go on and on - just everything about this magnificent city was everything we hoped for.

Well dreams do come true!

Our Beautiful City, Honolulu, Oahu

My family and I had traveled to many countries, but when we decided to leave South Africa in 1992, for the United States, there was only one choice for our new home, and it was Honolulu, Hawaii. There was an enormous amount of work for us all to do in preparation for this big move, but tremendous excitement and of course some sadness, leaving family and friends behind.

Now the fun part started getting to know the city of Honolulu; our new home.

Our family decided that before university started for our two daughters, Beverley and Felicity, kindergarten for our two grandchildren, Yudy and Estee, and the establishment of our new business, we would act as tourists and really get to know and get the feel of this vibrant, magnificent city called Honolulu and the Island of Oahu.

Please join me as we explore this beautiful Island. Take your time and enjoy all the videos which show you all the highlights of Oahu.

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Waikiki

Spend a glorious day exploring Waikiki and Waikiki Beach

Half of the magnificent Waikiki beach is marked off for surfers. For quite a distance into the ocean the water is quite shallow, and you will find numerous rocks on the bottom. The surf has long rolling breaks, making it ideal for swimmers, as well as beginners and experienced surfers. Relax on Hawaii's world famous beaches. There is something for everyone and the vast stretches of white sandy beaches are especially appealing to those looking for sun, sand and water. The beach hosts many events a year, including surf competitions, outdoor performances, hula dancing and outrigger canoe races.

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Today, the area is filled with hotels like the Hilton Hawaiian Village, the Halekulani hotel, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, the Sheraton Waikiki , and historic hotels dating back to the early 20th century (such as the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel).

Waikiki's main street is Kalakaua Avenue, named after King Kalakaua, where you will find most of the expensive hotels and many of the luxury designer brand stores. Another main street is Kuhio Avenue, named after Prince Kuhio. Kuhio Avenue is better known for its restaurants, cafe's and grocers, along with its clubs, and nightlife.

From quaint shops and artists' studios to elegant art galleries and large shopping centers, you'll enjoy island-style shopping. Find many unique items, including T-shirts dyed with Hawaiian red dirt, macadamia nut cookies, music CDs by local musicians, coffee, books, designer clothing, custom jewelry, furniture, surfboards, tropical flowers, and fine art and gifts handcrafted of wood, ceramics, fabric, or glass.

Tour of Waikiki - Unforgettable

Hanauma Bay, Honolulu, Hawaii - Wonderful Snorkeling and Swimming

A picture of me and a spectacular view of Hanauma Bay.

One of our favorite beaches. My family just loves snorkeling.

At this beautiful, sheltered bay you will find amazing snorkeling and swimming opportunities. Visit the education center and talk with the volunteers at the beach kiosk, and pick up a fish I.D. card before snorkeling. It is simply amazing!

Polynesian Cultural Center

We spent an exciting day and evening experiencing Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center - located in Laie, Oahu. The Center is about an hour's drive from Waikiki.

At the Polynesian Cultural Center you will learn about and interact with the people of Hawaii, Samoa, Maori, New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti, the Marquesas and Tonga. There is so much to do. Watch Hawaii's only canoe pageant, experience a Hawaiian Luau, and enjoy family activities from all of Polynesia. The world-famous evening show, Ha: Breath of Life features songs and dances from throughout Polynesia. It is the venue for the annual World Fire Knife Dance Competition, in which contestants display their skill with blazing swords. The park has its own IMAX theater as well as a lagoon where visitors can paddle canoes accompanied by a guide.

Each of the major Polynesian cultures has its own section, centered on a traditional village. Hourly performances and cultural learning experiences take place in these villages.

It is one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations in Hawaii. Since opening its doors in 1963, over 32 million people have visited the center.

Polynesian Cultural Center tour

Enjoy a Polynesian Luau

We always enjoy a luau and have learned about the food and the culture of the Hawaiian Islands. It is a South Pacific-style celebration of music and dance with the women in grass skirts, men in face paint, traditional music and great entertainment.

Enjoy a luau! You won't be disappointed. You will love the food, the entertainment and leave with wonderful memories of this beautiful Island.

Diamond Head State Monument, Oahu

Diamond Head is Hawaii's most famous landmark.

Bring water and a flashlight and take a short hike through old military bunkers. The trail to the summit is an easy 1.4 mile hike that takes you to an elevation of 560 feet and to wonderful views of the Honolulu area. There are handrails as well as plenty of places to rest. This hike will take up to 2 hours for a round-trip. You will need a flashlight because portions of this trail go through long, dark tunnels.

A picture in 1992 of Yudy and Estee, our grandchildren, enjoying this hike.

Arizona Memorial Pearl Harbor

President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed December 7, 1941, "a date which will live in infamy".

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The base was attacked by Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes.

2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded.

The attack led to the American entry into World War II, The following day (December 8), the United States declared war on Japan. Germany and Italy then declared war on the U.S. on December 11 1941.

I have visited this memorial many times over the years and on every visit I am so very moved and thankful for this beautiful country that I now call home, the United States of America.

Visiting the remains of the USS Arizona will encourage you to contemplate the sense of sacrifice our military personnel endured during the Pearl Harbor attack. The USS Arizona Memorial is the mid-section of the sunken battleship and offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about that fateful day. The guided tour of the USS Arizona Memorial includes a 23-minute documentary film, a short boat trip and a self-guided exploration of the Memorial. Must-do's are: visit the Remembrance Circle, rent the audio headset for the tour, and explore the visitor center.

Waimea Falls and Botanical Gardens

Take a picnic lunch and explore these beautiful gardens and visit the crystal clear pool below Waihi Falls.

There are 36 major botanical collections. Most of the plant collections are native Hawaiian plants, and a variety of Hawaiian birds. It is located in the gorgeous Waimea Valley and promises to be a wonderful experience for the whole family.

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Enjoying the Ono Food in Waikiki

Bon Appetit!

In Hawaii, there's a word for food that's delicious -- "Ono". Because you will find a mix of many cultures in Hawaii, you will find a variety of cuisine, which includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, European, and American. You will simply enjoy the fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and seafood.

My favorite, the Hawaiian chocolate.

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International Market Place - Great Place for Souvenirs

We just loved the variety of souvenirs and the atmosphere of the market place.

Don't miss it!

Ala Moana Shopping Mall

Located at 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, the Ala Moana Center is part of the commercial, retail, and residential district of Ala Moana, and across from Ala Moana Beach Park. Over 56 million people visit the Ala Moana Center annually. There are more than 290 shops and restaurants, including boutique stores of leading international fashion designers. You will find designer stores, such as Bulgari, Prada, Dior, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Tiffany & Co., Hermès, etc., The Center boasts one of the world's largest food courts, featuring cuisines from around the world. It is a hotspot for locals and visitors alike.

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      Stephanie Launiu 2 years ago from Hawai'i

      Beautiful hub about O'ahu. Mahalo for including so much information that is helpful to visitors. I have pinned it to the "Oahu" board on my pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/hawaiianmania/ Aloha, Stephanie

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      One last note; as I was going to visit your Disney lens I noticed this lens received a Purple Star Award. I wanted to come back to say "Congratulations" as this lens is definitely well deserving of the Award. This lens is beautifully done! (^_-)

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Well done lens; very nice. After reading and watching the YouTube videos they made me a little homesick for Oahu. However, after seeing the video tour of Waikiki I could not believe the massive growth there of highrises and hotels. I want to Thank You for stopping by my Traditional Irish Stew Similar To Grandmas lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you try the stew and will enjoy it. Oh, don't forget the Guinness or the Primo to go with the stew. Aloha & Bon Appetit!

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Fabulous! I remember, as a child, dreaming of anyplace other than Cleveland, Ohio ... Florida was a dream vacation ... got to do that and now I live here. And, then one day, I got to vacation in Hawaii. Oh my, paradise for sure ... I could live there!

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice tour of Hawaii, well done. See you around the galaxy...

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      Brings back memories of our trip to Hawaii in 2000, would love to go back.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Aloha! I love everything Hawaii -- a big Mahalo for sharing your favorite things!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Our daughter and son in law just moved there so it's on our list since we'll have a cheap place to stay!

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Love to go there one day.

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      jregins2 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens of a beautiful place. Will visit here in near future.

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      A wonderful city that should be seen by more people. SquidAngel blessings.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Lovely! This made me homesick. Wonderful job.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I've never been there, but would love to go some time.

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      HomeServices 5 years ago

      Wow! i would love to visit this place for my honeymoon...I love it already and I have not yet visited.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is so cool. I would love to visit again some day!!!!

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      I was there several years ago. It's just as wonderful as you make it out to be.

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      Louidam1 LM 5 years ago

      I've never been to Hawaii but would like to go someday and visit my friend out there.

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      fryroost 5 years ago

      Just an Awesome to spend life .......

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      justin-yao 5 years ago

      It is a great destination for a vocation.

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      seemarahate 5 years ago

      Thanks for another great post

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Made me remember our trip there.

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      My husband was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Navy, as we visit Honolulu often. I lived on the Big Island. Hawaii is a wonderful place. I enjoyed your photos and info...makes me want to go back soon.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      What a beautiful lens! I'm featuring it on my lens on Hawaii for Teachers & Travelers. https://hubpages.com/education/learning-about-hawa

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      I would love a trip to Hawaii! Wonderful lens... Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      peggygallyot 5 years ago

      I would love to visit there, maybe someday

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I lived in Honolulu for about a year, then moved to Big Island where we lived for 3 years. Love it and hope to re-visit one day.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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      teinesamoa1971 5 years ago

      Oahu is my home...I'm a Salt Lake girl. :) I live in SC now but Hawaii will always be home. Great lens!

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      tutors091 5 years ago

      Agree, hawaii is beautiful and I really love beaches, I plan to visit that place on my honeymoon.

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      Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I've never been to Hawaii, but I do live in what some call "the Hawaii of France" :) Thanks for a great lens!

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Lovely city, beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, hope to be back there soon. Aloha!

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      Hawaii is a such lovely place, i hope i can go there some time

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very nicely done. I have never been to Honolulu but have been to Maui. I loved it but hate the long flight. On a side note, don't you hate it when people take photos of you eating? I can tell your partial disdain by the look on your face, ha! Squid Angel blessed.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Hawaii looks like such an amazing place to live! I visited once (Oahu and Maui). It's so beautiful there, and I often dream about how nice it would be to go back.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Beautiful tribute lens. I've lived in Hawaii since 1978 and can honestly say, it's truly a beautiful place to call home.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      We love Hawaii, too!

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      This is a great lens which showcases nice places to visit in Hawaii.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The closest I've come to Hawaii is the coffee and I love it too! Dreams do come true and I can see how easy it would be to fall in love and then stay in love with the aloha spirit in paradise. You share your love well and the personal pictures are a delight. Perhaps my dream of "someday" will come true....

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      Nice pictures. Your lens is informative and features fantastic places in Hawaii.

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      alternative-help 5 years ago

      I have been to Honolulu a few times and loved it. The International Market Place brings back great memories!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The water at Oahu was as pleasant as a warm bath. I'm not normally a swimmer but you couldn't drag me out of the water! Such a lovely place, especially all the beautiful plumeria. Thanks for sharing.

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      ProfessionalSol 5 years ago

      I'm really looking forward to visiting Hawaii. Thank you for the great information.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens. I've never been to Hawaii, but would love to go. It sounds like heaven on earth!

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      RomanticMe 5 years ago

      Really like your pictures! Makes me want to go

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This is such a beautiful place to visit.

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      Great Lens. I should be over there sometime this year. I'll have to check out Hanauma Bay and Weimea Fall.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Aloha! Thank you for sharing your beautiful memories about Honolulu, Hawaii. Mahalo : )

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      We have never been, but would love to go. We enjoy the pictures and stories from oldest son and wife on Kauai, and I really enjoyed your page, too!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      it's nice of you to take us to hawaii. love your personal photos.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      We've actually been to the Big Island and twice to Kauai -- my favorite place. Such a heavenly place is Hawaii!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I've been there and done everything on your lens except I didn't actually make it to Diamond head. Only photographed it from a distance. Great memories.

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      @mbgphoto: Thanks for liking and blessing my lens. It is greatly appreciated. Best wishes for 2012.

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I loved our trips to Hawaii. Thanks for the memories. Blessed by a Squidangel.