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Oahu, Hawaii: Must Do Activities

Updated on October 28, 2011
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

My husband and I took our honeymoon vacation in Oahu, Hawaii late December 06-early January 07. We had each been to Hawaii once before, separately with our families. We would definitely go back again. We booked a flight and hotel package for our honeymoon through Expedia and stayed at the Holiday Inn across the street from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Hawaii is amazing but expensive. Take advantage of savings with your trip there any time that you can. We also booked our two tour bus excursions, the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Pearl Harbor Memorial, through Expedia when we got our flight/hotel reservations. We walked to everything else on Oahu except for the Dole Plantation, which is accessible via bus. We hope that your next trip there is as amazing as ours was!

1) Honolulu Zoo

My husband and I are both big fans of zoos and enjoy visiting them in any city that we can. This is one that is definitely worth visiting. It's pretty big and well laid out.

2) Pearl Harbor Memorial

For what I hope are obvious reasons, I don't feel right promoting this as a tourism selling point on Oahu.  Suffice it to say that you will be glad that you took the time for this tour.

3) Polynesian Cultural Center

When you do the bus tour for the Polynesian Cultural Center, you're in for a whole day full of events.  There are lots of different shows and exhibits to keep you entertained.  We were pretty impressed by almost everything that we saw there.  It's also neat getting to see the other side of the island for the day.

4) Dole Whips

Dole Whips are only available in Hawaii, at Disney World, and at Disney Land.  On Oahu, we found them at both the Ala Moana Center and the Dole Plantation (links for both below).  If anyone know of other Hawaii locations (on or off Oahu), please feel free to post them in the comments.  Dole Whips are one of the best desserts ever invented.  I'm sure that we ate at least five of them during our eight days there.

5) Hilton Hawaiian Village / Benihana

You don't have to stay at the Hilton Village to take advantage of their shopping, dining, and beaches.  We visited some aspect of the Hilton almost every day that we were there, including going to Benihana's for New Year's.  Nope, there isn't anything very special about this particular Benihana's, but it's fun to take time to do things like that when you're on vacation.

6) Waikiki Beach

Of course you have to spend some time on the beach in Hawaii.  Even if you don't enjoy laying out on the beach all day (we don't either), it's still wonderful to walk along the water and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells.

7) shopping / window shopping

We couldn't believe how much high end shopping there is on Oahu.  To give you an example, there are about ten locations for purchasing Coach products in Honolulu.  We weren't in the market for lots of luxury items, but it's still a lot of fun to look around at everything that's there while you're picking up a few smaller souvenirs.

8) U.S. Army Museum Hawaii

This is a neat FREE military museum right on the Waikiki Beach.  We walked through it at least twice while we were there.

9) Dole Plantation

Thirty years ago, this was a really neat location to visit because Dole did all of their canning right at the plantation site. Now all of the canning is shipped out. All that's left at the plantation site is a small amount of crops and some tourist activities. It's still neat to see pineapples growing. It's also a good destination for kids.

10) seafood

I don't have any pictures of us eating seafood or of any of the seafood that we ate there. So I have a picture of another gorgeous rainbow. But we had some very good seafood there, including Pad Thai with seafood, which my husband had at the Thai restaurant linked below. Like many things in Hawaii, the food is expensive because much of it is flown in from elsewhere. But seafood is a little cheaper and often very tasty.

All photographs in this hub are copyrighted by me, Rose Clearfield. Please contact me if you would like permission to use any of them. Thank you!

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    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Alecia, the Dole Whips are a "must do" in Hawaii and the zoo is definitely worth the trip, too. I hope that you get to go someday!

      Thanks Linda, we definitely did have a great trip. :) I am an antsy flyer, too, but Hawaii is worth the long hours of sitting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      It looks like you had a great time on your vaca! If it wasn't for the 12 hour journey through the friendly skies I would visit. I am to hyper and antsy to sit on a plane that long! For now hubs are just fine!:)

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I always have wanted to go to Hawaii and hopefully when I get to go I will definitely indulge in some of these activities especially the zoo and the Dole whips. That sounds so nice. Great hub!

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It definitely is! I hope that you get to go.

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      Hawaii is a lovely state, I can't wait to go :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks! That sounds good to me. :)

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      7 years ago

      Nice hub! I wish I could go there today, hang out on a beach and eat a bunch of Dole Whips. Rated up! :)

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much ladies!

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      ChristinCordle12 

      7 years ago

      Very nice place. Thanks for sharing.

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      Deborah Demander 

      7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnuggets nomination. These are great suggestions, some of which I have seen, and many of which I will enjoy on my next trip to Hawaii. Good luck at hubpages.

      Namaste.

    • randomcreative profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much! You should definitely go if you ever get the chance.

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      cardelean 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Great guide and sightseeing suggestions. One day I would love to visit Hawaii. All of these places sound like really interesting places to see. Congrats on your nomination.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Haha if only it were that easy! Thank you!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hawaii seems such a wonderful place to visit! I'm closing my eyes to transport me there...hehehe congrats on your Hubnuggets nomination!

      To read and vote in the 1001 Arabian Hubnuggets: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/1001-Arabian-

      To participate in the Hubnuggets forum: https://hubpages.com/forum/topic/74795

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you! :)

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      kafsoa 

      7 years ago

      Congrats for being nominated this week too, wish you all the best :)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much! I will check out your Hawaii hubs!

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      Elayne 

      7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Great hub. We live in Hawaii right behind the Polynesian Cultural Center. Glad that you included it on your list. I have written a few hubs about Hawaii and what you can see also. Congrats on the nomination.

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