The beautiful Hawaiian island of O’ahu is an unparalleled destination, full of fun and unique sights, smells, and savories! Here’s a quick list to whet your appetite:
1. The Byodo Temple
The stunning and breathtaking Byodo Temple was built to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. Located on the Windward Side of O’ahu, the temple is more exhibition than functional, complete with a Lotus Buddha statue, lush Japanese gardens, koi ponds and crooning peacocks.
2. The North Shore Highway
Escape the urban sprawl of Honolulu for the more remote and beautiful North Shore. The north is more relaxed and nostalgic, giving you a glimpse of “Old Hawaii”—and is also the legendary surfing capital of the world. Plus the drive alone has some gorgeous views of the scenic Pacific Ocean.
3. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
Be sure to stop by Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck driving north on the Kamehameha Highway. A converted 1953 bread truck now offers some of the tastiest shrimp you’ll ever try—with mouthwatering scampi, lemon butter, hot & spicy shrimp shrimp shrimp!
4. Matsumoto’s Shave Ice
Nothing says “Hawaiian-style” so much like shave ice, a.k.a. the island snow cone. On O’ahu, flavors like red bean, passion fruit, and guava are as ubiquitous as the dessert shops that sell them. And the ice at Matsumoto’s is legendary, with delicious bowls of frosty pineapple and li hing mui flavors.
5. KCC Farmer’s Market
The KCC Farmer’s Market is an awesome market, chock-full of tropical fruits, baked goodies, drinks and a snippet of crafts. Don’t leave the islands without trying some dragonfruit, white guava, or young coconuts.
6. Manoa Falls
Trekkers all love the elegant waterfalls at Manoa Falls. The tree-studded path will take you past old park buildings, large boulders, sweet floral aromas and delicate bamboo and ginger. The area is also famous as a filming location for Lost and Jurassic Park. Just be sure to wear the proper shoes (it gets muddy!), sunscreen and insect repellent.
7. Ahi Poke from Foodland
Nothing says Hawaii like fresh aki poké, raw fish appetizer served with soy sauce, sea salt, roasted candlenut, sesame oil, seaweed and chili pepper. Freshly caught poké is hard to come by, even in Hawaii, so best to try your luck with a local. Foodland supermarkets have a huge poké and poké bowl selection—come early in the morning for the best taste.
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In addition to your hotel, flights and car, Willamette Intl Travel can organize tours for you and your family while on the magical island of O’ahu. Call us at 503-224-0180 or email email@example.com and ask us about your Hawaiian vacation today.
WIT Agent Nancy’s favorite way to experience historical O’ahu is a Pearl Harbor Tour. Tours may include:
- Fort Shafter, Wheeler Army Airfield, Schofield Army Barracks, and Punchbowl National Memorial.
- Visit to Home of the Brave’s nostalgic WWII museum that honors the brave men and women who fought courageously during WWII. One of the largest and most unique collection of 1940s memorabilia and photographs.
- Ticket to board the Arizona Memorial via the Navy Launch, park service film, and tour of the Valor in the Pacific Visitor center.
- Pick up at Waikiki hotels, avoid the crowds with guaranteed earliest timed entry at the Visitor Center.
- Driver and knowledgeable guides in period costume.
- The real radio broadcast of the day Pearl Harbor was bombed on the car’s PA!
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