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Honolulu and Oahu Travel Guide

Honolulu and Oahu Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Honolulu and Oahu? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.

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Top 10 Hawaiian Foods to Try

Food in Hawaii is a reflection of the state's diverse cultural makeup and tropical location. Fresh seafood, organic fruits and vegetables, free...

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Weddings and Honeymoons

There's no question that Hawaii is one of the country's foremost honeymoon destinations. Romance is in the air here, and the white-sand beaches...

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Only in Hawaii

Traveling to Hawaii is as close as an American can get to visiting another country while staying within the United States. There's much to learn...

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Top Reasons to Go to Honolulu and Oahu

Waves: Boogie board or surf some of the best breaks on the planet. Pearl Harbor: Remember Pearl Harbor with a visit to the Arizona memorial...

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Doris Duke's Shangri La in Honolulu

The marriage of heiress Doris Duke, at age 23, to a much older man didn't last. But their around-the-world honeymoon did leave her with two...

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Exploring Oahu Villages

Tiny villages—generally consisting of a sign, store, a beach park, possibly a post office, and not much more—are strung along Kamehameha Highway...

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Condotels in Oahu

One popular alternative in vacation lodging is a hybrid that encompasses aspects of both the condominium vacation rental and the full-service...

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Hawaiian Shrimp Snacks

No drive to the North Shore is complete without a shrimp stop. Shrimp stands dot Kamehameha Highway from Kahaluu to Kahuku. For about $12, you...

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Oahu Food Trucks

Lunch wagons, or "food trucks" as they are now known around the country, have been an island staple for plate lunches for decades. With the...

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Camping in Oahu

If you are looking for a more rugged escape from the resorts of Waikiki, consider pitching a tent on the beach or in the mountains, where you...

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Hawaii and the Environment

Sustainability —it's a word rolling off everyone's tongues these days. In a place known as the most remote island chain in the world (check...

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Hawaiian People and Their Culture

By 2012, Hawaii's population was more than 1.3 million with the majority of residents living on Oahu. Ten percent are Hawaiian or other Pacific...

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Sovereignty

Political issues of sovereignty continue to divide Native Hawaiians, who have formed myriad organizations, each operating with a separate agenda...

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Tourism and the Economy

The over-$10 billion tourism industry represents a third of Hawaii's state income. Naturally, this dependency causes economic hardship as the...

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Back-to-Basics Agriculture

Emulating how the Hawaiian ancestors lived and returning to their simple ways of growing and sharing a variety of foods has become a statewide...

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Sustainability

Although sustainability is an effective buzzword and authentic direction for the Islands' dining establishments, 90% of Hawaii's food and energy...

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That Beach

Kailua is the beach you came to Hawaii for—and the reason why many have never left. This popular stretch of white, sandy beach on Oahu’s windward...

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Rise of Hawaiian Pride

After Hawaii became a state in 1959, a process of Americanization began. Traditions were duly silenced in the name of citizenship. Teaching...

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Oahu's Best Outdoor Adventures

In a place surrounded by the ocean, water sports abound. Surfing. Snorkeling. Scuba diving. Hawaii has it all—and more. But that's just the...

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Kids and Families

With dozens of adventures, discoveries, and fun-filled beach days, Hawaii is a blast for kids of all ages. Even better, the things to do here...

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The Hawaiian Islands

Oahu. The state's capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu; this is the center of Hawaii's economy and by far the most populated island in the chain—976...

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Izakaya

Japanese pub-restaurants, called izakaya (ee-ZAH-ka-ya), are sprouting up all over the Islands like matsutake mushrooms in a pine forest...

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Oahu's Best Takeout

For lunch at the beach, or a movie night in your hotel room, do as Islanders do: get takeout. (And in the Islands, incidentally, the proper...

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Cruising the Islands

Cruising has become popular in Hawaii. They are a comparatively inexpensive way to see all of Hawaii, and you’ll save travel time by not having...

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Hawaiian History

Hawaiian history is long and complex; a brief survey can put into context the ongoing renaissance of native arts and culture. ...

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