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Apr 16, 2017

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Hawaii

HawaiiHawaii has a dry season (April to October) and a rainy season (November to March.) In recent years, however, even the rainy season has been relatively dry as many parts of Hawaii have been suffering drought conditions. The summer months can be hot and humid, especially in Honolulu and Waikiki.

Hurricanes are rare but the hurricane season is from June to November. Fortunately, the last major hurricane to hit Hawaii was Hurricane Iniki, which severely damaged Kauai in September 1992.

OahuSometimes called The Gathering Place, Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaiis diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. Its this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering Oahu so enjoyable.

The clear blue waters of Kailua Beach meet the metropolitan cityscapes of Honolulu. The historic architecture of Iolani Palace meets the timeless memorials of Pearl Harbor. The big city of Waikiki meets the small town of Haleiwa on the North Shore. Whether youre hiking atop iconic Leahi (Diamond Head), enjoying some of Hawaiis best shopping, or simply unwinding on the sands of the islands beautiful beaches, youll find variety at every turn on Oahu.

OahuOahu is generally drier on the Leeward Coast (west) and wetter and greener on the Windward Coast (east). The resort area of Waikiki and the surfing mecca of the North Shore offer pleasant weather year round. Big wave surf season on the North Shore begins in November and ends in February. World-class surfing competitions also happen here between November and December. During the summer, the big waves of the North Shore subside for ideal beach going conditions.

There are generally two seasons on Oahu. Winter (November through April), when temperatures typically range in the low-70s to mid-80s, and summer when the high can run into the low-90s. Average air temperature ranges from 74 degrees F (23 degrees C) to 88 degrees F (31 degrees C) with moderate humidity of 53% during the day. Gentle trade winds keep even the warmest months comfortable, so any time of year is a good time to visit Oahu.

Honolulu, OahuHome to the State Capitol, Honolulu is the vibrant epicenter of Hawaii. Here youll find everything from historic landmarks and treasured monuments to world-class shopping and a flourishing arts and culture scene. Home to the majority of Oahus population, the sprawling city of Honolulu spreads throughout the southeastern shores of Oahu, from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point, encompassing world famous Waikiki.

Honolulu has it all. This is the home of some of Hawaiis most historic places from Iolani Palace, the Kawaiahao Church, the Mission Houses and the treasured artifacts of the Bishop Museum to iconic landmarks like the Aloha Tower, the King Kamehameha I Statue, the Duke Kahanamoku Statue and the historic Hawaii Theatre. Honolulu is also Hawaiis hot spot for arts, culture and entertainment. From the nightlife, live music and fine dining of Waikiki to the art galleries and underground bars of the Chinatown arts district. Whether youre looking for Hawaiis finest museums, or Hawaiis finest Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs, the best resorts, festivals, and events, or just some fun things to do, youll find it all in Honolulu.

Oahu Activities

Oahu ActivitiesAlii Kai Sunset Dinner SailCome sail away into a golden Hawaiian sunset on the world's largest Polynesian catamaran - the Alii Kai. Fully equipped to make your ocean journey enjoyable, the Alii Kai is the ultimate island experience.Bask in the romantic Hawaiian twilight with a breathtaking panorama of the dancing lights of Waikiki. The rhythm of the islands comes alive with the jammin' entertainment by the live band, dancers and crew. Breathe in the cool evening air atop the Alii Kai's large deck as tropic breezes propel you across the waves. Relish the delectable buffet-style dinner on-board and relax with one cocktail or beverage of your choice.

Oahu ActivitiesArizona Memorial Uss Missouri & City TourCelebrate the honor, valor and courage of the U.S. Servicemen who served during World War II on this special Stars and Stripes tour. It's a nostalgic journey to the two historic places that marked the beginning and end of the war for the United States - Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri. At the site of Pearl Harbor, you'll view the Arizona Memorial where the remains of the USS Arizona lay silent beneath the waves. The events of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor are unfolded through detailed narrations and photos. While at Pearl Harbor, you'll travel across the Ford Island Bridge to the historic USS Missouri battleship, otherwise known as the "Mighty Mo." It was on the decks of this celebrated warship that the Japanese surrender ceremony took place, signaling the end of their involvement in World War II. Explore the passages, rooms and corridors on a special guided tour. From Pearl Harbor, you'll take a drive through metropolitan Honolulu and up to the Punchbowl Crater for a drive through the National Cemetery of the Pacific. After enjoying the serenity and spectacular view atop Punchbowl, you'll wind through Downtown Honolulu for a cruise through its many highlights.

Oahu ActivitiesDiamond Head Crater AdventureBrave the heights of Diamond Head, Waikikis world famous landmark. Your exploration begins when you arrive at the ancient crater floor of Mount Leahi, the Hawaiian name for this natural wonder.A guide will assist you in explaining the fascinating early history, geology, archaeology and mythology of Diamond Head as you ascend the winding trail to the summit. You will be rewarded as you reach its peak with an incredible panoramic view of Waikiki, the emerald green Koolau Mountains, and the sparkling blue Pacific far below.Its the perfect way to greet the morning of another day in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.

Oahu ActivitiesDolphin Swim AdventureFor anyone curious about the fascinating world of dolphins, Sea Life Park Hawaii offers you a hands-on view with the all-new Dolphin Adventures Program! Not only will you interact with these lovable creatures, youll get an overview of their anatomy, physiology and training, as well as current marine conservation efforts. Perfect for those 8 years and older, this 45-minute session includes a 20-25 minute interaction period in shallow waters where you and other guests will be guided through your friendly dolphin encounter. Youll have the opportunity to employ a variety of positive reinforcements, including fish! Bring your bathing suit and a towel and be prepared to view the dolphins in deeper waters using "dive masks." Special souvenir photos with the dolphins are available for purchase for you to share with friends back home.

Oahu ActivitiesGrand Circle Island W/Dole PlantGet to know Hawaii from the inside out with an all-day tour that circles the entire island, covering 120 miles of Oahus best sightseeing spots. For a close-up view of a seawater eruption, youll visit Hawaiis own Old Faithful known as the "Blow Hole", where youll witness oceanside water play at full-force. Besides Sandy Beach - a favorite for body surfers, you'll venture to the most celebrated surfing zones in the world along the North Shore - Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and the spectacular Banzai Pipeline. Youll stop at Kualoa Ranch for a scenic tour ride into the Koolau Mountains overlooking Chinamans Hat and Kaneohe Bay. At Dole Plantation you will learn about the history of Hawaiis pineapple industry and stroll through the Plantation Gardens. In colorful contrast to the brilliant blue of the crystalline waters, youll also find emerald oceans of shimmering pineapple and sugar cane fields waving gently in the breeze. Take a glimpse into the Hawaii of long ago as you pass remnants of old homesteads on your return to Waikiki. Be sure to bring your camera to record the marvels that gave Hawai'i its name and reputation as Paradise.

Oahu ActivitiesOne Hour Seaplane Sightseeing TourOn arrival at our floating office you will be welcomed and briefed on a map of the flight and the sights you will see. After you take-off from the water we will climb out alongside Honolulu Harbor and Aloha tower, then pass offshore of Waikiki Beach followed by a look down into Diamond Head Crater, the prestigious Kahala area, Koko Head Crater, Hanauma Bay, Sea Life Park, Kaneohe Bay and return through Pali Pass and a circuit over the Arizona Memorial.We will continue over sparkling Kaneohe Bay and along the Windward Coast of O'ahu and show you Chinaman's Hat, the movie site of "Jurassic Park"" and "Godzilla," Kahana Bay, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Mormon Temple, BYU Hawaii Campus, the old Kahuku Sugar Mill, the Windmill Farm and the Turtle Bay Hilton Hotel. View the world famous surfing areas of Sunset Beach, the Banzi Pipeline, Waima Bay and Haleiwa as well as the cascading Waimea water falls from up above. Then we will proceed southbound over awesome pineapple fields and the remains of the old sugar cane fields, past Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Air Field and finally Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, the Battleship ""Missouri"" and Hickam Air Force Base before touching down at Keehi Lagoon for a picture perfect landing.With an island totally surrounded by water... nothing could be more fitting than a tour by air in a seaplane. You will have a fabulous overview of the island and its tropical scenery - even whales in season. This is a breathtaking way to see Oahu's beautiful scenery and attractions.

Many more activities available!

Honolulu, Oahu Hotel

Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort and Spa, Ali'i Tower4.5 Star ResortWoven amidst lush tropical gardens, flowing waterfalls and sparkling pools, this premiere Hawaiian res

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