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Moonlight Magic on Oahu…

The islands of Hawaii often beckon to visitors because of the sunshine, blue skies, and warm ocean waters, but there is another side to our islands that is often overlooked. There are some fun things to do, here on Oahu, on a tropical moonlit night too! Here is a list of our top ten recommendations for enjoying the moonlit nights…

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• A moonlight horseback ride on Oahu’s North Shore at Gunstock Ranch
• A moonlight walk to a beautiful waterfall in the tropical gardens of Waimea Valley
• A moonlight dinner cruise
• A Pirate Ship Adventure with music, dancing, and fireworks! (adults only)
• Ha! Breath of Life!…a spectacular evening show at the Polynesian Cultural Center
• An authentic Luau complete with impressive fire-knife dancers at Chief’s Luau
• A full moon photography tour with O’ahu Photography Tours
• An island star gazing venue with Stars Above Hawaii
The Zoo by Moonlight Tour!
• Art after Dark …an art party at the Honolulu Academy of Art (last Friday of each month from 6-9)

Any and all of these activities promise to be a fun experience and something a little bit different too! So while you are enjoying our island, remember to enjoy some moonlight magic on Oahu!

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Oahu’s North Shore

Making a Trip Out to Oahu’s North Shore

While Honolulu has its city lights and its iconic Diamond Head and Waikiki, you don’t want to miss treating yourself to a visit to Oahu’s North Shore! It is, of course, renowned for its many gorgeous beaches, and it’s awesome surf is majestic to behold! You might enjoy watching the surfers at Waimea Bay, or you could go for a hike to a waterfall in Waimea Valley. Try some stand-up paddling, or go for a swim with sea turtles, or take in a beautiful sunset at none other than Sunset Beach. There is deep sea fishing out of Haleiwa Harbor, or, if you are really adventurous, go skydiving or on a glider ride for a “bird’s eye view” of the North Shore!

When you want to take a break from the beach, you can find lots of great places for lunch, dinner, or shopping in historic Haleiwa. From a tasty shave ice treat to amazing island artwork to fragrant island soaps that you can watch being made in a local soap factory, there is lots of variety to be found here! The list of things to see and do “out in the country” will make you glad you took a break from the city and made a trip to Oahu’s North Shore

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Explore Oahu with Honolulu Honu Divers

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There are so many beautiful sights to take in on your Hawaiian vacation; mountain ranges, palm trees, white beaches, blue seas, and colorful flowers around every bend.  Some of the most beautiful sights, however, are a bit more tucked away – hidden under the surface of the beautiful waves of the Pacific Ocean around Oahu.

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If you’re looking for a truly unique, once in a lifetime activity to make your vacation memorable, Honolulu Honu Divers can show you a side of Oahu you otherwise wouldn’t see; the underside!

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Hector established Honolulu Honu Divers based on his absolute passion and love for the underwater world.  He has truly set himself apart from the other dive companies on the island by following a strict 1:1 or 2:1 dive ratio meaning that the only time you will ever dive with someone other than just him is if you book with a dive buddy you know!

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Whether you want to explore the different dive spots around the island by boat or stick to a shore dive, the personalized one on one experience of Honolulu Honu Divers can’t be beat.  Call today and let Hector “show you the time of your life.”

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11 Family Friendly Spring Break Activities

Mid March means Spring Break on Oahu, a time that can be both exciting and overwhelming!  The kids are home from school and ready to be entertained –  luckily, there are plenty of family friendly events going on around the island to keep your keiki busy.

We’ve compiled a list of 11 family friendly Spring Break activities, from historical to hands on.

HISTORICAL
Take your kids for some fun extra credit.  Show them they can have fun while learning about the wonderful island of Oahu.

1. National Memories Exhibit Opening
Opens March 14th

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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the first stop of the “National Memories” 2015 United States tour. The exhibit, which first went on display in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2010, has toured Mainland China and Taiwan. Through the use of imagery and more than 100 historic photos taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the China Burma India Theater, “National Memories” brings to life the camaraderie that existed between Chinese and U.S. soldiers as their countries joined forces during World War II. The Museum’s permanent “Flying Tigers Exhibit” featuring a WWII-era P-40 aircraft, will anchor the photographic display.

2. 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum
March 11th- March 16th
125For 125 years, Bishop Museum has chronicled life in the Hawaiian Islands. Over that time we’ve seen tremendous changes to Hawai‘i, our people, our cultures, our environment, and our place in a global society.  The emphasis of the exhibit will be the common lived experience of life in the Islands. Rather than create a linear chronological sequence through the period, the exhibit will examine change thematically, with more than a dozen large graphic panels exploring topics like Communication, Work Life, and Transportation.

3.  Kapolei Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a
March 14th

Part of the Prince Kuhio Festival which honors the life of Prince Kuhio, “The Citizen Prince,” this is a free, all day event that includes hula, local entertainment, traditional food prep lessons, local vendors, crafts, and traditional Hawaiian games.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Looking for something different to do outside with the little ones besides plopping them on the beach?  Look no further!

4. North Shore Keiki Surf School Camp
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North Shore Keiki Surf School specializes in teaching children how to surf and they’ll be holding a Spring Break camp!  Take some time for yourself and rest assured your children are in great hands as they spend the day in the beautiful waters of the North Shore.

5. Keawe Adventures
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Whether you want to visit Pearl Harbor, explore the North Shore, go fishing, hiking, or snorkeling, Keawe Adventures has a tour for you! Let them help you build your dream Hawaii Vacation or Staycation this spring break with one of their premier private guided tours on Oahu. 

6. Hawaii Duck Tours
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Explore Oahu in a way you never have before with an amphibious tour from Hawaii Duck Tours!  If you book any time in March or April, mention Seek Spot, and like them on Facebook, you get a free Rubber Ducky Scrub – sure to be a hit with your kids.

7. Gunstock Ranch Horse Day Camp
March 17th

This day camp is geared for the beginner rider ages 7-13 years old. It is the perfect introduction to learning about horses. This day will be filled with horse fun, education, and adventure. Students will be oriented and taught safety around horses. They will also learn how to properly mount and dismount, learn basic commands of making a horse do what they want, and go on a trail ride. Students will also learn through hands-on experience basic care for horses, how to saddle, and ride in the Western style.

8. Pipeline Womens Pro
Holding Period: March 16th-24th
pipelineWatch the best female surfers duke it out at one of the most famous surf breaks in the world – Banzai Pipeline.  Make sure you check the website before showing up to see if the event is on!

9. Learn To Play Hockey with Jami Yoder
March 14th

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly outside, but if your kids need a break from the hot sun, let them learn to play hockey with Team USA’s Jami Yoder!

HANDS ON
Let your kids’ creative side flourish with these hands on activities.

10. Explorers Club: Astrophotography
March 19th & 20th
All day STEM programs for 3rd through 8th graders. Students explore topics in science, technology, engineering and math.  This session will focus on learning about celestial objects and using technology to enhance images of the cosmos.

11. Paint The Night Away
March 20th

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Fun for the whole family!  On March 20th, you and your keiki can create a beautiful Mermaid painting at Haleiwa Joe’s 3rd Friday Art & Music Event.

12. Honolulu Music, Arts, & Food Festival
March 13th-15th

Explore the “5 festivals in 1” and enjoy more than 17 bands, arts & crafts vendors, local artists,  food from some of Honolulu’s best restaurants, petting zoos, games, pony rides, bully dog show, wine and drinks for the parents, and so much more!

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Walking Tour of Historic Hale’iwa

The North Shore Chamber of Commerce (NSCOC) and Historic Hawai’i Foundation (HHF) will host a walking tour of Historic Hale’iwa on Saturday, March 14 with tours starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Refreshments including local, North Shore delicacies will be served. The event aims to pair people with places that tell the rich history of Hale’iwa and share information and stories about the buildings, sites and people who helped shape the history.

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The tour is geared toward kama’aina who would like to learn more about the historical treasures in their own backyard as well as visitors with an interest in history. Antya Miller, Executive Director of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, shares the reason for the tour. “Although I grew up in Haleiwa and Waialua, I never learned the history of the town or district. While doing the research for the Haleiwa Walking Tour, it was so much fun to hear the stories from people I’d known for years, to research the buildings and people who lived in them.”

Tickets for the tour are $25 for NSCOC and HHF Members and $50 for General Admission. Tickets may be purchased online by going to www.gonorthshore.org

Questions about the event may be directed to the Chamber at 637-4558 or to info@gonorthshore.org 

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Win a Horseback Ride with Your Sweetheart!

Still haven’t planned a romantic Valentine’s Day date for your and your sweetheart?  Why not enter to win a romantic horseback ride for two at Gunstock Ranch?

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Gunstock Ranch, where you can experience Hawaii as a true paniolo (cowboy), is giving away a Sweetheart Ride for two and a dozen roses to one lucky couple!  There are three different ways you can enter: 1) go to their Facebook page and like the page or leave a comment letting them know who you’d take on your sweetheart ride, 2) follow them on Instagram @gunstockranch, 3) post a photo of you and your love and use the hashtag #gunstocklove.  Each one counts as one entry!  They will post the winner on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

 

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Clark Little Talks Story at Surfer the Bar

It’s surf season on the North Shore and that means it’s Talk Story time at Surfer, The Bar.  The weekly event allows some of the greatest figures in the surf industry to share their tales in an intimate setting.  This week’s guest might not be a professional surfer, but he’s certainly caused a huge stir in the world of surf photography.  Clark Little, sometimes called the “godfather of shorebreak photography” has revolutionized the way we look at waves.  Next time you see someone risking life and limb to get a great barrel shot on the North Shore, you can thank Clark Little for the inspiration.

 

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On Wednesday, December 17th, at 8PM Clark will be sitting on stage at Surfer talking about his experiences and for a $5 suggested donation, you can be in the audience!  Can’t make it?  Don’t worry, you can watch a recording of Clark’s Talk Story, and of other Talk Stories here.  For info about future Talk Story guests, check out our calendar.

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The Best Activities on Oahu!

Experience everything that Oahu has to offer in and around the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  SeekSpot.com has found the best activities for you to enjoy.
You can explore the ocean with Under The Sea, on their new glass bottom boat. View the exotic marine life in a one of a kind way.
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You can find dolphins off the coast of Leeward Oahu with Iruka Hawaii
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and  you can swim with spinner dolphins and see them up close with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures.
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Or you could enjoy a sunset sail with Hawaii Nautical
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or dinner cruise with Ocean Joy Cruises
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Discover the Beautiful Waianae Coast with West Oahu SUP.

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On the Windward side 
You will find TwoGood Kayaks,
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where you can rent a kayak and explore the pristine ocean of Kailua. 

Sammy’s Aloha Watersports offers clients the chance to explore the ocean and learn a new sport with personalized quality instruction.

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You can get your adrenaline pumping by Paragliding over the ocean with Aloha Paragliding.
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Or go on an adventure with Holokai Kayak Adventure Tours,
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and see parts of the island you have never seen before.
On the South shore 
Sail past the surfers in search of treasure off the shores of Waikiki all the while defending the ship against passing boats with water cannons with Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures. Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures Or, glide through the pacific at speeds up to 40mph with all 1,420 horse power on the Honolulu Screamer Honolulu Screamer Fly across the open sea, and get your adrenaline pumping with Xtreme Jet Ski X-treme Jet Ski or experience the ultimate airborne ride of a lifetime with Xtreme Parasail. X-treme Parasail Dedicated to teaching you to Surf, Stand Up Paddle and Double-Hull Canoe away from the crowds and with Aloha. Spend a day with Hawaiian Surf Adventures. Hawaiian Surf Adventures Enjoy spectacular cruising amongst these majestic high islands in the mid-Pacific with Honolulu Sailing Honolulu Sailing Enjoy Stand-Up Paddling, Fly-Fishing, Light-Tackle Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling  with Keawe Adventures. Keawe Adventures View the clear blue waters of Hawaii from the deck of a stand-up paddle board with Tropical Blends Tropical Blends Take in beautiful views and beautiful experiences, aboard a sailing boa with Tradewind Charters Tradewind Charters or come explore the beautiful underwater habitats surrounding Oahu with Pearl Harbor Divers. Pearl Harbor Divers
On the North Shore 
Observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment with Hawaii Shark Encounters. Hawaii Shark Encounters

Rent surfboards, bodyboards, stand up boards, and snorkeling equipment from North Shore Surf Shop.

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Enjoy a beautiful sunset sail with North Shore Catamaran. north shore catamaran Have the fishing experience of a lifetime with North Shore Sport Fishing. north shore sport fishing
Or learn to surf with North Shore Surf Girls. north shore surf girls

Chase down pelagic fish from Ahi, Mahi Mahi, and Ono, and hunt after the elusive giant-Ulua with Deep Blue.Deep Blue

There is so much to do for all ages on Oahu. Visit www.seekspot.com for more awesome activity ideas.
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ITINERARY: A FAMILY DAY ON THE NORTH SHORE

MORNING

WAIMEA VALLEY

Hike up to the waterfall on a paved path perfect for strollers and little ones who want to walk. Enjoy the cultural sharing and activities abound throughout the walk and learn how to play ancient Hawaiian games.

Family points:

  • Paved walkways make stroller use easy.
  • There are plenty of bathrooms and rest areas with food and drink options.
  • The walk up to the falls is a steady incline, not steep at all.
  • Free and plentiful parking.

 

LUNCH

KAHUKU FARMS

Kahuku Farms is set up for families to enjoy with an expansive grass area for the kids to play or to spread out a picnic blanket. They have toys, mats, and umbrellas available for all to use while on the grounds. The food is farm-to-plate, which means all the fresh vegetables and fruits you can see all around you will make an appearance as a delicious pizza, Panini, soup, salad, smoothie or dessert on your plate. Kahuku Farms serves up homemade ice cream (usually apple banana or lilikoi) and seared banana bread for dessert. Tractor rides around the property and through the banana tunnel are given daily as well. The kids will love it and your bellies will be full of delicious and nutritious food.

 

Family points:

  • The kids can walk everywhere and explore.
  • Ample shaded seating.
  • Food is fresh, healthy and fast.
  • Learning experience as the whole family can go on a tractor tour or ask questions to those working the farm.
  • Free parking and bathrooms.

 

AFTERNOON

PICK A BAY

Just a couple minutes down the road from Kahuku Farms, driving west, are Kawela Bay and Turtle Bay. Kawela Bay is just across the street from all the fruit stands that cannot be missed on Kamehameha Hwy. Turtle Bay is located inside the Turtle Bay resort property and is open to the public. Both are excellent beaches to take the kids because no matter how big the waves are elsewhere, these bays are sheltered from the wind and waves. Perfect little pools for the kids to splash and play — and keep an eye out for turtles that are regular swimmers in these areas.

 

Family points:

  • Easy to find and ample parking.
  • Sheltered from the elements.
  • Calm waters and regular turtle sightings.

DINNER

Historic Haleiwa Town has plenty of options for family-friendly dining, depending on what kind of food fare you desire of course. Excellent options include Cholos Homestyle Mexican, Banzai Sushi or Breakers, which can all be found in the North Shore Marketplace. Each of these restaurants offers indoor and outdoor seating with vibrant atmospheres that are sure to keep all ages entertained.

 

Family points:

  • Easy to find and ample parking.
  • Bathrooms.
  • Quick service and plenty of shops nearby to peruse if waiting or entertaining an antsy little one.

 

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Easy to use Oahu Maps

There are so many different things to do and sights to see on our beautiful island of Oahu! From the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to a hike inDiamond Head, from a frolic with dolphins on the Leeward coast to a drive across the Ko’olau Mountains with a majestic view of the Windward Coast, from the famous surfing beaches of theNorth Shore to, well, you get the picture. Not only is there the challenge of deciding where to go and what to see first, but then there is figuring out the best route!
  Yes, a GPS  is definitely something we all rely on now, but we want to help make things easier for you too.
  Our colorful maps have the main routes, geographical points of interest and noted sights for each region of Oahu, along with an easy to read map key and brief descriptions, which will all help simplify your planning. In addition, you can find regional listings of shops, restaurants, and activities, giving you an indispensable tool to help with your every decision!

Make your visit the best it can be, and easy on yourself, by using Seek Spot’s Oahu Maps!

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