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Off the Grid on Oahu-Touring the Island

We posted a few weeks back on two of our favorite “off-the-grid” O’ahu experiences, courtesy of Dan Scroggins of The Real Hawaii. Here are two more:

Yokohama Bay

There is no question that this beautiful beach qualifies for “off the beaten path.” Tourists typically do not spend much time on the west side of O’ahu, where Yokohama Bay is located (not to mention it is ALL the way at the end of the road).

There are lots of amazing beaches in the world, what makes the beaches in Hawaii so spectacular is that not only do they have nice sand and blue waters, but also stunning mountains creating a wonderful backdrop, the case at Yokohama.

This area of the island is HOT, so make sure you apply sunscreen and drink lots of water. The shorebreaks here can be pretty powerful so make sure to ask the lifeguards if it is safe to swim. I would suggest coming here in the afternoon and sticking around for sunset, you will be glad you did. As you watch the sunset you will say to yourself, “wow, the west side really is the best side.”

If you are up for it, from here you can take a 2.5-mile hike to Kaena point (the northwestern most tip of the island) where you can check out the albatross and often spot Hawaiian monk seals.

Waiahole Poi Factory

I always tell my clients that there really is no better way to experience culture than to try the food. Much of the food in Hawaii is considered “local food” which consists of plate lunches (meat, rice and mac salad), Loco Moco, Poke (raw fish), Spam musubi and on and on. Local food is a result of the early plantation days when the Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Filipinos came together to work the fields and share cooking techniques.

Another type of food is known as “Hawaiian” or “traditional food” which dates back to ancient times. Waiahole Poi Factory is along the windward side of O’ahu out in the country with amazing views of Kualoa and Chinaman’s hat across the road. They serve Kalua Pig, Lau Lau, Squid Luau, Lomi Salmon, Haupia and of course Poi. If you don’t know what these foods already it’s time you paid Waiahole Poi Factory a visit, oh and, eat the Poi okay?

Poi Factory

Poi Factory

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Summertime Fun on Oahu…

Summertime is vacation time for many and our beautiful island of Oahu offers lots of fun family activities as well as thrills for all the adventure seekers! There is always the abundance of gorgeous beaches which can be found on all sides of Oahu and there are the ocean activities associated with them such as surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle-boarding, sailing, and sport fishing. All of these options offer a chance to soak up the sun and enjoy the awesome Pacific Ocean that surrounds us here! However, you may be interested in some of the more unusual choices to be found like an adventure on a pirate ship, a “duck” tour, an encounter with some sharks up close and personal, or an ocean swim with a family of wild dolphins!

Then again, you might want to take a break from the beach and venture inland for some hiking, biking, a horseback ride, a photography tour, or maybe a zipline adventure! There are even ways to enjoy Oahu from the air with some parasailing or a ride in a Glider plane! The list could go on but these are a few ideas … to get you started. We are sure you will enjoy any and all of these ways to have lots of summertime fun on Oahu!

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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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5 Oahu Events for Valentine’s Day 2015

It’s almost that time of year agin!  You can never go wrong with romantic Valentine’s Day dinner reservations, but we wanted to give you a few non-traditional options to choose from this year.

Boyz II Men 

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Yup, you read that right: Boyz II Men will be live at the Blaisdell this Valentine’s Day!  What better way to spend the night than to have the Boyz serenade your sweetheart with “I’ll Make Love to You”?  Splurge for the VIP package and enjoy dinner for two at Doraku before sitting in the front row for the main attraction.

Go Ruck
Looking for something off the beaten path?  Feeling the need to be a part of a group this Valentine’s Day?  Spend the afternoon focusing on teamwork and communication while partaking in a Go Ruck: Good Livin’ challenge.  The four to five hour, seven to ten mile journey with your “team” of about thirty members is led by a Cadre with Special Operations background.

Waikiki Swim Club Valentine’s Biathalon
Start the day off with 5k run around Ala Moana Beach Park, starting off at Diamond Head, and a 1k swim along the park.  Challenge yourself, get those endorphins pumping, and make room for the Valentine’s Day chocolates!

Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Madre Chocolate
Speaking of chocolate… Reserve your spot at Madre Chocolate Factory’s Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairing event.  Learn about what makes wine and chocolate such a great couple and how to make the best pairs.  And, of course, indulge and enjoy!

LUX at The Trump Pink Valentine’s

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Enjoy a live swimsuit fashion show featuring Makena swimwear as you dance the night away.  Let everyone know if your single or taken with your green (single), yellow (single-ish), or red (taken), wristbands.

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Kanikapila at Surfer, The Bar

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Young musician Irina Delatorre, excited to perform on stage during Kanikapila Night at Surfer, The Bar

The term “kanikapila” comes from the words “kani,” meaning “sound,” and “pila” which refers to any type of string instrument.  Traditionally, kanikapila refers to a style of music created when people get together for a jam session of sorts and often times mash up different pieces of music.  A great example of a song that is representative of this style is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which beautifully blends “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World.”

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Irina Delatorre, is one of many talented local singers that play at Turtle Bay’s Kanikapila Night at Surfer, The Bar.

 

Kanikapila has also come to refer to open mic nights at venues like Turtle Bay’s Surfer, The Bar.  Every Tuesday at Surfer, visitors and locals alike are invited to grab their instrument of choice (including simply their vocal chords) and hop on stage!  Even if you’re not brave enough to take the stage yourself, pull up a seat, get a cocktail, and enjoy the night.  The caliber of talent that graces the Kanikapila at Surfer, The Bar’s stage is something to behold.

 

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Laie Point – Legend of the Mo’o

 

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Laie Point is a Keawe Adventures tour destination located on the North East shore of Oahu. The rugged point, full of beauty and history, juts far out into the ocean, providing panoramic views of this eastern section of Oahu shoreline and the surrounding small islands.

In addition to adding to the beauty of this location, the small off shore islands are part of the Hawaiian legend of Laie Point. According to the legend, a mo’o(giant lizard) used to patrol this point, known as Laniloa, attacking unfortunate passerbys. A Hawaiian warrior named Kana set out to avenge his mother and kill all the mo’o in the Hawaiian Islands. When he arrived at Laniloa, Kana easily killed the mo’o, slicing the lizard into five pieces and throwing it into the ocean.

These five pieces can still be seen today as the five small islands surrounding Laie Point, called Kihewamoku, Moku’auia, Pulemoku, Kukuiho’olua, and Mokualai. The most famous of these islands, Kukuiho’olua, which can be seen off to the left of Laie Point, has a large puka, or hole, in it. This hole is the result of a 1946 tsunami which punched out pieces of the island, creating a rock bridge and a natural phenomenon for all who visit to enjoy.

For more information, or to book a tour, visit keaweadventures.com.

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