Local Getaways/Day Trips in Honolulu, HI
Visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, the resting place of 1,102 of 1,177 sailors who died on the USS Arizona the day World War II began. Located within the facility are: a theater playing a 23-minute documentary, museum galleries, a bookstore and gift shop, restrooms, a snack bar, and exhibits on the events that led up to the December 7, 1941 Attack on Oahu and its aftermath. A short boat ride takes you to the USS Arizona Memorial. Beyond the structural elements of the visitor center, there is a rich human subtext. Most days, one or more Pearl Harbor survivors can be found at the visitor center sharing stories and remembrances with visitors. Programs begin at 8:00 a.m., with brochures available in 35 languages. The last program each day begins at 3:00 p.m. Visitors are reminded that they are visiting a site of tremendous loss of life in service to our country. Sandals are permissible, but bathing suits or profane T-shirts are discourag
Pack those tents and bust out the hibachi, because the kids go crazy for camping out on the beach. Bellows Field Beach Park is the largest campground on O’ahu, with over fifty campsites available. All the expected amenities greet campers at Bellows, including flush toilets, outdoor cold showers, and a few picnic tables. The scenic drive to Bellows can only be described as majestic: pass by world-famous Sandy Beach, Hanauma Bay Scenic Overlook, and The Spouting Horn on the Eastern tip of the island. Make sure to get a camping permit and follow all the rules found atthe government website.
Love your sea salt? Good, because it gets good and salty in the air above a rented kayak. Twogood Kayaks in Kailua provides everything a lady needs to paddle out to Oahu’s reefs for a day. Maybe you’ll even decide to trek to an offshore island or two. Expert guide Kevin will help navigate all your possessions into a dry bag, and your arms into kayak paddles, before you have time to balk. Twogood offers guided Kayak tours, or they’ll let you go it on your own. Lucky adventure seekers may even glimpse sea turtles and dolphins on the water. Bring a sweatshirt and aqua shoes to mitigate the winds and reefs.
Take a car and drive around the island of O’ahu. Starting from Honolulu, adventures can start either east or west and end up back where you started from--circle the island! Visit historical, cultural, and culinary sites along the way such as the Blowhole, Chinaman’s Hat Lookout, Turtle Bay, Sunset Beach, Pipeline, Haleiwa Town, pineapple plantations, a North Shore garlic shrimp truck, fresh tropical fruit stands, local art galleries, and many more legendary Hawaiian sites. Take a map, a satellite GPS, or only your car and spirit of adventure on a self-guided tour circling O’ahu!
Soak up the richest Polynesian wonderland in the Pacific Rim at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Travel around many “villages” of the Pacific Rim all in one day: Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesesi, Aotearoa, Tonga, Tahiti, and many’s favorite, Samoa. Experience island village life, mingle with real natives, see shows, sing, dance, witness presentations, and participate in games and cooking activities. Top off the day with dinner at the Ali’i Luau and a spectacular production show, “Ha: Breath of Life.” Add a tour guide for a nominal fee. See website for local, senior, and other discounts.