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    One of the smaller of Hawaii's islands but the most populated and the most visited by far. Most people stop through Honolulu at least once during their time in Hawaii but if you get a chance I would recommend taking a tour around the island to check out some of the little towns too!

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    You can truly have it all in Oahu. From city to small towns to rural country, mountains to sea, luxury to casual, new and old... it is all available in Oahu.

    For me it is the wet and wild north shore for the casual yet active lifestyle. Others love Honolulu. The kids will certainly love Disney's Aulani resort (and the parents will too as the place is amazing).

    With so many direct flights to Honolulu you get to your destination and start your vacation that much sooner.

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    Oahu is a great place to visit. Hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, and all the water sports, plus there are the urban attractions of Honolulu and the chance to watch big wave surfing up north. There are plenty of good restaurants to choose from, and quiet romantic zones where you can really escape. Oahu has something to offer year 'round, and there's plenty to do with kids.

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    Many people dismiss Oahu as just as place to transit through, but for people who have been to Hawaii many times, it often becomes their favorite island. The eating scene in Honolulu is fierce, from food trucks and local sports-bar kitchens to Hawaii and Japanese star chefs. If you want surfing, it don't get much better than the monster winter waves of the North Shore, or go snorkeling in the natural aquarium of Hanauma Bay. Hikers have trails all over the island, starting right above downtown Honolulu in the Makiki Forest Recreation Area. At the end of the day, lay out a beach towel to watch the sunset hula and Hawaiian slack-key guitar show at Waikiki Beach's hula mound, or dive into the bars, clubs and indie art scene in Honolulu's Chinatown.

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    I was born and raised here, so I'm a little partial to this awesome island. It definitely was a privilege growing up on Oahu and experiencing the aloha spirit left and right as a child. Hawaiians are friendly and have amazing taste in food. Some parts of Oahu can get very touristy like Waikiki, but there are other hidden neighborhoods and parts that will blow you away.

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  • OahuPro 2014

    Hawaii is amazing from start to finish, and Oahu as an island is no exception. From the bustling city life in Honolulu, to the surfing and mountains on the North Shore, Oahu has it all. Key attractions include Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, and the Dole Plantation.

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    My favorite Hawaiian island because of its balance of city life, leisure life, tourist life, and nature life.

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    Aloha - Hello

    A beautiful Island with many different attractions, parks, and recreational thing to do….however be sure to plan things out ahead of time and a rental car is suggested. After my 8 days on the island I feel like I wasted a lot of time driving past the same locations multiple times. Break the island down by quadrants and fully explore each before moving on to the next.

    If you can afford it get the rental car and explore on your own. Avoid the tours, they don't take you anywhere you can't get on your own, much cheaper, and at your own pace. Avoid traffic during rush hour near Honolulu and the main highways around the island. H1 is an interstate but the highway around the perimeter of the Island is 1 lane each direction.

    My highlights include Makapu'u Point, Climbing Diamond Head with a 1 year old strapped to my back and the sunset every evening. There are some amazing areas but also regular city life and homelessness in Honolulu. The big upside is that most people are very friendly and helpful.

    Aloha - Goodbye

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    Oahu is amazing. If your an outdoor junky like me than you will fit right in. The weather is amazing, ususally around 75F and the oceans are to die for with their crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches. Hunama bay also offers a great snorkling spot that is also a preserve.

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    Big City -- big city life and LOTS of traffic in Honolulu. The island is so diverse with the dry side and the windy side! Exploring is fun. Travel to the northern tip of the island for a different feel from the city of Honolulu.

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    The Kahala Hotel on Oahu has a Dolphin Experience on premises.
    I would highly reccomend it...also if you have a healthy budget the hotel actually has rooms that over look the dolphin pools...
    The property is spectacular and you don't have to be a guest to participate.

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    I've been here twice in a year and each time, I'm in tears when it's time to leave. It's the the perfect mixture of culture, island style, tourist location while still being urbane at the same time. A 30 min car ride and you're away from the hustle. It's perfect and if I could, I would pack up and move there. I guess for now I settle for planning the next trip though.

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    Oahu = Home! I love Oahu, it has everything and more! A mix of city life, country escapes, hidden mountains, and beach getaways. There's dozens of malls and shops, hundreds of restaurants, lots of hiking trails, secluded beaches, party scene, festivals, museums, culture, history, and the list goes on. I can just sit at one of the many beaches on this island for hours and just breathe and embrace the beautiful paradise I call home.

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    Oahu is a great spot for first-time travelers to Hawaii to visit. Oahu offers the best combination of relaxation and nightlife. It's much faster paced than the other islands. There are a lot of tourists in Waikiki, so if you prefer to stay somewhere quieter, I'd recommend staying in North Shore or Ko'Olina.

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    My heart is in Hawaii!

    Surf, sun bathe, hike, snorkel, eat, drink, and be merry.

    Oahu is great for young people and couples who want to play in the sun during the day and party late into the night. Honolulu has many bars, lounges and night clubs for folks to hang out, with many open late every night of the week. It's not as relaxing and quiet as the other outer islands, plus there is horrible traffic on the freeway, so it's not for everybody. I find that folks often prefer Maui, Kauai or the Big Island for it's natural wonders and low key island life.

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    Oahu is large enough that there's something here for everyone. Hit Waikiki for the more typical touristy experience, with a huge (although crowded) beach and great hotels. The other areas if the feel more intimate, although for a real look at Hawaii's undisturbed natural beauty you might want to head to a smaller island.

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    A paradise indeed! You must be here to believe it.

    If you happen to come visit, please look up the Gogobot ladies from O'ahu! Mahalo \m/

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    Oahu, "The Gathering Isle" is the main island of the Hawaiian chain and has perhaps 80 or 90% of the state's population, with Honolulu as the world famous state capital. But Oahu has a lot of things to see and do besides being the main island, from tourists attractions, historical sites, to wonders of natural beauty, to many great beaches. If you are a city boy or girl but want to get a taste of Paradise, this is the place to start.

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    Peacock flats is a great hiking spot. Make sure to bring water. You can follow the road trail to the top where a camping ground is or you can take many side tours through the woods. Beautiful scenery and lookouts. It is also fun to watch the skydiving planes up above. Prepare to get your sweat on.

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    8 in creditable years living on the Islands of Oahu everyday was like flying in the air so free, the Islands always smelled like flowers where ever you'd go! Life had Big energy of fullness, people in the water at the beach kids playing, families laughing and having BBQs..more to come remember 8 beautiful years on Oahu !!!

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Surfing enthusiast? History buff? Hiker? If you answered yes to any of those questions, a visit to Oahu might be on your radar. Many folks never leave the popular vacation areas of Honolulu and Waikiki to explore the rest of this magical island, but those in the know head out to sparsely populated beaches, lush rain forests and bucolic surf towns. Naturally divided into several distinct portions, the eastern “city side” is dominated by Honolulu and surrounds. Oahu’s North Shore is known the world over thanks to its massive waves and awestruck surfers. Stay in an old pineapple plantation nearby in Haleiwa or take in a hula lesson or lu'au at the Polynesian Cultural Center. The many restaurants on the island specialize in classic Hawaiian fare (yes, Spam is on many menus) with an Asian twist, and President Obama has introduced the world to his favorite home state treat, the Hawaiian shaved ice. You can't throw a coconut without hitting a hotel; Oahu has hundreds of lodging options from high-end resorts to homey B&Bs.

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