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Everyone has an image of the perfect Hawaiian vacation. From sunbathing on the world-famous Waikiki Beach to hula lessons complete with fresh flower leis dangling around your neck. But one of the best things to do in Hawaii is absolutely free! Sunsets in Hawaii are some of the greatest in the world. Imagine winding down your day by the soft gentle sounds of the ocean waves, listening to drums of live Hawaiian music, enjoying a refreshing traditional Mai Tai all while experiencing the beauty of the Hawaiian sunset over the horizon. Time will feel like it has stopped –or at least you will want it to. This is what I like to call one of the ‘Spirits of Aloha’.

Being a Oahu Specialist –I like to indulge my clients of the best places to watch a Hawaiian sunset on the island of Oahu. If you’re heading to Oahu, Hawaii –don’t forget the simple (and free) pleasures of life. Take in the spectacular sunsets every evening and it will truly be one of the most memeorable experiences you’ll take home.

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Escape to paradise in Waikiki Beach, where romantic memories are created and cherished for a lifetime. Enjoy wedded bliss at one of the most sensual and spectacular wedding and honeymoon destinations on the planet. Experience romance and relaxation as you enjoy stunning beaches, crystal blue waters, radiant sunsets, and tranquil tropical scenery.

Discover passion in Honolulu as you stroll hand in hand on the soft white sands of Waikiki, indulge in a relaxing couples massage, enjoy oceanfront dining, and enjoy heaven and relish the moment the sun kisses the horizon over Oahu’s captivating shoreline.

Every Honeymooner & Newlywed will experience these amenities:

Complimentary Bottle of Champagne
Complimentary Turndown Service
Complimentary Use of Beach Gear (based on availability)
Complimentary Cocktail at Lounge Renew
Complimentary Continental Breakfast each morning
Complimentary WiFi throughout the Hotel

Natural attractions of Waikiki: Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park, The Honolulu Zoo, The Waikiki Aquarium, Shopping, Dining…
and more Shopping.
ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE

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A bartender named Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (now Resort and Spa) was petitioned in 1957 by beverage company Bols to craft a novel libation containing the company’s just-introduced Blue Curacao liqueur. Yee brainstormed the Blue Hawaii. Here’s the authentic recipe.

3/4 oz light rum
3/4 oz vodka
1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
3 oz pineapple juice
1 oz sweet and sour mix

Combine ingredients and mix well. If serving with ice, mix the ingredients in a blender. Serve in a tall glass. Garnish with a brightly colored umbrella.

Awesome Snorkeling

Get away from the bustle of Waikiki and enjoy the tranquility of Kaneohe Bay, one of the best beaches on Oahu! Relax aboard Captain Bob’s spacious 50 person capacity catamaran, the Barefoot I as it first takes you to a secluded sandbar in the middle of the crystal blue Pacific Ocean and then to one Hawaii’s most amazing coral reef formation. Along the way you will enjoy great views of famous landmarks such as Gilligan’s Island and Chinaman’s Hat.

You can then indulge yourself with various fun beach activities like snorkeling amongst the beautiful natural coral reef as you are surrounded by wide variety of exotic Hawaiian marine life, play exciting Hawaiian Style Water Volleyball, or simply just relax on the beach and work on your tan!

A hot lunch will be served on board at the Sandbar and includes sumptuous BBQ hamburgers with all the trimmings, Baked Beans, Fruit Cocktail and Chips.

Assorted soft drinks are served throughout the sail and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase as well!

Days of Operation: Monday through Saturday except Federal Holidays

Transportation: Round-trip transportation from major Waikiki hotels

P/U from Waikiki Check-in Departure Duration Return Waikiki Return
9:00am-9:30am 10:15am 10:30am 4hrs 2:30pm 3:30pm
Additional Information(for all packages):
Inclusion(s)
    Instruction /Snorkeling Equipment (Snorkel, Mask, Fins) /Guide /Soft Drinks /Lunch
Required Items to Bring & Attire
    Swimwear /Please wear your swimsuit to the activity.
Note(s)
  • The tour/activity schedule is subject to change.
  • The tour/activity is subject to cancellation due to weather.
  • The menu is subject to change.

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Dive Site: Manana “Rabbit” Island
Depth: 40-80 feet
Location: East Shore
Visibility: 40 – 80ft
Level: Advanced
Sea Life: Lobster, Triton Trumpets, Helmet Shells, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Tiger Sharks

Manana Island is located just off Makapu’u Beach Park on the south west point of Oahu. As you look from shore, they look close enough to be tempting to swim to, but in reality it would be tough. The water is shallow (20 feet) all the way to the island, with good coral formations and shelling, but the best diving is done from a boat, either off the seaward side of Manana, or along a ridge at 40 feet that runs between the two islands. The islands are close enough together to be spanned on one tank in depths between 40-70 feet and there are overhangs on the ledge with good coral encrustation and plenty of lobster.

Caution: The aptly named Moloka’i Express is found just off this island, it whips around Makapu’u Point and usually brings in clean waters, but you should be very aware, as unsuspecting divers have also been taking along with it. The other warning at this site is regarding the marine life. The site has an explosion of tropical and game fish, which in turn have attracted an equally healthy community of sharks, including Whitetips, grays and Tigers. Tiger sharks are extremely territorial creatures and have a history of attacks on humans at this site. They are NOT to be ignored and we urge you to leave the water if they are sighted in the vicinity.

Manana Island is located just off Makapu’u Beach Park on the south west point of Oahu. As you look from shore, they look close enough to be tempting to swim to, but in reality it would be tough. The water is shallow (20 feet) all the way to the island, with good coral formations and shelling, but the best diving is done from a boat, either off the seaward side of Manana, or along a ridge at 40 feet that runs between the two islands. The islands are close enough together to be spanned on one tank in depths between 40-70 feet and there are overhangs on the ledge with good coral encrustation and plenty of lobster.

Caution: The aptly named Moloka’i Express is found just off this island, it whips around Makapu’u Point and usually brings in clean waters, but you should be very aware, as unsuspecting divers have also been taking along with it. The other warning at this site is regarding the marine life. The site has an explosion of tropical and game fish, which in turn have attracted an equally healthy community of sharks, including Whitetips, grays and Tigers. Tiger sharks are extremely territorial creatures and have a history of attacks on humans at this site. They are NOT to be ignored and we urge you to leave the water if they are sighted in the vicinity.

Source: BuzzHawaii
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This is the authentic traditional Mai Tai recipe from the “Mai Tai” Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. The original Mai Tai was created by Victor J. Bergeron in 1944 and brought to Hawaii in 1953 at the Royal Hawaiian, Moana and Surfrider Hotels.

Prep Time: 01 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Dark Rum
  • 1 oz Light Rum
  • 1 oz Orange Curacao
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice
  • Dash Orgeat
  • Dash Simple syrup (bar syrup)

Preparation:

Combine all of the ingredients in the order listed in a Old Fashioned style glass over shaved ice. Stir with a swizzle stick. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a cherry.

Source: About.com

 

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NOW OPEN!

Singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett has opened Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber at the recently renovated Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber hotel. The family-friendly restaurant features a festive, island-inspired and vintage Hawaiian decor. The 21,000-square-foot restaurant seats approximately 500 guests in several distinct areas — an open-air lanai, the Hot Spot Bar inspired by the molten lava formation of the Hawaiian Islands, or an Ocean Wave booth inspired by the North Shore’s waves. A stage features live music from up-and-coming talents perform nightly.
Opening adjacent to the restaurant is the Honolulu Surfing Museum, which exhibits a collection of surfing artifacts, videos and surf-inspired items from Hawaii and around the world. There’s also a retail store located on the street level in the heart of the shopping district of Kalakaua Avenue, offering a variety of merchandise, including Frozen Concoction Makers, Jimmy Buffett CDs, apparel and souvenirs.