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  • Good morning, Oahu!
  • Head to the beach today!
  • How about a surfing lesson?
  • Our historic district downtown is lovely.
  • Waikiki Beach Walk, a great place to shop
  • polynesian fire dancer
    Germaine's is THE luau!
  • Sweet dreams, Oahu!

Today Is a Great Day

Recently we moved from one valley in back of Waikiki to another, Palolo to Manoa. Palolo is mangoes and avocados and... More

Events

Art on the Zoo Fence Sat, 9:00 AM

April 20, 2019 - April 21, 2019

Art on the Zoo Fence

Location: Honolulu Zoo Fence

A marvelous way to begin your Saturday or Sunday is with a stroll down Kalakaua Avenue toward Diamond Head. Many restaurants along the way are open for breakfast; we favor Tucker & Bevvy on Kapahulu Ave., right across from the Honolulu Zoo.

To the right of the zoo, hanging on the fence that separates the lions and tigers from the truly dangerous animals, is an array of original art — the most recent examples of a Waikiki tradition spanning more than 50 years. Best of all, the artists are there, too!

From whimsical to mysterious to bold and cheerful, the artwork is a rainbow of individuals’ expressions of their home, Hawaii. All of the pieces are for sale at reasonable prices, and the artists are happy to discuss their work.

By the way, if you’re a late sleeper, not to worry: The exhibit is open until 3 pm.

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Honolulu
Flyin’ High! Sun, 8:00 AM

April 21, 2019 - April 22, 2019

Flyin’ High!

Location: Magnum

When no parades, festivals or earthquakes are scheduled, we like to single out great everyday experiences you will love. A doors-off helicopter flight is one of them!

Hovering above Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay and the North Shore is a thrill, doors or no doors. Without doors, though, that thrill is multiplied ten times. And with the price being the same, you gotta go for it.

Magnum Helicopters is generally regarded as No. 1 in Hawaii’s helicopter industry. The company has a spotless safety record and Hawaii’s most experienced pilots — an unbeatable combination, high in the sky.

The circle-isle tour is simply terrific — The thrill of the world’s highest roller coaster, the perspective of a soaring seabird, the awe of unimagined discoveries, the “I can’t believe I’m doing this” of life’s great adventures — wow! As you’d expect, Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews are universally positive. This aerial safari spans nearly the entire island, and the photo ops are beyond words!

When making reservations, be sure to ask for your free Oahu landmarks photo album, available only to Oahu Today readers. It’s worth fifteen bucks, and it makes a great gift for the folks back home!

8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Honolulu


100 Things to Do in Oahu


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Likelike Drive Inn

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Tucker & Bevvy

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Halona Blowhole

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East Oahu

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Taormina

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Waikiki

Olive Tree Café

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Waikiki

Makaha Beach

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Kualoa

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Windward Oahu

Barefoot Beach Cafe

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Lanikai

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Windward Oahu

Dole Plantation

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Central Oahu

Stand-up Paddle

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Waikiki
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Kailua Beach

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Windward Oahu

Make a Lei

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Waikiki

Golf, Central

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Central Oahu
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Martin & MacArthur

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Downtown Honolulu

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

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Windward Oahu

Kahala

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East Oahu

Tommy Bahama

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Waikiki

Il Lupino

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Waikiki

Aloha Trikke

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Waikiki

Tropics Bar & Grill

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Waikiki

Kayaking • Twogood Kayaks

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Windward Oahu
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Pizza Corner

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Leeward Oahu
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Ko Olina

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Leeward Oahu

Dave & Busters

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Downtown Honolulu

Kaimana Beach

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Waikiki

Helicopter Tours, Deluxe

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Windward Oahu

Orchids

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Waikiki

Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck

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North Shore

King Kamehameha Statue

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Downtown Honolulu

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Waikiki

iTrampoline … Bounce!

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Central Oahu

Honolulu Cryotherapy

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Downtown Honolulu

Liliha Bakery

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Waikiki

Bishop Museum

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Downtown Honolulu

Helicopter Tours, Deluxe

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East Oahu

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Waikiki

La Muse

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Downtown Honolulu

Hula Grill

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Waikiki

Helicopter Tours, Deluxe

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Japanese • Kaiwa

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Waikiki

Wet ‘n’ Wild

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Leeward Oahu
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Luau alii, polynesian cultural center

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North Shore

Waikiki Aquarium

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Waikiki

Azure

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Waikiki

Bishop Museum

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Downtown Honolulu

Hawaii Nautical

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Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Spa Pure

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Waikiki

Duke Kahanamoku Statue

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Waikiki

Thai • Chiang Mai

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Waikiki

Hawaii Nautical

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Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Lanikai

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Windward Oahu

Torchlighting and Hula Show

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Waikiki

Golf, Windward

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Windward Oahu
Deal Available

Mission Houses Museum

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Downtown Honolulu

Atlantis Seafood & Steak

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Waikiki
Deal Available

Yard House

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Waikiki

Highway Inn

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Downtown Honolulu

Koko Head Crater

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East Oahu

Jimbo

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Waikiki

Waianae Range

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Leeward Oahu

Irish Rose Saloon

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Waikiki

Atlantis Submarine

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Waikiki

Indian • Himalayan Kitchen

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Waikiki

Byodo-In Temple

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Windward Oahu

d.k. Steakhouse

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Waikiki

AquaZone SCUBA Diving & Snorkeling

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Waikiki

Lorna Jane Active Living

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Waikiki

Eggs n Things

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Waikiki

Dolphin Star

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Leeward Oahu
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Royal Hawaiian Heritage Jewelry

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Downtown Honolulu

Waikiki Beach

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Waikiki

Rainbow Drive-In

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Waikiki

H2O Sports

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East Oahu

Kelley O’Neil’s

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Waikiki

Helicopter Tour, Doors Off

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East Oahu

Polynesian Cultural Center

Great for families, the the world’s premier Polynesian encounter is an authentic day-long adventure featuring experiences like canoe races, Samoan cooking,... More

North Shore
Deal Available

Ko Olina Ocean Adventures

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Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Kaneohe Bay

This is the largest protected bay in Hawaii and provides an abundance of ocean activities as well as postcard-worthy surroundings. Although... More

Windward Oahu

Chart House

The mellow Chart House has been a local favorite for years. Seafood dishes abound, but steaks are exceptional as well. You... More

Waikiki

H2O Sports

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East Oahu

Homecoming

Hipsters, let us hear a “hallelujah!” Skaters, sing its praise. Echo Park, CA meets Honolulu, HI at a fun Chinatown shop... More

Downtown Honolulu