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  • Good morning, Oahu!
  • Hit the beach this morning!
  • Then head to the windward side.
  • Ring the bell at the Byodo-In Temple.
  • Oahu golf courses are great!
  • polynesian fire dancer
    Don't miss a luau!
  • Good night, Oahu!

Today Is a Great Day

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Events

Sky High Day Sun, 7:00 AM

December 09, 2018 - December 10, 2018

Sky High Day

Location: Magnum/Makani Kai

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 and its sister company, Makani Kai, are generally regarded as No. 1 in Hawaii’s helicopter industry. They share 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!

7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Honolulu
Massage Monday Mon, 9:00 AM

December 10, 2018 - December 11, 2018

Massage Monday

Location: Shiatsu & Massage Center

Monday is Massage Day in Waikiki. Why not? Massages are deeply appreciated gifts for those you love, and there’s no better way to pamper yourself. Here are two special spas that we heartily recommend:

Spa Pure

Top-ranked Spa Pure has a new couples package combining four treatments over two hours. It’s the best spa package in town, hands-down. Customer service is terrific, and highly skilled masseuses and masseurs will have you walking out on cloud nine! Within 10 minutes of most Waikiki hotels, open till 10 pm.

Shiatsu & Massage Center

This top-ranked spa offers a full range of massage services, silky sheets, all-natural oils and a healing ambience glowing with Himalayan salt lamps. Great Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews. Convenient location, open till 11 pm.

9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Honolulu


100 Things to Do in Oahu


Punchbowl Crater

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The Pig & The Lady

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Hawaii Nautical

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Rix Island Wear

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Roy’s

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Highway Inn

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Haleiwa Beach Park

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Fishcake

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Japanese • Tanaka of Tokyo

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Battleship Missouri

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Kayaking • Twogood Kayaks

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Friday Night Fireworks

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iTrampoline … Bounce!

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Pacific Skydiving

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Barefoot Beach Cafe

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Hanauma Bay

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East Oahu

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

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Samoan fireknife performer

Waikiki Starlight Luau

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Waikiki

Atlantis Submarines

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Big City Diner

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Germaine’s Luau

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Golf, East Oahu

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East Oahu
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Spa Pure

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Waikiki

Makapu‘u

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East Oahu

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

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Windward Oahu

H2O Sports

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East Oahu

Hanauma Bay

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East Oahu

Azure

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Waikiki

J.J. Dolan’s

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Downtown Honolulu

Hy’s

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Waikiki

Fighting Eel

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Waikiki

Mai Tai Bar

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Waikiki

Bar 35

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Downtown Honolulu

Honolulu Cryotherapy

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Downtown Honolulu

White Plains

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Leeward Oahu

Rumfire

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Waikiki

Sedona

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Downtown Honolulu

Mission Houses Museum

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Downtown Honolulu

Hula Grill

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Waikiki

MaiTa‘i Catamaran

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Waikiki

Wet ‘n’ Wild

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Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Hawaiian Quilt Collection

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Waikiki

Kaimana Beach

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Waikiki

Duke Kahanamoku Statue

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Waikiki

Ko Olina Ocean Adventures

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Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Waikiki Beach

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Ko Olina

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Leeward Oahu

Happy Trails Hawaii

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Buca di Beppo

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Downtown Honolulu

Shiatsu & Massage Center

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Chart House

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Waikiki

Waianae Range

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Leeward Oahu

La Mer

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Waikiki

Germaine’s Luau

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Leeward Oahu

Beach Bar

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Waikiki

Chart House

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Waikiki

Chinese • Happy Days

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Waikiki

Waimanalo Beach Park

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Sedona

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Downtown Honolulu

Irish Rose Saloon

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Waikiki

Honolulu Museum of Art

Hawaii’s first visual arts museum opened in 1927 and has become the state’s premier arts institution and a leader in visual... More

Downtown Honolulu

Kelley O’Neil’s

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Waikiki

Waikiki Historic Trail

This walking trail through Waikiki presents the history of the area and its cultural significance to ancient Hawaii. Markers shaped like... More

Waikiki

Dolphin Star

Oahu’s west side offers some of the island’s very best family experiences. Cruising alongside leaping dolphins off a vast, mountainous coastline... More

Leeward Oahu
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Torchlighting and Hula Show

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Waikiki

Tropics Bar & Grill

Seaside at the sprawling Hilton Hawaiian Village, Tropics offers an eclectic variety of live music that provides the soundtrack for any... More

Waikiki

Hawaii Nautical

Every day is family day with Hawaii Nautical, a local family-owned business. This snorkel sail operator in West Oahu has a... More

Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Jimbo

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Waikiki

Iolani Palace

Home to Hawai’s last two monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani, this is the only royal palace in the U.S. Tour... More

Downtown Honolulu

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Although the island’s best steaks are reason enough to visit Wolfgang’s, the seafood is superb, too. Other menu items like lobster... More

Waikiki

Diamond Head

The distinctive silhouette of Leahi, or Diamond Head, heralds your arrival in Waikiki. In the winter, this extinct volcano is covered... More

Waikiki

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii

Honolulu Magazine's "Best Family Attraction" in 2015, this expansive water park is great for kids of all ages. Rides range from... More

Leeward Oahu
Deal Available

Sweet E’s

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Waikiki

Dave & Busters

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Downtown Honolulu

Orchids

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Waikiki

Mahaloha Burger

With a name that blends two of Hawaii’s most famous words and cherished values – mahalo and aloha – a burger... More

Waikiki

Anna O’Brien’s

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Waikiki

Taormina

Namesake of a coastal village in Sicily, this stylish eatery honors classic Sicilian preparations indoors and out. Heavy sauces are shunned.... More

Waikiki

Makaha Beach

Although this is one of the busiest beaches on the leeward side, it’s rarely crowded. It’s great for swimming during the... More

Leeward Oahu

Germaine’s Luau

In the tradition of a true backyard, family-style luau, Germaine’s serves up a bounty of food and hosts a marvelous Polynesian... More

Leeward Oahu

Stand-up Paddle

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Waikiki
Deal Available

Waikiki Aquarium

Opened in 1904, this is the second-oldest aquarium in the U.S. It features exhibits that showcase Pacific marine life and hosts... More

Waikiki

Mokoli‘i

You'll likely hear this called "Chinaman's Hat" for its shape, but the tiny, pointy islet 1/3 mile out into Kaneohe Bay... More

Windward Oahu

Dole Plantation

Celebrate all things pineapple at Dole Plantation, located right in the middle of an original pineapple plantation! The Pineapple Express takes... More

Central Oahu

Waimea Bay

Famous for producing monster waves in the winter, this is one of the first places that surfers in the 1950s started... More

North Shore

Town

Guided by the philosophy “Local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always,” this welcoming Kaimuki restaurant impresses with deliciously simple dishes... More

Waikiki

Chinese • Little Village

For over a decade, Little Village has been a go-to Chinese restaurant for those of us who live here. Portions are... More

Downtown Honolulu

Hau Tree Lanai

If you succumb to the temptation to vault the little wall onto Kaimana Beach, stride across the sand and wade into... More

Waikiki

Chart House

Happy hours overlooking the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, great seafood and sophisticated live music are the hallmarks of this classic lounge... More

Waikiki

Helicopter Tours, Doors Off

A doors-off helicopter tour isn’t easily compared to anything else. It’s the marvelous thrill of a standard helicopter tour, times two... More

Waikiki
Deal Available

Eggs n Things

Forty years ago, a humble little breakfast spot on Ena Road became a mecca for breakfast-lovers. As time passed, its locations... More

Waikiki

Uncle’s Fish Market

Look no further for fresh Oahu seafood: This is THE place. Owned by Fresh Island Fish, the state's largest seafood supplier,... More

Downtown Honolulu

Atlantis Submarine

For kids young and old, a dive in a real submarine is an unforgettable experience. Atlantis Submarine's marvelous family adventure is... More

Waikiki

Na Hoku

The oldest jeweler in Hawaii has a reputation for creating fine jewelry inspired by natural beauty, such as the diamond-bedecked 'Waterfall'... More

Waikiki

Byodo-In Temple

Located at the base of the beautiful Koolau Mountains, this nondenominational temple is a replica of the Byodo-In Temple in Uji,... More

Windward Oahu

King Kamehameha Statue

Directly across from Iolani Palace, this statue honors the great warrior, diplomat and leader who united all of Hawaii’s islands into... More

Downtown Honolulu

Indian • Himalayan Kitchen

We know Indian food, and this is one of two places in town we can recommend. Service is erratic, so bring... More

Waikiki

Waikiki Beach

The world’s most famous beach is actually seven beaches in all, ranging from Duke Kahanamoku Beach on the ewa side (away... More

Waikiki

Children’s Discovery Center

Appropriate and captivating for children from infancy into tween-hood, this former children’s museum is a three-story indoor world of interactive play... More

Downtown Honolulu

Pearl Harbor

A natural deep-water lagoon, Pearl Harbor is headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet and has been a US Navy post since... More

Central Oahu