Waikiki!

No trip to Oahu is complete without a visit to one of the most famous beaches in the world: Waikiki! Hotels right on the beach are crazy expensive, but luckily there are plenty of more affordable options a few blocks inland, all within walking distance of the legendary beach. On the walk to the beach…

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Dole Pineapple Plantation

In addition to checking out all the pretty natural sights of Oahu, we also wanted to see the touristy stuff because, well, that stuff is fun. And also funny. And The Dole Pineapple Plantation did not disappoint! Admission to the plantation is free, and visitors can explore a small portion of the grounds, eat at…

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Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

My mom discovered this state park in a Hawaii travel magazine, and decided we had to go. Not because of the spectacular views it is said to have, but because it is supposedly so windy at the lookout that you can lean into the wind and it will support your body weight. Sounded intriguing… The…

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Hiking Diamond Head

When looking at the skyline of Oahu, there is no sight more iconic than that of Diamond Head. Visible from the shores of Waikiki, the volcanic crater rises up among the skyscrapers, creating an image as quintessentially Hawaiian as luaus or SPAM. Upon further research, we learned there is a hiking trail leading to the…

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Honolulu!

For as long as I can remember, taking our family to Hawaii was my dad’s dream vacation. But let’s face it- Hawaii is a freaking expensive place to visit, especially for a middle class family of five. So years went by with this trip being nothing more than a dream…until this past December (2014). All…

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