O’ahu, the Gathering Place. A sweet, beautiful island, the heart of Hawaii.
Our short vacation in Hawaii was a double purpose vacation, for pleasure and for seeing a cousin and his family who is in the medical field in the military as well as seeing a friend of mine from the Philippines whom I haven’t seen for a such a very long time. It was the kind of vacation that had been planned even before my husband’s family was stationed there but also a kind vacation that was booked impulsively, flights and hotel accommodation after finding out that me being a non-US citizen just yet, don’t need to have a passport to go there. (yes, we thought I needed it and yes, my passport is expired at the moment – but don’t worry I am still a legal alien of the United States…hehe)
So, if people will tell you there are only a few things O’ahu can offer, like the beach, and the beach, and what else, the beach. That’s a lie. O’ahu has plenty of things to offer, you don’t need to be a beach enthusiast to love the island. Our 4 days vacation was short but we had done plenty of fun stuffs and adventure and I will tell you exactly how to enjoy O’ahu if you are planning to go there for only a short stay.
DAY 1 – Circle The Island Tour (The North Shore)
Waking up with this view from our Hotel, the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, is the marina where the American sitcom Gilligan’s Island charter boat, SS Minnow left off. (How do I know this? Yes, I caught my husband once watching the show and giggling…lol, that’s how I know.)
Since meeting with our cousins and my friend wasn’t scheduled that day yet, we decided to start exploring the island on our own right after having breakfast at the hotel. Down at the hotel concierge, they have different kind of tour packages they offer to their guests for reasonable prices. We took the Island tour which explored the North Shore of the Island. The tour started from 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Yes, I know, it’s kind of long but yes it was worth it. So here are some of the pictures we took.
It was such a lovely day for that long Day 1 tour. We enjoyed it a lot and was already exhausted when we were dropped off by the tourist van. A taste of Hawaii for our first day, driving through the luscious green mountains at your left side and the inviting gorgeous blue ocean waters at your right side. Not bad at all.
DAY 2 – The Luau Experience (Paradise Cove)
Luau- a famous traditional Hawaiian party or feast.
Yeah, I had to wear a flowy maxi halter dress with 2 long slits at both sides. Because you know why? Oh yeah, I had to dance at the hula stage coz it’s in my bucket list. Hehe, here we go…..
We were given this certificate that states we have successfully graduated a hula dance class. So yeah, that’s one off the bucket list, having to take the class in front of the many tourists. Way to go! So, when you go to Hawaii, enjoy your luau, eat some Kalua pork and dance at the hula stage. It would be so much fun!
Day 3 – The Adventures at the Kualoa Ranch
Kualoa Ranch is a Unique Hawaiian Place – in ancient times, the Hawaiians knew that Kualoa was a special place. It was sacred land, revered in legends and figuring prominently in Hawaiian history.
And on our third day in Hawaii, we were so ecstatic when a friend of mine from the Philippines whom I haven’t seen for a very long time told us that we would be picked up at our hotel and we would be having an adventure. And truly, what a great adventure it was to share with her and her husband.
This was the movie locations tour, where a lot of box office movies were shot. We had so much fun with the Jurassic Park location because of how we were asked to make a pose like we were scared of a coming dinosaur in front of us although it was imaginary. So, other movies were Godzilla, You, Me and Dupree, Mighty Joe Young, Journey2; the mysterious island, and many more.
Kualoa Ranch is such a beauty. I call it a majestic place marked by the gods and goddesses the ancient Hawaiians worshiped. There is so much to see and plenty to do.
For activities that you can do at the Ranch; horseback riding, hula lessons, secret island tour, atv, fish pond and garden tour, movie set tour, jungle expedition tour, legend tour, and the ocean voyage (Kaneohe Bay Cruise). For Reservations, you can contact them at the Kualoa Ranch (808)237-8515.
Day 4 – Pearl Harbor (Before our flight back to Texas in the evening)
And of course, don’t forget our History, the Pearl Harbor. If your flight back home is not until the evening, you can do this at noon time and you should be done in a couple of hours.
So, that was how we spent our 4 days visit in Hawaii, I hope you guys enjoyed. I am sure you will find more things to do when you visit there especially if you love the beach and some hiking activities. Til my next post.