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Waikiki

Waikiki

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There is no place on the whole wide world like the island of Oahu! Imagine an island that is packed with breathtaking views, white sand beaches, towering volcanic peaks and the best surf breaks in the world. Now stop imagining and come to Oahu, a surfer's paradise! However, Oahu is not only a surfer's paradise, this island also offers something for everybody in the family.

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Fun activities are available for visitors ranging from snorkeling at Hanuama Bay to surfing at the North Shore to shopping at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. There's also horse back riding at Kualoa Ranch, hiking through the volcanic crater of Diamond Head State Park, to kayaking out to the Mokolua Islands from the beaches of Lanikai and Kailua , you name it! Be sure to visit places such as Honolulu's Chinatown (downtown district), Pearl Harbor (U.S.S. Arizona Memorial), Waikiki Beach, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, all statues of Hawaiian royalty around Waikiki (Queen Esther Julia Kapiolani , Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole , Princess Victoria Kaiulani , Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, King David Kalakua and  Waikiki's "King of Surf", Duke Paoa Kahanmoku ) and the North Shore, specially the historic town of Haleiwa .

What about the historic places?

The North Shore is full of rich historical sites from before, during and after the plantation era of Oahu. A good starting point is The Polynesian Cultural Center, where you will take part of interactive (individual and group) activities and shows in each of 8 island villages and exhibits. At The Polynesian Cultural Center visitors will enjoy an authentic Hawaiian luau experience and an award winning Alii Luau dinner show. Did we mention there's an IMAX theatre too?

Another historic place in the North Shore is the Dole Plantation where you can experience pineapples from around the world (of course, showcasing Hawaiian pineapples!), a gigantic labyrinth, a train ride around the pineapple fields and delicious pineapple cuisine. You'll never imagine how many ways there are to enjoy pineapple! At Honolulu's downtown you can find the Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I statue (a must see!) and Honolulu's Chinatown. At Honolulu's Chinatown you will realize what a truly eclectic mix of cultures live harmoniously in the island of Oahu. Don't be surprised if you hear Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean or Hawaiian as you walk around, after all Oahu is well known as the first hub of connection between cultures of the East and the West.

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