Sunday, August 06, 2006

Oahu Still a Great Destination - Don't Stay in Waikiki

This is my 10th time or so to Oahu. The first time was 1974, so much has changed in 32 years. Between this trip and our last time 2 years ago, we pretty much hit all the best known tourist traps. Germain's Luau is still the best on any of the islands. The incredibly beautiful Mrs. Kirk said that the food wasn't that great. But then, it isn't about the food. The entertainment is outstanding.

Hanauma Bay is one of the most incredible views on the planet. The snorkling was so-so, and they have closed the pathways on both sides of the bay. A big disappointment. I love going out and watching the breakers crash and send the spash 50 feet and more into the air. There are some new features, but be sure to take your food and drink.

The North Shore doesn't have the great waves in August, so we headed over to Waimai Falls and the park. This was great fun, especially since "Lost" is filmed here.

The Dole Center has much more to do and buy then it did last time we visited. Take lots of cash.

HOWEVER, we can't say strongly enough that staying in Waikiki is not the way to go. Last time we stayed in a house on the North East Shore. It had so much more space for the money, no parking issues, no bumper-to-bumper traffic, and no noise.

We just returned from the Pali Lookout. Don't miss this fun spot if you come to Oahu. The winds are 40-60 miles per hour or so all the time, and it is fun to stand in them. It is only 10 minutes from the freeway.

Tomorrow we're going to climb the historic Diamond Head volcano. Its a great hike and the history of the craters use in WWII is quite interesting.

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