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Hawaii Insider Part III | Oahu and Honolulu
This is the third of a three-part series on Hawaii travel where I chat with Tony Labbe of @labbetravel about the culture, things to do, and insider tips on six of the Hawaiian Islands. In part III this week, I’ll be talking to Tony about the beautiful islands of Oahu and Honolulu, what’s unique about each of these islands, his favorite places to stay and recommendations on what to do on each island.
Remember to be safe, wear a mask, wash your hands often, and definitely do not travel if you are in a high-risk group for COVID! See the link on Hawaii travel restrictions below for the latest information on Hawaii travel.
The Hawaiian Islands
Did you know there are a total of 132 islands in Hawaii? With eight main islands, Hawaii is the only state that is entirely surrounded by water and the only state that was formerly ruled by a monarchy and the only state that grows coffee.
The earliest settlers arrived in Hawaii around 800Ad, and Captain Cook was the first European voyager to discover Hawaii in 1778. Once Hawaii was incorporated into the United States, Lahaina, Maui was the first capital, which was then moved to the current capital of Honolulu on the big island.
Mauna Kea, on the Big Island, is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the seafloor, and Hawaii has many active volcanoes that are in the process of making this island chain larger every year. Besides being the tallest mountain, this is also the location of a ski resort and receives snow every winter!
My guest, Tony Labbe, suggests trying several different restaurants while visiting any Hawaiian Island as world-renowned chefs are cooking up exquisite meals at many of the culinary choices in Hawaii. For those of us who are gluten-free, this equates to having the ability to safely eat gourmet meals with a beautiful view of the ocean!
Tony suggests flying into Hawaii and starting at one of the islands for your Hawaiian cruise. When you begin your Hawaiian journey from the islands, you’ll forgo the long trip across the ocean and spend many of your cruise days at sea. Easily go island hopping and find new adventures on your journey!
Things to do in Oahu
With the largest density population of all the islands, Oahu has all the amenities of modern life, including traffic jams in the capital city of Honolulu. If you grew up watching TV in the 1970’s, Oahu was the subject of opening title screens for such popular shows as Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I. Oahu is also home of Waikiki Beach, which is known as a popular area for tourism.
Tony says, “You can escape the hustle and bustle on the north shore.” Make sure to stop by and visit Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and exquisite high-end shopping are highlights of the big city of Honolulu. Shop at Neiman-Marcus, Chanel or Prada. Or shop local at a boutique store in Honolulu.
Stay at the Disney Resort outside of Honolulu for your Hawaii Disney experience or plan your stay at one of the major resorts along the shores of Oahu.
If you’re traveling to one of the smaller islands, you’ll most likely layover in Honolulu before picking up your next flight to your final destination. Why not stay a couple days and enjoy the magnificent food Honolulu has to offer from one of the amazing five-star chefs on the island?
Visiting Hawaii - The Big Island
The island of Hawaii is the largest island of the Hawaii chain, geographically speaking. It’s also the third most visited island. On the island of Hawaii, you can take up skiing and surfing on the same day! Walk on a recent lava flow, surf, snorkel and visit a rainforest on your vacation adventure in Hawaii.
Frolic on green sand beaches on the southern point of the west side of the island Hawaii, Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to see lava flows, and go on a deep sea fishing adventure. Where else in the world can you walk along a volcanic crater?
Visit the two main cities of Kona and Hilo while you are on vacation in Hawaii. Find some of the best golf courses in the world on the Big Island, or put on your science hat with a fun visit to the observatory on the top of the mountain.
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