Three Places for Return Visitors to Oahu to See and Experience
No one can truly say they’ve “been everywhere and done everything” in Hawaii. No one.
That’s because, in the Hawaiian Islands, even the most iconic, popular and well-traveled spots reveal unexpected finds and rewarding surprises along the route to get there.
Be open to really exploring Oahu’s Pearl Harbor on your next visit, for example, and you’ll discover still more sites rich with World War II-era history beyond the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and USS Arizona Memorial, such as the Pacific Aviation Museum on Ford Island.
Hawaii’s six major islands – Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii Island – provide travelers with infinite possibilities for unexpected exploration beyond places and locales generally considered iconic to the Islands. And neither residents nor repeat visitors can claim they’ve exhausted every one of these possibilities. Here are three places for return visitors to Oahu to see and experience:
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the summit rim Waikiki and Honolulu observation platform of Diamond Head State Monument, the volcanic tuff cone that is one of the Hawaiian Islands’ most globally recognized natural landmarks …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the surprisingly diverse eateries on Monsarrat Avenue at the foot of Leahi (Diamond Head’s given Hawaiian name), including Diamond Head Market & Grill, Pioneer Saloon, Monsarrat Ave Shave Ice, South Shore Grill, Bogart’s Café, and Shaka Pressed Juice.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the Manoa Falls Trail on Oahu, and hiked its .8 mile length winding through the deepest, rainforest-covered pockets of urban Honolulu’s Manoa Valley to the 150-foot waterfall …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, a 194-acre collection of native and non-native tropical botanical gardens, also in the back of Manoa Valley, featuring its own collection of rainforest and waterfall hiking trails.
IF YOU’VE BEEN TO: the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and taken its perennially-popular boat tour to the USS Arizona Memorial …
NEXT TIME, CHECK OUT: the three additional World War II museums, which are part of the nonprofit Pearl Harbor Historic Sites organization – the Battleship Missouri Memorial and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, both on Ford Island, and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, neighboring the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. While on Ford Island, visit the USS Oklahoma Memorial, honoring crewmembers who lost their lives when the battleship was sunk during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. And if you’re visiting in 2016, look for announcements throughout the year of special tours and events commemorating this year’s 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
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