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For a steaming bowl of fresh noodles with many delicious meat and vegetable choices in a savory broth that came from heaven, come here. OMG. If this makes your mouth water, just go already. If it does not make your mouth water, go anyway. You’re in for a treat! Recommended bowl for newbies: “Chicken (or Shrimp) Katsu Ramen. Also, if you think you’ve had good fried rice, try theirs. OMG #2. Seriously “ono” (the best). (Tips: bring cash- they don’t take credit cards.) Details

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Jul 12

When spending the day in Waikiki or Honolulu, plan to stop at Nico’s Fish Market for lunch or dinner (Mon-Sat) where you can get a fantastically fresh fish dinner with all the trimmings at a fraction of the cost of a fancy restaurant! Gourmet meets “plate lunch” style. Lyon-born Chef Nicolas “Nico” Chaize is a master of French cuisine and has given it his own Hawaiian twist. Covered outdoor seating, very casual. Excellent bar! Tip: closed Sundays. Details

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Jul 12

Oahu has enough hiking trails to keep the most hard-core hiker blissed out for months on end. Two of our favorite waterfall hikes are to the Manoa Falls (this is where Steven Spielberg filmed many of the scenes in the movie ”The Lost World”) and the Maunawili Falls, both take you through beautiful rainforests where you will see giant ferns, cascading waterfalls, and tranquil streams, as well as unique plant and animal life that can only be found in these forests. Rare bird-watching opportunities abound.

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Jul 12

Learn to surf! There are many good schools to choose from, the best are: Windward Watersports in Kailua, Hawaii Fire located in Honolulu (have a firefighter for an instructor), and Sunset Suzy’s Surf School, a terrific school on the North Shore.

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Every winter, powerful swells cross thousands of miles of open ocean and descend upon the Hawaiian Islands, creating some of the biggest, most powerful and most challenging waves on the planet. Every November/December, the surfing world watches the best surfers compete for the crown, the Triple Crown of Surfing.

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Jul 12

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall. More...

We recommend you plan your visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial by reserving your space in advance.

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Jul 12

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku lived from 1890-1968. He was born and raised in Waikiki and was a full-blooded Hawaiian, representing the culture to millions of people. He was an Olympic champion winning three gold, two silver, and one bronze metal in four Olympics between 1912 and 1922. He is known as the Father of International Surfing. His statue is located on Waikiki Beach next to the Waikiki Police Station on Kalakaua Avenue, across the street from the Hyatt Regency and King’s Village Hotels.

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Jul 12

This is the Mother of all Tips: When in Waikiki, get to the Halekulani (a hotel on the “ewa”, or west end of Waikiki, where Lewers Street meets the ocean). Try to arrive (ahem, in the nicest cloths you have) around 5pm. Find your way to the “House Without A Key” and get seated poolside. Order one of their world famous Mai Tai and pupu (Hawaiian word for “appetizers”). You will be treated to a hula performance that is, unbelievably, free of charge. Woot.