Recent Oahu reviews
"The house is tucked into the hill about halfway up Tantalus. Just a short ride up the rest of the mountain will lead you to the state park with breath-taking panoramic views of the Manoa valley, Diamond Head, Waikiki, Downtown, all the way to Pearl Harbor. The driveway was narrow and steep at parts, but it was very easy to pull in and turn around rather than backing out to help avoid the blind turns. The house was exactly as described, a cozy two bedroom with plenty of amenities for the week. It was clean and comfortable. We didn't get to use the hot tub as much as we would have liked due to arriving back most nights after 10pm and respecting the "quiet hours" of the neighborhood. Easy access to the H1 highway, which will take you wherever you need to go on the island. Found a great local breakfast and coffee spot reasonably close with friendly baristas (the morning glass) which was also near a Starbucks and Safeway supermarket. Overall we were very happy with our choice, and would gladly stay there again."Guest: Bill B. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 7, 2014View listing
"Our family had the best stay at the Point House. We have been coming to the North Shore for many years and this house was the most comfortable home by far. Mike and Linda are gracious and helpful and make your stay feel like you are family. The location is the best with hearing the waves all day down to the awesome sunsets every night. We will be coming back next year same time to enjoy this special home."Guest: Winnie P. Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: November 14, 2013View listing
"Damian, Thank you for making our stay in KoOlina, without a doubt , a great vacation. Your villa was just perfect for our family. From working with you on the phone and emails, Blaine greeting us at the villa and the people of KoOlina, we couldn't have asked for any better service. We loved the kitchen and the layout of the bedrooms. We made a trip to Costco and Safeway to stock up on groceries for the week. There was plenty of sitting room. We never felt cramped. It was great that our 3 families each had their own bathroom. The beach and pool are just a short walk away. The kids sure learned their way around very quickly. It was great that everything we needed for the beach and pool were right there in the closets. I didn't think we would need the washer and dryer but I was wrong. It sure came in handy after a visit to the beach. It was so relaxing, walking on the beach and viewing the beautiful sunsets. This was my son-in-laws first visit and I think he wanted to do everything he could find to do. My son and his family live in KoOlina Kia so he pointed us in the right direction for activities. They swam with the sharks, took surfing lessons and snorkeled with the giant sea turtles. We also spent a day at Disney and their facilities. Needless to say he will be returning in the future. So again, thank you for a great place to relax and enjoy our time without any worries."Guest: Pamela S. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 23, 2014View listing
Oahu Travel Tips
Oahu is known in Hawaiian as “the gathering place” for a reason. It’s the most developed of the isles and full of excitement, people to meet and experiences to be had.
In Oahu there’s as much to enjoy outdoors as there is indoors, so no matter the weather, you’re sure to have an amazing time. Days can be filled swimming in the sun-warmed waters offnear any number of beaches, trekking through a forest path to take in views of the mountains or trying the different flavors of the local eateries.
Oahu boasts bustling city life as well as laid-back rural living, so whether you’re looking for a piece of the action or hoping to slow down for a little while, Oahu delivers. In any case, you're sure to feel like you’re spending time in paradise with the amazing tropical climate and shimmering blue water as far as the eye can see.
Things to Do in Oahu
- Makapuu Point Light: If you’re fascinated by lighthouses, check out Makapuu Point Light, which has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States. In 1977, it was listed in the National Register is Historic Places. You can also trek along the Makapuu Point trail where you’ll see breathtaking views of Oahu’s southeastern shoreline. The lighthouse itself creates a picturesque scene with its red roof against the blue sea.
- Pearl Harbor: To witness the location of the infamous attack during World War II, visit Pearl Harbor. It’s a lagoon harbor off the coast of the island and the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. In remembrance of December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri battleships have been memorialized. Climb aboard to experience what it was like on a ship during the second world war. There’s also a museum providing history and details about Pearl Harbor.
- Polynesian Cultural Center: Experience life like a local at the Polynesian Cultural Center, a living museum in Laie on the northern shore of Oahu. The center is spread over 42 acres where you can see a real luau and thrill over the annual World Fire Knife Dance competition, in which contestants show off their skills with blazing swords. You can also take a canoe ride, see a show and learn about different villages' cultures.
- Pali Lookout: Take the 5-mile drive northeast of downtown Honolulu to Pali Lookout where panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and Windward coast greet you. The city slowly disappears and nature takes it place, transporting you to a tranquil and serene setting. Gaze around and enjoy the natural sights as stress slowly melts away with each breath of fresh air you take.
- Lanikai Beach: A trip to Oahu certainly means spending time on the beach, and Lanikai Beach is a perfect option. The half-mile shore is considered one of the best beaches in the world. During the weekdays the sand is relatively empty, so there will be plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the water views and warm sand.
- Honolulu Botanical Gardens: Enjoy more of Oahu’s natural beauty at the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, which is open all year long except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Stroll through the different settings and appreciate native flowers and plants at the various green spaces: Foster Botanical Garden, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden and Wahiawa Botanical Garden.
Shopping and Dining on Oahu
- Alan Wong’s Restaurant: Enjoy a true taste of traditional Hawaiian cuisine at Alan Wong’s. The ethnic roots of Hawaii inspire his dishes that feature native flavors and locally grown produce and ingredients. From the meal options to the service and everything in between, you’ll experience life like a local.
- Waikiki Beach Walk: The Waikiki Beach Walk is the largest development in the area to date and has grown into a gathering place for both natives and visitors alike. Here you can experience a multitude of shops, restaurants and on more than 8 acres. There are more than 40 retailers in the open-air, two-level center as well as a variety of tasty eateries where you can refuel and enjoy a meal.
- Royal Hawaiian Center: The Royal Hawaiian Center provides you with 310,000 square feet of space to indulge in a little (or a lot!) of retail therapy. The center boasts more than 110 shops and restaurants in three four-tiered buildings. You’ll find everything from designer labels to adorable souvenirs to help you remember your trip forever. Other shops include craft, jewelry and surf shops.