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The BEST THINGS to Do While Visiting the Hawaiian Islands!!

Honolulu CountyALOHA! Welcome to Our World..... A PARADISE awaits you!

Seems like everyone wants to visit Honolulu, Hawaii at one point in their life. Why? Ahhhhh...the tropical breezes in balmy weather looking up at sunny blue skies in a land of paradise. Typically, the imagery in a ones mind who has not ever stepped foot on our fine grains of sand splattered on beaches lining the edges of our islands is one of a continuous 'ancient era'.

Running barefoot on the beaches where my grass shack residence surely lay, I have endless days of sipping Mai Tai drinks with the little umbrellas poked through the slivers of pineapple slices that adorn the edge of the glass. Zap! There were no grass shacks along Waikiki beach although there were hotels and buildings that were reaching towards the skies to accomodate the tourists that arrived each day to enjoy our island paradise.

So....what is one to do while visiting Honolulu, Hawaii? What kind of interests are there for the person or families that are Relocating to Honolulu, Hawaii

  • My first suggestion for ALL who visit, reside and retire in Honolulu, Hawaii is to first soak in all the history that you are able. The rich history of ancient warriors, many heiau (hey ee ow..... temples), and lore that adorn every inch of our island is something you will remember for years to come. It will give you insight on the diversity of our islands.  The history will tell you how it came about that we have so many ethinicities that make up our ever changing population. Read more here:  Downtown Honolulu's Historic Sites and Points of Interest 
  • Sightseeing! Drive around the island and catch all the sites! From beaches, to caves to botanical gardens and to the Dole Plantation on the way to the North Shore (famous Surfing area) there are many wonderful sites for pictures worth a thousand words. READ MORE HERE ABOUTCruising Around the Island and more history here: The Legend of Makua Cave: Northwest Coast of Oahu, Hawaii
  • Plan on flying to one or two of the other islands too!  We flew to Kauai in May 2008 and I hadn't been there for quite a MANY years. READ MORE ABOUT ONE PART OF MY TRIP HERE:  Waimea Canyon on Kauai - It Took My Breath Away....Literally  (there is also a short video for you to Honolulu County-Waikikiexperience!) Kauai is known as the Garden Isle and Mt. Waialea on Kauai is the 'wettest spot in the world'!
  • How about going to some places around the Waikiki, Diamond Head area? the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium and Diamond Head Crater are all around the same vicinity and The Bus (click for info) system here is great to travel around from site to site.
  • Entertainment, Shopping & Food!:
    • The Star of Honolulu has many different DINNER SHOW PACKAGES to pick from. So, remember, you don't have to be a tourist to go out and enjoy the finer things while in Hawaii!
    • Hawaii's Whale Watching Tours (In spiritual Hawaiian custom the Whales are the essense of the ocean) and Swim with the Dolphins (Sea Life Park) 
    • Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park!  Now this is a place to go for the whole family.  (provided you love to get wet!) 25 acres of speed and shotgun slides, the Cliffhanger, Water playground, Keiki (children's) cove, picnics, and more!  Just make reservations and they will do all the planning and coordinating for you!  All you have to do is show up and have fun! There are also volleyball courts, lawn games, dunk tank, horse shoe pits, private pavilions for you and your family. Weddings? No problem!
    • Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and the Pearlridge Kam Swap Meet are great places for outdoor shopping for souvenirs, clothing, polynesian style crafts and much more. Way cheaper than buying in Waikiki that's for sure! Open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
    • RESTAURANT'S CYBERGUIDE is a full on guide of all restaurants on all islands in Hawaii that were recognized and most of them received awards.  So, with all the information I have given you all week you can add this one to it.  You can add this article to your list for planning your trip (or relocating) to Hawaii along with the foods you're going to try as soon as you get here!
    • LOCAL KINE RECIPES has an abundance of receipes you may want to try before you even get here!
  • BOTANICAL GARDENS:  For the lover of plants, trees, bushes and an abundance of natures creations try the Foster Botanical Gardens right in downtown Honolulu and is in the National Register of Historical Places. Other Botanical Gardens on Oahu are: Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden, Koko Crater Botanical Garden,Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden , Wahiawa Botanical Garden

 

 

 

 

Please pay particular attention to yours and your family's safety:

 

 ENJOY THE SHOW!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's not easy moving across the Pacific Ocean and purchasing your Hawaii Home;

let alone to a totally different "world" of people.

But you can do it with a little effort, motivation and a great Realtor®!

If you're Relocating to Hawaii (regardless if it's near future or just wanting to be proactive for the future) contact me to get started with your search for Hawaii Homes for Sale.

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman is a Realtor-Associate with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocating to Hawaii, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents. Website: www.hawaiihomesmarket.com

 

 

© 2008 Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman, All rights reserved.

 

 

                                                       

 

Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Comment balloon 59 commentsCeleste "SALLY" Cheeseman • June 17 2008 01:07PM

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One day I will get to HI and I will call you for my own tour! No grass huts, though?

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

You're funny Gary....thanks for dropping by and if you ever make it this way....CALL!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Sis - The History is worth it in of itself, I'm sure.  Though, I'd love to be running down those beaches:-)  I must visit someday, a taste of Paradise indeed!

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 11 years ago

I love whale watching...that would be a highlight for me! :)

Posted by Kelly Sibilsky (Licensed Through Referral Connection, LTD.) almost 11 years ago

Sis, this is a monster post with a huge amount of information. Your genuine enthousiam for Honolulu makes one want to visit your well known island. There is nothing like kicking back on a tropical beach. I still wonder what the zoning code is for these grass huts. Seriously: what should one expect to pay for a smaller home with a beach view? I don't mean waterfront. Just a beach vista.  

Posted by LLoyd Nichols, SW Florida Homes (Premier Florida Realty of SWFL) almost 11 years ago

Sally--Now I know just what to do if I ever get out your way! :)

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 11 years ago

I'm still waiting for my free ticket!

Posted by Neal Bloom, Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Sally,
This post should be read by everyone planning a visit or a move to Hawaii...an amazing amount of information and expertly presented. Like I've said before, the Government of Hawaii should be having all of their island information brochures and online sites written by you.

Jo

Posted by Jo-Anne Smith almost 11 years ago

Wow, Sally, I would have to allow more then just a few days there, what a wonderful list of things to see and do!  I just might stay awhile, I'm hoping I'll have the best tour guide in Hawaii--you!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 11 years ago

I don't like the sun and I pass out when I get hot (Ironic, for someone whose spent their entire life in FL), so I usually want to vacation where it's cooler, and cloudier. Go figure. But then I read your part about whale watching. Now that sounds like fun! We like to go the the springs around here and watch the manatee =)

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) almost 11 years ago

Great overview, Sally. With all that there is to do how could anyhone be bored? It would take days and days to get it all done. Terrific post for buyers and folks who are visiting.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) almost 11 years ago

Aloha, and Maholo.  I've visited 12 times or so, I've not spent much time around Honolulu, I LOVE Kaui, spent a lot of time around Lahaina, and recently found the Big Island grand for all it's diversity.  Thanks for the memories!!!

Posted by Greg Fox, Techy Broker in Wichita Kansas (Realty World Wichita) almost 11 years ago

Sally I know what I would do in Honolulu.  I would sit around watching the Hula Girls by day and eat my fill of pineapples by night.  I would be one FAT happy boy by the time I got back ............. LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 11 years ago

Hey Lil Bro: I know that you surely must be interested in visiting one day...who knows...I might just adopt you :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Kelly: I'm seriously considering doing the cruise for whale watching...or ride the Superferry....(fares are lower than air!)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Lloyd: There was just NO WAY to do a shorter post...too many things to see!  People are under the assumption that with small islands there isn't anything to do... :)  :)  In any case..  the 'smaller' homes with a view would still be more than what you are used to...believe me. :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Teri: This is just the tip of the iceberg!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Neal: You mean you're going to get a free ticket?  Wow...that someone sure likes you :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Hi Sally,

One of these days I will get to Hawaii, maybe a surprise visit....;)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Sally- ah, to add to the list, the Polynesian Culteral Center. That is one great history learning and cultural appreciation day and dinner. Can't wait to go do it again.

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) almost 11 years ago

Jo: Ah....overdone (okay, maybe well done) as usual with a challenge such as this. You surely made it one I dove right in to!!! Thanks Jo!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Carole: If you do come here you can count on me to MAKE the time to be your tour guide. That's a promise!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Lisa: I get hot as well....may have to do with the fibro too ya think?  In any case we just drive around and jump out and take pictures for the scenery stuff. And it usually is cool in the shade anyway :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Jeff: Thanks so much..you only got a taste....you gotta come back with that beautiful wife of yours to second honeymoon it. :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Greg: You might as well move here :)  I'm so glad you were able to get more each time you came.... I have a load of satisfaction just taking a cruise around :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

George: You won't get fat on pineapples but all the other goodies you will!  Hmmm...I have a craving for Hawaiian food right about now. My mom, daughter and I went to lunch today and had Japanese food....such an array of food I tell ya!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Suzanne: Good....remember to bring me a black and white list of foods. I found Blue Bunny Creamsicle Bars....70 calories and no fat, no sugar.....I'm in heaven :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Katerina: The mention of Polynesian Cultural Center is in the show...did you watch?

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Sally...your local Chamber of Commerce should be suplementing your income! You should see if they might want to purchase some of your posts for their Info.Centers videos!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Joan: Yeah...everyone keeps telling me that....I like just doing this for my clients...future clients and just people who want to know :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Hi Sally, Woo Hoo, This is the type of post that so differentiates you. Spectacular! It is a Travel Show all in itself. The Dept. of Tourism should pay you. I would like to be your agent, if that position hasn't been spoken for,lol. Then of course I could retire there,lol

PS, My post is back. You needn't go there though because you already commented,LMAO.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 11 years ago

Hey William!  OH, I LOVE doing these Localism posts....it is the very essence of ....ME LOL!  I think I just like giving the beauty to everyone.... so...when are you folks planning a trip?

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Sally, what a great post.  My brother was stationed there recently, I wish I had had your post when I visited for 4 short days.  I bet your post gets tons of Localism traffic.  Congrats!!

Posted by Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams Legacy One) almost 11 years ago

Sally, I think the best kept secret is John Dominis in Kakaako.  Malama pono

Posted by Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers Designated Broker Leolinda Realty, Sun City Grand in Surprise Arizona (Leolinda Realty) almost 11 years ago

Elena: Thanks a bunch! Well..if you ever come back..let me know!

Leolinda: Alan Wong's is another :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Woo-Hoo: I have to admit, Hawaii MUST be paradise!  Someday...I hope...I get to visit!

P.S.  You're really getting good with the Flip

Posted by Kat DeLong, Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate ( (LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc) almost 11 years ago

Sally - perfect timing - off to check out all the great places to see when we're there! Thanks for being our local EXPERT!

Posted by Cyndee Haydon, 727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 11 years ago

Kat...one day.....one day. :)

Cyndee: Woo Hoooooooo...see you soon!!!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) almost 11 years ago

Beautiful photography and a terrific video.

Great job for a great place.

Richard

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 10 years ago

One of my favorite places in the world.........not hard to find 5, 50 or 500 things to do!  :-) Love it!

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

Thanks Richard!

Liz: Most think that a small island would not have much to do....I beg to differ!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

I want to visit Hawaii tomorrow.  Great post and very compelling.

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

Hi Sally,

It would be fun to visit Hawaii again--I was born in Honolulu (marine-corp brat). My family moved to Carlsbad, California when I was eight. What I remember the most is the beautiful flowers and trees, and of course the beach. I also remember the tropical showers--now, those were impressive!

You did a great job on this post! Thanks for all the suggestions, pics and video.

Aloha!

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Hi There....

Did you forget to sign in?  That's okay...thanks for the nice compliment...and I'm so glad some find this useful!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Sally - Your post is full of so much info.  Makes me want to hop on the first plane and come visit.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Sally...enticing informaion as usual...someday I really hope to go there!

Posted by Joan Mirantz, Realtor, GRI, CBR, SRES - Concord New Hampshire (Homequest Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Sally - Darn you... now I really want to come back to Hawaii! What a terrific post. Great job!

Posted by Tom Plant (WINEormous.com) over 10 years ago

I see you had a hard time narrowing it down to 5 - that's understandable.... so much to do and see in our island paradise... better stay for a few weeks at least.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Sally, this is a really good "travelogue"!  I wish I could visit some of the beautiful places you describe.

 

Posted by Brian Schulman, Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA) over 10 years ago

Brian: Make your wish come true :)

Georgina: Yeah...they think it's a bunch of small islands...but we know how rich our culture is...and how history plays a huge part in the make up of ...the Hawaiian Islands :)

Tom: You will...you will. :)

Joan: Bring your brother and cook us up some wonderful dishes :)

Pam: Great...I hope everyone else feels the same too :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

Congrats to the Queen of Localism.....!  :-)  Awesome post and you're the bestest!  :-)

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor over 10 years ago

Sally, Sooo beautiful. We want to come this year - we shall see if everything works out. We will definitely stop in and say hi. Jay was born in Honolulu - his mom worked at the Dole Plantation and his dad did a lot of parachuting as a Marine...we just want to see it and enjoy it. Thanks for the mini-trip!

Posted by Dawn Maloney, 330-990-4236 Hudson & Northeastern Ohio (RE/MAX Trinity Northeast Ohio Real Estate Specialist) over 10 years ago

Sally:  I lived in HI and visited a few times.  This post is a great starting point to see what the beautiful Island has to offer. The cyber restaurant link was a great addition.  One of my favorite places to visit was the blow holes - not sure what the name of the spot is acturally called, I could sit there for hours and just be amazed what nature does.  I have a friend getting stationed to HI and I will pass this post on.  Keep up the great post for your area, you do a wonderful job.

Posted by Michelle Tucker ~ Pooler Real Estate, Rincon~Savannah~Richmond Hill (!Daley Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Sally-Congratulations on not only entering this wonderful info packed blog post into a Contest, but then winning as well.  A truely well deserved win I must say :)  I absolutely love the links you provide, the videos to show the area, but also the commentary from someone that not just lives in Hawaii, but truly has the Aloha Spirit......way to go.

Posted by Kathy McGraw over 10 years ago

Sally - Thank you for the trip down memory lane.  We visited Hawaii a couple years ago, and saw a few of many sites you mentioned.  Hawaii is definitely paradise and I'm looking forward to coming back.

I definitely need more than a week. 

 

Posted by Bob Cumiskey, US Army Retired, Your Sun City Center, Florida ~ Realtor (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Hi Sally,

Congratulations on a beautiful post!! You did a really nice job of sharing your corner of the world. I love the picture of Diamond Head--I still remember being a little girl (a long time ago) and looking-up at it from the beach--brings back memories....

Bravo!!

Posted by Deborah Burroughs over 10 years ago

Sally, thank you for reminding me to "soak in all the history".  I've lived in Hawaii for about 7 years now and still have not done everything that Hawaii has to offer.  thanks for the reminder! 

Posted by Linda Le - Hawaii Loan Officer (Pacific Access Mortgage) over 10 years ago

I would love to go to Hawaii. That is on my to do list before I die. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place with us

Posted by Pat Whitehouse, Broker/Owner (RE/MAX 1st Olympic Lynchburg Va) over 10 years ago

Wow...this is still going....Thanks to all who came by.....shucks...I missed Bill's way back when :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago

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