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One Sunday, what to do?

Old Oct 12, 09, 1:42 pm
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One Sunday, what to do?

I'm staying with some coworkers on Waikiki beach. We'll have a full Sunday off. Staying around Waikiki is not my preference. Neither is actually surfing. Anyone have any suggestions for a great day? I know there's a marine preserve on the south part of the island. We'd also like to see Pearl Harbour and hike to a volcano or something. We'll get started early. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.
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Old Oct 13, 09, 7:51 am
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There are lots of ideas and information on this forum. With or w/o a car, visit the Arizona Memorial first, arriving between 7 and 8 am. Remember, no bags allowed including camera and hand bags. Then maybe wander through Chinatown, do the downtown Palace thing, etc. Then head out to Diamond Head. All can be done easily on TheBus. If using TheBus, continue out and back to Sea Life Park for a scenic ride. If using a car, do the loop around the island leaving nothing in the car you don't want stolen when parking at the North shore (and to a lesser extent at the Memorial). The shrimp trucks would provide a tasty meal.
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Old Oct 13, 09, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by KenfromDE View Post
If using a car, do the loop around the island leaving nothing in the car you don't want stolen when parking at the North shore (and to a lesser extent at the Memorial). The shrimp trucks would provide a tasty meal.
I have to agree with the loop around the island as a good Sunday activity. Traffic getting back to Waikiki is usually lighter, and the shrimp trucks are awesome.
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Old Oct 13, 09, 1:07 pm
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BTW: No active volcanoes on Oahu--only on the Big island (Kilauea).
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Old Oct 13, 09, 11:22 pm
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Inactive ones would be fine. We have a car and do want to snorkel. Shrimp trucks are on the north shore? Could we maybe do Pearl Harbor, then go snorkeling, then drive the Island. DO the downtown palace thing at the end of the day. Chinatown doesn't interest me. I go to SF a lot, so I'm sure it's not different.

Can you hike Diamond Head at the end of a day?
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The Palace is closed on Sunday so that takes care of that. After visiting the Arizona Memorial you might head to Hanauma Bay which can get very crowded as the day progresses.You could drive through downtown just to see it. Since we do not snorkel, others might have a better suggestion than HB. Then double back a small distance and do Diamond Head. Finally circle the island and yes, the Shrimp Trucks are on the North shore. Appropriate web sites are below.

Diamond Head:http://www.iolanipalace.org/
http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/park...cfm?park_id=15

Hanauma Bay: http://www.iolanipalace.org/
http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/facili...nformation.htm

Shrimp Trucks: http://www.hawaiiforvisitors.com/oah...imp-trucks.htm

The Palace: http://www.iolanipalace.org/
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Old Oct 14, 09, 4:26 pm
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Can you hike Diamond Head at the end of a day?
I recommend doing the hike at the beginning of the day, like, say, right when it opens. The benefit is that it is less crowded, and depending on the weather, it is much cooler and more comfortable. This can be a really uncomfortable hike when the weather his hot.
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If you want to snorkel, Hanauma is the best. But go early, because it does get really crowded. I think it has the best snorkeling in the world. You could then climb up Diamond Head if you wanted to or continue around to the back side of the island. There's a ton of stuff to do if you have a car. I've snorkeled off the reef across from the shopping center (Mauna Loa?????) and a couple of places on the back side, too.
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I agree, Hanauma Bay is awesome for snorkeling, but like the previous poster said, get there preferably when they open, as they close the parking lot when it fills up. If you're interested in kayaking, Kailua Beach is a great place to do that. Hikes I would recommend (not really volcanos) are Makapu'u Lighthouse (just down the road from Hanauma Bay) with awesome views, or Maunawili Trail off of Pali Highway.
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