What’s New on Oahu > Oct 2022
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With Halloween festivities in full-swing, we’re reminded of how fun it is to visit Oahu at this time of year. Check out this list of themed events to see what we mean…
If visiting Hawaii ASAP sounds appealing to you, we have a great opportunity! Our Simply Beautiful Waikiki Apartment is available for a 30-day stay checking in any day from now until 22 Oct 2022. The property has 2-bedrooms (King and Queen beds) and a beautiful double shower – it ideally sleeps up to four people.
Tempted to spend a few weeks or more here on vacation or remote-working? If we’ve piqued your interest, email [email protected] for a deal.
And for those with future Hawaii travel plans, please enjoy reading all of Oahu’s destination news below – we hope it gets you excited for your next holiday! We’ve also included some great special offers on tours and activities at the end of this e-newsletter.
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- 357,232 cases of COVID-19 in Hawaii to-date. Daily average cases 166 island-wide (124 Oahu, 17 Maui County, 9 Kauai, 16 Hawaii Island).
- After an extensive transformation, Waikiki Sand Villa Hotel is set to become The Wayfinder Waikiki in Jan 2023. Rooms are said to be inspired by Hawaii’s sites and stories, with color tones that represent the land, sky and water. The property will offer culinary, entertainment and shopping experiences at B-Side (coffee shop and retail store), Lost + Found (speakeasy pool bar) and Redfish Waikiki (poke bar).
|HOTEL SPOTLIGHT: Prince Waikiki|
Each month we’ll highlight one of Waikiki’s best hotels.
Prince Waikiki Hotel is an upscale resort experience on the waterfront at Ala Wai Boat Harbor. The sunsets here are epic! The property is home to Waikiki’s largest collection of contemporary art created by Hawaii artists. A variety of one- and two-bedroom ocean-facing suites can host up to six guests. The pool deck features Hinana Bar (live music Thu-Sun), two pools, a hot tub and cabanas. Book a ‘Club Room’ to access the poolside Club Lounge with complimentary breakfast, snacks, beer, and wine. Find additional dining on-property at 100 Sails Restaurant, Katsumidori Sushi and Honolulu Coffee Co., plus the iconic Chart House is just steps away. While the Resort Fee is $39, it is amenity-filled and offer discounts like 10% off the Naio Bliss Spa (on the 5th Floor) and 20% off golf packages. Venturing from the hotel into the heart of Waikiki is easy, thanks to nearby Biki bike and Go X scooter stations. Check reviews on tripadvisor.com and prices on hotels.com.
- Hawaiian Style Rentals specialize in moped, scoot coupe, motor scooter and bicycle rentals in Waikiki. They provide a fun way to explore Oahu! Their staff are fantastic, they’ll make sure you feel comfortable with your ride before you leave their shop. Find them on Lemon Road, Uluniu Avenue and Royal Hawaiian Avenue.
TRAVELING TO OAHU WITH KIDS?
Brandie Martin, a BabyQuip provider, is here to help! She provides an assortment of baby gear that is safe, clean and insured. On Brandie’s BabyQuip Site, you can rent baby equipment that’s delivered, set up and picked up at a time that works for you. She rents cribs, car seats (she can meet you at the Airport), toys, strollers, beach gear and more. For more info or to make a res click here.
- With Halloween approaching, it’s the perfect time to highlight the best ghost tours on Oahu guided by Lopaka Kapanui, Hawaii’s famous ghost guy!
- Haunted Honolulu Crime Tour
- Ghosts of Old Honolulu Walking Tour
- Waikiki Night Marchers Ghost Tour
- Enjoy Venetian Gondola Cruises in Waikiki, a relaxing waterway journey with the harbor, city skyline, canal and a distant DiamondHead as your backdrop. Each tour takes up to four people, all ages welcome (kids under 12 are given a life jacket).
- Gondola Cruise in Waikiki (Daytime)
- Gondola Cruise in Waikiki (Evening)
- Gondola Cruise in Waikiki (Friday Night Fireworks)
- GoGo Rentals has launched a unique Sunrise HydroBike Excursion to Moku Nui, one of two islands that sit off the coast of Lanikai in East Oahu.
- Swap Waikiki’s hustle and bustle for Oahu’s North Shore. Experience a full-day of North Shore activities with The Surf Bus. It includes sightseeing along Oahu’s East Coast, a coffee stop at Tropical Farms (Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet) and a drive-by of Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline. Guests can choose to spend a 2-hour window either swimming in Waimea Bay, snorkeling at Shark’s Cove, kayaking or hiking to a waterfall in Waimea Valley. Explore Haleiwa (surf town), Laniakea Beach (home to turtles) and Dole Plantation (pineapple-lovers heaven) on the way back to town. This 5-star rated Surf Bus tour is one of the best ways to “do the North Shore”!
- Wahiawa Honey House has started hosting Manoa Honey & Mead tastings every weekend, Friday through Sunday from 11am-6pm. Visit manoahoney.com to book.
- For do-it-yourself GPS Audio Tours, download the Shaka Guide Oahu app. You can plug your earphones into your cellphone and take yourself on the Heart of Waikiki Walking Tour. If you’re hiring a car on Oahu, check out the self-drive itineraries including the East Oahu Shoreline Drive and Grand Circle Island Tour.
- Resort Pass enables you to book day pool passes, spa experiences and hire cabanas at Waikiki’s most luxe resorts – no need to pay the big bucks to stay there!
RESTAURANTS & BARS
- Mam’s Tuck Shop brings New Zealand-style pies to Oahu, find them in Ala Moana Medical Building next to Ala Moana Center. Flavors include Mince/Steak & Cheese, Chicken & Mushroom, The HI Pie (SPAM, furikake, egg and cheese) and more.
- ALOH Cafe, which stands for Adventure Lifestyle Of Hawaii, has opened a sweet little cafe on Seaside Avenue in Waikiki. Pick-up mouthwatering lattes, smoothies and flavored toasts (the Banana Boat Toast and Avocado Toast were both yummy).
- Haleiwa Fruit Shack in Duke’s Marketplace is the go-to for exotic fruit platters and smoothies, lemonade and sugar cane juice (add li hing mui powder for a local twist).
- Tlacuaches808, originally a Mexican food truck, has just opened a dine-in eatery at Eaton Square on Hobron Lane, Waikiki. Try tasty burritos, tacos, nachos and more!
- Cattleya Wine Bar is re-opening 19 Oct 2022. It’s a communal table inside Orchid’s restaurant, a gathering place for a glass of global wine and Mediterranean tapas.
- Brew + Foam Coffee Shop has opened an additional dining room with lots of open seating at their Ala Wai cafe. If you’re looking for a cozy place for a coffee, this is it!
- AmaAma, an oceanside restaurant at Aulani (Disney Resort), is re-opening 14 Oct 2022. It offers dinner-only, a 4-course prix fixe menu featuring island ingredients.
- After eight years, Kaimuki Superette is closing on 15 Oct 2022. However, all of their breakfast and lunch favorites will be available at their sister-spot Mud Hen Water.
- Spirit Halloween, a Halloween-themed retailer, has popped up at Ward Village until 16 Nov 2022. Shop for costumes, decorations, and other holiday items.
- Aloha Card Shop is now open at Ward Court (directions here). It’s home to Hawaii’s premier sports cards, Pokémon cards and collectible items.
- Mrs. Fields Cookies, the famous gourmet cookie brand, has opened at Ala Moana Center. Enjoy freshly baked cookies, customizable cookie cakes and other treats.
- Beginning 1 Oct 2022, the Ala Moana Center main stage will host a 20-minute Hula Show at 5pm daily. The performances will feature both kahiko (traditional) and modern hula. The weekly Keiki (Kids) Hula Show continues every Sunday at 1pm.
- The free Kuhio Beach Hula Show has added an extra night, it’s now on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6:30-7:30pm Feb-Oct (6-7pm Nov-Jan).
- 2022 Honolulu Pride Parade & Festival from 11:30am-6pm at the Waikiki Shell and Diamond Head Greens (15 Oct 2022). With two stages of great entertainment, food, music, community booths and more, it’s an event for everyone!
- Broadway in Hawaii presents Hamilton (7 Dec-29 Jan 2023) and CATS Let The Memory Live Again (13-18 Jun 2023).
- Box jellyfish (stinging invertebrates) tend to appear in Oahu’s ocean 8-10 days after the full moon. According to Waikiki Aquarium Box Jellyfish Calendar 17-19 Oct, 16-18 Nov & 15-17 Dec 2022 have a high probability of a box jellyfish arrival event.
- For a comprehensive list of Oahu Events by Month, click here.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Experience from Oahu from US$467.49 per person (save US$82.50)
- Moana’s 2-Hour Guided Turtle Snorkel Adventure at Waikiki from US$79.82 per person (save US$26.89)
- Deluxe USS Arizona Memorial & Historical City Tour from US$67.16 per person (save US$22.39) *HIGHLY RATED
- Zipline Tour (6 lines) with Waikiki Transportation from US$179.99 per person (save US$45)
- Shopping Shuttle Service between Waikele Outlets & Waikiki from US$36 per person (save US$4)
- Book More Oahu Tours
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