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Re: Things to see, places to stay on Oahu

Theresa - avoid the 6-legged sights!!  LOL  LOL
(they get that big in Texas too)

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 01 Jan 2003 12:47:07 -0800

>That certainly was concise Cathy and eclipes anything I can tell Theresa so
>I'll tell my favorite story from there.  But first if this is your first time
>there try and go to a Luau.  They're touristy but fun.  You should also go to
>the blow hole and Hanama Bay if you like to snorkel with fish in a protected
>place.  By the way, enjoy the orchids but wait till you see the Hibiscus.
>They are out of this world.
>When my wife and I were there in '85 Linda was pregnant with our first child
>we went to a pretty fancy restaurant.  I was sent there care of Canon Corp.
>While dining in true Polynesian style I glanced over by the wall not more than
>three feet from my wife was the largest cockroach I've ever had a nightmare
>over.  It was at least three inches long and girthy.  Fortunately, it was
>slightly behind my wife so she didn't see it.  Deftly getting the busboys
>attention without Linda knowing it I indicated to the busboy to remove the
>intruder.  I swear that sucker had a knife and fork in it's claws and a
>lobster bib around it's thorax.  If my wife and seen it all hell would have
>broken loose.
>cathy carpenter wrote:
>> I lived on Oahu from 1980 - 1985, and have visited the Islands since,
>> but I can't pretend to be totally up to date on places to stay. First,
>> how long do you have? That is critical, because your first decision is
>> whether you wish to see any of the other islands during your visit
>> (Personally, Oahu is my least favorite, primarily because it is too
>> "touristy", but for a first time visitor, there is lots to see and do.)
>> For the present, I will limit myself to Oahu. Then, aside from
>> gardening, what are your specific interests? Given that I don't know
>> either, my advice: 1. Limit your time on Waikiki. This is definitely
>> tourist central, and every thing will be over priced and less than
>> authentic. 2. Oahu is not a big island - 30 miles in any direction will
>> get you to ocean, but you have to factor in that it is the most
>> populated in the chain and that equates to traffic. Also, like any
>> metropolitan area, the dwellings closest to Honolulu are the most
>> expensive, so most people live on what the windward side of the island
>> and commute in. This means a major rush hour. 3. Gardens - Foster
>> Botanical Gardens, Lyon Arboretum. 4. Museums - Bishop Museum (Hawaiian
>> and Polynesian History), Honolulu Academy of Art (excellent Asian art
>> collection). 5. History - Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin (a WWII submarine
>> which definitely increased my respect for submariners, and Battleship
>> Missouri (both must sees as far as I'm concerned); US Army Museum of
>> Hawaii (Located in a bunker on Waikiki, it is small, but easy to visit
>> if you are there.); National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (also
>> known as Punchbowl Cemetary - so much more than just a National
>> Cemetery); Iolani Palace (only royal palace in the US); Queen Emma
>> Summer Palace (if you like historic houses). 6. Beaches - Haunama Bay (a
>> state underwater park, great for snorkling, but do take care what you
>> leave in your car); Shark's Cove (known mostly to locals, it is a great,
>> protected small cove on the north shore, just past Pupukea Beach Park);
>> 7. View - Nuuanu Pali Wayside (off Pali Hwy, a windy! overlook of the
>> windward side of the island); Tantalus Drive (You'll need a map for this
>> one - it winds behind the National Cemetery - but it is worth it.) 8.
>> Other - State Capitol; Sea Life Park (if you've been to Sea World, you
>> can probably skip it); Waimea Falls Park (privately owned, a bit
>> touristy, but the falls are nice); Polynesian Cultural Center (on every
>> tour operators offerings - run by Brigham Young University, whose
>> students help finance their education by working there - think
>> polynesian disneyland without the thrill rides).
>> Guess that is enough for now (I could go on, but....) if you have any
>> questions I'll try to give them a shot.
>> Cathy
>> On Monday, December 30, 2002, at 11:24 PM, Theresa- yahoo wrote:
>> > HI all-  I am going to Hawaii in a month for the  first time ever!
>> > Yeah- we
>> > finally are going to get a vacation.  Any suggestions of places to stay,
>> > eat, or things to see/do?  We will be on Oahu- they conference I will be
>> > attending for a couple days is in Waikiki- I've heard that it is nicer
>> > to
>> > stay at a B&B on the Windward coast- but how far away is this and what
>> > is
>> > traffic like ( I have to be at the conference by 8am).  We will have a
>> > couple of other days just for fun- so we can stay anywhere on the
>> > island.
>> >
>> > Thanks for any advice!
>> >
>> > Theresa
>> >
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