Sample Itineraries

(Itinerary Suggestions; but permit us to help you customize your tour)  Once again, do not try to drive the island in your rental car ... you will miss about 75% of the best parts of our island because you don't know where to park or where the un-marked good areas/experiences are located and you may get towed or possibly broken into. Use a trusted & experienced tour guide.

Things to do and stops to make for your Oahu Tour
(Ask us about each of these if you like.)

Witness the island of Oahu. Enjoy local stories, island history, and experience this entertaining and fun-filled tour. All tours include pick-up and delivery to your hotel, vacation rental, cruise ship or the airport.

Contact us for rates and dates.  (808) 636-4965   orHAE@Hawaii.rr.com  

Remember:  To do ALL of the things mentioned below would take three full days of ten (10) hours of touring each day ... but we will give you a "giant slice" of our island on a one-day tour. Simply ask us for help.

 

Honolulu/Town-Side Tour: 

(The times noted are only estimates)

  • Honolulu Aquarium (1 hour)
  • The Bishop Museum:  Hawaiian art/history (2-3 hours)
  • King Kamehameha statue
  • The Queens Palace (1 hour)
  • The Old Kawaiaha’o Church (The Westminster Abbey of the Pacific)
  • Mission Houses Hawaii:   historic stop (1 hour)
  • Manoa Valley Falls: easy to medium in difficulty rating-hike to a waterfall and pool (1.5 hours+- and FREE)
  • Lyon Arboretum in Manoa Valley (1 hour)
  • Foster Botanical Gardens (1 hour)
  • Local food stops for lunch
  • National Cemetery of Pacific (.75 hours)
  • Drive the new H-3 Highway through a one mile tunnel
  • Art of Aloha: Patrice Federspiel famous Hawaiian artist at www.ArtOfAloha.com
  • Art and art lesson(from 1-3 hours, depending - these are private lessions)   www.artofaloha.com                          

 

Waikiki to East Shore/Windward Side Tour:

Diamond Head Road Lookout (20 minutes)

Diamond Head Crater hike to the Top (1.5 Hours)
Hanauma Bay (Unlimited Time but must get there by 7:30 AM)
China Wall – Great vista/view of ocean and Diamond Head
Blow Hole Lookout, Eternity Beach, and Sandy Beach. (.5 hours)
Sandy Beach Park(Vista only; no swimming)
Makapu’u Lookout (30 minutes)
Makapu’u Lighthouse easy hike (1.5 hours)
Waimanalo/Bellows Beaches (Time Depends:  Swim?  Boogie Board?)... and we provide the giant beach towels and boogies boards for you and hustle your beverages back and forth from the Van. 
Kailua Beach Park – Mokuluas and Lanikai Beach
    (same as above)
Pali Lookout (30 minutes)
The "Old Pali" Highway in the rainforest
National Military Cemetery of the Pacific (20 minutes to 1 hour)
Art of Aloha: Patrice Federspiel studio visit, art and
    art lessons. Go to:  www.artofaloha.com
Foster Botanical Gardens (1 hour)
The Bishop Museum:  Hawaiian art and history (2-5 hours)
H-3 Drive/Tunnel going back to windward side
 

 

North/East Shore Drive Tour: 

Island Treasures art gallery and store, Kailua (30 Minutes)
Byodo-In Buddhist Temple (Ring the Bell, Black Swans, Koi Fish Ponds)
Road side stands:  fruits/veggies/flowers/art
Sunshine Art Gallery - 100% local Hawaiian artists
Chinaman’s Hat Park(island beauty/photo op)
Kualoa Ranch – horse back tiding, all terrain vehicles mini-shopping
    (.5 to 3 hours)
Fish, beef, or other kinds of Tacos for delicious local food
Mormon Temple (Quick photo op or 1 hour tour if you choose)
Laie Point Lookout (30 minutes)  An awesome place.
Shrimp Farms lunch stop (Garlic Shrimp plates + other styles of shrimp)
Famous Sunset Beach (20-30 minutes)
Famous "Ted's Bakery" for some Chocolate Haupia Pie, Pineapple       Cheesecake, and so much more .... yummy!
Pupukea area on the north shore:
    Attend the sacred Hawiian Heau, or go to "Three Tables" or Shark's Cove (no sharks) Snorkeling adventure ... depending on waves and tides
    (20 minutes to 2.0 hours)
 Hawaii horse back riding (2 hours +)
Waimea Bay Beach or Lookout (15 min. - 2 Hrs.) Swim?
Waimea Falls Park (1.5 hours and $15.00 per person)
Secret Sea Turtle Beach (30-45 minutes)
Haleiwa Town (1.5 hours … food and shopping)

 
Shave Ice, in Haleiwa, or along the road up to the North Shore
Haleiwa Town: Shark Cage Adventure:  (3 hours)

Old Waialua Sugar Mill:

      See what a 30-60 foot surf waves looks like up close and personal ... but only in winter.
      North Shore Soap Factory (30 minutes)
      Dole Coffee/Cocoa Factory (30 minutes)
      North Shore Goodies Store (Coconut Peanut Butter) (15 minutes)
Coffee Fields and Pineapple Fields; drive by only
Dole Plantation:  Giant maze, gardens, train ride,
    shops, and pineapple ice cream.      (30 minutes to 1.5 hours)
Drive back to Ko’Olina/Waikiki/Town/Hotel/Airport/Vacation rental via H-2 and H-1
   (35 minutes to one hour depending on traffic)

 

Specialty Art Tours:  Half day and Whole day:

(Any of these individual art venues are also available as an "a la carte" selection for any other tour)

The Bishop Museum:  Hawaiian Art and History (2 hours)
Na Mea Gallery: Ward Warehouse (30 minutes)
Nohea Gallery: Ward Warehouse main floor (Mauka side)
Gallery at Ward Center:  Makai side
Famous local artist’s private studio:
     Art and art Lessons www.artofloha.com
Honolulu Museum of Art
Island Treasures, Kailua Town
Sunshine Arts in Kahalu'u   (100% local artists)
Kai Ku Hale:  Haleiwa (Great Shopping Too)
Bob Wylan Galleries: Haleiwa
Tabora Gallery: Haleiwa
Other Galleries:  Haleiwa
Other Galleries in Waikiki: Under The Koa Tree Gallery
Peter Lick Gallery (Beachwalk)

 

***Tours may include lunch depending on the size of the group; but the cost of the activities or products you purchase are on your own.  **All times noted are only estimates.

This is another easy hike up a gravel road to a beautiful waterfall and pool. It is on the windward side of Oahu near the town of Kahalu’u. We will be driving right past it on our tour if you want to stop for 1.5 hours+/-. It is an easy hike for all ages with regular sneakers/cross trainers. It is never a good idea to wear flip-flops or "slippas" (as we call them in Hawaii) when you are walking or hiking some distance.  Once you are up there,  you can turn around and see a breath-taking vista of the ocean and a preview of the North Shore route we will be driving.

This is another easy hike up a gravel road to a beautiful waterfall and pool. It is on the windward side of Oahu near the town of Kahalu’u. We will be driving right past it on our tour if you want to stop for 1.5 hours+/-. It is an easy hike for all ages with regular sneakers/cross trainers. It is never a good idea to wear flip-flops or "slippas" (as we call them in Hawaii) when you are walking or hiking some distance.  Once you are up there,  you can turn around and see a breath-taking vista of the ocean and a preview of the North Shore route we will be driving.

Snorkeling up-close & personal with a squid

Snorkeling up-close & personal with a squid

Sea Turtle on a secret Beach

Sea Turtle on a secret Beach

Take an art lesson in Paradise with the renowned and now legendary Hawaiian Watercolor Artist Patrice Federspiel  ...  www.artofaloha.com

Take an art lesson in Paradise with the renowned and now legendary Hawaiian Watercolor Artist Patrice Federspiel  ...  www.artofaloha.com

 Sunrise is always so beautiful on the beach

 Sunrise is always so beautiful on the beach

Makapuu Lookout on the Windward Side

Makapuu Lookout on the Windward Side

Hike or drive through the rainforest

Hike or drive through the rainforest

Old Haleiwa Town on the North Shore

Old Haleiwa Town on the North Shore

Half-Day & Full-Day Tours. 

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Vista from the top of Diamond Head Crater looking West

Vista from the top of Diamond Head Crater looking West