For those who have been dreaming of carefree vacationing and exciting travel, there’s one location that gets you further across the map without having to leave the country. Situated approximately 2,500 miles off the California coast, the Islands of Hawaii have long been topping the bucket list for travelers around the world. With reasonable ticket prices and outstanding accommodation options, this summer or fall is a great time to travel to the Aloha State. Pack your favorite beach clothes, leave the stress of everyday life behind, and embrace the laid-back lifestyle of island living on a Hawaii vacation!
While each Hawaiian Island has its own pace of life and personality, the Island of Oahu is where you’ll find the largest variety of activity options. From the cosmopolitan shopping streets of Waikiki to the surf vibe of the North Shore, there’s something for every traveler to discover on Oahu. Beautiful white sand beaches, lush waterfalls, shopping, dining, and a wealth of activities all await for your Oahu summer or fall getaway!
There’s no need to stay in an overcrowded hotel room when vacationing in the Islands. Situated along the island’s sunny west coast, you’ll find beautiful resort areas such as Ko Olina that offer an excellent getaway location. Offering a mix of condos, townhouses, villas, and private homes, the Ko Olina community offers a wide range of accommodation options within a highly desirable setting. This property is situated along four ocean lagoons, where you’ll find crescent shaped white sand beaches curled up against tranquil aqua blue waters perfect for cooling off on a warm summer day. Protected from larger ocean waves by rock outcroppings, the lagoons are ideal for swimming, stand up paddle boarding, and enjoying postcard perfect days at the beach. Most of the Oahu vacation rentals here range from one to four bedrooms, offering an upscale tropical stay whether you’re traveling as a couple, family, or group. With other amenities onsite such as a golf course, a paved oceanfront path, swimming pools, hot tubs, and shopping and dining options, it’s easy to see why the Ko Olina community has quickly become a favorite!
Further up Oahu’s western coast, more alluring beaches await. If you’re in search of accommodations a bit further from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, the town of Makaha offers accommodations right on the oceanfront. Just steps from the sand, our Makaha vacation rentals offer easy access to the beach vacation you’ve been dreaming of! Whether you opt for the luxury and amenities of Ko Olina or the sweet stay with an ocean view in Makaha, you’ll find the majority of our Oahu vacation rentals boast features such as an open concept floorplan with a full kitchen, making daily living in the islands that much easier. And of course, easy beach access is also a given! Stay and play in Oahu, Hawaii, and be sure to add some of these sights and activities to the itinerary for a memorable vacation!
Get the lay of the land with a bird’s eye view from the peak of Diamond Head State Monument. Originally part of Oahu’s coastal defense system, this historic site is still home to a Fire Control Station, bunkers, and a navigational lighthouse that dates back to 1917. Aside from the historic aspect, Diamond Head is well-loved for its hike that leads to spectacular views. The hike covers just 0.8 of a mile but is relatively steep with 560 feet of elevation gain. Switchbacks and stairs lead you to the peak, where you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with stunning views of the shoreline from Koko Head to Wai‘anae.
Oahu is the Hawaiian Island which offers the most attractions for history buffs. Pearl Harbor National Memorial is a top Oahu attraction that commemorates the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II. Set in the waters of Pearl Harbor, visitors can reach the Memorial via a quick boat trip. The USS Arizona Memorial Program is 45 minutes long and includes the US Navy provided boat shuttle to the memorial, time on the memorial, and a return trip back to the Visitor Center. Tickets are free but be sure to book these in advance if you plan to visit this popular site! Those who want to delve deeper into the country’s history will want to also visit the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, all part of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
Aside from its rich history, Oahu is also home to world class beaches that put it on the map as a beach destination, and are a must-see in any Oahu guide. From the bustling activity along Waikiki Beach to the remote shores of Yokohama Bay, you’ll find every stretch of sand has its own unique characteristics. Plan to do some beach hopping during your stay to discover some of the best Oahu beaches! North Shore beaches such as Waimea Bay Beach and Sunset Beach are known for their surf scene, while east coast beaches such as Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach are known for their pristine aqua blue waters and postcard perfect views. When you want to relax alongside calm waters, the Ko Olina lagoons offer the perfect retreat. Whether you want to be in the midst of the oceanfront action or find a lone stretch of sand to enjoy in solitude, Oahu’s beaches offer it all!
Along with world-class beaches come the perfect opportunity to try a new water sport. While there are certainly plenty of beaches where you can happily laze along the shoreline, adding in some water activities will add to the fun of your Oahu vacation and is a perfect way to cool off on a sunny Oahu summer or fall day. It’s probably no surprise that Oahu is home to an abundance of water activities, including surfing, boogie boarding, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking, among others. Whether you prefer the slower pace of a morning snorkeling among tropical fish or the exciting thrill of catching your first wave on a longboard, you’ll find opportunities to do so along the beaches of Hawaii. The Ko Olina lagoons are great for swimming, snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding.
Another favorite locale for snorkeling is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. This pristine bay located along the southeastern corner of the island boasts a sand entry into the water, making it easier even for beginners. Once submerged in the crystal-clear waters, the massive reef can be explored closer to shore for beginners or further out for advanced snorkelers. Glide alongside large schools of tropical fish in this well-preserved natural environment! For something faster paced, consider booking a surf lesson. If you’ve ever imagined yourself giving surfing a try, Oahu is definitely the place to finally make it happen. Joining the crowds along the beaches of Waikiki offers the thrill of being in the center of all the action, while booking a surf lesson outside of town in locations such as Ko Olina allow for a less crowded experience. With plenty of seasoned instructors to choose from, even first-time surfers are standing up riding waves in their very first lesson!
To further explore the waters surrounding the Island of Oahu, book a boat excursion that will whisk you away from the shoreline. From thrilling Zodiac rides to leisurely sunset sails, you’ll find a variety of ways to enjoy the waters surrounding Oahu by boat. Take in the sights of the shoreline and surrounding islands as you cruise along, often with pods of dolphins jumping and playing alongside the vessel. Many boat excursions include activities such as snorkeling at an offshore location, onboard dining, or sunset viewing, adding to the options for customizing your day out on the water. Excursions can easily be booked from the Ko Olina Marina!
Along with exploring beautiful beaches and waterways, a trip to the islands isn’t complete without experiencing the Hawaiian culture. One place to do so that will have an appeal for the entire family is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Situated along Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center combines hands-on activities, music, dancing, and dining into one sensory filled experience. Set among 42 acres of beautiful tropical land, visitors can explore six different villages representing the island nations of Hawaii, Fiji, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Tahiti, and Tonga. Within each village, stay fully engaged by playing ancient games and completing daily life skills such as catching fish and paddling a canoe. The songs and dances of Pacific Islanders come alive and are a delight to visitors of all ages. End the evening by staying for a traditional luau, where you’ll feast on traditional foods of the islands. The Hā: Breath of Life show is also not to be missed. This show featuring Polynesian dance, music, and blazing fireknives tells a story, entertains, and gives an unparalleled window into the elements that make up the fascinating Polynesian culture.
From hidden local eateries to upscale restaurants on the oceanfront, Oahu offers a scope of options when it comes to dining. The Hawaiian Islands are known for their Pan-Asian and Asian Fusion cuisines, mixing and pairing tastes and dishes from many Asian cultures. Of course, you’ll also find bountiful fresh seafood options, sweet treats, and cuisines from around the world throughout Oahu’s dining scene! Be sure to try a couple of these Hawaii favorites during your stay.
For breakfast, try a fresh organic plate from Heavenly Island Lifestyle. This Waikiki restaurant prides themselves on serving up fresh plates made from locally grown produce, providing a true taste of the islands. Diners enjoy dishes that are not only a feast for the tastebuds but also for the eyes, with beautifully arranged fresh fruit platters garnished with flowers. For breakfast, try the fresh fruit bowl or a kalua pig eggs benedict, an early-morning spin on the Hawaii favorite, kalua pork.
Grab a late lunch at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, where you can snag a table on the rooftop. With dining tables and comfortable seating areas, the rooftop bar sports a tropical cosmopolitan vibe. A thick burger or an order of blackened fish tacos is just the thing to fuel the remainder of your beach or shopping day.
To celebrate a special occasion or simply enjoy a memorable evening out, book a table at Roy’s, a restaurant of the award-winning celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi. One of the founding members of the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement, the reputation of this restaurant precedes the experience. Feast on steak or fresh seafood and top it off with a chocolate souffle. The presentation and service at Roy’s are impeccable!
With temperatures remaining consistently warm throughout the summer and fall, both of these seasons are excellent times to plan your Hawaii getaway. While elsewhere the sunny days of summer fade away and the leaves begin to change colors as fall descends, bright days and swaying palms remain in the Hawaiian Islands!
The warm days of summer are perfect for participating in the many water activities that are so easily accessible in Hawaii. Long days by the pool or along the beachfront are a perfect way to spend a summer day, cooling off in the afternoon with Hawaii’s favorite treat – a refreshing scoop of shave ice. Watch fireworks over the ocean if you’re on the island during the 4th of July and enjoy an extra hour of daylight before catching a magnificent sunset over the ocean from the island’s west coast. Food, art, and wine festivals begin to pop up in the fall, in addition to harvest and Halloween festivities that can be found around the island in October. With temperatures at their warmest and plenty of sunny days, summer and fall are ideal seasons for visiting Hawaii!
Get started on making your Hawaii dreams come to fruition by booking your Oahu vacation rental today! Contact us for more information about how to get the most out of your summer or fall getaway to Hawaii.
When temperatures are dropping and snow begins to fall, keep those dreams of sunshine and beach days alive by planning a winter escape to a tropical paradise. With warm sunny days that remain throughout the winter, the Islands of Hawaii are the perfect antidote to the winter blues. Leave the coats and boots behind in favor of bikinis and board shorts and make your way to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu this winter!
With warm sunny days and cool, pleasant evenings, winter is an ideal time to visit the Hawaiian Islands. Winter also coincides with big surf tournaments, whale watching season, and holiday festivities that are only made better when celebrated island style! Winter is a special time in Hawaii, where cold, gray days are left behind and sunshiny days and warm ocean waters are at the forefront. Make your way to Oahu, Hawaii this winter, and be sure to add some of these sights and activities from our Oahu travel guide to your winter itinerary!
Location is key, and if you’re escaping to Hawaii this winter, you’ll want to be sure and book accommodations that allow for premium beach access. Our Makaha vacation rentals are situated right on the beachfront, so the sights and sounds of the ocean are just steps from your door. Spend long days soaking up the sun from these beachfront accommodations on Oahu, which boast one or two bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens. Our Oahu vacation rentals in the community of Ko Olina are also situated on an exclusive waterfront property, where you’ll find four beach lagoons with beautiful crescent-shaped white sand beaches. The calm waters here are ideal for swimming and stand up paddle boarding, and you’ll also find additional amenities onsite such as a golf course, shopping, dining, swimming pools, spas, and a marina. With onsite amenities and the option of selecting a condo, beach villa, or private home, Ko Olina is a highly desirable community for a stay on Oahu, whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway or a family-friendly destination. From your location in sunny West Oahu, it’s easy to visit some of Oahu’s top sights without compromising your island vacation with the sights and sounds of the city. When you’re ready to explore, Oahu’s best things to see are just a short drive away!
During winter months, Oahu’s North Shore brings big wave surfers from around the world; it is one of the most popular winter activities in Oahu. While surfing beaches such as Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach are best left for highly experienced surfers during this season, it is well worth the trip to simply observe from a distance on the shoreline. November through February are the best months to catch big wave surfers in action, though it leaves North Shore beaches largely unsafe for swimming. However, heading to the North Shore is a great opportunity to savor Oahu’s beautiful scenery. On the way, stop at the Dole Plantation, where you can lose yourself in a pineapple garden maze, take a plantation garden tour, take a ride on the Pineapple Express, and sample a variety of pineapple products. Once you’ve reached the North Shore, the rainbow bridge will welcome you to the town of Haleiwa, a small, charming surf town filled with boutiques and quaint eateries. Browse the shops at Haleiwa Town Center and grab a bite to eat at Haleiwa Beach House. If you continue past the famed beaches of Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, be sure to also stop at Laniakea Beach. Laniakea is the best location on Oahu to spot green see turtles lazing along the sand, giving it the nickname Turtle Beach. Be sure to keep your distance, as these once endangered creatures are protected by law. After getting your fill of turtle sightings, stroll down to the area near the lifeguard stand, which is also known as Chun’s Reef. This is another great place to catch big wave surfers in action on a winter day!
No matter which months you travel, there are always plenty of beaches to explore. Winter days have no effect on Hawaii as a top beach destination. In fact, the main difference between a summer and winter beach day in Hawaii is where you’ll find the tranquil waters. While winter months bring larger swells to the north and east shores, the south and west shores see calmer seas. That means that if you’re in search of the perfect beach for a leisurely swim or glassy waters over which to catch a magnificent sunset, the west coast is the place to be. Consider lazing along the shores of the tranquil Ko Olina lagoons, or heading further up the west coast to catch the sunset from the picturesque Makaha Beach or Yokohama Bay. There are few sights more magical that watching the golden winter sun sink directly into the ocean with the final golden rays of light left glimmering across the water’s surface!
If you find yourself needing a break from beach days, consider setting out for a hike along the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. Located along the southeasternmost tip of the island, this can be a great spot to catch the sunrise if you’re ambitious enough to tackle it early. Even if you prefer a more leisurely start to the day, this trail offers stunning views over the ocean. At the culmination of the trail, enjoy sights of the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse, built in 1909. Round trip, the trail is just two miles with approximately 500 feet of elevation gain. However, come prepared with plenty of water because much of the journey is exposed to sun and wind. In fact, the final portion of the trail is carved directly into the sea cliff, with just a railing separating you from the panoramic views all around. This trail is particularly great to explore during winter months, as whale spouts can often be spotted offshore along the way.
If your getaway to Oahu falls during winter months, this is the perfect opportunity to go whale watching. The whale watching season begins in mid-December and usually lasts through April, when migrating whales make their way back to Alaskan waters. Though it’s often possible to spot whale spouts from the shoreline, a boat excursion will get you up close and personal with these sizeable creatures. Most outfitters have equipment to listen to the whales’ songs and detect their location, practically guaranteeing a sighting. As an added bonus, pods of dolphins are usually spotted along the way! Ko Olina Ocean Adventures is a good place to start when it comes to booking a highly rated whale watching tour on Oahu.
Aside from whale watching and snorkeling tours, a wide variety of other water winter activities in Oahu are available to add excitement to beach days. Boogie boarding, surfing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding are all popular with residents and visitors alike, and the proper gear can be easily obtained. Whether you’re an experienced waterman and simply need to rent gear for the day or you’re a complete beginner and would prefer to begin your activity of choice with a lesson, water activities can be enjoyed by travelers of all ages and ability levels.
For an adrenaline rush away from the waterfront, consider embarking on one of the many adventure activities that make the most of the island’s diverse terrain. From hiking to lush waterfalls to horseback riding along the base of a picturesque mountain, there’s so much more to Hawaii than it’s beautiful beaches. Parasail over Waikiki, take in hidden sights that can only be spotted from a helicopter tour, zipline through the tropical forest, or ATV along meandering off-road trails. There are so many ways to enjoy the island beyond its coastline!
If there’s one thing that’s always present at gatherings in Hawaii, it’s large portions of finger-licking good food. From fresh seafood to Pan-Asian and Native Hawaiian cuisines, there is no shortage of options when it comes to good eats in Hawaii. Be sure to try some of these well-loved dishes on your winter getaway to Oahu!
If you haven’t already heard of poke, you’ll likely encounter this dish soon after your arrival in the islands. Poke, a dish consisting of diced raw ahi tuna and pronounced poh-keh, is a Hawaii favorite. This Native Hawaiian dish is traditionally prepared with sea salt, seaweed, and limu. However, nowadays you’ll find a whole range of options such as spicy tuna and wasabi mayo. At most gatherings you’ll find poke used as a side dish, although many restaurants are now serving up poke bowls that turn it into a main meal atop scoops of white rice. It may seem anticlimactic, but some of the best places to try poke are from supermarkets you’ll find around the island, such as Foodland. The restaurant Fresh Catch also has several locations around the island and offers over 20 varieties made fresh daily. Grab a few varieties to go and head to the nearest beach to enjoy your poke with a view!
It may go against the natural inclination while in a tropical location, but another must-try dish in Hawaii is a bowl of steaming saimin, Hawaii’s favorite way to eat noodles. Along with broth and noodles, you’ll typically find ingredients such as char siu, green onions, wonton, Spam, Portuguese sausage, choy sum, kamaboko, and fried eggs in your bowl of saimin. If you can’t bring yourself to eat a bowl of steaming soup on a hot Hawaii day, wait until the sun begins to dip toward the horizon and you’re reaching for your sweatshirt before heading out to one of Oahu’s best saimin restaurants. Palace Saimin and Shige’s Saimin Stand are a couple of the top saimin eateries on Oahu, but part of the fun is trying multiple locations and discovering your personal favorite!
You can’t end a trip to Oahu without noshing your way through at least one serving of shave ice for dessert. Different from the snow cones you’ll find in other locations, shave ice is Hawaii’s version of snow, created with thinly shaved ice that results in a much smoother texture. From rainbow-colored flavors to sweeter concoctions that include a scoop of ice cream at the bottom, the choices of shave ice are many. Matsumoto’s is a mainstay on the North Shore, serving up shave ice for nearly 70 years. Island Snow is another favorite – be sure to include a scoop of macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom of your flavor of choice!
Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu by far offers the widest variety of shopping options. Whether you want to pick up some new beachwear for your day along the oceanfront or you simply want to fulfill that shopping urge, the shopping venues on Oahu more than meet expectations. In fact, Oahu is home to the largest outdoor shopping mall in the world – Ala Moana Center. With beautiful landscaping and swaying palms throughout, you can continue to enjoy the island vibe as you shop at Ala Moana. This mall boasts over 300 stores, with everything from well-known brands to local boutiques, as well as a hearty share of onsite restaurants to keep fueled along the way.
To bargain hunt top brands, consider heading to Waikele Premium Outlets, or find local items at great deals at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. Waikiki Beach Walk offers a pleasant vibe with a good mix of known brands, local boutiques, and specialty shops. The Waikiki Christmas Store located on the Beach Walk is a must-see if your winter getaway to Hawaii coincides with the holiday season! And if you’re staying on the west coast, browse the Shops at Ko Olina for resort wear, beach wear, and gift items.
At Ola Properties, we specialize in offering top-notch Oahu vacation rentals, particularly along the island’s desirable sunny west coast. Contact us today to learn more about where to stay, what to do, and how to save more on your winter getaway to Oahu!
The inspiring island of Oahu has long been a favorite amongst travelers that have their vacation sights set on Hawaii. When it’s time to step out of stress and into a place where the scenery and sensational opportunities for restorative fun collide, Oahu has a way with landscapes, history, culture, and natural beauty that are sure to please. In 2020, it’s not an understatement to say that the concept of travel looks drastically different than it did a year ago. As a global health crisis has swept across countries and continents, those who live with an innate passion for all that is travel, exploration, and discovery are finding that it might be necessary to find new routes to indulging this desire while keeping health standards top of mind.
Maintaining a healthy work and life balance is a challenge that’s also been taken to new heights this year as employees across the globe have transitioned from offices to working remotely from home. As schools transitioned to online platforms as well, finding the sweet spot between keeping work priorities and family moments separated became blurry for many and with the added unknowns—an added level of stress and perhaps even anxiety.
Instead of simply enduring these new challenges, at Ola Properties, we’re inviting those that love to travel, who are now working remotely and are looking for a sense of balance and inspiration in the chaos to make their way to a place where it’s possible to enjoy the best of it all. Move to paradise and enjoy an environment that’s as thrilling as welcoming to health and safety standards. In 2020, we see the incredible possibilities in taking a new lease on life and creating a new normal in a place where beauty still lives through the chaos. Perhaps taking yourself somewhere new this year for an extended stay could be just the answer you’ve been searching for. When you need a place to work remotely, connect with family and keep options for inspiring exploration near, booking a long term trip to Oahu and staying in one of our world-class vacation rentals is bound to be the solution you’ve been searching for.
At Ola Properties, we specialize in providing vacation homes in Hawaii to guests looking to savor the sights, sounds, fun, and experiences of west Oahu. Our properties provide just the right space to both work remotely and enjoy your breathtaking surroundings. From scenic ocean views to resort-style stays that provide direct beach access and top-tier amenities, it’s easier than ever to settle in for a long-term stay in Oahu. When you book our Hawaii beach home rentals, you’ll wake up each day knowing you’ll be as productive as you can be on a professional front while remaining inspired by the opportunities for fun stops that are waiting for you to explore just outside your front door.
While our team is proud to offer up a wide variety of rental properties, some of which include private residences and vacation homes in Hawaii, many of our guests look for resort-inspired destinations where they can enjoy the ease and convenience of community features and upscale amenities too. While our properties often provide spacious, open concept floorplans, large windows, and sliding glass doors leading to private balconies, decks, and patios provide connection points to the great outdoors that makes working from “home” feel as easy as an Oahu ocean breeze. High-speed services and Wi-Fi access during a long-term stay make for quick work during professional hours and an easy way to send photos to loved ones back home when you’ve followed up projects and assignments with trips to the beach.
While the many features our long-term vacation rentals bring add that vacation-inspired touch to every moment spent working indoors, the beauty of this concept is that our guests are always close to places worth experiencing and exploring during a visit. Whether it’s an early morning stroll along Waikiki Beach when the crowds are at a minimum or time spent paddleboarding or surfing the waves in the quiet evening hours, this scenic destination provides options that make it simple to social distance in a little piece of paradise.
During a traditional stay with Ola Properties, guests will enjoy thorough property cleanings before arrival and after they’ve departed, but in the spirit of revitalized health standards taken to the next level, guests can request daily cleaning options during a vacation or long-term work and play plan.
Whether you need time away from the stress of 2020 or are looking for a place to settle in, explore and enjoy a new version of remote working life, the team at Ola Properties is here to help you make Oahu your home away from home. Contact us today to learn more about our many property options on the island and to start planning your adventure. We can’t wait to welcome you to Hawaii!
Are you eyeing Hawaii for a spring getaway? The rainy season ends with the change of season into spring, and this makes for an ideal time for you to visit! On Oahu, the summer season is yet to be in full swing, so you might find more reasonable prices on airfare, lodging, and activities on Oahu! And since you won’t be battling the summer season crowds, your vacation on Oahu just might feel like a private paradise.
If Hawaii is top of your list for a spring vacation, you’re sure to have a long list of outdoor activities in Oahu to keep you busy! And since the weather is always great on Oahu, you won’t miss out on anything just because it’s a bit of an offseason for major tourism. You can fully customize your experience here, whether you prefer a luxury experience with Mai Tai’s and spa treatments or a high thrills adventure! The island is home to dozens of parks, monuments, and natural attractions. Check out Sand Island State Recreation Area, an urban park in Honolulu where you can camp, fish or bodyboard, or head to Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area, home to Keaiwa Heiau, which is a temple that native Hawaiians of the past would visit for it’s believed healing powers. Other outdoor fun on your trip could include hiking, biking, exploring waterfalls, snorkeling, surfing or kayaking!
Some things on Oahu you can enjoy year-round, but some special occasions only come once a year! Their spring exclusive events include the very original and not to be found elsewhere, Waikiki Spam Jam – yes, an entire festival dedicated to the fun pink canned meat, which indicates just how beloved it is by Hawaiian’s. This event is rated as one of Hawaii’s top annual food fests, and you’ll love the food, entertainment, and fun-filled atmosphere. Spring is also a great time for music lovers on Oahu! During the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in early May, Honolulu is jumping with live music and Hawaii’s biggest music stars! You might find headliners casually ripping up the keys of a piano on a hotel patio or strumming the ukulele in a corner bar. If you want even more Ukulele, visit later in May for the Ukulele Picnic, a music festival that brings 5,000 or more fans of the instrument together in Kaka’ako Park.
If you need any more reasons to book your Oahu vacation, this should be the icing on the cake! Between December and April, Humpback Whales pilgrim to the warm waters around Hawaii to have their babies! In February and March, the peak whale watching season, you can see them off the north shore of the island or book a whale-watching cruise to get up close and personal with the majestic ocean creatures!
So, what are you waiting for? Book your spring vacation to Oahu today!
We are so excited that spring has finally arrived. If you’re looking for the perfect early spring getaway, why not take advantage of some holiday time and spend Easter on Oahu this year? There’s no bad time to visit the islands, but early spring is particularly beautiful, and as it’s not the peak summer season yet, you might get to see the sights without the normal crowds!
Can any Easter be complete without an Easter egg hunt? Your kids will probably say “no way!” It just so happens that we agree! If you want to share in our classic celebration, head to the North Shore for Easter Brunch at Waimea Valley and enjoy brunch and an Easter Egg Hunt in the beautiful botanical gardens. With seatings at 9 am and 1 pm, it’ll be easy to fit into your schedule. The buffet includes fares such as Prime Rib and Poached Salmon, a made to order Omelet Station, an Early Risers’ Bar and a Late Risers’ Bar, as well as pastries, fruits and desserts. And of course, Oahu offers a variety of Easter Sunday Services, indoor, outdoor, sunrise and classic. A simple web search should provide all the details you need!
Of course, you’ll want to take some time to enjoy some of the things you can only enjoy here in Hawaii while you’re on your Easter getaway. Whether you want to relax or take on an adventure, we’ve got you covered! If swimming with dolphins has been on your bucket list, take the time now to go on a Dolphin Snorkel Tour and make your dream come true! Or for history buffs, take an afternoon to learn about Pearl Harbor and Oahu’s wartime past. If you want another way to see marine life up close, take the Atlantis Submarine tour and visit shipwrecks on the ocean floor and learn about corals and reef life while safely aboard our comfortable, safe, air-conditioned sub. The options for water activities are limited only by your imagination on Oahu! As you submerge yourself in the island life, make sure you soak up some of the local culture and cuisine and one of our many restaurants or shops.
At the end of the day, relax in your spacious and comfortable Oahu vacation home. Call or book online today so you can enjoy the best Easter this year, and make 2020 the one to remember on Oahu!
If we could have an already filled closet in every destination we traveled, we would never stay home, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Instead, we have to bring everything we could possibly need in a week away from the house, covering all weather conditions and special events, and then we are forced to face weight and luggage restrictions at the airport. How can they expect you to pack shoes that go with every outfit and the essential oils you need to keep your skin dewy fresh as well as multiple changes of underwear and every book you’ve been wanting to read with a 50 pounds per suitcase weight limit? Unfortunately, they do, but that’s ok. We’ve been doing this long enough to offer our guests a few tips that will allow them to have everything they need and room to bring home souvenirs at the end of your stay! Check out our tips on how to pack for a light Oahu travel.
That was hard for us to say with a straight face, but the truth is shoes take up a lot of space and chances are you are only going to wear your most comfortable ones anyway! In Hawaii, shoes are even less of a necessity, as most visitors can survive on a pair of water shoes, flip flops, and possibly comfortable walking shoes for a hike to the Manoa Falls! Wear the bulkier walking shoes on the plane and pack the lighter and smaller flip flops and water shoes and we promise you’re set to go!
You’ve had a few books on your nightstand, waiting to be devoured, and seven days on an island paradise as well as travel time to get there gives you the perfect opportunity to make it through your backlog. But carrying just one book, let alone the five you can’t leave without, adds weight and takes up precious space, unless you purchase an eBook or tablet! Allowing readers to bring as many books or magazines as they want, plus their entire Hawaiian music play list, the entire internet, and every game they have ever wanted to play, all while barely taking up the space that a book would, these miracle devices are a bibliophile’s dream come true!
The weather is generally perfect on Oahu, so lighter clothes are recommended, but even then, you can get away with packing fewer items. The washer and dryer we provide in our Ola Properties vacation escapes allow you to cut your packing in half!
What you wear doesn’t matter, your comfort and enjoyment does! Reserve your Ola Properties getaway today and discover how paradise can get even better!
Taking a solo adventure is a great way to connect with your travel destination, and to connect with yourself too. Experiencing the wonders of the Hawaiian Islands on your own can be a truly magical experience. Here are some Oahu activities you can do as a solo traveler:
This is the absolute perfect activity for the solo traveler. If you’ve never surfed, or if you have surfed but you’d like to level up, now is the time to do it. We recommend Kai Sallas’ Pro Surf School, owned and operated by a pro surfer, where they offer both beginner and intermediate surfing lessons. Schedule a private lesson for exclusive 1-on-1 instruction! Lessons are two hours long, and private lessons are $199. As a bonus, you can even take a surf tour of the north and south shores through this surf school. After you’ve learned how to surf, this is a solo activity you can enjoy on our beaches for the rest of your stay, so try to get this in at the beginning of your trip!
This is a short hike, which makes it great for a small outing, and great for those with less hiking experience too. The incline is gradual and not too extreme. Round trip, the hike is just over 1.5 miles. Take this hike and you’ll find yourself walking in the Hawaiian rainforest on a well-maintained trail, through towering stalks of bamboo, over a babbling brook, through a gorgeous grove of eucalyptus trees, and finally emerging at a sparkling, 100-foot waterfall that will take your breath away.
This palace of the Hawaiian monarchy is the only royal residence in the entire United States, built by King Kalākaua in the 1800s. As non-natives to Hawaii, this is one of the most important places we can visit to understand and respect Hawaiian culture and history. Plus, it’s just beautiful! It can sometimes be hard to visit historical places or educational attractions in groups, so this is the ideal kind of activity to do on your own. You’ll have more time to explore at your own pace and really soak everything in.
However you fill your days here on Oahu, you’ll always be looking forward to the comfort of your rental when you get home in the evenings as the sun sets over the sea. Take a look at the 1-bedroom vacation rentals in our catalog today to get started and prepare to enjoy the best Oahu activities.
Packing up and heading out to a beautiful tropical island for Valentine’s Day is the most romantic gift you can give. It’s gorgeous this time of year, and the island is full of life! There are so many ways to spend your days here, and so many romantic opportunities to take advantage of for Valentines in Oahu.
Celebrate the traditional song and dance of Hawaii in this whirlwind 4-day festival. This is the best way to experience the wonders of the island when you’re coming to town for Valentine’s Day weekend in 2020. Get acquainted with the Hawaiian musical talent while you soak in the views of the sparkling Waikiki and become more intimately familiar with Hawaiian culture through interactive activities. This festival will be running from 4:30pm on Friday, February 14th to 11:30pm on Monday, February 17th, so you’ll have plenty time to enjoy both the festival and the other pieces of the island you’d like to visit.
Speaking of Hawaiian music and culture, what better way to celebrate it than a contest surrounding Hawaii’s most famous instrument? The ukulele is a lovely instrument and has become wildly popular in recent years since it’s an affordable and relatively simple instrument to pick up, with its small size and four strings. But the ukulele has been around for almost 150 years, and you won’t believe the amazing and breathtaking sounds that talented players can pluck from those strings. Come for the ukulele, stay for the hula, and have a grand old time here with your date.
If you’re looking for a counterpoint to these exciting and fun activities in the way of a classy date night that you can dress up for and make a whole night of, throw in tickets to the Hawaii Opera Theatre in Honolulu, where you can see The Marriage of Figaro together on Sunday, February 16th. Ticket prices vary between $29 and $130.
End your evening on Valentine’s Day 2020 with the February 14th Bikini Bottom’s Fireworks Dance Cruise. You’ll get to enjoy a nice boat ride out on the water set against the backdrop of the famous Honolulu Fireworks, which might be the most romantic way you could possibly end this holiday.
One of the most romantic gestures you can make is taking care of all the travel plans ahead of time. Head over to our catalog now to find a romantic space for you and your loved one to stay in while you’re here on the island.
A staple ingredient for the perfect vacation is a good cocktail. Take all the hikes you want into jaw-dropping rainforests, and spend your days lounging on breathtaking beaches, but sometimes, you just need a delicious drink in your hand. Here are our favorite places to find handcrafted Oahu cocktails here on the island:
This is an intimate cocktail bar located in downtown Honolulu, and their menu is everchanging since they’re always striving to discover new things, uncover new flavor palates, and please the customer. Try one of the signature cocktails here, like the Matcha Old Fashioned, made with 2018 Maker’s Mark BLA Private Select, Japanese green tea, orange bitters, Wasanbon sugar, and orange. If you’re in the mood for something with a little more kick, try a classic/modern cocktail like the Mexican Firing Squad, mixed with Forteleza Blanco, lime, pomegranate, cinnamon, cayenne, Angostura Bitters, and soda. You really can’t go wrong here, because everything on the menu is a homerun recipe. Save your appetite for this visit too, because their food is to die for! The Cajun Smoked Salmon Spread goes great with any cocktail on the menu.
If you’re looking for a night rich with class and comfort, head down to Aloha Beer Company. The drinks here are great, however, we’re looking for a step up. Intriguingly, you’ll find a second floor here with a totally different vibe. The HI BRAU Room is a little speakeasy built right on top of Aloha Beer Company, which concentrates its endeavors on high-quality liquor and cocktails. Stepping into HI BRAU is like walking through a portal to an earlier decade. With wooden furnishings, low light, and an excellent waitstaff, it’s a real blast from the past. The cocktails they serve are a blast to the taste buds too! Cocktails are served from local distilleries (you simply must try the Ko Hana Rum from the Koloa Coffee Rum plantation). The food they serve here is as delicious as the drinks are quenching. This speakeasy is a rare and exclusive treat since it’s only open four nights a week (Thursday-Sunday, 5:00pm-12:00am), which makes those cocktails taste all the sweeter.
No one knows the ins and outs of Oahu like we do, and we’re ready to share the magic with you! Give us a call today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started on your Oahu vacation, beginning with your perfect rental home!
The beginning of 2020 is a special time on Oahu. With the dawn of the new year, everyone will be getting into the swing of 2020, and since we’re still in the off-season for tourism, that means there will be fewer crowds and more vacation homes in Oahu for you to enjoy! Open up your calendar and pencil in these exciting, upcoming events:
Jan 17, 6:30 – 9:00 PM HST
Kewalo Basin Harbor
1125 Ala Moana Blvd B1, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: $30 – 40
Come out to participate in this evening of delight with Oahu Boat Cruises. Your backdrop will be the world-famous Honolulu fireworks show. The event is BYOB (bring your own beer), which gives you free rein to play the night however you want it. Dance the night away in your own way.
Jan 24 – 25, 2020
1349 Kapiolani Blvd #30, Honolulu, HI
Young the Giant is an American alternative rock band that’s put out hit after hit since coming together to form their band in the early 2000s. Come and listen to them play your favorites live, from albums like the debut Young the Giant album, Mind Over Matter, and Home of the Strange. As the lyrics to one of their best songs goes: “Life’s too short to even care at all.” So just let loose and go dance your heart out at what’s sure to be the best concert of the year in Honolulu.
Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2020
Neal S. Blaisdell Center
777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: $27 – 89
For all you Star Wars fans out there, you’ll want to get tickets for this performance! Join the symphony orchestra for a night of Star Wars music that will blow you away. You haven’t heard this soundtrack until you’ve heard it played live by a full symphony orchestra.
Feb 21, 2020, 3:00 PM – Feb 23, 2020, 6:00 PM
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: $25 – 250
Comic Con is back again for another showstopping year! This is the event of a lifetime, and every year it gets better. You’ll get to explore hundreds of artist booths, sit in on interesting panels about all your favorite media, and you might even get to meet famous actors and creators!
Whatever you decide to do while you’re visiting us here on the island, you’ll want a rental home lovely enough to match the rest of your vacation. Your rental can easily become the most memorable part of the entire vacation. Head over to our catalog and start the search for your perfect rental home today!