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The Best in Oahu, HI

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The Best for Families in Oahu

    Traveling to the island of Oahu in the Hawaiian Islands is a memorable adventure for families.  With its natural beauty, endless white sand beaches, fragrant tropical flowers, and warm sunny days and evenings Oahu beckons year round. Families can tour the island in one day, however, I recommend two to three days to take in the sights, swim in gentle coves, and dine in family-friendly restaurants.

Best Family Hotel Chain

    Ohana in Hawaiian means family.  The Ohana Hotels are part of the Outrigger Family of Island Hotels and on Oahu there are 13 Ohana hotels in the popular Waikiki area.  Six of these are just a short block away from Waikiki Beach and many rooms have partial ocean views.  Starting in 2003, guest families at Ohana hotels will receive an Instant Win card.  Prizes include a free beach ball, T-shirts, and free dinners.  The rooms are clean and comfortable, some offer kitchenettes for easy cooking if you wish.  All rooms are air-conditioned and include a refrigerator, in-room movies, and laundry services.  
    You can find rooms as low as $69.  Ask for the SimpleSaver rate.  Visit This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 800-462-6262.

Best View of Waikiki

    Climb aboard the Outrigger Catamaran and sail out to sea.  This sailing vessel departs at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and also offers a sunset cruise at 5pm.  Meet your captain in front of the Outrigger Reef Hotel for a one and a half hour sail that cruises past majestic Diamond Head. Look for flying fish that may appear above the wake of the boat, see the island of Molokai in the distance, and gaze at the sunbathers on Waikiki Beach.  Be sure to bring cameras and sunscreen for you and the kids.
     Tickets can be purchased inside the Outrigger Reef Hotel or call 922-2210 to make reservations. Ask for the $5.00 special on early sailings.

Best New Family Restaurant

    Located upstairs at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and away from the traffic on Kalakaua Ave. families can find the Tiki Grill & Bar.  Try to arrive just before sunset, it gets crowded after 7 pm.  Sit outside and try the lavender colored Taro rolls with a hint of sweet Maui onions.  The kids will love spreading banana-vanilla bean butter on them.  
    For an appetizer, the Baked Oysters a la Tiki are served on a half shell, with a blue crab crust and lobster hollandaise sauce for $6.95.  
    On the main menu, I recommend the Chef’s Signature King Salmon for $15.95. The fresh Salmon is glazed with special seasonings, caramelized cane sugar, and is served on a bed of Molokai purple sweet potatoes with a lemon grass beurre blanc sauce.  This is the best Salmon I have ever tasted!     
    Children can choose from their own menu.  Their meal is served on a Frisbee, turned inside, which after dinner is washed and becomes a souvenir gift.
    Tiki’s Grill & Bar, 2570 Kalakaua Ave., 808-923-8454.

Best Place to See Tropical Fish
(...without getting wet! )

    On the corner of Royal Hawaiian and Kalakaua Avenues, there is a two-story 65,000-gallon fish aquarium at the DFS Galleria.  The kids can watch, wide-eyed, as divers clean the inside of the tank and feed the colorful tropical fish.  Walk inside the store called Beyond the Reef and climb up the stairs into the viewing tube.  Stingrays rest on the clear tube allowing close up views of their smiling faces and under bellies.  On the second floor, you can see bat rays and sharks, while brightly colored parrotfish and butterfly fish swim calmly past and nibble on algae.
    Afterwards, you and the kids can create your own email postcards and send them free to anyone in the world.
    DFS Galleria Waikiki – www.DFSGALLERIA.com



 

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