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Two Sides of a Hawaiian Vacation

written by | Posted on April 1st, 2011

The darker side of Oahu history came after these buildings were built, when Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument allows access into the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and other sites that commemorate those who perished during the attack, with both guided and audio tours available daily.

Clients can explore these landmarks on their own or book Discover Hawaii Tours’ WWII from Beginning to End day program, which starts at $60 pp and combines visits to various landmarks of the war with a tour of historic downtown Honolulu and even a drive along some of President Obama’s childhood homes and birthplace. For more active travelers, there’s the Mauka to Makai: Oahu Air, Land and Sea Adventure, priced at $120 pp, which packs a good dose of adrenaline in a day. Clients enjoy a guided hike and eco chat through the Ko’olau Mountain Range to find a waterfall, a zipline ride along treetops that reveals views of Kaneohe Bay and a kayaking excursion on Kailua Bay.

There are plenty of nice hotels in Oahu, but the gorgeous North Shore location of Turtle Bay Resort is a big draw. Guests can rent mopeds and set off to explore the island on their own, snorkel by the resort’s shoreline or sign up for a guided eco-kayak tour. The resort also has an onsite helicopter tour outfitter that takes them over the island, as well as horseback rides along nearby beaches and forests. Another plus: accommodations include everything from ample guestrooms to 3- and 4-bedroom Ocean Villas. Golfers also have their choice of two championship courses; a Daily Unlimited Golf Challenge package is $174 pp per night.

mahalo month The Hawaii Tourism Authority is inviting travel professionals to take advantage of its Mahalo Month program, which has more than 130 special offers and rates available to them through the end of May.