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Oahu, "the Gathering Place" by Terry Reim
Oahu was likely the first
of the Hawaiian Island sighted by the crew of HMS Resolution on January
18, 1778 during Captain James Cook's third Pacific expedition. It is one
of 137 volcanic islands and atolls stretching 1,500 miles across the North
Pacific Ocean, all but one of which (Midway) comprise the 50th US State
In the two centuries since
Cooke's famous discovery of the "Sandwich Islands" as he called them, Oahu
has been transformed from an idyllic Gauginesque tropical paradise into
one of the world's premier tourist destinations, financial capitals, and
a US military stronghold anchored in the mid-Pacific.
over the Sea, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Of the southernmost 8 inhabited
islands in the Hawaiian chain, Oahu is the third largest - approximately
44 miles long and 30 miles across, with a shoreline 227 miles - yet is
home to 75% of the state's 1.2 million permanent residents, a population
more diverse than any state in the nation.
Since it was first populated
by immigrants traveling 2500miles from the Marquesas Islands around 600,
this island has been an important commercial area and cultural center.
With the help of European arms, Kamehameha I from the Big Island captured
Oahu in a bloody battle near the Pali Lookout in 1795, thus unifying the
islands for the first time.
Today, Oahu has become a
tourism and business haven with over 5 million visitors annually (mainly
from the American mainland and Japan). Many can't imagine visiting Hawaii
without coming to "the Gathering Place." Honolulu Oahu's largest city,
Honolulu, is the capital of Hawaii. It contains the principal port, the
major airport, and is the business, educational and financial center not
only of the state, but for the entire Pacific Rim, as well.
By the 1840s, under the influence
of Christian missionaries, the sandalwood and sugar trades, this small
Polynesian village, had grown into a major shipping port, becoming the
commercial and political center of the islands. In 1845, Kamehameha III
moved his kingdom's capital from Lahaina, Maui to Honolulu, which has remained
the capital of the Hawaiian islands ever since.
In 1893 American businessman
here illegally overthrew the native Hawaiian monarchy imprisoning Queen
Liliuokalani in Iolani palace. Hawaii was annexed as a territory of the
US until it was granted statehood in 1952. Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu,
the only royal palace on American soil, has become a popular visitor attraction,
Pearl Harbor Almost a half-century
later on December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy drew the United States
into World War II with a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, aimed at the
Pacific Fleet of the US Navy. The attack damaged or destroyed 12 American
warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, and killed 2,403 American servicemen
and 68 civilians.
The Arizona Memorial was
constructed directly over the ship. Hundreds of thousands annually visit
Pearl Harbor to see this memorial and the battleship USS Missouri, where
General Douglas Macarthur accepted the surrender of the Japanese in 1945.
Waikiki Cosmopolitan Waikiki
is where Hawaiian tourism began. Its reputation as a retreat dates back
centuries, and it was a favorite recreation site for long-ago kings of
Oahu and Maui. Today it reigns as the center of Pacific tourism with its
world-class hotels, shops, restaurants, shows, beach culture and nightlife.
Its primary appeal remains
the 2-mile ribbon of white sand, Waikiki Beach, upon which dozens of world-class
resorts now stand. Of the 100 resorts on Oahu, all but four are located
in Waikiki. At any one time, 45% of visitors in the entire state are spending
the night here.
Windward, West & North
Shore Windward Oahu offers famous snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, swimming with
Dolphins at Hawaii Sea Life Park and kayaking in Kailua Bay. Oahu's most
popular activity attraction is the Polynesian Cultural Center in coastal
Oahu's North Shore is famous
for its big-wave surfing at Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay.
From the town of Haleiwa, visitors can experience shark cage encounters
and sport fishing expeditions. At Turtle Bay and Ko Olina to the west,
new resorts have made Oahu a world-class golfing destination as well.
- Oahu Hotels
the Author Terry Reim has more than 25 years' experience as an editor and
writer in newspaper, magazine, trade book, textbook, and technical publishing,
He has also authored numerous books himself, including the 13 annual editions
of the Daily Planet Almanac (1975-1987) and Kicking the Bucket (with Kim
more hotels in Kona, Hawaii
ISLAND HAWAII - GENERAL - HOTELS & BEACH RESORTS
Kona By The Sea, Kailua-Kona
Positioned on the rocky
western coast of the Big Island, Aston Kona By The Sea is two miles from
shopping, dining and entertainment in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Part of the
allure of the Big Island is its contrasting geology. Active volcanoes,
shimmering waterfalls, snowcapped mountains, tropical rainforests, a glacial
lake and miles upon miles of golden, black, white and even green-sand beaches
occupy an area smaller than the state of Connecticut. Unlike most properties
along this stretch of coast, the resort features a sandy area, 70 by 15
yards, between the outdoor pool and the ocean. There is a sundeck with
lounge chairs and a jetted tub surrounding the pool, and there are barbeque
grills on site.
Keauhou Beach Resort Hawaii
An enchanting retreat on
the east coast of Hawaii's Big Island, the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort
quietly rests on 10 oceanfront acres in Kailua Kona - the only coffee-producing
area in the United States. Guests of this seaside resort receive complimentary
shuttle transportation to both the Keauhou Shopping Center and nearby golf
courses. Catering to nature enthusiasts and leisure vacationers, the Outrigger
Keauhou Beach Resort features handsome beaches and a mild climate. The
smoke-free Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort is home to a thriving community
of ocean life, including the endangered green sea turtle and an impressive
barrier reef. The resort is also teeming with little surprises like shaded
hammocks, rejuvenating spa services and 6 tennis courts.
Royal Sea Cliff Resort Condominium Hawaii
Situated on a lake, this
Kailua-Kona property is close to Hulihee Palace. In addition to an outdoor
pool and a spa tub, Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff features a garden and barbecue
grills. Guest parking is complimentary. This is a smoke-free property (fines
may apply for violations). Amenities featured in guestrooms include
air conditioning, coffee/tea makers, and clock radios. Business-friendly
amenities include voice mail. Bathrooms feature hair dryers. All guestrooms
at Outrigger Royal Sea Cliff are non-smoking.
Hotel Molokai, Mauna Loa
This Kaunakakai property
is situated on the beach. Aqua Hotel Molokai has an outdoor pool. This
3.0-star Kaunakakai property features massage and treatment rooms. The
property offers meeting rooms for small groups. Aqua Hotel Molokai has
a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar. Event space measures 2,400
square feet. This is a smoke-free property (fines may apply for violations).
Amenities featured in guestrooms include clock radios. Business-friendly
amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), direct-dial
phones, and voice mail. All guestrooms provide microwaves and refrigerators.
Kaluakoi Villas, Mauna Loa
Kaluakoi Villas are located
in the Kaluakoi Resort area on the west coast of the beautiful island of
Molokai. Guests can sunbathe on the resort's exclusive white sand beach,
take a cool dip in the freshwater swimming pool, or stroll through the
beautifully landscaped grounds. This quiet resort allows you the privacy
and serenity only Molokai can offer. This property also offers water sport
rentals on the beach, movie rentals, gas grills in the barbecue and picnic
areas, laundry facility, gift shop, and safe deposit boxes. The resort
is a short walk away from other poipu resorts, restaurants and shops. Discover
the charm of old Hawaii at the Kaluakoi villas. These lovely studio and
1-bedroom villas feature a kitchenette and spacious lanai (balcony) with
partial ocean or oceanfront views.
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- GENERAL - HOTELS
Kauai Beach At Makaiwa, Kauai
Nestled in a large coconut
grove amid hundreds of palm trees, the smoke-free Aston Kauai Beach at
Makaiwa offers guests an opportunity to experience authentic Hawaiian luaus,
excursions up Wailua River and helicopter sightseeing trips along the Napali
Coast. Benches along the beach provide seats for watching sunsets and whale
watching. Although swimming is not recommended due to unpredictable currents,
visitors can relax on the beautiful sandy beach or take a stroll on the
parallel jogging/walking trail. The Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa is within
15 minutes of two golf courses. Other activities include scuba diving,
surfing and boogie boarding, horseback riding, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling,
hiking, biking and rafting.
Marriott Resort Hawaii
The Kauai Marriott Resort
is located on an island brimming with white beaches and sapphire lagoons.
The Kauai makes it easy to be swept into the spirit of paradise while experiencing
Hawaii in its purest form. The Kauai Marriott Resort offers one of the
most relaxed and comfortable vacation spots in Hawaii, with various kinds
of restaurants for the dining plesaure of guests and a fitness center so
they can keep in shape, even when on vacation. If you would like to send
your taste buds on an international journey, you must try Kukui's and its
Pacific Rim buffet and international cuisine.
more hotels in Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii
PRINCEVILLE, KAUAI HOTELS & RESORTS
Hawaii's Valley Isle
Settled atop a 200-foot
cliff on Kauai's northern coast, Castle at Princeville is adjacent to the
fairways of the Makai Course in Princeville, Hawaii. Dense rainforests,
impenetrable valleys, majestic peaks and perfect golden beaches make Kauai
one of Hawaii's most desirable destinations. Dominated by a sense of independence,
the island has never fallen victim to the tourist culture that afflicts
Oahu and the Big Island. The sights, smells and sounds of the island promote
relaxation, with shimmering waterfalls, the scent of ginger and plumeria,
and the sound of morning birdsong pleasing the senses.
St. Regis Princeville Resort
Situated on one of the world’s
most beautiful sites, this new Princeville, Kauai resort overlooks Hanalei
Bay and the emerald Napali Coast. The oceanfront infinity pool overlooks
the bay. The Halele’a Spa offers customized treatments based on native
healing rituals. Dining venues include a Jean-Georges Vongerichten signature
restaurant. Spacious guestrooms face the gardens, mountains, or bay. Beds
are adorned with embroidered linens. Home theater systems include LCD TVs.
Marble baths have electronically controlled windows for views or privacy.
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Beach Hotel Kaanapali
Kaanapali Beach Hotel in
Maui, Hawaii, stands on Kaanapali Beach amid lush palm groves and plumeria-scented
gardens. Whalers village and Kaanapali golf course are one-half mile from
the hotel. Lahaina town, Lahaina harbor and Kapalua airport are within
four miles of this tropical retreat. On-site dining is available at the
tiki terrace restaurant, which offers an open-air, casual ambience and
specializes in Kulaiwi, traditional Hawaiian cuisine. Mixed plate restaurant
tempts adventurous palates with a uniquely themed menu of local and international
favorites. Recognized as Maui's "most Hawaiian hotel," Kaanapali Beach
Hotel guestrooms have a Polynesian look and feel, with rattan furniture,
furnished lanais and island décor.
Beach Hotel Kahului
The Maui Beach Hotel is
located on the shores of Kahului Bay in Kahului, Hawaii. Shopping at Queen
Ka'ahumanu Center is across the street from the hotel. Kanaha Beach Park
is two miles away. Kahului airport is three miles from the property. Complimentary
shuttle service to and from the airport is available. The hotel's
rainbow dining room serves breakfast and dinner daily. Lunch is offered
on Sundays, while drinks are available at the Lokelan lounge during evenings.
A sundry & snack shop is located on site. Complimentary wireless internet
access is available throughout the hotel's public areas. An outdoor pool
is located on the second floor sundeck.