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					Vacationing in Oahu, Hawaii
Oahu, the state capitol of Hawaii, is the most populated island in the Hawaiian Island chain. On Oahu, you'll find lots of nightlife, great shopping,
world-famous surf, and adventure for all.For adventure, you can take a hike to the top of Diamond Head crater for a spectacular 360-degree view of
Oahu and Waikiki beach, take surfing lessons in front of the Royal Hawaiian hotel, scuba dive the spectacular coral reefs, go shark cage diving on the
north shore, or take a ride on an outrigger canoe. Additional side-trips include snorkeling at Hanauma Bay amongst a myriad of tropical marine life, go
sport fishing, take a Catamaran sunset cruise on Waikiki Beach, or for the really adventurous, go for a ride in a glider airplane high above the Oahu
mountains.An Oahu vacation isn't just for the adventuresome. Leisure recreation is everywhere. One thing everyone must do is take the scenic drive
over the Pali Highway, stopping at the historic site for a phenomenal view from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout point. Also be sure to visit the Polynesian
Cultural Center where you can stop and see where the famous big surf rolls in. If you want to buy a flower lei, stop at one of the stands on Maunakea
Street to see how they're made. Many people love to visit the Polynesian Cultural Center in Oahu to, not only view original Hawaiian lifestyle, but also
become familiar with many of the other Polynesian South Pacific Islands. This is a full day of entertainment and its recommended that you buy your
tickets well in advance if you are traveling during a busy season.On Oahu, there are many different nature tours to choose from. Discover tropical rain
forests, waterfalls, old Hawaiian Villages, visit an arboretum, or experience sunrise atop Diamond Head while learning of its history from your
knowledgeable tour guide.For surfers and those who simply enjoy the thrill of watching some of the largest surf in the world pound the Hawaiian
beaches, a stop at Oahu's North Shore is a trip you'll never forget. With waves reaching 30 feet in height, you'll see some of the bravest surfers in the
world risk it all as they tackle one of nature's most powerful forces. On Oahu's North Shore, you'll find famous surf beaches like Waimea Bay and
Pipeline. The largest waves on the North Shore can be found during the winter months between November and February, while the summer months
usually produce very small surf anywhere from a few feet in height to complete calm, which provides for great snorkeling and swimming for
vacationers.A Hawaiian Vacation including Oahu would not be complete without a visit to King Kamehameha's Palace. King Kamehameha was the
first King of Hawaii. Under his rule, he conquered the Hawaiian Islands and formally established the Kingdom of Hawaii in the year 1810. By
developing alliances with the major Pacific colonial powers, Kamehameha successfully preserved Hawaii's independence. Under his rule, he brought
together all the other island's chiefdoms and united them under one single government.It goes without saying, if this is your first Oahu Vacation, you'll
most likely visit Pearl Harbor in Oahu. Here you'll visit the Memorials of the USS Arizona and the Missouri. The Memorial is the final resting place for
many of the battleship's 1,177 crew who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The Memorial commemorates the site where World War II began for the
United States. The tour of the Memorial begins with a 23-minute documentary film depicting the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, showing actual
footage that enthrusts awe, appreciation, and great respect for those who lost their lives on that fateful day.If you're an aviation buff, you'll enjoy The
Pacific Aviation Museum located in the WWII Hangars in Pearl Harbor. These hangers still bear visible scars of our nation's first aviation battlefield.
Here you'll find exhibits of a 1942 Japanese Zero and its' opponent, the USA's Wildcat. See the Stearman 18 year old George H. W. Bush honored as
the war's youngest aviator. Learn how aviation turned the tide of World War II. Flight Simulators are also available for an extra fee.With so many things
to do on one island, it's no wonder Oahu is the most popular Hawaiian island for vacationers. For Oahu vacation accommodations, there are many
Oahu hotels to choose from in Waikiki but many prefer to stay in privately-owned vacation rentals for both comfort and cost-efficiency. Most Oahu
vacation rentals include fully stocked kitchens, multiple bedrooms, and some even have a private swimming pool, which works out great for a cheap
familiy vacation. Therefore, it pays to shop around before considering the multitude of expensive Oahu hotels.

About the Author
Don Guy is a travel writer and co-founder of, a vacation rental website offering vacation rentals and vacation homes for
sale. When planning a Hawaii vacation, consider searching for the perfect Oahu vacation rental home, condo, or villa your entire
family will enjoy.