Vacationing in a lush, tropical island paradise this year means plenty of beach time, but don’t miss the opportunity to explore, and immerse yourself in the culture. Take a much-needed break to a place full of sand, sun, fun, and plenty of rest and relaxation. To experience the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture to the fullest, there is an array of Oahu activities and attractions that tell the story as only a local could.
No trip to the Hawaiian Islands is complete without attending a luau! The celebration of Polynesian culture often includes a lei greeting, hula dancers, fire twirlers, and more. Enjoy delicious Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, usually served buffet-style. You can find a luau near you, as many hotels and resorts offer them on a nightly or weekly basis.
Founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop, it honors his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The princess was the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The museum hosts an extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts, royal family heirlooms of the princess, documents and photographs depicting Hawai’i and Pacific Island cultures, and more. It is the largest museum in the state and is recognized worldwide for its cultural collections, research projects, public education programs, and even research projects on the culture.
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Known as Hanaiakamalama, or the Southern Cross, the 19th century structure served as the summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawai’i, her husband King Kamehameha IV from 1857 to 1885. The historic landmark is an educational museum maintained and operated by Daughters of Hawai’i.
Kukaniloko Birthing Stones
Most babies born on the island today are born in a hospital or birthing center. In the days of Hawaiian royalty, these facilities were not available. While you’re out on a driving tour around the island, make a stop just off the highway between Honolulu and the North Shore. There you’ll find the birthing stones that mark the ceremonial spot where tribal chiefs would have their children. The area is said to have a powerful energy that aided in the birthing process.
The former royal residence is now a historic structure, it is now home to government offices. The reconfiguration took place when Iolani Palace was constructed by Kamehameha III in 1845. Today, it houses Hawaii’s Supreme Court, as well as other government offices.
The palace was home to royal rulers of the Kingdom of Hawai’i from Kamehameha III to Queen Lili’uokalani. Located in the capitol district of downtown Honolulu, it is now a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. It was in use as a residence until the monarchy was overthrown in 1893. It was converted into the capitol building for the Provisional Government, Republic, Territory, and State of Hawai’i and used until 1969. In 1978, the palace was restored and opened as a museum. The building is the only royal palace on U.S. soil.
Guidebooks often lead you to popular places and other “must-see” destinations where you’ll be dealing with crowds more than enjoying the sight. Take some advice from the locals, including tours run by local companies that know the inside scoop. Some of these companies will take you to places considered “off the beaten path,” giving you a different island experience. They’ll show you these hidden gems, as well as tailor a trip that includes lesser-known hikes, sampling local cuisine, breathtaking photo opportunities, or whatever your exploring heart desires.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Located along Oahu’s famed North Shore, the 42-acre site is brimming with Polynesian culture. Visit six authentic villages representing the tropical island cultures of not just Hawai’i, but also Fiji, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. Meet and mingle with native Pacific Islanders and learn about the culture, music, dance, and other traditions through hands-on activities. Taste the Polynesian flavors at the Ali’i Luau, a blend of delicious food and Hawaiian entertainment.
Experience ancient healing. The monument consists of four large “healing stones” that legend says possess the healing powers of four wizards who visited Oahu. Before swimming at nearby Waikiki, place a flower lei on the stones – just like Princess Likelike, the sister of King Kalakaua.
The Culture of Oahu
Rest and relax after exploring some of Oahu’s culture in a vacation rental by Midway Vacations. From a cozy studio for a solo or sweetheart escape full of cultural excursions, to a 2-bedroom for you and even more of your loved ones, we have a cozy vacation rental that’s just right for your tropical island culture adventure. Arrive and feel the stresses and worries of home melt away and be replaced by the spirit of Aloha. Prepare delicious Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine in a fully equipped kitchen, then relax in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom.
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Take your next family vacation in a lush, tropical island paradise. Enjoy a much-needed break with the family and head to a place full of sand, sun, fun, and plenty of rest and relaxation. When you plan your tropical trip, be sure to include a stay on Oahu. You’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy, including plenty of family-friendly Oahu activities for every age!
USS Arizona Memorial
President Roosevelt called the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, “A date which will live in infamy.” The attack marked the country’s official entry into World War II. A visit to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is something to put on your family’s must-do list, along with a tour of the USS Arizona Memorial Museum, built directly over the wreckage of the warship that was so irreparably damaged, it didn’t see a day of action in the war. A 45-minute guided tour of the memorial hosted by National Park Service members runs daily 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tours run every 15 minutes, and each tour is capped at 145 people in accordance with US Navy and US Coast Guard regulations.
While your trip to the Hawaiian Islands will likely include a lot of beach-bumming, you’ll also want to make time to see the sights. A driving tour around the island will give you a good look, but some places deserve more than a glimpse out the car window. Get out and take a hike through stunning landscapes for awesome views you don’t get from the car. Explore trails for beginners, like Aiea Loop Trail, a less than five-mile loop that takes you through some of the island’s native beauty, or the Diamond Head Trail, a great option for expert hikers who want a breathtaking view from the top of the volcano.
There are plenty of things to do and see during your Oahu family vacation. Spending a little time on the beach each day is a must. Whether it’s just to sit out in the sun, or you wade into the water for some swimming or other fun, a day at a beach on Oahu is not to be missed. Many tourists flock to Waikiki Beach for the iconic experience. Avoid the crowds and explore other beaches around the island, including the one that’s close your rental.
Charter a boat that seeks out some of Oahu’s sea life. There are several charters that will take you out in search of dolphins, whales, and other ocean dwellers that swim the warmer waters of Hawaii. Don’t forget your camera! You might even win their companionship and be able to watch as they race alongside the vessel.
Coral Crater Adventure Park
Head out on an adventure through Oahu’s beautiful wilderness. The company offers zipline tours (3-6 ziplines), where you’ll be guided through the course by professional guides. The full tour is approximately two hours long. Stay at the park and climb the “adventure tower” featuring rope bridges, ziplines, a climbing wall, and more. Cool off after all the fun with a ride on the thrilling Da’ Flowrider bodyboard wave simulator at Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii. All adventures are suitable for guests six-years-old and older. All safety gear is provided.
Before Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959, it was its own unified and internationally recognized kingdom. Traces of the monarchy remain throughout the islands, including Oahu. The palace was the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, full of grandeur and opulence fitting of a monarch. The restored building in downtown Honolulu is a National Historic Landmark. Two of the island chain’s most notable monarchs, King Kalakaua – who built the magnificent structure – and Queen Liliuokalani, lived in the building.
The natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands extends to below the waves crashing along its shores. There are a number of tour companies that will take you to some of Oahu’s most breathtaking locations for a look above and below the water. Explore reefs, shipwrecks, or swim with sea life like a variety of fish species or sea turtles! Companies usually provide all the snorkeling gear – mask, snorkel, and swim fins. Some allow you to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, too. Check age requirements before booking, some companies allow children as young as three to take the plunge, while others prefer children be eight and older. Make sure to pack an underwater camera to capture the magnificent underwater world.
Bring the Family to Oahu
From a cozy studio for your small family, to a two-bedroom your larger family, Midway Vacations has a cozy vacation rental that’s just right for your Memorial Day retreat. Arrive and feel the stresses and worries of home melt away and be replaced by the spirit of Aloha. Prepare ingredients for a family picnic on the beach, relax in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom.
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Vacationing in a lush, tropical island paradise this year means plenty of beach time, but don’t miss the opportunity to explore. Take a much-needed break to a place full of sand, sun, fun, and plenty of rest and relaxation. You’ll want to lace up your hiking shoes and find some hiking trails on Oahu beyond the beach where you can explore even more of Oahu’s natural beauty.
Diamond Head (Leahi) Trail
Possibly the most iconic volcano in the region, the trail to the summit of Diamond Head near Waikiki was forged as part of the U.S. Army Coastal Artillery defense system in 1908. The one-way 0.8-mile (one way) trail boasts a 560-foot elevation change from the crater floor. The out-and-back hike takes approximately two hours for a safe and leisurely round-trip. Be prepared for uneven ground and steep terrain, but the payout of 360-degree views of Waikiki, Honolulu, and the surrounding area are worth the effort. Reservations are required to visit, and parking is available to book in two-hour slots.
Koko Crater Railway Trail
The railway “stairs” hike is a short drive from the Diamond Head and Waikiki area. The tough, extremely inclined 2.8-mile out-and-back climb results in reaching the summit of the Koko Head Crater. The military constructed the railway to transport supplies to soldiers during World War II, and the site has seen many other functions until it was given to the City of Honolulu and became Koko Head Regional Park. You’ll experience a 990-foot elevation change that brings you 1208 feet above sea level. Count the railroad ties as you go and find there are 1,048 before another 30-foot climb to the lookout area.
Makapu’u Point & Lighthouse Trail
For breathtaking views of Oahu’s southeastern shoreline, including tall sea cliffs looking out to the blue ocean beyond, this trail is for you. The trail is situated off of Kalanianaole Highway on the southeastern tip of the island about 12 miles east of Honolulu. Makapu’u is a remnant of a volcanic ridge that rises over 600 feet from sea level. The lookout boasts panoramic views off Manana Island and Black Rock Island, as well as views of neighboring Molokai and Lanai.
Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail
The 4.4-mile round-trip trail is a short drive from Waikiki, with the trailhead located at the end of Kalaau Place. The moderately-challenging trail features stairs that make for an easier climb in some areas. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of plants and trees on your way through the diverse landscape. The trail ends at a final plateau boasting breathtaking views of East Oahu. Schedule about four hours for the hike.
Ka’iwa Ridge Trail (Lanikai Pillbox Hike)
The trail is a great way to test your skills with an intermediate level of difficulty. There’s a steep grade throughout the climb, which starts just above Lanikai Beach. The 90-minute round trip offers scenery and breathtaking views, whether or not you opt to extend your trip another hour along the ridge. The payoff at trail’s end is stunning views on the island’s windward side, including the Mokulua Islands, Kailua Beach, and Lanikai Beach.
Manoa Falls Trail
Great for hikers of all skill levels, the trail is more of a “walking” trail than a “hiking” trail. The 1.6-mile round trip has a slight uphill grade that kids and beginners will negotiate fairly easily. The trailhead is located a quick 15-minute drive from Honolulu, where you’ll be transported to the lush, tropical views of Manoa Valley – a truly different world.
Ehukai Pillbox Hike
Get a great view of the crashing waves of Oahu’s North Shore, as well as the Seven Mile Miracle. The 1.5-mile out-and-back trail is a good 90-minute hike. Reserved for expert hikers, there are severe inclines at various places throughout the trail. Those weak of knees, heart, or any other physical challenges are encouraged not to take this trail. Those who can will be rewarded with views of the Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach.
Aiea Loop Trail
It’s another trail on the list for beginner hikers. The less than five-mile hike is shaded with flat pathways along the looped trail. Take in the beauty of native trees, lemon eucalyptus grove, Norfolk pine, native koa, and ʻōhiʻa trees. Located on the west side of the Hālawa Valley, you’ll have great views of places like Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and the Ko’olau Mountains from the ridge.
Hiking on Oahu
Rest and relax after a hike of one of Oahu’s best hiking trails in a vacation rental by Midway Vacations. From a cozy studio for a solo or sweetheart escape full of hiking exploration, to a two-bedroom for you and even more of your loved ones, we have a cozy vacation rental that’s just right for your tropical island trail hike. Arrive and feel the stresses and worries of home melt away and be replaced by the spirit of Aloha. Prepare trail snacks or any other meal of the day in a fully equipped kitchen, relax in an open living space, or retreat to a private bedroom.
Contact us today to start planning your Oahu hiking adventure!
The year-round sun and warmth of the Hawaiian Islands is the perfect destination for a fun-filled vacation, no matter what time of year you need a getaway. The decision to enjoy a tropical island respite may be simple, but planning all the details is time consuming and can be stressful. Make your planning a little easier and choose the island of Oahu, beautiful Waikiki, and a Waikiki vacation rental home provided by Midway Vacations.
The beautiful and relaxing condo of Waikiki Banyan 3701 T1 is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom condo with room for up to four guests to enjoy a memory-filled Hawaiian vacation on Oahu. Feel the spirit of Aloha the moment you step in and take in the breathtaking view of the mountains and the ocean beyond.
- View of Diamond Head Mountain
- 37th Floor of Tower 1 at Waikiki Banyan
- Pool (heated) & 2 Spas (Floor 6 of Tower 1)
- Coffee Shop (Ground Floor, Tower 1)
- Air Conditioning
Oahu Relaxation & Rejuvenation
Guests looking for a fun and relaxing island vacation on Oahu will find exactly what they’ve dreamed of and more at Waikiki Banyan 3701 T1. Relax in comfort, style, and Hawaiian beach and mountain delight in the home with stunning views of Diamond Head Mountain.
Once you’ve made yourself at home, the condo itself boasts a spacious balcony with views of Diamond Head Mountain and the ocean beyond. Enjoy coffee, a meal, or just sit out in the beautiful island weather at the cozy outdoor table for two. The ground floor of the community features a sprawling covered patio where you can meet neighbors. There’s a large pool surrounded by adjustable chaise lounges where you can soak up the island sun, along with an upper deck with two hot tubs. If you need to fuel up before more island fun, there is an area surrounding the pool deck featuring multiple stone picnic tables and built-in stainless steel BBQ grills where you can prepare and serve an al fresco meal. The kids of the group can burn off some energy in the play area boasting a play structure with multiple slides, stairs, and more to keep them busy. The best part: Waikiki Beach is within walking distance!
Feel the spirit of Aloha when you step into the beautiful and cozy condo! The home features a spacious great room that combines the daily essentials of living, cooking, and dining into one. Bright colors and beach-themed décor pops against muted colors. Wood floors host a comfortable couch and chair surrounding a coffee table. Plan the day, watch a favorite movie or TV show, or just take in the view! At mealtime, turn to the fully equipped kitchen. A full suite of stainless steel appliances join spacious counters and a myriad of cabinets and drawers. Open them up and find everything you need to create and serve a home-cooked meal. The kitchen island that seats four doubles as prep and dining space!
At the end of the day, or for a nap between thrilling Oahu activities, choose a comfortable sleeping space. The bedroom boasts a queen bed as well as a full bed with a shared night table between. A spacious mirror-front closet as well as a separate dresser offers extra space for all of your things. The other sleeping space is in the living room. The couch pulls out into a queen size bed. Enjoy your morning and evening routines. The bathroom hosts a tub/shower combo and single-sink vanity. Also for your convenience, you’ll find a starter set of amenities including shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, and hand soap. There’s space for everyone to have the ultimate Hawaiian getaway on Oahu!
No matter when you come or how long you plan to stay on Oahu with us, Waikiki Banyan 3701 T1 will give you all the excitement, fun, and relaxation you’re looking for. The community is close to Waikiki Beach, with plenty of fun attractions, activities, dining, shopping, and more to help you create the perfect, one-of-a-kind stay for you and your loved ones.