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Sea Life Park

41-202 Kalanianaole Highway #7, Waimanalo, HI

When you vacation in Hawaii and spend time on the beautiful island of O’ahu, a visit to Sea Life Park Hawaii is a must! We deliver a one–of–a–kind experience that is entertaining, educational, and completely interactive. For many visitors, swimming with dolphins, rays, and sea lions is a dream come true.

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1. Honolulu Zoo

Address : 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI

Phone : (808) 971-7174

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Honolulu Zoo

Unlike most attractions of this type which are found along the outskirts of a city, the Honolulu Zoo is unexpectedly convenient for visitors to Oahu. Located directly across from world famous Waikiki Beach, one wonders if the elephants know they are a mere stones throw from great sand, surf and shopping? Perhaps it's this convenience that makes the Honolulu Zoo an often overlooked destination point for those vacationing in Honolulu, leaving potential patrons saying "we'll go there next time for sure". Our own staff has been guilty of said practice as this review comes from our first visit to the Honolulu Zoo after approximately a dozen "assignment related" trips to the island. Allow us to tell you now after all this time that it is well worth placement on your Oahu itinerary.

Honolulu Zoo Baby Elephant Statue

Sure there are more opulent facilities of this nature, bigger, more expansive and telling. Don't expect the San Diego Zoo or the Animal Kingdom in Orlando. However, don't expect that statement to be taken as a bad thing as in many opinions (including ours) this is more of a positive indicator. There is something very endearing about this tame facility where wildlife has been congregated for our enjoyment and education. Honolulu Zoo is more intimate thus more informative and perhaps due to the islands deep seeded connection with the preservation of nature, a zoo feels more at home here than it does in major metropolitan cities, regardless of it's location in the middle of the Waikiki retail and tourist "show". None of this is to say that the Honolulu Zoo is small fry by any means. It is the largest of it's kind within a 2500 mile radius (granted much of that includes ocean) and one can easily spend an entire afternoon touring the easy to navigate grounds. You need not take an on-site train, tram or walk a mile to get from one exhibit to the next and should you become separated from your party, you'll surely run into them within a 15 minute stroll. The Honolulu Zoo is also very family friendly for your own tribe of “pride and joys” with an on-site playground, the Keiki Zoo, and the Hale 'Imi 'Ike classroom where animal education is as much a priority for one as it is fun. The Kapahulu Market and snack bar will keep everyone well fed and recharged and there is a shaded picnic area for anyone needing solace from the warm Oahu sun.

Honolulu Zoo Baboon

The inhabitants of the Honolulu Zoo seem well at home with each sanctuary and habitat lending to an atmosphere that gives them a calm expression versus the “get me outta here” look found on many animals at other zoos we have toured, with exception of the gaping mouthed Nile Crocodile that seemed to zero in on us with a razor sharp “grill” that dared one to hop the fence for a closer inspection. One very important benefit to the accessible surroundings and lack of overwhelming landscape is that almost every single animal on site was visible to the public. Nothing is more frustrating to visitors when they attend a zoo only to repeatedly crane their necks to sneak a peak of the creatures that don't seem to care that we paid hard earned cash to stare at them and snap photos. Personal favorites of ours included the Cheetahs who stood proudest of all overlooking the zoo in an almost protective nature, the Tiger habitats, the Galapagos Tortoise, and a pair of Orangutans that should have their own odd couple based sitcom.

Honolulu Zoo Giraffe

On your way out, be sure to allocate enough time towards exploration of the grounds as impromptu exhibitions of indigenous tropical flora and banyan trees find themselves on display in an environment natural to them, sprinkled with artisan created statuesque versions of the mammals found within the Honolulu Zoo walls. Finally, a stop at the gift shop is an absolute must. If you came with children you pretty much won't have a choice in the matter anyways and proceeds go to the maintenance of the facility so its a win win situation across the board.

Honolulu Zoo Grounds

The Honolulu Zoo in its glorious convenience is still an unexpected surprise and welcomes visitors from around the world with wide open furry, fuzzy, feathery and even reptilian arms. Mahalo Honolulu Zoo, we'll be back for more.

 

Extra tip - Stay at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel located directly across the street from Honolulu Zoo. If you have a room facing the zoo you may be lucky enough to wake up to the morning lullabies of the wildlife within it's walls. No "nature on CD" will ever top that.

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Sea Life Park Honolulu

Review pending. YAHglobal is returning to the Sea Life Park October 15/2012. Check back soon for complete review.

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Dole Plantation Oahu

It's like Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but with Pineapples. While this may feel like one of those "required" Oahu family attractions, the Dole Plantation Oahu is popular for a very good reason. The Pineapple Express train is fun for the keiki and the maze is a blast for all in the entire ohana and Dole's exclusive pineapple flavored (and topped) soft serve ice cream is a great way to top it off with a refreshment afterwards. You'll also learn a thing or two about the islands most recognized export (next to aloha spirit) and can pick up some great items at the gift shop. Incorporate the Dole Plantation tour into the early part of your day and head further to the North Shore when you get the urge to escape the touristy vibe. The Dole Plantation Oahu trek may not be the most adventurous of your time on the island but it definitely gives you a proper taste of Hawaii.

Dole Plantation Frozen Yogurt

Do not leave the Dole Plantation Oahu without sampling the Dole Frozen Yogurt!

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7. Hawai'i State Art Museum

Address : 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI 96813-2831

Phone : (808)

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The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit Hawai‘i’s newest museum, the Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM). HiSAM is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, 96813. Admission is free at all times.


Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday, Monday, and all state and federal holidays. The museum is also open for First Friday, the downtown gallery walk held on the first Friday of every month, from 5 to 9 p.m.


HiSAM has three galleries: the Diamond Head Gallery, the Ewa Gallery, and the Sculpture Gallery.


HiSAM also has a 70-seat Museum multi-purpose and volunteer resource room for orientation, education, special events, and public programs. To enhance the visitor’s experience, there is also a restaurant and gift shop.


Downtown @ HiSAM, the museum restaurant is located on the first floor. Hours of operation: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The restaurant is also open on First Fridays, 5:30-9 p.m. For more information, call (808) 536-5900.


Showcase Hawai‘i, a gift shop/gallery, is also located on the first floor. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The store is also open on First Fridays, 5:30-9 p.m. For more information, call (808) 728-6388.

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