Travel to Oahu, Hawaii – Episode 184

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The Amateur Traveler talks to Robin who is an expert on Hawaii about the island of Oahu. More specifically Robin is a Conde Naste “Top Travel Specialist” for Hawaii. We talk about populous and bustling downtown Honolulu and the see and be seen beach at Waikiki. We also talk about quieter beaches like Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, and Haleiwa, snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, kayaking, swimming with wild spinner dolphins and scuba diving out of Haleiwa. Robin gives us tips for visiting Pearl Harbor’s USS Arizona memorial, the “Mighty Mo” battleship Missouri (and the Explorer’s Tour) and the Pacific Aviation Museum. We talk about the differences between the windward and the leeward parts of Oahu. We hike the extinct volcano at Diamond Head (bring a flashlight). We discuss loco moco, a plate lunch and the upscale Alan Wong’s restaurant Honolulu. We talk about nightlife from Kani Ka Pila to more trendy spots.

Travel to Oahu, Hawaii – Amateur Traveler Episode 184 transcript

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Show Notes

Robin on twitter
Landmark Travel – Robin’s Travel agency
Two Good Kayaks in Kailua
Pacific Aviation Museum
USS Missouri Explorer’s Tour
The Kahala Resort
Turtle Bay Resort
Wild Dolphin Foundation
Swim with wild Spinner Dolphins
Dolphin Wold
Alan Wong’s restaurant in Honolulu
Visit Oahu
Hawaii State Capital
Outrigger Reef Grill for kani ka pila (let’s make music)
Cyril Pahinui – Grammy winning Hawaiian slack key musician
Manoa DNA – “Hawaii’s hotest band”
Halekulani for traditional Hawaiian hula
RumFire at the Sheraton – hot spot for night life


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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

2 Responses to “Travel to Oahu, Hawaii – Episode 184”

Darrell Hickman


Great show on Oahu. Since I rarely fly when I went out there I tried to do as much as possible. Besides what was on the podcast check out the Hilton Hawaiian village. At night there is free entertainment and even fireworks on Friday. Diamond Head get there EARLY remember you are climbing up 800 feet in heat. If you are there later than 7AM you will be sorry. At Pearl Harbor you can just go to the Arizona and it is free. The other things there have an admission fee. Be sure to look for coupons if you want to go to a luau. In 2007 we paid 52 instead of 65 because we had coupons. Word to the wise about Waikiki Beach. Single guys and married guys like me who are walking along Waikiki beach will really love it. Another thing to check out is the statue of King Kamehameha at the State Capitol Building. Oh yeah be prepared to say and read names of words that start with K
If I ever get on another plane I have to go back and hopefully see another island. When I was there I just miss out on Hawaii’s plans on having ferry shuttle service between Oahu and Maui. I am sure it is operational now.



loved the show! being from hawaii and in the hospitality industry, i like to hear what people think about hawaii (not just oahu). showing “aloha” is a big part of who we are here in the islands. we genuinely welcome all visitors and podcasts like this are very encouraging. i myself am not from oahu island and found several pieces of information useful for my next hop on over to the gathering isle.

on another note, the podcast will not download in itunes for some reason. i was able to download it form the site though.

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