Need some O’ahu ideas? Below is a list of the Top 10 recommendations to help make your trip to paradise spectacular.
Sunset Dinner Cruise
A number of companies offer sunset dinner cruises on sleek, handsome vessels where your clients can dine, dance and sip champagne or tropical cocktails while enjoying live music under golden skies.
Every Friday night, the Hilton Hawaiian Village puts on a spectacular, free fireworks show that lights up the skies over Waikiki. It’s sure to set the mood for romance.
Windward Coast Drive
A leisurely drive up the Windward Coast is filled with tranquil spots that will bring couples closer together. Along the way, they can stop for a picnic at a beach park or wander through the serene grounds of Byodo-In-Temple.
For magical sunset or evening views of Honolulu and Waikiki, suggest your clients make the drive up Puu Ohia (Mt. Tantalus) to see the lights twinkling below.
Oahu’s agricultural bounty as well as engaging local experiences await clients who venture beyond the usual tourist sites to a farmer’s market. Here they purchase or sample local treats like Manoa honey or Waialua chocolate. One of the most convenient to Waikiki is the Saturday morning market at Kapiolani Community College.
Honolulu Museum of Art
This museum offers changing and permanent exhibits of Western and Asian art in a gracious setting. Available through the museum is a guided tour of Shangri-La, the fabulous 1930s waterfront home and gardens that belonged to tobacco heiress Doris Duke. Art lovers will also enjoy the Hawaii State Art Museum, which emphasizes artworks created in Hawaii.
Honolulu also has two of the only three royal palaces in the U.S. (the third is Hulihee Palace on Hawaii Island): Iolani Palace, filled with splendid architectural detail and priceless artifacts that tell the story of the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy; and Queen Emma Summer Palace, a peaceful country retreat shaded by kukui trees and filled with intimate memorabilia from the royal family. Guided tours of these places will give your clients a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at a vanished era.
Another prime attraction in the area is Lyon Arboretum, a 124-acre botanical garden where visitors can enjoy self-guided or guided walks to see a vast array of native plants as well as a vast collection of taro varieties and fragrant herbs. The garden is an important research arm of the University of Hawaii.