Travel Guide: Discovering Oahu
Often called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is truly an island that has something for everyone. From the glamour of Honolulu to the unspoiled beauty of the North Shore, Oahu embraces both ancient and modern; east and west.
We know you are here for the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, but while you are here, enjoy all there is to do on our beautiful island.
Kualoa Ranch – During the XTERRA Trail Run World Championship, you will experience the incredible beauty of this 4,000 acre, private, nature reserve. But the truth is, you could spend several days here. From the raptor tours to the zipline, to horseback riding, to the tours of famous movie sites, Kualoa Ranch has something for everyone in your family.
Waikiki Beach Walk – When you pick up your race packet on Saturday at the Waikiki Beach Walk, make sure you plan to stay a while. Amazing food, beautiful beaches, and exclusive boutiques provide the perfect balance to your outdoorsy mud-loving self. We know that today is a rest day, so take a stroll all the way down to see the iconic statue of Duke Kahanamoku – the father of modern surfing.
Discovered as a swimming sensation, Duke’s legend began when he broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle during his very first competition. The prodigious Duke went on to win Olympic gold in the 100-meter freestyle and silver in the relay in 1912. He also won two gold medals in 1920 and won a silver medal at age 34 in the 1924 Olympics.
Outrigger Resorts – The Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is the perfect place to experience iconic Waikiki with sun, surf, and rolling waves. Enjoy a stroll on the beach, cocktails at sunset, and traditional Hawaiian culture, including Hawaiian ukulele and meles, which are ancient chants and songs.
Iolani Palace – Registered as a National Historic Landmark since 1962 and the only official royal residence in the United States, the Palace is one of the most recognizable buildings in Hawaii.
Built in 1882 by King Kalakaua, Iolani Palace was the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs and served as the official royal residence and the residence of the Kingdom’s political and social life until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893.
Diamond Head Crater – Its traditional name is Leahi, but it was named “Diamond Head” by British soldiers who thought the crater’s slopes were filled with diamonds (which turned out to be calcite crystals.) The 760 foot peak takes less than an hour to hike up, but from the top, you can see for miles.
For more ideas on how to spend your time on Oahu, visit www.gohawaii.com.
Photos courtesy of Kualoa Ranch and www.gohawaii.com.
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