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Oahu has now established itself as an independent entity, apart from Waikiki and Honolulu. Now, by exploring all the many facets of Oahu, it’s possible to have the complete Hawaii experience on a single island.

Here’s what makes Oahu outstanding – This island has established a comprehensive list of attractions and features, including beaches, water sports locations, historical sightseeing, natural exploration, and cultural experiences, most of which can be done independently, or by tours offered by appointed local companies. Go to www.visit-oahu.com to learn more.

In addition to all this, Oahu has the only 5-star resorts in the state, three of them, in fact – The Halekulani in Waikiki; the Kahala Resort near Diamond Head; and the JW Marriott Ihilani. It has a large number of resort spas, golf courses, and many other attractions. In Waikiki, the Oahu Visitors Bureau has initiated a revitalization program, called The New Waikiki, with enhanced pedestrian services, seeking to recreate traditional Hawaiian values of hospitality and welcoming. Go to www.waikikibeachwalk.com for more on this exciting transformation.

Another item that makes Oahu special – Norwegian Cruise Line has positioned one of its newest ships in Hawaii for year-round sailings within the Hawaiian islands. These can be done as complete sailings of 7 days, or shorter itineraries combining only a few islands, if desired. These cruises sail from the historic pier in Honolulu, which has brought about major renovation and enhancements in the area. Dinner cruises are numerous, and there is a wider variety of accommodations here than on any other island.

Not To Be Missed – Mauka Makai Excursions offers morning, afternoon, and all-day tours of native Hawaiian historic sites, and a cultural awareness experience that is truly unique. This company is operated by native Hawaiians, who have a unique perspective on tourism here.

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