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First Timers Guide to Oahu, Hawaii

Have you always dreamed of going to Hawaii? Watching the sunset from Waikiki and the surfers on the North Shore? Planning a trip to Oahu can be daunting, but we’ve talked about it all from accommodations to food.

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A mural found in Oahu, Hawaii.

Show Notes

03:11 – Oahu is the island for first timers to Hawaii

08:01 – Hotel planning and options

11:41 – About the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki

16:30 – Military accomodations on Oahu

18:06 – Best time to go to Hawaii

22:14 – Whale watching

25:50 – Main Attractions on Oahu

33:30 – Best beaches

42:26 – What and where to eat

53:34 – Our favorite spot for mai tais

Visiting a gorgeous beach or two is a must when visiting Oahu.

Worth Mentioning


Pearl Harbor Tour

Surfing lessons

Hanuma Bay State Park

Whale-watching tours

Luau Tickets

Hotels and Resorts to check out:

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki – We stayed here and loved the room, the view, and the many amenities.

Queen Kapiolani Hotel – cute and near the beach.

Turtle Bay Resort – pool and golf on a beautiful side of the island.

If you are affiliated with the military:

Bellows Cabins

Navy Gateway Inns and Suites

Hale Koa

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Podcaster Bios for Jim and Corinne: Jim and Corinne are a married couple who love everything travel. Having met and married in Germany, they’ve never stopped. Along the way, they have raised two kids, visited over 90 countries (including every country in Europe), and have plenty of stories and travel tips to share. Read more about them on our About page.