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An Insider's Guide to Oahu for Families

From Oahu’s urban side—the concerts, teen poetry slams, and art galleries—to the beach, discover the happening Hawaiian island most tourists don't see.

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Destinations: Haleiwa · Honolulu · Oahu

Inspired by: Oahu, Hawaii | T+L Family — by Malia Boyd, Published May. 2007

Hotels (3)

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    Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk

    Just a block from the ocean, this all-suite hotel consists of two 21-story towers framing the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping mall, which houses 40 sto

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    Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort

    The expansive Hilton Hawaiian Village, the largest resort in Hawaii, is comprised of five towers housing 3,386 guest rooms and offers on-site ameni

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    Sunset Homes

    Based in the center of Haleiwa, this real estate company has a modest listing of rental properties scattered along the famous North Shore of Oahu.

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Restaurants (5)

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    Little Village Noodle House

    One of Little Village’s signature dishes, honey walnut shrimp, gets high praise from patrons. Other favorites are the mu-shu roll, hot and sour sou

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    Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery

    Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery serves the foods of Hawaii like poke, moco, macadamia nut-crusted chicken with papaya pineapp

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    Mei Sum

    This Hong Kong-style dim sum restaurant on a corner of Honolulu’s Chinatown isn’t fancy, with an aqua awning and doors, white-clothed tables bathed

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    Matsumoto Shave Ice

    Lines often extend out the door at this family-owned eatery, a North Shore landmark since 1951. The homemade shaved ice is available in 36 flavors,

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    Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering

    A hole in the wall in nearly every sense of the word, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering is, essentially, a nondescript, off the beaten path, shack. Travel

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Activities (6)

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    Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

    The largest open-air flea market in Hawaii, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet takes place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in the parking lot surrou

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    Maunakea Marketplace

    Located in Honolulu’s Chinatown, this marketplace features a wide range of Asian and Hawaiian foods and merchandise, including meat, seafood, produ

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    M. P. Lei Shop

    Fresh flowers and good prices are the norm at the M. P. Lei Shop, on Maunakea Street, in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Look for the storefront with sky-blu

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    Mokuleia Beach Park

    Mokuleia is a popular destination for water activities including kite- and wind-surfing in south winds, snorkeling, camping, and hiking. Located on

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    Bishop Museum

    Probably the best museum complex in the world for everything Polynesian (as well as Melanesian and Micronesian), the Bishop is Hawaii’s most famous

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    Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

    Hawaiian shirts sell for as little as $4, but vintage varieties from the 1930s will set you back thousands of dollars.

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    Okay parents, we’ve got the best places to stay in Hawaii thanks to the thousands of Travel + Leisure readers who took our annual poll. And because these spreads are fully loaded everyone can find

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  • Cheap Eats in Oahu

    Honolulu, Oahu, Kahuku, Sunset Beach

    These casual restaurants, shrimp carts, and roadside diners are favorites of local working people.

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    Honolulu

    Eco-tours focusing on Honolulu's cultural heritage, sacred sites, and the fragile environment help green-friendly travelers get the most out of the island.

  • A Tour of Today's Asia

    Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Langkawi

    Asia is to the 21st century what Europe was to the previous three, and its influence touches every aspect of life in the West—culturally, politically, demographically, not least economically. Asian

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  • Surfing on Oahu's North Shore

    Haleiwa, Kahuku, Sunset Beach

    Since the halcyon era of the fifties, when a handful of madcap California surfers drove north from Waikiki to stoke themselves silly on their quaint long boards, the world's coolest village has bee...

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