Travel Beaverton & Beyond: What’s New on Oahu?

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The Island of Oahu is brimming with fun-filled activities for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can explore Hawaii’s special culture and iconic history, or choose from a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities to energize the spirit.

  • Marvel at Hawaii’s amazing humpback whales on board a whale-watching boat. Truly a dedicated whale watching experience, expert naturalist’s shares insightful information and educational commentary on the humpback whale’s behavior and biology. Migration season is from mid-Dec. 17, 2017 – April 8, 2018.
  • Gray Line Hawaii has announced a new one day tour that takes guests originating on the Island of Oahu to Kauai for a day trip. This new all-inclusive tour explores Kauai’s scenic locations on land and then from above on a remarkable helicopter tour.
  • Holokai Adventures’ guided Heeia Fishpond Exploration tour offers an authentic, off-the-beaten path Hawaiian cultural activity. The adventure begins with lessons on the basics of kayaking and ocean safety before moving to the water, where participants learn about the modern-day restoration and historic cultural significance of early Hawaiian fishponds.
  • Every Monday beginning Aug. 28th, Leahi Concept Kitchen has announced a weekly “Educate Your Plate” cooking demonstration. The demonstrations will feature a main entrée followed by a full pupu (appetizer) buffet. Guests will receive take home recipes of featured items from the night. Reservations can be made through or 808-971-6302.
  • Nancy Emerson School of Surfing recently launched a Children’s Surfing Summer Program. Under Nancy, a team of surf coaches will provide private and semi-private one-on-one surf programs which will improve focus, determination, and help children develop a greater understanding of the ocean.
  • North Shore Soap Factory now offers Behind-The-Scenes Tours for a personal and in-depth learning experience about natural soap-making. Guests are invited to walk through a lab and learn about natural skincare making procedures.
  • Scheduled the third Friday and Saturday of the month, Paakai Marketplace showcases unique local products and Hawaiian culture at SALT at Our Kakaako.
  • On the third Saturday of every month is the popular SALT Bar Crawl, starting at 5 p.m. Village Bottle Shop and Tasting Room, Moku Kitchen, and Bevy Bar at SALT at Our Kakaako feature different breweries each month.
  • As part of the tenth anniversary of Waikiki Beach Walk – Outrigger Enterprises Group recently unveiled a larger-than-life statue of Philip Kunia “Gabby” Pahinui at Waikiki Beach Walk. Affectionately known as “Pops,” Gabby was one of the greatest 20th century masters of Hawaiian vocal, slack key and steel guitar music. Titled “Kanikapila,” a Hawaiian phrase that loosely translates to “make music,” the sculpture depicts Gabby during a happy moment in his Waimanalo backyard, standing and playing guitar, as photographed by his son, Cyril Pahinui. Guests to Waikiki Beach Walk can visit the statue and enjoy free, live music concerts every Sunday from 5 – 6 p.m. on the plaza/fountain stage and free ukulele lessons every day at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Ukulele Store on the second floor of Waikiki Beach Walk.

Keeping it LOCAL! Sun Connections Travel & Cruises, LLC, located on the corner of 2nd & Lombard in Beaverton, has become the ‘go to’ travel agency for all occasions. Ask about our Travel Layaway plans. For more information or to book your next trip, contact Joyce at 503-655-4850 or