Are you headed to Oahu this October? Lucky you! Here are ten things to do in Oahu in October that can keep you entertained while on the island…
Private Pearl Harbor Tour
If you’re planning on visiting Pearl Harbor In October, Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Pearl Harbor tour available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Learn more about the Pearl Harbor Warbirds Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.
On October 12, 1952, three Koa outrigger canoes launched through the surf at Kawakiu Bay on Moloka‘i’s west side. Powered by six paddlers, each of the canoes was bound for Oʻahu across 38+ miles of open ocean in the Ka‘iwi Channel. Eight hours and 55 minutes later, the Moloka‘i canoe, Kukui O Lanikaula landed on the beach at Waikiki in front of the Moana Hotel. Thus began the world’s most prestigious outrigger canoe race, the Moloka‘i Hoe.
Now in its 65th year, the Molokai Hoe is one of the longest running annual team sporting events in Hawaii. The race starts at Hale o Lono beach on Molokai and goes through the Kaiwi Channel, ending at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki.
The Molokai Hoe perpetuates one of Hawaii’s and Polynesia’s most important and historic cultural traditions, while honoring outrigger canoe paddlers around the world. Raceday is Sunday October 11, 2015.
Learn more and watch the race live at http://www.molokaihoe.com/index.html
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival
What’s more Hawaiian than a slack key guitar? The 4th Annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival will take place in October 2015 and will feature 15 of some of Hawai‘i’s finest practitioners of the guitar art form. In this six hour presentation, attendees can enjoy music exuding the spirit of Hawaii, as well as purchase original craft items by local artisans and local food favorites.
Learn more at http://www.slackkeyfestival.com/index.html
Hawaii Chocolate Festival
Three words to get you really excited: Hawaiian. Chocolate. Festival.
Dole Cannery Shops will host the 3rd Annual Hawaii Chocolate Festival. Events include chocolate tastings, guest speakers, chocolate inspired spa lounge, chocolate garden, coco café and tea house, live entertainment, and more. The festival was created to raise awareness about Hawaii’s growing cacao industry and to solidify chocolate as the state’s newest “ambassador of aloha.”
Learn more at http://hawaiichocolatefestival.com/
Oktoberfest in Hawaii
Nothing quite says Hawaii like…Oktoberfest?
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki continues its Oktoberfest tradition by celebrating with the traditional beers, wines, and liquor of Germany.
Go on a deep dive
The best experiences in Hawaii are often in the water. See coral reefs, sea urchins, sea turtles, fishes, octopus and sharks on a laid back, catered dive with Oahu Diving.
Read their reviews at http://www.yelp.com/biz/oahu-diving-honolulu
Though there aren’t any specific events, visiting this memorial is certainly a worthy way to honor America. Get prepared for your visit by reading Pearl Harbor Sightseeing – 5 Ways To Reach Secret Spots.
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
One of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling destinations, visiting Hanauma Bay and snorkeling in the reef you can see turtles and fish in clear, shallow water. Enjoyed a day beach sitting and snorkeling at one of the most beautiful spots on Oahu. The walk to and from the beach showcases the Nature Preserve well. Plan to spend at least a day here soaking up the sun and enjoying nature.
Diamond Head Hike
The unique profile of Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) sits prominently near the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline. Hawaii’s most recognized landmark is known for its historic hiking trail, stunning coastal views, and military history. Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater.
This broad, saucer-shaped crater was formed about 300,000 years ago during a single, explosive eruption that sent ash and fine particles in the air. As these materials settled, they cemented together into a rock called tuff, creating the crater, and which is visible from the trail in the park.
Take a hike on the trail to the summit of Lē‘ahi. The 0.8 mile hike from trailhead to the summit is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor. The walk is a glimpse into the geological and military history of Diamond Head.
For more information, visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/
Go To The Beach
A good beach day is a must when you’re looking for things to do in Oahu in October. Makaha Beach (featured above) is one of the local surfing spots, but there are also several other beaches – including Kailua Beach Park, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach.
Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers the best Hawai‘i flight adventure tours available. Be immersed in the details of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor and soar above the important sites that played a part in the “Day of Infamy.” Relive history as you retrace the steps of the Army and Navy airmen in the days following the bombing. Fly on some of the same routes the Japanese attackers used into the airfields at Wheeler, Kāne‘ohe and Bellows. There are many air tours in Hawai‘i, but only one warbird airplane flight. Located in Honolulu, Hawai‘i Pearl Harbor Warbirds provides a personal historical experience making it one of the best O‘ahu attractions.
Fly Pearl Harbor like it was on December 10th, 1941. Learn more about our Admiral’s Warbird Adventure.