A few weeks ago, I asked the Go Visit Hawaii facebook community why they like Oahu. As I read each comment, I must have been nodding my head in agreement. I also felt the urge to book a ticket to Oahu ASAP. That’s just a warning for you before you start reading them. 😉
From your thoughts on Oahu, I think we can all agree that there’s bunches to love about Oahu. Bunches! The community’s responses were too good not to share, so here’s a sampling:
Clarice says, “My memories of Oahu span 35 years beginning with a second honeymoon on a “zero” budget. We stayed in a wonderful inn blocks from the beach for $7 a day and lived on Guava juice and plate lunches. On later trips we stayed at more upscale hotels, including Hilton Hawaiian Village but it was always the magic of the beach, the joy and hospitality of the people and diversity of the island–from surfing on the North Shore to the cultural center and rides over the Pali –that kept us coming back. Quite simply, there is no place on earth that feels as rich with happiness and spiritual awe as Oahu.”
Folks who haven’t experienced Oahu yet, already love it. Steve shared this: “I love Oahu because it’s always been my and my wife’s dream to go. We always look at the travel books and online and imagine how great it is. Now we are planning to go next year for our 30th anniversary so we can experience it finally for ourselves.”
Jennifer is also planning her Oahu visit next year. She says, “I can’t wait to visit Oahu next April –I’m already in love with the island —it’s blend of historical and modern, glorious beaches and pali, and warmth of spirit and sky—-April can’t come soon enough”
Even our taste buds love Oahu. Janet tells us. “I love Oahu because of the North Shore waves in winter and Teds Bakery!”
Tom also reminds us of the tasty Oahu treats and more. “Great place to visit all around! Wonderful beaches, great restaurants, shrimp @ Giovannis on the North Shore, Haleiwa Shave Ice and good shopping too!”
Aloha Kilikina explains that she lives in two states simultaneously. “My heart lives on Oahu… my body just resides in Pennsylvania. I believe that Oahu is the most understated of the Hawaiian Islands. So many people will “skip” over this beautiful island when visiting. They say “Oh, it’s like a city, it’s too crowded!” And I tell them; to compare the whole island of Oahu to Waikiki and/or Honolulu is like comparing the entire state of New York to just the City. It’s not fair to do so. Oahu has it all. It has the nightlife, the shopping and people-watching of a busy beach resort area… but a quick drive to the windward coast will offer you vistas to take your breath away. Oahu offers some of the best swimmable beaches the islands have to offer. I’ve been going to Oahu for about 20 years now… and I still haven’t seen or done it all. Oahu is home to me.
Teresa reminds us that life is short and that Oahu will make you fall in love. “From the time i was a child i always wanted to go to OAHU. As our 20th anniv. approached they thought i had breast cancer. After 3 months they determined it was not. So , I emptied my change bottle and booked a 8 day 7 night trip to OAHU, best trip ever taken. Fell in love twice on that trip , first fell in love with my husband all over again , then the Beautiful Paradise Island of OAHU. It felt like we had arrived home at last there!!!!!” By the way, Teresa was the randomly selected winner of the framed print giveaway.
Susie describes how Oahu suits so many. “Oahu has action, it has tranquility, it has whatever you want in a lush tropical setting. There is a feeling there hard to describe, but understood by everyone that goes there. I cried when I left after my first trip there.” I bet Susie isn’t the only person who has cried when leaving Oahu.
I think Nicole succinctly summed up Oahu with her comment. “ANYONE can find something for them on Oahu. It has everything: beaches, a big city, the country, gorgeous scenery and did I mention the beaches.”
I hope you enjoyed reading these thoughts on why Oahu is so lovable. If you didn’t have a chance to share your love of Oahu earlier, please comment. The more the merrier.