Cruise the Island in Style and See Another Side of O’ahu

August 10, 2017

The island of Oa’hu and Waikiki are probably best known for the picturesque beaches, warm turquoise water and surfers paddling out on any given day. If you’d like to experience something different but still outdoors, book the Easy Breezy Car Package and cruise the island in style!

Horseback Riding on the Beach and Mountains
One of the best kept secrets on the island is Mokulaiea, which is located on the quieter, more rural side of the North Shore of the island. Getting here is pretty easy and it will not disappoint. Visitors can book a sunrise, sunset or trail ride and get to experience riding one of the beautiful horses that are usually playing polo on the weekends. Guests who are interested can even book a lesson to learn to play the sport of polo!

Hollywood Meets Hawaii
Did you know the island of O’ahu is the backdrop to more than 50 of Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies and TV shows? Drive up the picturesque East Side (and stop at a couple of beaches along the way) and take in the majestic mountain range and spectacular views. Spend half a day at Kualoa Ranch experiencing the “Hawaii Backlot” tour where you’ll immediately notice the backdrop to such films and shows as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Hawaii 5-0 and many more.

Whatever you’d like to do, please stop by and visit our concierge team who can assist you with setting up any tours or experiences while on the island. They can also give great restaurant recommendations or tell you where to grab a fantastic local picnic lunch to take along.

There’s More to Do in Honolulu Than The Beach (Although the beaches are amazing!)

May 19, 2017

The island of Oahu offers a wide variety of cultural and artsy attractions and activities for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’d like to see local artisans and artists at work or check out a museum, there is something for everyone. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, designated the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a museum of history and science located in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu. Here you can learn all about Hawaiian culture and peruse the many exhibits that are always rotating.

Founded in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawai‘i’s largest private presenter of visual arts programs, with an internationally recognized collection of more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. In addition, film and concert programs, lectures, art classes and workshops make the museum the city’s cultural hub. From here you can also board a shuttle and take a guided tour of the world-famous Shangri La—Doris Duke’s mansion on the water by Diamond Head, which houses a center for Islamic arts and cultures.

The Green Room Gallery is within walking distance of the hotel on Kalakaua Avenue. Here you can check out artwork from local contemporary artists, who much of the time are there for signings and shows which are open to the public. The works are for sale and offer some great items to purchase to remember your visit to the island of Oahu.

Our concierge would be happy to help you plan a visit to any of these wonderful attractions or anything else you might like to do while visiting Oahu. We hope to see you soon!

Set Sail in Waikiki

August 15, 2016

Catamaran

The perfect way to spend a half day on Oahu or to heck out a breathtaking sunset in Waikiki is to book a ride on one of the beach’s catamarans. Our friends at Holokai Catamaran offer a variety of cruises including the Turtle Canyon Adventure Sail, Tradewind Sail and the world-famous Sunset Sail. Guests are invited to soak in the sun and salt sitting on the nets in the front of the beautiful boat or to hang out and have a more leisurely sail in the back.

Depending on the time of year, guests may see giant sea turtles, spinner dolphins, humpback whales and much more. Snorkeling gear is provided during the daytime tours along with a variety of refreshments. The sunset cruise is like “happy hour at sea.” Guests can treat themselves to champagne or a variety of local beers or soft drinks. There’s nothing like a Waikiki sunset on the Pacific! For more info and pricing, visit the Holokai website.

Fitness in the Land of Aloha

May 23, 2016

Waikiki offers a number of great options for visitors looking to stay in shape when on vacation. One great option that you may not be able to do at home is Yoga on the Beach. Chocolate-Pineapple Sport Yoga offers daily classes on the beach at 7am and a class in Kapiolani Park (a short walk from the hotel) at 9:30am. They also offer sunset yoga two times per week. Find the class schedule here.

For those looking for something a little more vigorous, Egan’s Training Camp on King Street is a great option. Offering morning and evening classes, this class is not for the faint of heart and will definitely make you sweat.

A short walk from Vive Hotel Waikiki, guests can also find more traditional gyms which offer day passes for visitors. 24 Hour Fitness on Kalakaua Avenue offers both classes and a variety of state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Please let our concierge know if you have any questions about fitness classes or other outdoor activities such as surfing or stand up paddle boarding– you can get some sun and a workout all in one setting!

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