bluetent, Author at Marina Hawaii Vacations

If you’re dreaming of trading the winter weather blues for sunset island views, a trip to Oahu is just the ticket. This time of year, the island shines with the wonder of a Hawaiian Christmas, which, if you’ve never experienced it, is wrapped in unique traditions and beloved familiar faces – perfectly blending the spirit of Aloha with holiday classics. Instead of spruces and firs, you’ll find lovingly adorned palm fronds twinkling in the night. Sandcastles replace snowmen, and instead of sweaters, you’re donning your beach apparel. Whether you’re visiting as a holiday kick-off or staying for the whole season, Oahu has a calendar full of Christmas events and activities that will keep your family entertained and full of cheer. And when it comes to the perfect home base for your stay, Marina Hawaii has you covered. Check out our list of local events and vacation rentals that put you in the heart of all the action and let Marina Hawaii welcome you to Honolulu for the holidays this year.

Seasonal Shopping and Ilikai Marina 686

Christmas decorations in a market

Hosted by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, the Holiday Craft Fair is Honolulu’s oldest art market. As it celebrates its 52nd year on November 25th, families are invited out to shop the more than 40 vendors that will be present. With goods ranging from Hawaiian jewelry, pottery, woodworking, glass art, and more, you’ll be able to find the perfect last-minute gift or souvenir. The fair will run from 8:30 am to 3 pm, giving you plenty of time to experience all the fun at this community-favorite event.

For a vacation rental close to the market, consider booking your stay in Ilikai Marina, unit 686. This 6th-floor condo offers stunning ocean views overlooking the harbor. With a full-sized kitchen, flat-screen TVs, and beautiful furnishings, you’ll feel right at home. This 1-bed, 1-bath studio is perfect for couples looking to have a romantic holiday or small families, as the sleeper sofa offers additional space for little ones. Additionally, with it’s 30-day minimum stay, it’s an ideal unit for those looking for a home base for the holiday season.

Iliaki Marina 686

Christmas Lights and Iliakai Tower 1843

Shaka Santa and Mrs. Claus

Every December, Honolulu lights up for a month-long celebration that transforms the city’s downtown into a glowing canvas of holiday decorations and festive illumination. Complete with a 50-foot Christmas tree at Honolulu Hale, Honolulu City Lights is a family-friendly spectacle you have to see when you visit during the holiday season. Bring the family and snap pictures with Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele at the Electric Light Parade on December 2nd. The parade begins at 6:30 pm in downtown Honolulu. If you miss the parade, you can catch the decorative tree exhibition every day from December 3-29.

Located just minutes from downtown Honolulu, you’ll find Ilikai Tower, unit 1843. This beautiful 2-bed, 2-bath condo has space for six and has been recently updated with new bedding, furniture, and paintings. The double balconies offer the perfect place to catch the Friday night fireworks show or just relax and watch the sunset over the water. The master has a California king bed, and the spacious guest room comes with a queen and twin bed, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. Looking for a rental with beach access? We have you all set there, too! The walkway from the hotel lobby leads directly to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and the famous Waikiki beach, so you’re never more than a few steps away from the brilliance of Oahu’s sandy shores.

Iliaki Tower 1843 Living Room sunset

Dance Your Way to Discovery Bay 2320 with a Holiday Classic

Theatre stage with new year decorations. Fireplace, Nutcracker. giftboxes.

Experience a unique holiday celebration that blends a classic Christmas tale with the majestic charm of Hawaii’s royal heritage when you get tickets to see Ballet Hawaii’s performance of The Nutcracker on December 16th and 17th at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena. This rendition offers all the beloved holiday dances, with a special nod to historical figures like Mary Dominis of Washington Place and the cherished Queen Lili’uokalani of Hawaii. The production transforms traditional elements, showcasing Crown Flowers, Hibiscus, and Plumeria instead of the usual floral arrangements. Bird roles are played by I’iwi, and new local animal characters, including the revered Honu (Hawaiian Turtle), join the cast. The toy soldiers will dress as the Royal Guard, and the enchanting Waltz of the Snowflakes will unfold on the scenic slopes of Mauna Kea. Guaranteed to present this holiday classic as you’ve never seen it before; if you’re visiting during December, be sure to add this Christmas event to your itinerary.

For quick access to the Blaisdell Arena, consider booking Discovery Bay, unit 2320. This deluxe ocean-view studio is located on the 23rd floor and offers sleeping space for three. The beautifully renovated kitchen is perfect for whipping up delicious island fare, while the king bed is supremely placed to provide epic views of the water. With central AC, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and assigned parking, you’ll have all the conveniences of home. Plus, you’re within walking distance of Ala Moana Shopping Center and other Honolulu landmarks. Building amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room, and sunbathing deck, as well as a BBQ area, making Discovery Bay the perfect place to unwind on your holiday trip to Oahu. With a 30-day minimum stay, you can book Discovery Bay 2320 and have all the comforts of home over the holidays.

Discovery Bay 2320 Bedroom view

Rock-A-Hula Christmas Luau and Canterbury Place 38BC

Hula Dancer

Taking in a Christmas Luau is the highlight of any holiday trip to Oahu. With classic Hawaiian traditions beautifully woven into the seasonal festivities, you’ll witness a celebration for the senses. Enjoy mouth-watering food, traditional music, and exciting dances, as well as activities for the whole family.

After the Rock-A-Hula’s Christmas Luau show, come home to Canterbury Place 38BC. This exceptional 3,000-square-foot high-floor custom condo is another 30-day minimum rental, located just a 5-minute walk from the beach and opposite the renowned Hilton Hawaiian Village, and it offers one of the most spectacular views in Waikiki. Newly remodeled, it features luxury at its finest, ideal for those seeking the best in Oahu accommodations.

The condo boasts a stunning 50-foot-wide panoramic view of the ocean, beaches, Diamond Head, and mountains, visible from both the living room and the lanai’s swivel lounge chairs. It contains three tastefully decorated bedrooms and three bathrooms adorned with high-end furnishings and artworks by local artists. The spacious master bedroom includes a king bed and walk-in closet, while the two guest bedrooms each have a queen bed, with one offering an en-suite bathroom and shower. All bedrooms provide amazing ocean views. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, central air conditioning, and cable TV in the living area and bedrooms. Extra conveniences are a separate laundry room and two covered, secured parking spaces.

Canterbury Place 38BC living:dining

Discover Oahu’s Holiday Magic with Marina Hawaii Vacations

This holiday season, create unforgettable memories on Oahu. With Marina Hawaii Vacations, your dream of a festive island retreat is just a reservation away. From the lively Honolulu City Lights to serene beachfront views, our vacation rentals place you at the heart of Oahu’s Christmas events and activities. Whether you’re coming for the entire season or just a quick visit, you can secure your perfect holiday escape with Marina Hawaii Vacations and dive into the warmth and wonder of a Hawaiian Christmas.

Nothing beats a day spent on a beautiful Hawaiian beach, and nowhere are they more stunning than on Oahu. From lounging on the warm sand to swimming or surfing in the brilliantly blue water, it’s as close to heaven as you can possibly get. But, while the beach may take over your days, at night, if you’re looking to dip a toe into the local scene, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to go. To take the guesswork out of an excellent night out, we’ve curated a list of five of the best craft cocktail bars on Oahu. Our list includes award-winning cocktails, delicious bites, and some of the best folks in the business. So, read on and start planning your perfect night in Oahu with these craft cocktail bars.

Bar Leather Apron

bartender making a smoked cocktail

As Hawaii’s first-ever James Beard Award winner for Outstanding Bar, the team at Bar Leather Apron understands the reputation they’ve garnered and works hard to ensure each guest is treated to top-notch service and a beautifully sophisticated experience.

Duo Justin and Tom Park have dedicated themselves to providing a world-class cocktail experience in Honolulu. Their intimate cocktail bar is neatly tucked away on a mezzanine in a financial district office building lobby. And while the location may sound relatively lackluster, the experience is anything but. Here, you won’t find basic frozen Mai Tais, rather, this beloved cocktail has been reimagined into a multi-award-winning masterpiece that features Kiawe wood, which has been smoked in a hand-carved tiki box, signature Old Fashioned varieties, and Hawaii’s most robust whiskey collection, so no matter your preference you’ll find something you’ll love.

Aimed at delivering a luxury experience, parties are held to a maximum of four, and reservations are highly recommended, though walk-ins are welcome based on space. When visiting Honolulu, plan a perfect date night at Bar Leather Apron and let the team mesmerize you with their bespoke creations you’ll be dreaming about long after you return home.


Fruity cocktail on a bar

Located in the vibrant Kaka‘ako neighborhood, Bevy takes the “local’s bar” concept and elevates it to a status of memorable craft experience. Offering uniquely designed cocktails that feature local ingredients, the bartenders invite you to embrace the more refined side of “beachy” drinks. Try the Upside Down, a fun take on the classic piña colada featuring fernet, Chartreuse, lime, pineapple, coconut, and lavender; this delicate blend of flavors awakens your palate to what island cocktails can be. With food brought to you by Doner Shack and Mami’s Empanadas, you can enjoy delicious bites while you sip your way through their happy hour specials, beer, or classic cocktails. The slightly hipster environment makes this a great spot for a casual yet unique night out in Oahu.


Cold Moscow Mules close-up.

Manifest’s dynamic atmosphere transforms from a cozy café to a vibrant cocktail bar, and, if you hang around long enough, sometimes even a buzzing nightclub, giving you plenty of opportunities to find the vibe that’s perfect for you. At the forefront of Honolulu’s ever-changing cocktail scene, the team is ushering in an era of innovative flavors and unique twists on beloved classics. Signature drinks such as the Manifest Mule – a blend of Buffalo Trace bourbon, zesty ginger beer, fresh lime, and a unique homemade lilikoi shrub – underscore why it’s a celebrated spot both with locals and tourists alike.


Passion fruit spritz cocktail

After a sun-soaked day on Oahu’s exquisite beaches, Podmore offers a seamless transition into the night with its elegant offerings. Created by Chef Anthony Rush and Katherine Nomura of Senia fame, this destination in historic Downtown Honolulu invites you to step away from the routine and into a space rich with history and beauty. By day, Podmore serves up a European-influenced brunch featuring the likes of a Full English Breakfast as well as cocktail selections that are as thoughtfully crafted as those you’ll find on the evening menu. After the sun sets, evening guests can indulge in a carefully curated dinner menu that includes everything from caviar to Wagyu Ribeye. With cocktails designed to complement the food, this is anything but an ordinary cocktail bar. Enjoy Podmore day or night, and get a taste of the ever-innovating craft cocktail scene in Oahu.

Blind Ox

bartender at a speakeasy making a drink

Our list of craft cocktail bars in Oahu wouldn’t be complete without one true speakeasy. Since opening in 2021, the Blind Ox has been delighting visitors with its Gatsby-esq ambiance and exclusive allure. The whiskey-forward cocktails paired with a sharable Asian/Hispanic fusion tapas-style menu make this a picture-perfect location for a fancy night out on your Hawaii vacation. Pair the Bull and Whip cocktail with the bone marrow tapas and enjoy a perfect marriage of flavors. The Wagyu-washed bourbon blends with the Kiawe Ranch bone marrow, creating a cohesive and delectable finish that is distinctly Hawaii. Reservations are recommended, and you’ll want to dress to impress for this outing.

Plan Your Oahu Escape with Marina Hawaii Vacations

living and dining view of vacation rental with Marina Hawaii

As your Oahu nights come alive at the island’s best craft cocktail bars, why not ensure your days are equally unforgettable? Marina Hawaii Vacations offers the perfect retreat for your island getaway. After savoring the rich flavors and creative mixology that Oahu’s cocktail scene has to offer, retreat to the comfort and luxury of a Marina Hawaii Vacation property. Whether you’re winding down from a night out or gearing up for a day of adventure, we provide the ideal home base. Book your vacation with us today and toast to the trip of a lifetime!


Visiting Oahu and looking for the hidden gems of our diverse culinary scene? You’ve come to the right spot! We’re digging into five unique food and drink experiences you’ll only find in Oahu. From exceptional, island-crafted rum distilleries and breweries to food tours and cooking classes, we’ve carefully curated this list of adventures guaranteed to serve up the best and tastiest the island has to offer. No matter when you’re visiting Oahu, adding these five unique food and drink experiences to your itinerary will leave you craving more. More time, more tastes, more Aloha.

KōHana Hawaiian Agricole Rum

rum poured into a rocks glass with a rustic background

First up, we’re checking out KōHana Agricole Rum. Kō means sugarcane in Hawaiian. Brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers, the heirloom variety of Oahu has a flavor profile unique to the region. Hana means craft or work—a nod to the people who dedicate their time, energy, and attention to the distillation process.

KōHana Agricole Rum is carefully crafted from farm to bottle. Taking care to grow single varietals of sugarcane, which are then hand-harvested and processed into one of the finest cane rums in the world, you get a true taste of something uniquely Oahu in every sip. The distillery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers hourly distillery or farm tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After your tour, stop by the tasting room for a classic, aged, or cocktail flight. Each is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to this Hawaiian classic spirit.

Naked Cow Dairy Farm & Creamery

butter making class

Next up, we’re checking the Naked Cow Dairy Farm & Creamery, Hawaii’s first and only producer of artisanal cheese, gourmet butter & cream top yogurt. Over the past 13 years, Naked Cow has worked tirelessly to provide the people of Hawaii and its visitors with quality products. Committed to the humane treatment of their animals, you’ll never find added hormones or antibiotics in Naked Cow products. They’re also proud supporters of other local businesses, sourcing all their products from local Hawaiian manufacturers. From their animal feed to specialty ingredients, every bite of Naked Cow products is a tribute to the region. When you plan your visit to Naked Cow Creamery, be sure to check out their cheese-making class for a delicious hands-on experience!

Kahuku Farms

adult male walking with young girl on a farm

For another unique hidden gem of Oahu’s food and drink scene, and in keeping with the theme of local farms, a visit to Kahuku Farms in North Shore is a family-friendly activity that will fill your day with delicious, farm-fresh food, tours of the grounds, and lessons in understanding where your food actually comes from.

When you book a tour at Kahuku Farms, you’ll get to see the process of getting fruits and veg from the farm to the grocery store. With over 100 years of experience and the freshest local produce on the island, the farmers will teach you what it takes to create a sustainable farm as you enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon ride across the land. Tours last about one hour. Afterward, stop by the café for some bites fresh from the farm and enjoy a picnic in the cool North Shore breeze.

Hawaiian Cooking Classes with Chef Linda

people attending a cooking class

If you’re looking for a romantic date night while on your Oahu vacation or just a unique cultural experience, booking a cooking class with Chef Linda is the way to go. With almost 40 years of experience in the food industry, she developed these classes so she could share her knowledge and passion for Hawaii’s ingredients with anyone curious to learn.

Held in Diamond Head, the classes provide everything you need, from equipment to ingredients. Afterward, you’ll gather with your fellow classmates for a delicious meal with a glass of wine, beer, or beverage of choice. You’ll also walk away with a keepsake of the night’s recipes, so you can relive the experience even after you’ve returned home.

Chef Linda offers three classes: Standard, Premium, and Private & Group. For more information or to book this unique culinary experience, be sure to check out the availability before you go, as on-site booking is not available.

Beer Lab

Group of friends at brewery

Rounding out our list of Oahu’s unique food and drink experiences, we’re washing it all down with some exclusively Hawaiian brews at Beer Lab. With four locations, no matter where you’re staying on your Oahu vacation, you’re likely to find one close to you. The first Beer Lab tasting room opened in Honolulu in 2015, offering small-batch, constantly evolving beers designed to deliver unique tasting experiences to all who visit.

With dedication to quality products, the brewery soon gained popularity and has grown into a community staple, offering beer workshops and delicious food options at its taprooms. From the poke bar at their Beretania location to the epic breakfast, lunch, and dinner options at the HALL at Pearlridge, you’re guaranteed to have a vacation-making experience when you visit.

Book Your Culinary Escape to Oahu Today!

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As we wrap up this peek at some of Oahu’s best-kept secrets in unique food and drink experiences, it’s clear the island offers more than just stunning beaches and breathtaking ocean views. From island-made spirits to home-grown dishes, there’s a world of hidden gems waiting to be explored.

When you’re looking for the perfect home base for your “rum to yum” adventure, be sure to book directly with Marina Hawaii Vacations, your gateway to all things delicious and delightful on this magical island. Browse our vacation rentals and experience these hidden gems of Oahu’s unique food and drink scene for yourself!

Vacation doesn’t have to mean a break from your fitness routine, especially when you’re staying at the Ilikai Hotel, Ilikai Marina, or Discovery Bay in beautiful Honolulu. Imagine starting your day with a jog along scenic routes that offer breathtaking ocean views, lush landscapes, and the invigorating Hawaiian air. Jogging on vacation provides a unique and active way to explore the local scenery, allowing you to discover hidden gems you might otherwise miss. So, lace up those running shoes and get ready to experience Honolulu like never before as we cover four excellent running routes for your Honolulu Vacation.

1. Ala Moana Beach Park

Aerial view of Ala Moana Beach Park towards Diamond Head

Perfect for those who love to start or end their day with a scenic jog, Ala Moana Beach Park is more than just a convenient option for guests at the Ilikai Hotel. The park is a local treasure, offering a 2.5-mile loop that not only provides ample running space but also captivates with panoramic ocean views. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in Hawaii’s natural beauty while keeping up with your fitness routine. While you’re there, be sure to check out Magic Island. This man-made peninsula offers a 0.75-mile loop with a paved path. It’s a great option for those who want a shorter run but still crave the ocean views and a glimpse of downtown Honolulu.

2. Diamond Head

man at top of Diamond Head Crater looking out over the ocean

If you’re up for a challenge and want to combine sightseeing with your workout, Diamond Head State Monument is the place to go. The trail to the summit is about 1.6 miles each way, and while it’s a bit of a climb, the reward is a breathtaking view of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. Elevate your running experience, literally, with a visit to this trail.

3. Kapiolani Park

Queen Kapiolani Park in Oahu, Hawaii

Situated just east of Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park is a must for runners who prefer flat terrains and multiple route options. The park features a 2.5-mile loop around its perimeter, as well as several crisscrossing paths within the park. It’s a versatile choice for those looking to customize their run while enjoying the stunning landscapes that make Honolulu so unique.

4. Waikiki Beach

Silhouette of palm trees against the setting sun with people walking at Waikiki Beach

If the sound of waves crashing is music to your ears, then a run along Waikiki Beach is just the path for you! The beach stretches for about 2 miles, offering plenty of space to run beside the shoreline. It’s a unique way to experience one of the world’s most famous beaches, all while keeping active during your vacation.

Discover Your Perfect Run in Paradise

Living room view of Ilikai Tower 1144 in Oahu

Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just looking for a unique way to explore Honolulu, these four running routes offer something for everyone. From the challenging inclines of Diamond Head to the serene loops around Ala Moana Beach Park, you’ll find the perfect backdrop for your vacation jogs. Don’t miss out on experiencing Honolulu in this active and invigorating way. Book your Honolulu vacation with Marina Hawaii Vacations today and lace up for the adventure of a lifetime!

The fall season in Oahu is a magical time, offering a blend of traditional Hawaiian culture and modern festivities. From spine-chilling ghost tours to family-friendly pumpkin patches, there’s something for everyone. Here are 10 events you won’t want to miss.

Hallowbaloo: A Frighteningly Fun Festival

Enjoying Halloween Party in Nightclub

Saturday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m.

Hallowbaloo is not just another Halloween event; it’s a cultural experience. Returning for its 14th year, this festival transforms the Chinatown Arts District into a haven of fright and delight. With a craft beer festival featuring over 25 premium beverages, food vendors offering local delicacies, and live performances by renowned artists, Hallowbaloo is a feast for the senses. The highlight? A costume contest with a grand prize of $1,000.

Mysteries of Hawai‘i Ghost Tours: A Spine-Chilling Experience

Ongoing – check tours and dates 

Led by master storyteller Lopaka Kapanui, the Mysteries of Hawai‘i ghost tours offer a unique blend of history and horror. These tours are especially popular during October and provide an authentic supernatural experience. Whether you opt for the Ghosts of Old Honolulu Tour or Honolulu’s Haunted Crime Tour, you’re in for an evening of eerie tales and haunted locations.

Waimānalo Country Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival: A Family Affair

Pumpkins on straw bales against the background of people at an agricultural fair

Monday through Sunday, Sept. 30 through Nov. 12

This annual event at Waimānalo Country Farms is a fall staple for families. The farm offers a variety of activities, including pumpkin picking, hayrides, and a country market stocked with fresh produce. It’s a perfect outing for those looking to experience the agricultural side of Hawaii while enjoying the fall season.

Nightmare Bar: A Spooky Pop-Up Experience

Sept. 29 through Oct. 31, 5 p.m.-midnight

Open throughout October, Nightmare Bar is a Halloween-themed pop-up bar located at Ala Moana Center. The bar offers a variety of seasonally-inspired cocktails, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages. It’s an ideal spot for adults looking to celebrate Halloween with a twist.

The Honolulu Zoo’s Histories & Mysteries Tour

Lion with pumpkin - Halloween in zoo

Sept. 29, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, or Oct. 29, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

The Honolulu Zoo offers a unique opportunity to explore its haunted history through guided walking tours. Limited to 25 people per tour, these events provide an intimate experience where guides share stories of supernatural occurrences within the zoo.

Dead End: The Aftermath

Weekends, Oct. 7 through 31, 7-10 p.m.

Hawaii’s first drive-through haunted house is an experience like no other. Hosted at Aloha Stadium, Dead End: The Aftermath features interactive scenes that surround your car, providing a unique and thrilling experience. It’s a must-visit for adrenaline junkies.

Royal Hawaiian Center’s Halloween Keiki Costume Contest

Little kids at a Halloween party

Oct. 29, 2-6 p.m.

This annual event at the Royal Hawaiian Center is a hit among families. Children up to 10 years old can participate in the costume contest, with categories ranging from infants to parent-child combos. It’s a fun-filled afternoon that celebrates the creativity of Oahu’s youngest residents and visitors.

Skeleton Key Hawai‘i: A Theatrical Haunt

Various days and times, Oct. 13 through 31

Skeleton Key Hawai‘i offers a theatrical experience that combines detailed sets, costumes, and performances. Celebrating its sixth year, this event introduces a new theme, Night Terrors, making it a must-visit for fans of haunted attractions.

Spook Life Park: A Marine Halloween

Happy Halloween Fish Tank

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sea Life Park transforms into a Halloween wonderland on this special weekend in October. The park offers a variety of activities, including character photo ops, face painting, and trick-or-treating. It’s a family-friendly event that combines education and entertainment. 

Keiki Costume Ball

Oct. 29 – various times throughout the day

Mark your calendars for October 29th and join the Children’s Discovery Center for a day filled with Halloween excitement. The Keiki Costume Ball offers two sessions, one from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and another from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. During these times, the center will be exclusively open to registered participants. Kids can go trick-or-treating throughout the center and engage in a variety of “spooktacular” games and crafts. Once you register and receive an invoice, you’ll have three days to complete your payment, after which a confirmation email will be sent to you.

Book Your Fall Vacation Today!

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Oahu’s fall events offer a diverse range of experiences that cater to all ages and interests. From cultural festivities and family-friendly activities to spine-chilling adventures, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the magic of the season. Browse our vacation rentals and book your fall vacation to Oahu directly with Marina Hawaii Vacations and experience the island like never before.

Welcome to Hawaii! We understand getting here is no small feat. Some plan for years before ever being able to make the trip. So, congratulations! Between the stunning waters, lush landscapes, and beautiful local culture, there’s a photo op at every turn. But capturing your Hawaiian journey is about more than just snapping a few pretty pictures. Of course, the Insta-worthy shot is a given, but it’s not the only way to immortalize your trip. In this blog, we’ll share six essential tips for documenting your trip to Hawaii in a way that will make your memories as vivid as the islands themselves, all while making everyone wish they were there with you!

1. Take Lots of Photos 

Travel Photographer Holding Pictures Top View

Capture the moments you want to remember by taking plenty of photos throughout your Oahu adventure. Consider mixing posed shots at iconic locations like Diamond Head or Waikiki Beach with candids of your North Shore surf lessons or hiking adventures in the Ko’olau Mountains. Don’t forget the busy cityscapes of Honolulu, which offer a vibrant contrast to Oahu’s natural beauty. Capture the essence of the local culture by photographing the diverse food markets or the intricate hula performances at a local festival. Whether it’s a family selfie in front of the Iolani Palace or a candid shot of your first taste of poke, these images will become treasured keepsakes.

2. Record Videos

woman recording video with phone while at a restaurant outside by water

Videos are a great way to capture movement and sound, adding another dimension to your memories. Consider taking videos of your family exploring new places, trying new activities, or just having fun together.

3. Keep a Travel Journal

caucasian man is writing in a journal beside the beach

Writing down your experiences and thoughts about your trip can be a great way to remember details that might otherwise be forgotten. Include information about the places you visited, the things you did, and the people you met along the way. 

4. Collect Souvenirs

Female tourist looking for souvenirs on street market

Bring back small souvenirs like postcards, ticket stubs, or maps to help jog your memory and remind you of the places you visited in Oahu. When looking for keepsakes to bring Hawaii into your home, consider locally made items such as a ukulele, Hawaiian jewelry, or traditional Hawaiian quilts. You might even want to preserve your flower lei in a scrapbook as a lasting memento. However, it’s important to note that taking natural items like shells, sand, or other elements from the environment is discouraged and, in some cases, illegal. Respecting Hawaii’s natural resources ensures that its beauty will be preserved for generations to come.

5. Create a Scrapbook

cropped image of designer cutting paper for scrapbooking

Speaking of a scrapbook, once you’re home, it’s the perfect time to compile all your captured memories. Use your photos, videos, and travel journal entries to create a vivid keepsake. Add in your favorite souvenirs and special details to help you relive your Oahu trip for years to come.

6. Share Your Experience

Senior couple with their daughter looking at photos in family album together

Share your vacation photos and stories with friends and family. You can create a photo album or slideshow, or post updates on social media. Sharing your experience will not only help you remember your trip but also allow others to share in your adventure.  

*Pro tip: download the app Timehop. Each time you open the app, it will show you the pictures you took on that date in years past. It is a great way to re-live your trip! 

Now that you’re armed with these six tips, documenting your Hawaiian adventure should be as breezy as the island’s trade winds. From snapping photos at iconic spots to keeping a travel journal, you’ll create memories that let you revisit Oahu’s magic anytime you wish. But before you get to documenting, you need the perfect setting for your island story. To experience Oahu in ultimate comfort and style, be sure to book your vacation rental with Marina Hawaii Vacations. With us, you’re not just getting a place to stay; you’re securing a home base for all the incredible experiences that await you. So go ahead! Start planning, and we’ll see you in Hawaii.