honolulu hawaii

The ocean seems to have always been a place of wonder and mystery. With only a percentage of it being explored, there are still many of its secrets waiting to be uncovered. Discover what the waters off the shores of Honolulu Hawaii hold when you stay with us here at Marina Hawaii Vacations.

Take A Dive

One of the most best ways to explore off the shores of Oahu and peering below the surface is to gear up and take a dive. Scuba diving is a favorite activity in many areas of the world as it allows you to get up close to sea life and experience areas of the world that most only get to see in aquariums. You can find companies like Island Divers Hawaii that will take you through a course on diving safety and bring you out to incredible places to explore. You can find intriguing fish like the blue-striped snapper, ladyfish, unicorn fish, and many more.

Be A Little Daring          

If you live for the thrills and excitement of adventures like facing rows of teeth from a cage, then there is one excursion you may love. Shark Tank Scuba offers a thrilling experience that will take you into the depths with the ever ominous shark. Find yourself within inches of these massive carnivores of the sea with the only professional shark diving crew in Oahu.

Discover And Learn

If you prefer to stay on land but still want to learn about the Hawaiian Islands and its underwater inhabitants, the Waikiki Aquarium is the perfect place to explore. Take a stroll through the exhibits and peer through the waters from dry land as our finned friends gracefully swim by.

All of these activities can be found within a short distance of our Honolulu Hawaii rentals. Uncover the beauty and wonder that lies beyond Waikiki Beach and meet our sea-dwelling neighbors first-hand. Stay in one of our Marina Hawaii Vacations rentals and get ready to make some waves!

discovery bay condominiums

Imagine wiggling your toes under soft sands as you watch other beachgoers glide over waves on surfboards and enjoying a day in the sun. You have a refreshing drink in your hand and look out over incredible scenes of volcanic landscapes and sparkling ocean waters. This is a common view here in Honolulu Hawaii. Stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations in our Discovery Bay condominiums to have views of the Waikiki out your windows and have a short trip to enjoy every inch of the beach.

Things To See

Waikiki Beach, meaning “spouting waters,” is a five-acre beach with a three-acre lagoon on the coast of Oahu. On specific days throughout the week, there is a Waikiki Starlight Luau where you can enjoy traditional performances like fire dances under the light of the moon. On Friday nights, find the perfect spot to view a fireworks display. You can kick back and enjoy the views as well as find a shell or two along the shore for a relaxing day at the beach.

Things To Do          

For those that want to experience some good waves for beginners, Waikiki Beaches calmer waters make it an ideal spot. You can take surfing lessons and learn to balance and ride the waves. The lagoon offers a little more for activities as it is an enclosed area with calm waters. You can find a kayak or stand up paddleboard to float on the rippling waters. The lagoon area is also better for the little ones as it is safer for swimmers. If you are not keen on water activities but love the beach atmosphere, you could always take a stroll down the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon Boardwalk or the Fort DeRussy Boardwalk.

Where To Stay

Stay close to Waikiki Beach in our Discovery Bay condominiums. Besides the beach, you will be close to many of the other attractions around Waikiki. Find yourself immersed in a beachy paradise when you stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations. Call us or visit our website to begin planning your trip and discover the beauty of Waikiki Beach.


When you are planning a tropical vacation to a favorite paradise destination for the first time, it can be a little daunting. Parents with children tend to pack for the children and forget items when packing for themselves or you end up distracted and forget to put that one necessity you can’t live without into your bag. We have all been there. Here at Marina Hawaii Vacations, we want to help take a bit of that weight off your shoulders and curated a Hawaii packing list of essentials, so nothing you need gets left behind.

A Few Things To Remember

When traveling to an island destination like Hawaii, it is important to realize that many of their resources are imported. This can make the prices on regular items a little more expensive. It is good to keep this in mind when you begin packing so that you can have all of your necessities with you already. This tip will help you save a little money on things like shampoo so you can have more cash to spend on fun.

The Most Important Part Of Planning

One of the most critical steps to planning out a vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii is making sure you have an incredible place to stay. Discover our selection of spacious accommodations on our Marina Hawaii Vacations website. Once you have picked out the rental you love, give us a call to book your stay and use our Hawaii packing list to prepare for an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure. It is time to discover a brand new place with Marina Hawaii Vacations.


When many people think of a trip to Hawaii, they think of grass skirts, luaus, and mixed drinks in a Pineapple. However, there is so much more to Hawaii than that. Honolulu Hawaii is an area of the world that prides in their culture and traditions and love to share them with visitors. Marina Hawaii Vacations invites you to come and explore our paradise with us and discover all of the fantastic things Honolulu Hawaii has to offer.

Landing In Paradise

When you first touch down in Hawaii, you instantly walk into an entirely different world. Unique landscapes surround you while the strong sense of relaxed beach vibes fills the air. Honolulu Hawaii is a place that is hard to compare with any other corner of the world, and it is one destination that should be added to every bucket list. The minute you get settled into your Marina Hawaii accommodations, head out to explore and take in all of the beauty and experiences that Hawaii has to offer.                                                                                                                                                                                              

Experiencing The Culture

One of the best ways to discover a new place is to learn about its history and experience some of the oldest and most cherished traditions. There are numerous places throughout the islands to learn about the local lifestyles and history, but there are a few places that are at the top of the list.

The International Marketplace is a fantastic stop for not only enjoying a day of shopping but finding exciting events like Luaus and traditional entertainment.

The Polynesian Cultural Center is a favorite among visitors and residents alike. You can find live displays of traditional dances and learn in an interactive way about the rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands.

A Grand Hawaiian Stay

Here at Marina Hawaii Vacations, you will be able to immerse yourself in the experiences that surround our accommodations. Whether you prefer having oceanviews out your window or just enjoy a splash of tropical interior and furnishings, you will be able to find your ideal accommodations with us. You will be close to all of the Honolulu Hawaii attractions that peak your interests and will be in absolute comfort while you are here. What are you waiting for? Come discover Honolulu with us!


Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee”

Makahiki —  “mah-kah-hee-kee”

Hou — “ho”

 

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Or in English, Happy New
Year! If you aren’t planning on watching the fireworks on New Year’s Eve from
one of our oceanview rooms at the Ilikai, please check out our list of great
spots to catch the Waikiki fireworks show, as well as where to find parties
throughout Waikiki featuring food, drink, music, and views of the show.

 

 

Waikiki Beach Fireworks Show

What better way to celebrate the New Year than
relaxing on the beach while watching fireworks reflect off of the famous waters
of Waikiki? The show starts at 11:55 pm with one firework per minute lit off
from a barge on the water, until midnight, when the full fireworks show begins.
This popular show is accompanied by music on the radio station 105 KINE FM. Click
here for more information: http://waikikiimprovement.com/waikiki-calendar-of-events/waikiki-new-year-s-fireworks?drmo

 

 

Budlight New Year’s Party of the Year at Aloha Tower Marketplace

For the 7th year, Aloha Tower
Marketplace will fill with musical performances and DJs, as well as over 25
food trucks and vendors from 7pm to 2 am. Party while you wait for the
fireworks to go off at midnight at Aloha Tower, right by the water. Click here
for tickets and information: http://www.nyehawaii.com

 

Interstellar New Year’s Eve Party at RumFire and Sheraton Waikiki

For those over 21, Sheraton Waikiki and RumFire
are putting on another exciting New Years Eve party from 8:30 pm to 2:30 am.
View the Waikiki fireworks from their beachside bar, dance floor, and
comfortable outdoor lounging area. Click here for ticketing and more
information: http://honoluluboxoffice.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=913180

 

 

Tiki Drop 2017 New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Tiki’s Grill
and Bar
at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is putting on a more
affordable party featuring DJs, and champagne toast, as a well as a view of the
Waikiki fireworks. The party starts at 7 pm, unless you also buy a ticket
featuring their four course dinner, which is from 4:00 to 10:30 pm. Click here
for more information on both events: http://www.tikisgrill.com/new-years-eve

 

New Year’s Eve LUX at the Trump Hotel Waikiki Casino
Royale

For a fancier New Year’s Eve complete with
gambling, DJs, and a view of the Waikiki fireworks, head to Trump Hotel
Waikiki. Click here for ticketing and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-years-eve-lux-at-the-trump-casino-royale-by-taittinger-titos-with-dj-dynamx-dj-la-and-al-tickets-28952619063

 

New Year’s Eve Pink Party at the Royal Hawaiian

Located at Monarch Terrace, Ocean Lawn and Mai
Tai Bar, this annual party offers food, DJ music, and even party favors.  Click here for ticketing and more
information: 
http://www.royal-hawaiian.com/dining/holiday-dining/pinkparty

 

SKY Waikki  New Year’s
Eve Masquerade Ball

For a sky-high view of the Waikiki fireworks
and a great party, head to SKY Waikiki. This party is complete with appetizers
and an open bar as well as a champagne toast. Click here for more information:

https://skywaikiki.com/nightclub/?gclid=CjwKEAiAqJjDBRCG5KK6hq_juDwSJABRm03hKCXUT1O-vVRYPHSpwjYI0oLaovz5prMD09RHziRSpxoCf0jw_wcB 

 

 

For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

 

Susie Bowman

Sometimes
in Hawaii it’s easy to forget when the holidays are just around the corner; while
much of the world is preparing for a white Christmas, we are lounging on the
lanais sipping mai tais in the sun. Okay, maybe we don’t spend every day in
paradise relaxing, but we want to make sure you do while you’re on vacation!
So, we’ve compiled a list of Oahu’s top events for the month of December. From
holiday parades to historic celebrations to world class surf competitions,
there is something for everyone!

 

 

Vans World Cup
Of Surfing

Nov. 24 – Dec. 6

Sunset Beach

As the second event in the
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing attracts big wave
surfers from every corner of the globe. Grab your sunscreen and binoculars and
head out to sunset beach to watch the action. For more information, visit
http://www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.

 

Honolulu City Lights

Dec. 5

Honolulu Hale

This annual celebration kicks
off with the parade and tree lighting ceremony at the Honolulu Hale (City
Hall). Large statues and light structures decorate the entire property for a
month, creating a cheerful and exciting holiday spectacle viewable for the
whole season. On opening night there are rides for the keiki as well as food
vendors. Festivities begin at 4 pm. Visit
http://www.honolulucitylights.org for more information.

 

 

Billabong Pipe
Masters

Dec. 8-20

Banzai Pipeline

The Billabong Pipe Masters is
the third event in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfind, as wells as the last event
for the  WSL Men’s World Tour. The
pipeline is world famous for its beautiful barrel waves, and for all the fans
on the beach it’s popular too since the break is closer to the shoreline.

For more information, visit

http://www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.

 

75th Anniversary of Pearl
Harbor

Dec. 1-11

Various
locations

This year the
entire country commemorates the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.
What better place to memorialize and learn than Pearl Harbor itself? Various
services and performances will be featured at Pearl Harbor and throughout Oahu
from December 1-11. Visit
http://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com for more information.

 

 

Honolulu Marathon

Dec. 11

Waikiki

Whether you’re a part of the
race or watching from the sidelines, you can’t miss one of the biggest
marathons in the world, and one of the biggest annual events on the island.
Visit
http://www.honolulumarathon.org for more information.

 

 

 

For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or
info@marinahawaiivacations.com

 

Susie Bowman

 

 

Sting Live in Concert

November 4

 

Tickets are
still on sale to see Sting live in concert. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A0050B3EED43AF3
for tickets and more information

 

 

Honolulu Fashion Week

November 10 –
November 13

 

This annual
event returns to the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu to feature both
international and local designers. Three days of events, boutiques, and runway
shows will celebrate design, beauty, and Aloha in a way only Hawaii can. Visit http://www.honolulufashionweek.com
for more information.

 

 

Anuhea & Friends at the Blue Note
Hawaii

November 22 –
November 27

 

Head over to the
Blue Note Hawaii to hear this renowned local artist as she returns home to the
islands after touring and selling out across the U.S. Visit http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6561665
for tickets and information.

 

 

Waikiki Holiday Parade

November 25

 

Get a head start
on the Holidays and commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl
Harbor at this special annual parade through downtown Waikiki. The parade
begins at 7 pm and features over 30 local and mainland bands, as well as
officials and military units marching and performing in honor of veterans and
survivors of the Pearl Harbor attacks. The parade begins at Fort DeRussy Park
and continues along Kalakaua Ave until it ends at Kapiolani Park. Visit http://www.waikikiholidayparade.com
for more details.

 

 

Mariah Carey & Jussie Smollett in
Concert

November 23, 25
& 26

 

Mariah Carey is
coming to Oahu for the first time in almost 20 years and tickets are in high
demand! Don’t miss your chance to see this legendary pop artist as she performs
 her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour”
with Jussie Smollett at the Blaisdell Center. Visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/82461/767870?camefrom=CFC_RB_PRESENTS_BLAISDELL_WEB
for tickets and information.

 

 

 

For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

 

 

Susie Bowman

Fall is in the
air… Which in Hawaii means that the sun is shining and a refreshing breeze is
blowing in from the ocean. October is as beautiful a time as any to be
on-island, and with Halloween around the corner, everyone is making plans. For
many, this means planning a costume for Oahu’s biggest Halloween party,
Hallowbaloo.

 

This legendary
Honolulu party is the biggest on the block. Beginning at 4:30 pm and stretching
into the wee hours of the morning, this event packs the downtown and Chinatown
areas of Honolulu with characters of every kind. The street festival is based
at the Hawaii State Art Museum and stretches into the surrounding streets of Hotel
Street and Richards Street, and later in the night spans through Chinatown and
out to Aloha Tower.

 

Locals and
tourists alike can be found in costume at this celebration, which includes all
the best of Honululu: great food, music and art, as well as wild costumes and
tons of fun. The festival ends at 10:00 pm, but the party continues with Club
Hallowbaloo, which lasts from 9:00 pm – 2:00 am. Guests pay one cover charge
for 10 clubs between Aloha Tower Marketplace and Chinatown. Honolulu’s most
popular eateries will be featured throughout the festival, as well as musical
artists such as headliner Erykah Badu, D Sharp, Tavana, And DJ Mr. Nick, just
to name a few. Complimentary trolley services will be available. Please visit http://hallowbaloo.com/2016/ for more
information and various ticket prices, and don’t miss the biggest Halloween
party on the island!

 

 

 

For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

 

 

Susie Bowman

Aloha Festival

When: September 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Where: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel 2259
Kalakaua Avenue

Honolulu, HI
96815

Since 1946,
Aloha Festivals have celebrated Hawaiian culture and history through dance,
music, art, and food. For the last 70 years the festival has attracted both
locals and tourists, and currently draws over 100,000 people every year. For
more information, visit:
http://www.alohafestivals.com

 

Okinawan Festival

When:
September 3, 2016

Where: Kapiolani Park 3840 Paki
Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

The Okinawan festival
celebrates this unique culture with entertainment, food, arts, crafts, and other
cultural activities such as a large Japanese/Okinawan Obon dance. For more
information, visit: 
http://www.okinawanfestival.com.

 

The Music of Queen

When:
September 16, 2016 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall 777
Ward Ave. Honolulu, HI 96814

The Hawaii
Symphony Orchestra joins with the Music of Queen Band and Brody to present the
Music of Queen. Head to the Blaisdell Concert Hall for an exciting night of
legendary music.

Discounted
tickets are available for students and active military (with ID) starting
September 12.

For more information, visit: http://hawaiisymphonyorchestra.org

 

Living History Day at the Pacific Aviation Museum

When:
September 24, 2016 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Pacific Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor 319 Lexington Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96818

The Pacific
Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is an affiliate of Smithsonian and is among the
top 10 aviation attractions in the country according to TripAdvisor®. Living
History Day will feature WWII-themed activities, presentations, and student
exhibits. Simply visit
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
to download free tickets. For more information, visit:
http://www.PacificAviationMuseum.org

 

 
For any questions about Waikiki
vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii Vacations and an agent would be
happy to assist you. We can be reached at 808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com
 
 

Susie Bowman

 
 

 

 
 

If you are on Oahu now, make
sure to head to Waikiki for the annual Duke’s Oceanfest. This celebration
continues through next Sunday, August 28th. OceanFest is a tribute
to the most legendary Hawaiian surfer and waterman, Duke Kahanamoku; it is held
every year around Duke’s birthday.

 

The festival includes ocean
and beach sports including beach volleyball, paddleboard racing, swimming, surf
polo, tandem and longboard surfing, and more. There is no cost to attend, and
events can be found throughout Waikiki all week. If you are staying with Marina
Hawaii Vacations, just head out to Duke’s Beach, or start there and walk along
the Waikiki beaches to see the various events. A full calendar of events can be
found at http://dukesoceanfest.com/events-2016
. Other events include a luau and a movie showing next weekend. For more
information on Duke’s OceanFest, visit http://dukesoceanfest.com.

 

For any
questions about Waikiki vacation rentals, please contact Marina Hawaii
Vacations and an agent would be happy to assist you. We can be reached at
808-946-0716 or info@marinahawaiivacations.com

 

Susie Bowman