Saturday, July 3, 2010

Enchanted evenings on sale: cheap flights to Oahu

Log onto, grab a deal and fly to Oahu. Once you're there be sure to catch the after dark haps on Waikiki.

The Waikiki Aquarium's annual summer concert series, Ke Kani O Ke Kai (sound of the ocean) is within walking distance of the hotel strip. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and combine music with nighttime tours of the aquarium.

The next performance is July 15 featuring Willie K. followed by Amy Hanaialii on July 29 and closing with Hookena on August 12. Bring a beach towel, beach mat, or mini folding chair and enjoy the music.

Tickets are available online. Food booths run by local restaurants are on the premises should you want a Hawaiian style dinner.

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) be sure to catch the free Waikiki Hula Show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound from 6 to 7 p.m. It opens with traditional blowing of the conch shell, seating is on the grass and arriving early is advised.  By the time the tiki lamps are lit and the sun has melted into an amber Waikiki sunset you'll be swaying along with the palms with other aloha infused visitors who are ready to buzz the bars, restaurants and clubs to fill out the night. Mahalo to the City & County of Honolulu, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Waikiki Improvement Association for their sponsorship of this weekly event.