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has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

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has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

i'm thinking about driving the entire island of Oahu, is this possible? has anyone done it? sorry if this is a repost.

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1. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

There is no single circle island road...

There are basically five points or headlands which constitute the corners of the island;

1. Kalaeloa (Barber's Point) at the southwesterly corner.

2. Kaena Point at the northwesterly corner.

3. Kahuku Point at the northeast corner.

4 & 5. Makapuu Point and Cocohead, which define the southeasterly coastline.

You can take a highway past #s 3, 4 and 5 (fairly closeby the latter two), and can hike out to all three.

Number 2 can be reached via a series of roadways through an urban area and old naval air station, but it is not on a through highway which could be considered as part of driving "around" the island.

The "road" around #1 is basically a dirt track that has been so eroded, washed out, and boulder-strewn that it is no longer passable and is permanently closed (there are locked access gates and rock obstacles to prevent an attempted drive). So, you can only drive to within about three miles of the point from either the North Shore or Waianae side.

I made the circuit around Kaena many times back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before it became a resting place for abandoned cars (often stolen visitor rentals) and the city fathers stopped any upkeep and began plotting to shut it down.

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2. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

I drove almost all of the way around. I took a rental car up to a big rock blocking the dirt road around the Kaena point. The bike riders there looked at me like I was crazy. You should have seen the U-turn on the side of the cliff.

The coast is more like a U shape. You'll have to do some backtracking to go on every PAVED road around the outside of the island. The highways only cut through the island. The best places are at the end of the side roads.

This is one of my favorite maps. Zoom in all you want: www.hawaii.edu/premed/images/oahumap.pdf

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3. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

How long did the trip take you Boeingdad?

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4. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

Most part of the day time for the paved sections. This is a pretty good source to use with a map: http://www.hawaiihighways.com/oahu.htm

Here's what I did: From Honolulu go towards the leeward side up the end. There's a beach there that the lifeguards patrol heavily. When we went in 2005, people were living on the beaches on the left, and 40 to 50 cars were abandoned and damaged all along the road. There were places that looked like an effort to stack all of the cars into big piles. Going back, have something to eat at the lunch truck near taco bell on the left.

Take H1 left and go north on any road on your left. All are good, H2 is faster. Go up to north shore area (803 to 930) and go along the coast. Backtrack again and go left on the 83.

If you keep the ocean on your left, you will eventually complete the round trip from here. Avoid any building that looks commercial or near a tour bus. Stop and try some food at any place that looks like a truck or a mom-n-pop shop. Always stop at any beach with an obvious crowd. Something is going on!

I'd strongly encourage you to get some tour books to take along.

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5. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

I can't really add much to BoeingDad's stuff! However I would re-recommend the Oahu Revealed book. Great info, great maps, all around good drive guide (explains most of the beaches along the drives, gives good info on where to stop).

And I just wanted to second the notion of stopping at any of the various shrimp trucks, plate lunch trucks while you are doing your circle island driving. You can't get much more local that that! (be brave, they're wonderful)

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6. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

Here are two driving tours on Oahu. You can combine the two if you want, but it is better to split them especially if you make frequent stops and want some beach/dining/shopping time.

1. Mini-circle island tour.

Start in Waikiki:

Diamond Head Lookout & Lighthouse on Diamond Head Road.

Continue on Diamond Head Road. When Diamond Head Road turns to go around Diamond Head, go straight on Kahala Ave. This will go through a residential area with nice houses. (Note): You can also take Diamond Head around to the entrance to Diamond Head. Even if you cannot do the hike, you can go through the tunnel into the crater to see what it looks like. Turn around just before the pay booth. Also Kapiolani Community College (KCC) has a nice cactus display. KCC is almost straight across from the entrance to Diamond Head.

After about 2 miles on Kahala Ave, turn left onto Keala'olu Ave (just before Kahala Mandarin Hotel).

Take Keala'olu Ave to Kalaniana'ole Hwy (72).

Continue around island to Hanauma Bay (don't need to go to the visitors center). You can get some excellent views & pictures from the steps and lookouts that go up and to the left of the visitors center. $1 for parking.

Continue to Halona Blowhole and Halona Cove (From Here to Eternity Beach) next to it. Halona Blowhole lookout also overlooks Sandy Beach.

Sandy Beach - Nice beach.

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail - Just past Sandy Beach and just after the road turns inland, look for a gate and a paved trail on the right. Trail is about 1 mile one way. You can often see whales from near the lighthouse.

Continue to Makapuu Pt. Lookout. Overlooks Manana (Rabbit) Island &M akapuu Beach & Sea Life Park.

Continue to Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area (just past Waimanalo Beach). Scenic isolated beach (just before Bellows AFB). Bellows Beach is also nice. Open to the public on weekends.

Continue to Highway 61 (Pali Highway). Make a left onto Pali Highway. Take it back to Honolulu, stopping at Pali Lookout.

Note: If you were to make a right onto Pali Hwy (63), you could go to Kailua and Lanikai Beaches. You can stop there with either tour.

2. Circle island tour.

Take Pali Highway (61) across to Kaneohe. Stop at Pali Lookout.

Continue to Kaneohe. Make a left onto Highway (83) to Kaneohe (or go straight if you want to go to Kailua and Lanikai Beaches).

At the far side of Windward Mall in Kaneohe, make a left onto Haiku Road. Take Haiku Rd. across Kahekili Highway to Haiku Gardens. The botanical garden is just below Haleiwa Joe's Restaurant. Nice small Botanical garden with a Koi pond. It's free.

Go back to Kahekili Hwy. Turn left. Go about two miles. Turn left into Valley of the Temples (Byodo-In Temple). Very Scenic.

Back to Kahekili Hwy. Continue around the island. In a mile or so Kahekili Hwy will end and intersect with Kamehameha Hwy (83). Continue around the island to Haleiwa.

Stops on Kamehameha Hwy:

Kualoa Regional Park/Chinaman's Hat (nice for pictures). There is a Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet on the right just before Kualoa Park. Nice stop for free samples, coffee trees, macadamia trees. They have an inexpensive tour if you want. Kualoa Ranch is across from Kualoa Park.

In Laie, make a right at the stoplight. Go to Laie Pt. Scenic, good for pictures. Polynesian Cultural Center is in Laie. Also Mormon Temple is in Laie.

Just past Laie, is Makaekahana State Recreation Area. Scenic with an isolated beach &several islands.

Kahuku - Several shrimp trucks including Giovanni's. Romy's is just on the other side of Kahuku. Those are the two most popular shrimp trucks.

North Shore Beaches:

Sunset Beach Park

Ehukai Beach Park (Banzai Pipeline)

Pupukea Beach Park (Shark's Cove) Scenic with lots of small lava islands. Nice for snorkeling in the summer. If you make a left on Pupukea Road (at the stoplight), go up the hill and park off to the side where the road to the Heiau starts. Walk back on Pupukea Road about 1/2 block for great view of some of the beaches. Then drive to the end of the road to the Heiau about 1 mile) and park in the Heiau parking area. Take the short (about 1 block) red dirt trail straight ahead for a nice view of Waimea Bay.

Waimea Bay Beach Park - Best scenic beach on the north shore.

Laniakea Beach - About 1/2 way between Waimea Bay and Haleiwa. Look for parking on the opposite side of the road. Several sea turtles are here.

Just before Haleiwa, make a left onto the bypass to Honolulu. (Go through Haleiwa if you have more time). Take Highway 99 to Honolulu. Follow signs to Honolulu. You will pass Dole Pineapple Center. Stop there if you have time.

Continue to Honolulu.

Here are three sites/links with driving tour info:

www.discoveringhawaii.com Free (pdf) download Circle Island Driving tour map. Also free (pdf) download Oahu movie location map.

http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/tours/ Good driving & walking tours.

www.alternative-hawaii.com Good narrative drive guide w/photos.

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7. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

...or let someone else do the driving:

Circle Island Tour

This is a 4-hour ride if you stay on TheBus for the whole ride, and you can't get off and back on without paying another $1.50. But if you see a deserted beach you'd like to explore along the way, or if you want to visit Waimea Falls Park, or watch the surfers up at North Shore, or browse around in historic Hale'iwa Town - well, it's a cheap and beautiful ride, and you'll surely be amazed at how rural O'ahu really is.

Take #8, #19 #20, #47 or #58 and transfer at the Ala Moana Center to #52

Wahiawa/Circle Island or #55 Kaneohe/Circle Island. To return, simply go back to where you got off TheBus and wait for the same # to come around again, or cross the street and wait to go back the same way you came...

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8. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

It is one thing to make the extra (if fanatical) effort to "go around" the island by visiting its extremities....

But taking TheBus for that route is masochistic even if one does hop off at a couple of stops. My God man, life is too short and vacation time too valuable.

Also, about another four to six hours on several bus routes would be required to visit both sides of Kaena Point and Kalaeloa so your goal could be achieved.

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9. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

>>It is one thing to make the extra (if fanatical) effort to "go around" the island by visiting its extremities....

But taking TheBus for that route is masochistic even if one does hop off at a couple of stops. My God man, life is too short and vacation time too valuable.

Also, about another four to six hours on several bus routes would be required to visit both sides of Kaena Point and Kalaeloa so your goal could be achieved.<<

The only time I would ever advise anyone to use "Da Bus" while on vacation on Oahu is for short hops, perhaps within the perimeters of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu.

How much is your vacation time worth? I am sure we all work hard to earn our vacation hours. In all honesty, I can not see wasting precious vacation time waiting for a bus.

I often see absolutely miserable-looking tourists waiting at bus stops, hot and sweaty.

IMHO, if you'd like to see the rest of the island and don't want to do the driving yourself, take one of the organized day or half-day tours. Relatively inexpensive, and the drivers are full of information. The trolley is not a bad option either, compared to the Bus.

And FYI, the bus fare went up to $2.00 quite a while ago...;-D

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10. Re: has anyone driven around the entire island of Oahu?

An eyewitness account of an Oahu bus trip:

starbulletin.com/2004/…story1.html

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