• For $20, you get the Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tour (a $49.50 value). • For $32, you get the Grand Circle island tour (a $79.50 value). VIP Transportation ushers lei-laden travelers around Oahu with shuttle services and guided tours to the island’s natural and supernatural attractions. The five-hour Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tour starts by hauling adventurers directly to the historic waters of the 1941 Japanese attack, where they can board the U.S.S. Arizona memorial. From there, the journey proceeds to downtown Honolulu and Chinatown, illustrating the story of Hawaii’s transition from a monarchy into a U.S. state as it weaves through sites such as the state capitol and Iolani Palace—a royal palace on U.S. soil and backup storeroom for Hawaii Five-O film reels. The tour departs between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. and returns between noon and 1:00 p.m.
Hawaiian WaterSports set up shop with the intention of equipping residents and visitors with everything they need to enjoy the aqua waves and waterways of Hawaii. The shop realized that goal with two locations, each stacked to the gills with surfboards, kiteboards, kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and books on how to beat mermaids at Marco Polo. Hawaiian WaterSports is an official IKO kiteboarding center and its IKO-certified instructors teach students wind theory and the skills necessary to set up, launch, and ride their own kiteboard. Expert surfers on staff can also take squads of aquatic adventures out into the curling sea for lessons specifically designed to get beginners hanging ten and perfecting balancing technique for future limbo competitions.
In 1968, the Japanese celebrated their first century in Hawaii by building the Buddhist Byodo-In temple, a religious hub that is still nestled amid the idyllic greenery at the foot of the Koolau Mountains. Sightseers can visit the tucked away temple—as well as iconic sites such as Pearl Harbor—on guided tours from Massimo Sport Hawaii. Devoted to highlighting the archipelago’s landmarks and encouraging exercise, their team helms sightseeing jaunts aboard private yachts and and leads hikers on strolls through botanical gardens or all-day journeys to secret waterfalls. They also showcase aquatic sights with kite surfing and windsurfing lessons, which teach students to glide over waves. Their purely fitness offerings, meanwhile, range from personal training to instruction in weight lifting, Pilates, and Zumba’s Latin-inspired dance moves.
Paradise Rent-A-Car’s staff of easy-riding cycle renters maintains a stable of gleaming Harleys and other combustion-driven bikes, as well as a variety of four-wheeled vehicles, for drivers 18 and older. They invite roadsters to feel the muscular thrum of rubber on pavement in the cozy saddle of the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, or to hurtle past sluggish vans and tortoise-drawn SUVs in a nimble Suzuki GSXR 750. To ensure the safety of the riders, they outfit customers with free helmets to protect brain domes during the rental. In addition to bikes, they also rent snorkeling gear and boogie boards for those hoping to ride chrome steeds to the nearest beach or public fountain.