Getting Married On Oahu

From the governor's satellite office to private individuals, are usually friendly, helpful people who can steer you to a nondenominational minister or someone who's licensed by the state of Hawaii to perform the ceremony. These marriage performers are great sources of information for budget weddings. They usually know great places to have the ceremony for free or for a nominal fee. If you don't want to use a wedding planner (see below) but want to make arrangements before you arrive on Oahu,...

Antiques Collectibles

For the best in collectible aloha wear, see Aloha Wear, above (especially the listing for Bailey's Antiques & Aloha Shirts). Aloha Antiques and Collectables This is arguably the largest antiques mall in Hawaii, with shops strung together in a mind-boggling labyrinth of treasures waiting to be found. This is not for the weak-kneed the chockablock, multilevel stores can put you in sensory overload. But if the shopping gods are good to you, you may find rare Japanese plates or a priceless...

The North Shore

Kahuku Golf Course (finds This nine-hole budget golf course is a bit funky. There are no club rentals, no clubhouse, and no facilities other than a few pull carts that disappear with the first handful of golfers. But a round at this scenic oceanside course amidst the tranquillity of the North Shore is quite an experience nonetheless. Duffers will love the ease of this recreational course, and weight watchers will be happy to walk the gently sloping greens. Don't forget to bring your camera for...

Shopping Centers

Ala Moana Center The new third level is abuzz with eateries and shops, while the ponds on the mall level are thriving with taro and Hawaiian plants, and even hapu'u ferns and koa trees. At press time, the finishing touches of a recent ambitious expansion are still being applied, but most of the shops are in, and many of them are the familiar names of mainland chains, such as DKNY, Old Navy, and Eddie Bauer. The three-story, superluxe Neiman Marcus, which opened in September 1998, was a bold...

Honolulu Neighborhoods in Brief

Honolulu Neighborhoods

All Chinese, now that Southeast Asians, including many Vietnamese, share the old storefronts. Go on Saturday morning, when everyone shops here for fresh goods such as ginger-root, fern fronds, and hogs' heads. Among the historic buildings and Pan-Pacific corporate headquarters are a few hotels, mainly geared toward business travelers. Most visitors prefer the sun and excitement of Waikiki or choose a quieter neighborhood outside the city. MANOA VALLEY First inhabited by white settlers, the...