See America First was a tourism campaign funded largely by railroad companies. They were instrumental in preserving America’s deserts, mountains, plains and forests for the national parks that lay along their routes and were a boon to rail travel. But there was somewhere you couldn’t get to by train: luxuriant tropics far from the tumult of mainland cities yet developed and rich in diverse culture. Honolulu airport is Hawaii’s principal hub. This is Oahu and you can get busy fast. Like all Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is developed mostly along its shore. Tourism being a large piece of its economy there’s plenty to choose from: snorkeling, boat tours, canoeing, fishing, paragliding, diving, hiking, or just grabbing a towel from the hotel and sitting on the beach. All that is fine. But Hawaii is largely untouched and cracking with things to discover. Put on a pair of solid shoes and go have a look.

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City Spotlights If there is such a thing as the perfect wave, you’ll find it on Oahu’s North Shore. The big, glassy winter waves of this legendary surf mecca attract the best surfers in the world, while summer waves are far smaller and more gentle – all of which makes the North Shore a great perfect surf spot for beginners and veterans alike. The North Shore offers various rental homes. The house featured is a former army barracks that was loaded onto a truck and delivered to the verdant shore of Sunset Beach. Now stocked with surf boards, this property also includes an outdoor shower and a tree house that overlooks the Pacific. Other rentals, like this one, are located near Haleiwa Town, where you can shop and eat like a local.
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Restaurants For almost four decades, Mama's has been the Maui destination for special occasions. A path of gecko-shaped stones leads through the coconut grove past the giant clamshell and under the banyan arch to an ever-changing fantasyland of Hawaiiana kitsch. True, the setting couldn't be more spectacular, and yes, the menu names the angler that reeled in your fresh catch, but the dishes are a bit dated in terms of preparation and presentation—and the prices are extremely high. But if you're looking for an overall experience, make a reservation and celebrate your special occasion here.
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Shops Oliver Men’s shop carries brands we love: Aloha Sunday Supply Co. and Pidgin Orange, which are displayed on shelving and vintage fixtures the owner, Parker Moosman, installed himself. Even the unique welcome mat at the front of the door, made entirely of pennies, is impressive. The store carries exclusive men’s lines, some of which are not available anywhere else in Oahu. If you’re not looking to shop for clothes, check out the surf books and natural soy wax candles that come in a variety of scents.