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Reasons why O'AHU is the

Reasons why O'AHU is the perfect Hawaiian vacation destination. Contributed by Sue Bradford of Journey’s Around the World Are you planning a Hawaiian vacation anytime soon? Picking the right island for your Hawaiian vacation is very important. Each island has a very specific vibe to it and matching that island to your vacation plans is very important. Here are some reasons why the island of O’ahu may be right for you. We don’t just offer home loans... We offer confidence, reliability, and the peace of mind to buy the home of your dreams. When you’re looking to buy or build your new home, start here. Stop in and let us earn your business. Homebuyers best friend. Karen Thomas Branch Manager NMLSR #1526398 605 Idaho Street, Elko 775-738-7203 We also have offices in Las Vegas, Overton, Henderson, Ely, Mesquite, Winnemucca, Fernley, and Fallon. NMLSR #410394 washingtonfederal.com

• You want to see the Pearl Harbor Memorial. No trip to O’ahu is complete in my opinion without a trip to The USS Arizona and the battleship Missouri. These national landmarks are the most visited tourist attraction in Hawaii. It is one of those memorials that you just must see while visiting here. If you are planning a visit these world famous monuments, then you must plan your tour ahead of time. They sell out in advance, so please be aware of that. • You plan on spending the day relaxing on and exploring the world-famous Waikiki Beach. Located on the southern shore of the island, Waikiki is a beachfront area outside of Honolulu. Filled with wonderful restaurants, great shopping and a very active nightlife, a stop here is a must for any Oahu vacation. Especially for you people watchers. • You want to hike to the top of Diamond Head. This is a fairly casual hike of about .75 miles and this trip should take you about 2 hours’ roundtrip. Once at the top of the trail, you will be able to see the entire leeward coast of O’ahu and the view is outstanding and well worth the hike. Take the time out of your busy schedule and take this hike, you will be happy you did. • You want to explore the islands north coast. This side of the island is not as full of tourists, but it is still well known for another reason. It is considered the surfing mecca of the world and it holds many competitions throughout the year. There are many surf schools here that can teach you the ins and outs of surfing, something everyone should have a chance to experience. • You want to experience the Polynesian Cultural Center and Luau. Spending the afternoon wandering through the 7 different villages and exploring all their cultures teaches you about the Polynesian way of life. Canoe paddling, spear throwing and Samoan cooking are just a few of the things you will learn about. Then as evening falls, settle in and enjoy an authentic luau and Polynesian show. A great way to end your day. As always, if you have any questions about O’ahu or any other destination, please contact me, Sue Bradford, your local travel agent. I am here to help you plan your next great vacation. My services are free of charge and my expert advice is invaluable. Call me at 775-781-9573 or email me at worldjoruneys15@outlook.com www.EverythingElko.com \ February 2018 49

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