Aloha O’ahu

Not so long ago, a trip to the Hawaiian Islands was considered an exotic, farflung journey. However, our perspective has changed, especially with the first direct flights from Montréal to Honolulu starting in December 2021. Given that the archipelago is 4350 kilometres from Vancouver and an 11.5‑hour flight from Montréal, it is reasonable to ask, “Why travel so far?” And those in the know will surely answer that once you get there, you will understand.

Ski Daniel Lachance
Kualoa ranch

The four main islands are Maui, Oahu, Hawaii (the Big Island), and Kauai, each with its own particular characteristics. Therefore, for a unique, complete travel experience, it is worth visiting them all. That being said, if you are travelling to the archipelago for the first time, the island of Oahu, home to the state capital of Honolulu, is a must-see. Honolulu has numerous attractions and places to see: Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, North Shore (Pipeline), and, of course, the Dole pineapple plantation.

Honolulu International Airport is on Oahu, the most developed and commercial of the islands. There you will find the legendary beach Waikiki, along with Diamond Head, a volcanic crater that can be hiked for spectacular views of the city. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is another interesting destination for its magnificent beach and incomparable scuba diving. Kualoa Ranch, which was used as a film location for the Jurassic Park movies, offers guided tours by helicopter or ATV. Oahu may be appreciated for its beaches—among the most beautiful in the world—incredible scenery, and many outdoor activities, but the island will also please connoisseurs of fine dining and design, thanks to the many prestigious shops along Luxury Row, known as the “5th Avenue” of Hawaii: Dean & Deluca, Chanel, Miu Miu, Lapper’s, the Honolulu Cookie Company, and Louis Vuitton, to name a few.

Looking through a row of surfboards down to Waikiki Beach.
Surf board rack
Design Louis George
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Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Kuhio Beach, Waikiki

For a stay that combines comfort with authenticity, travellers must try the very chic Moana Surfrider, Waikiki’s very first hotel. Located in the heart of the action, this charming hotel lays claim to a private section of Waikiki Beach (a rarity in the area). It is loved for its elegant colonial-style architecture and inner courtyard where one can lounge under a celebrated banyan tree that is now a national landmark. For true elegance, enjoy oceanfront dining at Veranda, the hotel restaurant.

Another option on Waikiki Beach is the Royal Hawaiian Resort, dubbed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” when it first opened in 1927. A member of the prestigious Luxury Collection brand, this recently renovated hotel will exceed your expectations. Reserve an ocean view table for its famous Sunday brunch and be sure to order its signature dish, the iconic pink pancakes made of berries and other secret ingredients. A small luxury reserved for connoisseurs.

Surfing - Pipeline, Hawaii
Aerial view of the Arizona memorial Pearl Harbor in Honolulu on
Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Though certainly the hub of Hawaii, Oahu is also a very attractive island that combines sumptuous landscapes with a dynamic culture scene. Enjoy it to the fullest, now that distance matters less.

Cover photo: Diamond Head Crater

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