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Oahu Revealed Guidebook Updates

Updates to 6th Edition

It happens every time. The day after we send the files off to the printers for our brand new edition, somebody changes something that directly affects what we write. Several times we’ve e-mailed these changes to the printers. (It’s our only chance to yell that classic publisher line, Stop the presses!) But after the presses roll we’re left shaking our heads, saying, “Yeah, we know that changed. We’ll correct that in our next printing.” The internet is the next best thing to yanking back all the books in print and scribbling in the changes that always occur.

At Wizard Publications we continually strive to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information on the islands. We are the only publisher who updates our books every time we reprint them. So if you see the updates below already listed in the book you just bought, you may have a recent printing.

The updates below are for the 6th edition of Oahu Revealed. Note: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

Temporary Updates:

  • Polynesian Show & Fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village (page 58) are currently not being done and will probably come back as things settle back down from COVID-19.
  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial (pages 108, 111 & 156-159) has begun reopening some of the park’s attractions with limitations due to Covid-19. The following are now open to the public: The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Museums, and USS Arizona Memorial. The Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum are still closed to the public until further notice. Please see the National Park website for further information: https://www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
  • Manoa Falls Trail (page 192) officials are warning the public to not even attempt to access the Manoa Falls trail because you will be turned around. This trail closure will be enforced and violators will be cited. It is closed until further notice.
  • Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour (page 252) a landslide in December 2018 took out one of the bridges along the cliffside trail to Kalaupapa. Repairs will likely take many months to complete. Until the bridge is repaired, no one will be able to access Kalaupapa by land. You can still visit the settlement by securing a permit through Damien Tours (808-567-6171) and booking a flight through to the Kalaupapa peninsula through Mokulele Airlines (866-260-7070).
  • Pali Lookout (Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside park) is closed until further notice.
  • U.S. Army Museum (page 59) is closed for renovations through December 2022.

General Information & Updates:

  • State Parks are now charging a $10 parking fee per vehicle for out-of-state visitors. Pedestrians, motorcycle and moped riders pay $5 per person. The camping fee is now $30 per night per campsite.
  • JN Rentals (page 23) is now run by Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
  • Big Kahuna Motorcycle Rentals (page 24) is closed.
  • Waikiki Shuttle (page 23) is gone. Try Speedi Shuttle (808-772-5700) will take you to Waikiki for around $18 per person to and from the airport.
  • Adventure on Two Wheels (page 24) is closed.
  • Diamond Head Harley (page 24) is closed.
  • Waikiki Trolley (page 26) phone number should be 808-465-5543.
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (page 66, 67, 131, 226, & 233) Reservations are now required. Please make your reservation here. It costs $3 per car and $12 per person to get in (ages 12 and under are free). The beach opens at 6:45 a.m., closes at 3 p.m., but entry is closed at 2 p.m. They are closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • K1 Speed (page 35 & 170) closed.
  • Greeters of Hawai‘i (page 44) no longer does airport lei greetings.
  • King’s Village Shopping Center (page 58 & 229) is closed to make way for condos. This will affect businesses listed in there and Farmers Market.
  • San Lorenzo’s Shave Ice (page 96) is closed.
  • Makani Kai Helicopters (page 175) is closed.
  • Island Seaplane (page 176) is closed.
  • Ko‘olau Golf Club (page 188) is closed.
  • Pedal Power Bike Tours (page 179) is closed.
  • Breakout Waikiki (page 185) moved to 227 Lewers St, Waikiki.
  • Fishing (page 186) the state is now asking all visitors to obtain a fishing license from the DLNR for $20/day or $70/week.
  • Wild Bunch (page 187) sadly had original boat sink. But they have a new larger one.
  • Diamond Head Hike (page 190) visitors from out of state need a reservation in advance from gostateparks.hawaii.gov/diamondhead, and you’ll need parking reservations (which are good for 2 hours) if you’re driving into the crater. For non-residents, it’s $10 per car and $5 per person entrance fee, credit cards only.
  • Waihe‘e Falls Hike (page 208) is closed to the public and police are there to keep people out.
  • Hele Huli Adventure Rentals (page 222) is now Turtle Bay Resort Segway Tours with a new phone number: 808-293-6000 and price is now $175 for 75 minutes.
  • Segway Tours of Hawaii in Kailua (page 223) is closed. The Waikiki location is still open.
  • Senator Fong’s Plantation & Gardens (page 225) is closed.
  • Te Moana Nui Tales of the Pacific (page 303) is closed for good.

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have changed:

  • Karai Crab is moving to 1314 S. King Street. We’ll be reviewing them in their new location once they’ve had a chance to settle in.
  • Opal Thai is now only open for Dinner and now serves alcohol. Closed Mondays.

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have closed:

  • 12th Ave. Grill
  • Alan Wong’s
  • Benihana of Tokyo
  • Bic Tacos
  • Bubba Gump
  • Chart House
  • Da Crawfish & Crab Shack
  • Flour & Barley
  • Gordon Biersch
  • Kai’s Island Korn
  • Kaka‘ako Kitchen
  • Kan Zaman
  • Karai Crab
  • Kobe Japanese Steak House
  • Luibueno’s
  • Nobu
  • Rock Island Café
  • San Lorenzo’s Shave Ice
  • Stormy’s Gastropub
  • The Greek Corner
  • Top of Waikiki
  • Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor
  • Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha (Ala Moana)
  • Vegan Hills
  • Wailana Coffee House
  • Willows
  • Yard House

From the Where to Stay chapter:

  • Aqua Ohia Waikiki is now Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites.
  • The Waikiki Parc reopened as the Halepuna Waikiki. We will be back as soon as we can.
  • Hawaiian King the management company we recommended is no longer in business. You may still be able to rent from individual owners, but we will not be reviewing any of those units. So you’re on your own.
  • Hawaiian Monarch Hotel is now called Waikiki Monarch Hotel.
  • Kai Aloha Hotel is closed.
  • New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel reopened with new owners (and a new name Kaimana Beach Hotel). We’ll be back to review them soon.
  • Hostelling International Waikiki is closed.
  • Waikiki Beachside Hostel is now The Beach Waikiki Boutique Hostel.