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Oahu Revealed Guidebook Updates

Updates to 6th Edition

It happens every time. The day after we send the disks 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 RevealedNote: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

COVID-19 Related Updates
For in depth up–to-date COVID-19 information as it relates to Hawai‘i, please read our “Traveling to Hawai‘i During COVID” blog.
Everyone stay safe.

Temporary Updates:

  • Sea Life Park (pages 35, 74, 168 & 69) and Wet N Wild (pages 35 & 169) will close until further notice. This also includes the Chief’s Lu‘au and Ka Moana Lu‘au.
  • Polynesian Cultural Center (pages 85, 152 & 304) will close until further notice.
  • 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) and Diamond Head State Monument are closed until further notice.

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.
  • Diamond Head Harley (page 24) is closed.
  • 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.
  • Wild Bunch (page 187) sadly had original boat sink. But they have a new larger one.
  • Waihe‘e Falls Hike (page 208) is closed to the public and police are there to keep people out.
  • Senator Fong’s Plantation & Gardens (page 225) is closed.

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: 

  • 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)
  • Wailana Coffee House
  • Willows
  • Yard House

From the Where to Stay chapter:

  • The Waikiki Parc Renovated in late 2019. We will back to have a look after the dust settles.
  • New Otani Beach Hotel is closed. It will reopen with new owners (and possibly a new name). We’ll be back to review them once they’ve had a chance to get situated.