Hawaiian Travel Highlights: Oahu

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We had a great time exploring the Bishop Museum. The only thing we missed here was the Planetarium and I'm very sorry we didn't have time for that. All of their other buildings and exhibits were fabulous. Johnny Mac Pippin enjoyed the Sesame Street exhibit a lot. Really, he did!

Need souvenirs? Try the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet on Wednesday or weekends. 7 t-shirts for $20 and lots of ukuleles to strum. Hilo Hattie's is interesting but expensive. Go but only so you can say you've been there. Bailey's is a fascinating shop - dusty and full of old stuff, mostly old Hawaiian shirts. I loved it.

The Rainbow Drive-in is said to be one of President Obama's favorite places to eat. Their plate lunch was good but I didn't find it any better than plate lunches at other restaurants around the island. Don't overlook Zippy's -- the Hawaiian plate lunch chain. TW and I stopped in for a late dinner and were very pleased with everything we ordered.

As you're driving down the Pali Highway, because at some point you will drive down the Pali Highway, don't forget to stop at the Pali Lookout -- take a jacket because it's freezing here. The winds, I cannot over-emphasize this, the winds are STRONG. I shivered all three times I stopped there but it was worth it. The views are amazing.

Last but not least, a not-very-touristy suggestion. If you're a DIY or environmentalist type of person, then you really should drop by Re-use Hawaii and take a look around. I heard about it from Xoelle who is building an art studio in her backyard with materials she purchased there. This was one of my favorite places in Oahu -- seriously.

Oahu really is my new favorite place in the world. Why does air travel have to be so darn expensive? I can't wait to go back.

Have you been to Oahu? What are your favorite places? Could you see yourself living there?

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