Oahu: The Heart of HawaiiWords by John Roark
Photos courtesy of The Four Seasons Oahu Resort at Ko Olina
Affectionately called the “Heart of Hawaii,” Oahu has recently experienced a renaissance. “We’re seeing a new generation – both Hawaiian and local – who are taking ownership of their community from both a cultural and business standpoint,” says Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, Executive Director of Oahu Visitors Bureau. “They’re passionate and confident and want to give back to our community in a truly local way.”
This new energy has made Oahu the Hawaiian go-to for weddings and honeymoons. Beating with the rhythm that simultaneously embodies big-city energy, laid-back surf-town charm and timeless tradition, this island literally has something for everyone. In addition to the breathtaking beaches and jaw-dropping vistas, you’ll discover rich history, a vibrant art community, an edgy and emerging food scene and more. “Oahu is a melting pot of ethnicities, interests and experiences,” says Schilling-Wheeler.
For the all-encompassing Hawaiian experience, follow your heart to Oahu. She will charm, dazzle and welcome you with open arms and limitless opportunities.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT – Having recently celebrated its first birthday in 2017, The Four Seasons Oahu Resort at Ko Olina is Oahu’s newest gem. Considered a sacred place by Hawaiian royalty, Ko Olina literally means “place of joy.” Located 30 minutes from Honolulu International Airport, the property offers fully customizable wedding packages for all budgets. Whether your vision includes sand-between-your-toes vows on the beach as the sun sets over the ocean, or a ceremony in an intimate light-filled chapel set amid whispering palms and wandering streams, the Four Seasons promises off-the-charts tropical romance. The property features more than two dozen postcard-worthy locales for indoor and outdoor receptions for two to 2,000.
Overlooking the island’s west coast, the resort’s amenities read like a vacation wish list, including golf, tennis, water sports and a nearby marina for easy access to snorkeling, deep sea fishing, whale watching and more.
For a once-in-a-lifetime excursion, the Earth, Wind and Fire day charter includes a private helicopter tour of the island of Oahu’s stunning beaches, active volcanoes and waterfalls. You’ll also be well-fed; a gourmet five-course Chef’s Table with wine pairings is part of the package.
PEARL HARBOR – Choose from a variety of guided experiences at one of the most historically significant sites in the United States, including battleship tours, museums and memorials. Book your tour through the Four Seasons concierge, which includes transportation to and from the hotel.
KAKA ‘AKO – What was once Oahu’s industrial district is now Honolulu’s hippest urban waterfront mecca with great shopping, fine dining, street food, music, entertainment and fun.
Eat the Street – on the last Friday of every month, Hawaii’s best food truck event brings more than 40 gourmet food vendors to Kaka’Ako Park.
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