Travel Postcard: 48 hours in heavenly Hawaii

Fri Dec 3, 2010 8:46am EST
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By Ernest Scheyder

KANEOHE, Hawaii (Reuters Life!) - Hawaii is America's own Eden, an island chain filled with striking mountains and idyllic beaches that sheltered President Barack Obama during his formative years and has location for several TV shows, including "LOST" and "Hawaii Five-O."

It offers visitors the chance to try surfing, exotic seafood and hiking, just to name a few.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay on Oahu, Hawaii's most populated island.

A small recommendation: rent a car, preferably a Jeep. To explore the entire island, which takes about three hours to circumnavigate, you'll need wheels. There is great public transportation ( that goes everywhere on Oahu but a car offers more freedom.


6:00 p.m. - Arrive in Honolulu, where Obama attended the world-famous Punahou School. Most major hotel chains, including Marriott, Sheraton and Wyndham, have several locations in and around the city, some on beautiful Waikiki Beach. Consider staying on Oahu's Eastern Shore, which tends to be less crowded. (Hawaii's tourism website,, has some good recommendations.)

7:00 p.m. - After unpacking, head to the Yard House restaurant ( in downtown Honolulu. With dozens of beers on tap and a full bar, there is plenty to quench your thirst. For dinner try the pan-seared Ahi, a type of Hawaiian yellowfin tuna.

9:00 p.m. - Head down Lewers Street to Kelly O'Neils Irish pub (, an Irish pub filled with interesting people.   Continued...

<p>A tourist carries an inflatable raft while walking against the setting sun on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing</p>