Hawaii is a popular travel destination this time of year, especially for honeymooners and empty nesters. Its moderate Pacific island climate, gorgeous scenery and beaches make it a great destination any time of year. This link shows the average temperature varies from 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in January to 23.7 deg C (74.6 F).

The first decision a Hawaii traveler must make is which island to visit. Each has its own flavor. Oahu, population 905,266, over 60% of the state’s population, is home to the capital and largest city: Honolulu and its famous Waikiki Beach, Nearby sights include Pearl Harbor, surfing on the North Shore, and natural sights such as Leahi (Diamond Head) and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The grocery store near Hanauma Bay used to have high sales of frozen peas, popular for snorkelers to feed the fish. (Feeding the fish is no longer allowed, but the snorkeling is still terrific.)

Some hotels have luaus, a traditional Hawaiian feast with hula dancing. Google “luau Oahu” for a list of places. Or you can enjoy a luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center while learning about the different Polynesian cultures.

Other sights worth considering are a visit to the Punchbowl, the National Cemetery of the Pacific, the scenic Pali Overlook, Waimea Falls, and the State Capitol. A sunset dinner cruise from Waikiki Beach can make a lasting memory.

Of course, after spending time at the beach, there is plenty of just plain enjoying the relaxed pace. You’ll learn some native words like ‘mahalo”, which means “thank you”. The word itself has an interesting history, borrowed from another language (follow the link). Here’s a list of ten Hawaiian words.

You can save money and time waiting in restaurants by buying food and eating picnic lunches or dinners occasionally. Restaurants are usually less expensive at lunchtime and some have earlybird discounts at dinnertime. But dining out is part of the experience of visiting any place you travel to. Enjoy your trip to Oahu. Descriptions of sights on the other islands may follow in future blog articles. Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii are the most visited.

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In previous blog posts, I began telling the story of my brain tumor and the depression which followed it. The second article in the series described my faith in God which sustained me through both trials.

Having recently started a word-by-word translation of Martin Luther’s Bible from German to English, I introduced the project and published Matthew Chapter 1 . Later I wrote commentary on it; my church background and theological training is in my USA Melting Pot bio.

Dale Murrish writes on history, travel, technology, religion and politics for the Troy Patch and USA Melting Pot club. You can help this non-profit club by making your Amazon purchases through the link on the left side of their website. You can also see over a dozen ethnic presentations from people with firsthand knowledge under Culture & Country (right hand side), and outdoor presentations (Hobby & Fun), including posts on bicycling, skiing and camping.

Other interesting articles on the USA Melting Pot website have been written by Bilal Rathur on his hajj to Saudi Arabia (Part 6) and by Carl Petersen. Thanks to both of them for their contributions.