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Top Five Places to Watch the Sunset on Oahu


Nothing says “Hawaii” quite like a breathtaking sunset, especially on Oahu. No matter where you drive on the island, you’re sure to come across an amazing sunset that’ll make you smile (and your social media friends jealous!). Here are our five favorite spots on the island for catching that picture-perfect sunset shot.

5. Kakaako Waterfront Park
Nestled in the heart of Honolulu, Kakaako Waterfront Park is the perfect location for watching sunsets with the family. Its grassy hills and sweeping ocean views ensure that no matter where you are in the park, you’ll catch a glimpse of the colorful magic.

4. Kaena Point
This one’s for our friends on or visiting Oahu’s west side! Kaena Point is known for its popular and accessible hiking trail, but did you know it’s also one of the best places to catch the sunset? Here’ you’ll find enchanting blue waters and unique tidepools in the foreground of your perfect sunset photo.

3. Sunset Beach
Who wouldn’t want to watch the sunset at Oahu’s Sunset Beach? As its name implies, Sunset Beach consistently delivers some of the best ocean views as the sun sinks beneath the shoreline. You’ll want to arrive early, because this popular destination gets busy fast!

2. Waikiki Beach
If you’re staying in Waikiki and can’t make the drive elsewhere, don’t worry—Waikiki Beach has got you covered. Here you’ll find one of the most relaxing ways to end your day in paradise, complete with stunning ocean views and sandy shores. Our tip: hit up the beach to watch the sunset, then close out your evening at Rock-A-Hula, where the spirit of Aloha meets the sparkle of Vegas! The rockin’ show starts at 8PM in the 750-seat Royal Hawaiian Theater.

1. Star of Honolulu
Of all the places to watch the sunset, we like this one the best. Join us aboard the STAR for a memorable evening at sea, where you’ll be treated to gourmet food, live entertainment, smooth sailing, and the best sunset and city lights views on the island.

To book your sunset cruise today, call (808) 983-STAR (7827) or visit StarofHonolulu.com. We can’t wait to welcome you aboard!


Enjoy Outdoor Classroom Settings with Stars of Paradise

It’s that time of year when the kids are heading back to school! Not only does Stars of Paradise offer fun activities and luxury dinner cruises for visitors, but we also aim to promote cultural and marine awareness in Hawaii through our educational cruises.

If you have a school group heading to the islands this year or next year, Stars of Paradise offers educational programs for Continental U.S. schools through the Star of Honolulu, Dolphin Star, Rock-A-Hula and Royal Star Hawaii starting from $49 per person.

Package options include:

    • Star of Honolulu – Groups will enjoy a fun evening aboard the island’s number one cruise with stunning views of the Hawaiian sunset and city lights! Our Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show package features a roast beef buffet, non-alcoholic mai tai and a “Polynesian Journey” show.
    • Dolphin Star – Aboard our Wild Dolphin Watch BBQ & Snorkel cruise, school groups will experience an exciting dolphin watch, alongside our Naturalist crew as they cruise up the Waianae coast. Students will also enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch and snorkeling at our secret reef spot!
    • Rock-A-Hula – Students are sure to enjoy our Luau Buffet & Show complete with a whole roasted luau pig and herb crusted roast beef, non-alcoholic mai tai and premier seats for Waikiki’s biggest show. Our show features a “Hawaiian Journey” from the 1920s to today through captivating music and performances by tribute artists Elvis and Michael Jackson, Hawaii female talent, hula and fire knife dancers and our band! Groups may also purchase our Rockin’ Show.
    • Royal Star Hawaii – We offer an Arizona Memorial & City Tour for school groups to experience historic Hawaii landmarks. Join us in visiting the number ONE attraction on Oahu – the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument with Arizona Memorial. Plus, enjoy the Punchbowl National Cemetery (the “Arlington of the Pacific”) and historic downtown Honolulu sites, including the State Capitol building, King Kamehameha Statue, Iolani Palace and Kawaiahao Church (Hawaii’s Westminster Abbey). Groups may also book the upgraded tour package that includes a visit to the USS Missouri.

School group specials are offered for the Star of Honolulu and Rock-A-Hula. Groups may take advantage of a 10 percent discount with over 30 guests, plus one free chaperone ticket per 50 students. For more information or to fill out an application, visit StarofHonolulu.com/school-groups/.


Experience Hawaiian Culture at 2018 Aloha Festivals

If you’re seeking a unique event on O‘ahu that captures the essence of Hawaii’s culture, check out the 2018 Aloha Festivals taking place throughout the month of September!

Here’s a schedule of the Aloha Festivals events and activities for you to enjoy.

  • Saturday, September 1 – Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony
    4:00 p.m. Investiture and 5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
    The Royal Hawaiian Resort, Royal Grove & Royal Hawaiian Center
    To kick off the festivities, the Aloha Festivals Royal Court will be introduced on the grounds of Helumoa, originally home to Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. At the ceremony, the king, queen, prince and princess will take their place on the royal court. The Alii court members are given their royal cloaks, helmets, head feather lei and other symbols of their reign. Accompanying the ceremony will be traditional hula and chants.
  • Saturday, September 15 – Keiki Ho‘olaule‘a
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Pearlridge Center (Uptown)
    Celebrate the Festival with two days of free activities, demonstrations, performances and much more for kids and their families.
  • Saturday, September 22 – 66th Annual Waikiki Ho‘olaule‘a
    7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Kalākaua Avenue
    Experience Hawaii’s largest annual block party – the Waikiki Ho‘olaule‘a! The event highlights local food, crafts, music and entertainment right in the heart of Waikiki.
  • Saturday, September 29 – 72nd Annual Floral Parade
    9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Kalākaua Avenue
    The Aloha Festivals culminates with the annual floral parade from Ala Moana Beach Park to Kapiolani Park, featuring a colorful procession of horseback riders, performances and floats covered with beautiful Hawaiian flowers.

For more information, visit www.alohafestivals.com.


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