Laura McKenzie's Traveler Episodes
If you're visiting Hawaii for the first time, there's no better place to start than with the Island of Oahu. Known as "the gathering place," Oahu has the highest population of the island group and receives more visitors than any other island. It is a very visual island with sights and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Honolulu's most famous beach, Waikiki, stretches from the city's harbor all the way down to "Diamond Head", the volcano usually seen in the background of most beach pictures and postcards. Here's where to come for outrigger canoeing, sun bathing, swimming, surfing, wind sailing, parasailing. It's easy to see why Waikiki is the center of tourism here on the island.
The one water sport that Hawaii is most famous for is surfing. Surfing has been a big part of the Hawaiian culture for hundreds of years, and was made popular worldwide in the early 1900's by Olympic swimming champion and Hawaiian son, Duke Kahanamoku, also known as "the Big Kahuna", a name known universally as the grandfather of the sport.