The North Shore of Oahu is an ideal Hawaii vacation for families

I’m a little nervous writing this post because I’m afraid I am giving away one of our favorite secrets about Hawaii…………and that is the North Shore.  The North Shore is a reference to the North side of the island of Oahu.  It is opposite side of the island from Waikiki and Honolulu, and we love it because it’s nothing like the South Shore.  There are fewer people, fewer tourist traps and it’s just beautiful.

I think many visitors believe they have to visit the islands of Kauai or Maui to experience the “real” Hawaii, but in reality I don’t think you have to leave the island of Oahu……..you simply have to drive to the other side.

The North Shore is about a one hour drive from Waikiki.  It is home to the three of the most famous surf beaches for big wave surfing Waimea Bay, Pipeline and Sunset Beach.  From November to February these beaches are home to big waves and experienced surfers.

Surprisingly the North Shore does not have many hotels.  The Turtle Bay is the primary hotel on that side of the island.  Renting condos or homes on the North Shore is usually the best way to go if you wish to stay there (highly recommended).

For families the North Shore boasts, good beaches and waves (during the summer), fewer people, great hiking, Hukilau Beach, Hukilau Cafe, BYU Hawaii, the LDS Temple, the Polynesian Culture Center, snorkeling, shrimp trucks and much more.

 


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Hawaiian Miles Frequent Flyer Program

HawaiianMiles can help your family travel for less to Hawaii.  HawaiinMileis is Hawaiian airlines frequent flyer program.  You might think that it’s not worth signing up for because you don’t live in Hawaii and don’t ever fly the airline, but that would be short sighted.  If you plan to travel to Hawaii and if you want to travel between islands while you are there, you should join Hawaiian Miles.

 Redeeming Miles

Inter-island travel can require as few as 7,500 miles for a one-way ticket.  That means if you fly into Honolulu and then want to take a jaunt to Kauai and back you could do so for as little as 15,000 miles.  So how do you earn HawaiianMiles without flying on Hawaii Airlines?

Earning Miles

The quickest and easiest way to earn HawaiianMiles is to sign-up for two Hawaiian Airline credit cards which can net you 70,000 points alone and 140,000 if two of you do it.  Just think, 70,000 points could equal as much as four round trip island tickets.  Not bad at all.  HawaiianMiles also gives you many other ways to earn miles, including spending on the visa card, searching online and of course traveling.

Share, Transfer or Purchase

A convenient feature of HawaiianMiles is the ability to share the miles with family and friends at no cost if you have the visa card.  This allows you to pool, or combine your miles to access you awards.

 

70,000 – 140,000 Hawaiian Airline Points

Without too much effort you can acquire 70,000 – 140,000 Hawaiian Airline points that will help you with travel between islands once you are in Hawaii, or between mainland U.S. and Hawaii.  In our upcoming trip to Hawaii, we plan to visit both Kauai and Maui as a family of 7, so that can be expensive even between islands.  I am planning on using Avios points to get from the mainland to Hawaii and then Hawaiian Airline points to get between islands.  Each credit card is similar, but from two different banks, Bank of Hawaii and Bank of America.  I would suggest doing them both at the same time like I did.  They have similar requirements to get your 70,000 points.  I am going to have my wife apply as well for the same two cards and see if we can get 140,000 points.

  • 20,000 bonus points with 1st purchase
  • 15,000 bonus points after spending $1,000 within 4 months
The links for both cards are:
I found the application for these cards to be simple and straightforward to complete.  I sat down and completed both applications in the same night and received immediate approval  on one and had to wait a few days on the other.  Remember these are two distinct banks that both provide points to the same Hawaiian Miles account.  I know of no quicker way to generate Hawaiian Airline points than by collecting bonus points from these two credit cards.

$384 – San Diego to Honolulu

My American Express Farewatcher notified me that fares dropped this morning from San Diego to Honolulu. It’s for September 11-18th which is difficult with children in school, but maybe you can make that work.

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