[UPDATED 2016] What would a woman who grew up in Hawaii show her mainland-born husband and son when they visited Oahu? A former Honolulu resident profiles various beaches, tourist sights, and different types of “local” food in an amazon ebook.
A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Oahu is a virtual scrapbook, with photos and commentary of various Oahu destinations. Barbara Lougheed was born and raised in Honolulu, graduated from the University of Hawaii, moved to the mainland, and married a mainlander. After her son was born and was old enough to travel, she had to plan her first visit back home and decide what to show her mainland born husband and son. She came back to visit every few years, and her new ebook is a summary of the places they visited and the foods they ate. Readers benefit from a different point of view than other travel guidebooks. Photos and reviews of famous locations like Waikiki and Hanauma Bay are included, but so are other lesser-known areas like Chinatown and Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. See her son jumping off the rock at Waimea Bay on the North Shore, posing with a turtle at Turtle Beach, eating Waiola shave ice in Kapahulu, hanging from a Banyan tree in Kapiolani Park, ringing the bell and feeding the fish at Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe, and swimming to Flat Island at Kailua Beach. Dining reviews cover the local “plate lunch,” along with other locations serving Chinese, Korean, and Hawaiian food, Pacific Rim cuisine, supermarket deli food, a shrimp truck on the North Shore, and even mochi ice cream. Choosing a Hawaiian Island to Visit, the last section in the book, details the differences between the Hawaiian Islands, so visitors can decide for themselves which island best suits them. Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and The Big Island of Hawaii differ in population, types of beaches, activities, and ambience, but visitors may not be aware of these differences.