Hawaii Girlfriend Getaways

Some options for gal pals that want to get away

By: By Marty Wentzel

Off-duty firefighters teach the ladies how to hang ten on a secluded southwest Oahu beach // (c) 2009

 Off-duty firefighters teach the ladies how to hang ten on a secluded southwest Oahu beach

Gal pals, take note. The island of Oahu wants to make your next vacation together one to remember. While the island is loaded with activities, attractions, accommodations and restaurants with feminine appeal, the following are particularly well-suited to girlfriend getaways.


Bike Hawaii. Girlfriends can book tours on two wheels as well as hiking and ocean excursions. 877-682-7433, www.bikehawaii.com

Hawaiian Fire Surf School. Off-duty firefighters teach the ladies how to hang ten on a secluded southwest Oahu beach. 888-955-7873, www.hawaiianfire.com

Hawaii Food Tours. Culinary trips around town take clients to eateries specializing in one-of-a-kind island fare. 808-926-3663, www.hawaiifoodtours.com

Honolulu Marathon. Slated this year for Dec. 13, this foot race draws thousands of runners to a picturesque course by the sea. 808-734-7200, www.honolulumarathon.org

Pineapple Painting Tours. Two local artists help clients discover their creative muse during outdoor watercolor classes. 808-590-7092, www.pineapplepaintingtours.com

Skydive Hawaii. Tandem dives over north Oahu provide gal pals with high-flying stories for the folks back home. 808-637-9700, www.hawaiiskydiving.com

Soar Hawaii. In bubble-top gliders, clients get an eyeful of scenery during these tours at once silent and spectacular. 808-637-3147, www.soarhawaii.com

Twogood Kayaks. During guided tours, clients paddle on the calm, reef-protected waters of Kailua Bay, with an island stop for lunch. 808-262-5656, www.twogoodkayaks.com

Wild Side Specialty Tours. The pristine waters off west Oahu set the stage for eco-friendly trips, including swim time with dolphins. 808-306-7273, www.sailhawaii.com


Aston Waikiki Sunset. One block from the beach, this condominium resort provides suites with all the amenities of home, including a full kitchen, at reasonable prices. 877-774-2924, www.astonhotels.com

Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk. Spacious one- and two-bedroom suites and proximity to lots of shops make this a great headquarters for girlfriends. 800-362-2779, www.embassysuiteswaikiki.com

Halekulani. This high-end option features some of Waikiki’s most elegant suites, perfect when ladies want to pamper themselves to the fullest. 800-367-2343, www.halekulani.com


Contemporary Museum. Here’s a relaxing indoor and outdoor setting in which to peruse art, savor lunch and pick up souvenirs. 808-526-1322, www.tcmhi.org

Honolulu Academy of Arts. After touring its formidable collection of paintings, clients can lunch in its landscaped courtyard. 808-532-8700, www.honoluluacademy.org

Shangri La. At the oceanfront estate of Doris Duke, priceless Islamic works vie for the eye with impressive architectural touches. 866-385-3849, www.shangrilahawaii.org


Ala Moana Center. This vast indoor-outdoor shopping emporium boasts 290 stores, kiosks and restaurants. 808-955-9517, www.alamoanacenter.com

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. Hawaii’s largest open-air flea market has heaps of merchandise, including Hawaii-made products. 808-486-6704, www.alohastadiumswapmeet.net

Waikele Outlet Mall. Avid shoppers appreciate the discounts at these 50 outlet stores, located 20 minutes from Honolulu. 808-676-5656, www.premiumoutlets.com/waikele