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Hawaii's celebrity hideaway: Oahu

Thursday, April 21, 2011

What the stars say:

Christina Applegate
"Hawaii's got something about it that has such a great soul to it. That 'aloha spirit ' thing that they talk about is real, so I really do love going to Hawaii."

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
"I grew up in Hawaii and I love going back. It's the energy, the spirit of Hawaii, it's what's called 'aloha spirit', it permeates the island."

Michael Bublé
"My favourite vacation spot is Hawaii without a doubt. I just think it's really beautiful and tranquil and I love playing tennis and golf and going swimming and surfing and having a little bit of privacy is nice to."

Will Ferrell
"My favourite vacation spot. I'm going to say Hawaii."


The Hawaiian Islands are the ideal destination for celebrities. Each of the eight islands has something unique to offer, and for the Hollywood set, they are a short flight from the US mainland .

Jason Dundas took a flying visit to the islands, starting in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. Many visitors spend a few days there before flying or cruising to other islands.

Waikiki was the birthplace of surfing at the turn of the 20th century. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the Father of Surfing, was an extraordinary man. The five-time Olympic swimming medallist was an actor, military policeman and businessman, as well as being involved in the introduction of beach volleyball.

Waikiki is lined with towering hotels and water temperature is friendly year-round. There are countless places to eat, sip tropical cocktails and, of course, shop. For sightseers there's Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Pali Lookout and Diamond Head crater. For something really special, Jason recommends a visit to Kualoa Ranch.

The family-owned enterprise is a 1620 hectare working cattle ranch, spreading from steep mountain cliffs to the sea. If it looks a little familiar, that's because it has been the location for many films and television shows. Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, You, Me and Dupree, Godzilla, 50 First Dates, Lost, Magnum, PI and the old and new Hawaii Five-0 have been shot there.

Jason took a tour with guide Lani Elliot-Utu, and it was like a trip down memory lane. Other tours on offer include Ocean Voyaging, Horseback, Jungle and Secret Island Beach.

Surfers arrive in droves to test their skills at Waimea Bay, Pipeline and Sunset Beach and mornings see the truly keen cycling along the coast in search of the best waves. Oahu's North Shore has been the place to surf since the 1950s and is where the major competitions are held.

VIEW GALLERY: Oahu, Hawaii


The Hawaiian Islands.


Kualoa Ranch full-day adventure tours are $143 for adults and $85 for children. They include transportation from and to Waikiki and buffet lunch. Pick up is 7am and return 4.30pm. There are other tours on offer. Check out their website at

Prices correct at April 21, 2011.

For further information

Kualoa Ranch Hawaii
PO Box 650
Ka'a'awa, Hawaii 96730
United States
Ph: +1 808 748 3238
Fax: +1 808 237 8841

Visa: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at

Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.

Time zone: Hawaii is GMT -10.

Currency: The American dollar.

International dialling code: +1.

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