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This is known locally as the “town” side of Oahu. Here you have the advantage of being close to Wakiki, downtown Honolulu, Chinatown, the University, the Honolulu Zoo, Honolulu’s many museums, Iolani Palace, Ala Moana Shopping Center and the many fantastic restaurants Honolulu has to offer. There are also a number of natural attractions on this side of the island such as Manoa Falls and Hanauma Bay. Our Oahu Hawaii Beachfront Rentals offer you the opportunity to enjoy a beachfront Hawaiian vacation, but have the convenience of being close to the major tourist attractions located on this side of the island.
Things to Do in the Area.
  • Hanauma Bay -  About 10 minutes from most of our homes on the South Shore this is an attracation you don't want to mis.  The bay is what is left of a collapased volcano located at the waters edge.  The waters in the bay have been designated a marine preserve.  You will swim along side hundreds of local fish and other marine life.     
  • Shopping For those of you who like to shop, the South Shore has a variety of options.  The world fameous outdoor mall Ala Moana Shopping Center is located adjacent to Waikiki.  It has all the high end stores you would find in any metropolian area and a vast selection of local options also.  Close to the our homes located in the South Shore is Kahala Mall.  It has a selection of shops and also a movie theater.
  • Movies:  To check local listing time visit this site.  MOVIE THEATERS.  Theaters closest to the homes in Portlock are the Koko Maiana Shopping Center or Kahala Mall.  The Ward 13 Theater is just past Waikiki and about 20 to 25 minutes from any of the South Shore Homes.
  • Atlantis Submarines.  For those of you who don't want to get wet but want to see what is under all the water that surrounds our islands, this is a safe and educational tour where you can lear about Hawaii's underwater ecosystem.  The submarines in this fleet have been featured in National Geographic and Newsweek. 
  • Sea Life Park
  • The Bishop Museum.  Take a trip into hawaii's past with a visit to the Bishop Museum.  The Museum houses and showcases 13.5 million insect specimens, 6 million marine and land shells, 490,000 plant species and 500,000 marine invertebrates in addtion to its extensive collection of Hawaiiana.  A recent addition is the Science Adventure Center which takes visitors inside valcanoes and provides a hands on learning experience regarding islands and their formation.  Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tropical Bird Photos.  Order a private viewing with Oahu's tropical bird specialist.  He will come to your home with a selection of tropical birds for you to have your photo take with.  Visit his site at
  • Take Surfing Lessions.   Two companies we would recommend:
  • Hans Hedemanns (very good for Japanese clients, have bi lingual staff)
    and Ty Gurney surf school


  • The Bishop Museum - Here you will get a good overview of the history of Hawaii.  visit to see their hours and what they have to offer.
  • The Contemporary Museum - This museum has a wonderful selection of artwork and the lawns and the outdoor statutes with the views of the city behind them make it a worthwhile trip alone.  Also visit the Contemporary Cafe while you are there for lunch.
  • The Honolulu Academy of Arts  The buildings themselves are worth seeing and there is a good selection of artwork from around the pacific and frequently a good traveling show. .  There is also a wonderful cafe for lunch here and a nice gift shop with unusual items great for gifts to take home to remember your time in Hawaii. 
  • The Mission House Museum  Step into a 19th century original home of a missionay and get a view of the past.

South Shore Restaurants

  • Roys.  A delicious blend of Hawaii's unique cultures and flavor.  Hawaiian Fusion.  Eat at the outdoor patio overlooking the ocean in Hawaii Kai.  Hawaii Kai Towne Center.  (808) 396-7697.
  • Nobu in Waikiki - Unbelievable sushi and seafood.  A branch of the fameous restaurant in New York where reservations can not be obtained unless you are fameous or willing to wait months for a table.  (808) 237-6999
  • Town  A charming streetside cafe in Kaimuki.  A local favorite for its fresh often locally grown organic menu.
  • The Olive Tree -  Classic Greek with fresh baked pitas and wonderful falafil.  Located just next to Kahala Shopping Center. 
  • The Greek Mariana - An alternative Greek option located in Koko Mariana Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.  396-8441
  • Assaggio - Wonderful Italian on the Mariana in Koko Mariana Shopping Center..  Offering large or smaller portions.  Their garlic fish salad is devine.  396-0756
  • Kona Brewing Company -  Hand tossed authentic pizza with a island flair.  Try the "Pele's Own" pizza wth cajun tomatoes sause, mozzarella, andouille sausage, rock shrimp, roasted red peppers and smoked mozzerella.  Another great is the "Ka'u Pesto" pizza with macademia nut pesto base, pesto chicken, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and mozzarella.   Located in Koko Mariana Shopping Center in Hawaii Kai.  394-5662
  • Coffee or Tea - Instead of the standard Starbucks coffee, try a bubble drink.  Coffee or Tea is located on Kapiolani Aveune in the MuCully Shopping Center and has some of the best original chinese bubble drinks on island.  Try the jasmine tea bubble drink or milk tea which are two of the basic drinks. 


South Shore Markets

  • Costco - Located at 333A Keahole St Honolulu, HI 96825. 
  • Foodland - 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy Honolulu HI 96825
  • Safeway - Located in Hawaii Kai on Keahole Street. 

Organic markets:

  1. Whole Foods -  It just openned its doors in October 2008 and is located in Kahala Mall at 4211 Wai'ale Avenue. 
  2. Umeke Market
  3. Kale's Market  - Located right next to Safeway in Hawaii Kai Town Center.  It is a smaller local organic market.  377 Keahole St. #A-1  


    Work Out Spots

    Pilates - Looking for a great place to work out?  Try Pilates Advantage in Kaimuki on Wailae Avenue.  The offer group and private classes in Pilates and Gyrotonic-  (808) 735-3533.

    Yoga - There are a number of places.  A close bickrams class can be found at Hawaii Kai Bickram Yoga located on the second floor of the  Koko Mariana Shopping Center.  Call (808) 396-8838 for schedule of classes and rates.  Yoga Hawaii is a great place located in Kaimuki and has a variety of classes in group or private instruction in Hatha yoga classes from Ashtanga to Kripalu.   Both studios are close to the homes located on the South Shore. 


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