THE ISLAND OF OAHU,
HAWAII

// APRIL 4-8, 2018 // OCTOBER 24-28, 2018 //

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HEAD TO HAWAII

Get Your Aloha

We L-O-V-E Oahu and tbh, taking you guys there is like taking you home to meet our clan, where the chefs, lei makers, distillers, and boutique owners are all family.  

What that means for you? The inside track to the most populous, but, in our book, most underappreciated of the Hawaiian islands.  It'll be a mix of town and country as we clock in a few days in iconic Waikiki then head to the famed North Shore for some beach time. Join our 4-night, 5-day long weekender filled with a craft rum tour, a cocktail-making class, a shopping crawl with drinks and bites to lead the way, and a waterfall (or two!) 

Salt & Wind Travel Oahu
Salt & Wind Oahu Trip

FROM WAIKIKI TO NORTH SHORE

But Why Oahu?

 

 

Oahu is an island that's so often just a layover spot for travelers heading to other Hawaiian islands but we love spending more time there. The contrast of bustling Honolulu filled with creatives, local food, and amazing cocktails and the big waves and chill vibes of the North Shore make it one of our favorite places around. 

 
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Salt & Wind Travel Oahu Hawaii
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All In The Details

Your Trip Includes...

Here's what's included in the trip fare:

  • A group photographer so you can enjoy the moment

  • Market tours, art gallery visits, and pop-up parties with local creatives

  • A group concierge to help with any extra events you may want to plan

  • At least 10 edited group photos daily

  • Group transportation to/from all events listed on the itinerary

  • Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi

  • Meal at one of the best restaurants on Hawaii

  • Morning hikes or yoga classes

  • Lei-making session with a local maker

  • Street food crawl in Honolulu

  • Distillery visit and cocktail class on Oahu

  • Hands-on cooking class with host and chef, Aida Mollenkamp

  • Meals listed in the itinerary (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)

  • Tips for all meals, hotels, drivers, and activity guides included in the itinerary

  • Wifi hotspots at all times

  • A few gifts from some of our favorite food & travel brands

  • A couple surprises! (You didn’t think we’d tell you every last detail, did you?) 

The following are not included in the trip fare:

  • Any incidental expenses 

  • Tips for photographer and trip hosts

  • Required travel insurance

  • Any extra excursions or events you plan with our concierge

  • Transportation from your home to/from Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel in Honolulu

  • Alcohol aside from for 1 alcoholic drink at both lunch and dinner

  • Anything from room service of the hotel minibar

 
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Sample Itinerary

Each trip is unique so we don't have a one-size-fits-all itinerary, but we work with many of the same partners to guarantee quality.  Here's a sample itinerary:


 
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Day 1: Arrival, Waikiki Beach Time, and Pau Hana Cocktails

DAYTIME // ARRIVE IN HONOLULU 

Fly into Honolulu airport and transfer to hotel (let us know if you need an early check in!)

DAYTIME // WAIKIKI BEACH TIME

Take a surf of SUP lesson and get in some beach time.

3:00 // CHECK IN HOTEL

Check in and relax at the hotel. 

5:00 PM-6:30 PM // PAU HANA HAPPY HOUR

Get a cocktail lesson while enjoying beachside happy hour

7:00 PM-9:00PM // CONTEMPORARY DINNER

Dine at one of the best modern restaurants on the island

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN WAIKIKI


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Day 2: Beach Time, Lei Making, Shopping and Cocktail Crawl

6:30 - 11:30 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

MORNING // ENJOY SOME BEACH TIME OR HIKE

Join Team Salt & Wind for a hike with a view or get in some beach time.

12:30 pM -1:30 PM // LUNCH

Have a local lunch

3:00 -5:00 PM // LEI MAKING CLASS (optional)

Learn to make classic leis with one of the best lei-makers on the island.

5:00 - 9:00 PM // SHOPPING AND COCKTAIL CRAWL

Head on a boutique and cocktail crawl around Chinatown.

8:00 PM // CONTEMPORARY DINNER

Have an easy (and quick) dinner of fresh farm-to-table fare

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN WAIKIKI


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Day 3: Farm Tour, Distillery Visit, and Head To North Shore

6:30 - 11:30 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

11:00 AM // CHECK OUT AND DEPART WAIKIKI

Check out of Waikiki hotel and head to North Shore

12:00 PM -2:00PM // DISTILLERY VISIT AND LUNCH

Get a private tour of a local distillery and have lunch.

3:00 PM // Check in to North Shore hotel

Check into our North Shore hotel.

3:00 - 5:00 PM // FREE TIME

Kick back for a couple hours

5:00 PM // SHOP HALEIWA TOWN AND DINNER

Have a happy hour at a local boutique then head to dinner.

EVENING // OVERNIGHT ON NORTH SHORE OAHU


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Day 4: Day On North Shore and Private Dinner

7:00 - 9:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

8:00 AM // MORNING HIKE (optional)

Head into back country Oahu for a morning hike. 

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM // HORSEBACK RIDING, SUP LESSONS, AND BEACH PICNIC

Horseback ride to a private cove where we'll have SUP lessons and a private beach picnic

1:30 - 5:30 PM // FREE TIME

Enjoy the beach or head into Haleiwa town.

6:00 PM - 9:00PM // PRIVATE Dinner

Have a sunset cocktail and private dinner for last meal on island.

EVENING // OVERNIGHT ON NORTH SHORE OAHU


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Day 5: Head Back Home

6:30 - 11:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT (OPTIONAL)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

AS NEEDEd // CHECK OUT + DRIVE TO HONOLULU AIRPORT

Guests heading to Honolulu airport will depart. The drive takes about 1 hour FYI.

 

 

I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS...

Oahu FAQs

So, you have a few questions? Well, we've got answers!


WHY OAHU?

Why did you guys choose Hawaii?

Okay, we'll be totally transparent: our founder, Aida Mollenkamp, has a thing for Hawaii. She's spent about a month there every year for the past decade and has come to know the ins and outs of the island.

But it's more than that: Oahu is our Hawaiian Island of choice because they’ve truly got it all going on here. It’s the only island with an actual city, which gives Oahu a sense of Cosmopolitan flair in the middle of the Pacific. We love that it’s turned into a melting pot because it’s created a really cool, totally unique mishmash of culture and cuisine.

So why should I go to Oahu specifically? 

We want to preface Oahu with this disclaimer: if you’ve been here when you were you younger, and therefore have visions of Disneyland and kitschy hawaiian shirts plaguing your memory than bear with us, because it’s changed completely and we’re sure that it’s for the better. We like Honolulu because, similar to our travel brand, it’s an eclectic mix of high and low with lots of room for activity mingling with relaxation. If you’ve been to the Hawaiian Islands before, let us show you another take on paradise that’s more get up and go, filled with finds that are off the beaten path and only for people that are truly in-the-know.

OAHU TRIP ATTENDEES

What sort of traveler would enjoy the Oahu trip?

Our Oahu trip is curated for the easy going traveler who enjoys the cross-section of refined and casual tourism. We’ll be mixing the two often to create an authentically Hawaiian experience for our travelers, meaning one day will be lunch standing up at a food truck and the next dinner at an award-winning restaurant. The days are long and packed with oodles of activities, and some surprises are in store, so high energy, get-up-and-go attitudes are encouraged.

How many guests are there total? Who else is going on this trip?

We cap these trips at 12 guests and then 3 to 5 staff with us at any given time (including drivers, the photographer, the concierge, tour guides, and our founder/host, Aida Mollenkamp). This makes for a big enough group to keep it lively but small enough you don't feel like its group travel. 

We encourage you to bring a friend, significant other, or family member, because our trips are priced for double occupancy rooms and we think it's always more fun to have a roomie you know. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome too!

TRIP DETAILS

How much travel is involved?

We’re exploring two completely different sides of Oahu with this trip, getting a look into the bustling city that is Honolulu and then unwinding on the island's famed North Shore. The entire itinerary takes place on one island so there’s not too much car time — we do our best to break it up so you never have to be in the car for more than 1 1/2 hours at a time. Of course, unforeseen circumstances or traffic could cause delays but we’ll do our best! 

How much walking is involved?

To us, the best way to get to know a city is by walking it. That said, while we're in the city, we'll plan on walking anywhere from 1 to 2 miles daily, weather permitting. We go at a leisurely pace and it's all flat so it's never too overwhelming. When we're in North Shore, the best way to get around is by car, bike, or walking so we can mix it up.

Can I bring a friend or significant other with me?

Please do! Rooms are priced for double occupancy to make it super simple. Just indicate when you book that you would like to room together so we can arrange it for you!

Are food and drinks covered?

For the most part, yes! All meals listed in the itinerary are included (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner). Our seated meals will be served either family-style, as a fixed menu, or as tasting menus, which allows our restaurant partners to service our large group in a consistent manner. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

What kind of food and drink will there be? 

Hawaii's food scene was fusion before fusion was a thing; the cuisine has Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, and Portuguese influences. And in recent years, the farm-to-table movement has had an impact as well. Throughout the islands, you'll find talented chefs creating modern interpretations of traditional dishes — but there will always be big love for the classic multicultural comfort foods.

When you visit Hawaii, a luau is a great way to get a taste of some native Hawaiian food: kalua pork (cooked in an imu, or underground oven); squid luau (squid over taro leaves slow-cooked with coconut milk); poi (cooked, mashed taro root); and laulau (local fish or pork cooked with pig fat and wrapped in taro and ti leaves before cooking).

Another great sampler is plate lunch. A sort of twist on the bento box, this is a meal that has a base of rice and macaroni salad (known as mac salad), topped with a main that can really vary from loco moco or pork katsu to Korean barbecue or garlic shrimp.

Will I need extra spending money? 

If you would like to shop for yourself, there will be a few opportunities to do so. Anything you shop for is to be paid by you, separately. 

There’s a lot here — how busy will I be?

We want you to really get to know the areas we’re traveling; however,  we know that you’re on vacation and will want some downtime too! That said most days will have a few hours of activities, but, to keep it doable, we don’t usually start until around 10AM and we try to pepper in a fair amount of free time in the afternoon as well as optional activities.

What is the weather like? What should I pack?

Despite what people think, Hawaii does indeed have seasons with the winter getting blustery and wet while the summer can be stiflingly hot. We planned our trips during the Spring and Fall since the crowds are less and, in our opinion, the weather is better. 

ACCOMMODATIONS

We have partnered with hotels that meet the Salt & Wind standards of service. 

Room Options

Double Occupancy

Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you're a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you'll each pay the double occupancy rate. Please indicate if you want two separate beds or one bed so we can plan accordingly.

Single Occupancy

Need some alone time? We hear you. That's why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself. 

Roommates

If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy and have the room all to yourself. Please contact us at travel@saltandwind.com to discuss further. 

LOGISTICS

So, do I have to get to and from the airport by myself?

Upon arrival in Honolulu, you are responsible to get FROM the airport to the hotel; however, included in your trip fee is car service back to the airport on the last day. Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com once you have your flights and we can help arrange car service on the front end of the trip if you so desire.

I don’t live close by. Can you book my flight?

The trip price cover airfare from your hometown to Honolulu, Hawaii but we can help! Just ask and we'll connect you with our travel agent who can assist you with flight and other travel details.

I need more time off! Can I add additional days on to the trip?

Great! We plan to add on day trips or trip extensions to the trips in the near future. For now, you can use our concierge (for an additional fee) to arrange additional tours, restaurants, or hotel nights. And, if you want to stay longer in Hawaii, we can help you get preferred rates with our hotel partners.

SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS

I gotta ask...is it safe?

Our team members have all spent an extensive amount of time traveling, drinking, eating, shopping and hanging out in all of the locations we will visit.  We would not be running trips there if we didn’t think it was safe. As with any unfamiliar location, we urge you to take precautions against pickpockets and to minimize traveling with unnecessary valuable goods, like high-end jewelry. All of the hotels we partner with have their own security and safes.

Not to be a downer but what happens in case of a medical emergency?

There are a variety of hospitals across the island all with excellent service.

Do you recommend trip insurance?

Yes, we actually require travel insurance for each and every traveler. There are a variety of services for providing trip insurance and note that many credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire and American Express) include the service as part of a trip purchase. Please check with your credit card to confirm. 

PRICING & PAYMENT

For a specific trip's pricing please visit the "Reserve" section of the site.

For more specifics on payment, head to our general FAQs and be sure to take a look at our Booking Terms and Conditions for the fine print.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Have additional questions? Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com