Oahu Revealed - Updated Changes



Updates to 6th Edition

It happens every time. The day after we send the disks off to the printers for our brand new edition, somebody changes something that directly affects what we write. Several times we’ve e-mailed these changes to the printers. (It’s our only chance to yell that classic publisher line, Stop the presses!) But after the presses roll we’re left shaking our heads, saying, “Yeah, we know that changed. We’ll correct that in our next printing.” The internet is the next best thing to yanking back all the books in print and scribbling in the changes that always occur.

At Wizard Publications we continually strive to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information on the islands. We are the only publisher who updates our books every time we reprint them. So if you see the updates below already listed in the book you just bought, you may have a recent printing.

The updates below are for the 6th edition of Oahu RevealedNote: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

Temporary Updates:

  • Doris Duke’s The Shangri La (page 156) will be closed from Sept. 24 through Nov. 22, 2018 for maintenance and conservation. Tours will start again on Nov. 23, 2018.
  • The USS Arizona Memorial (page 109, 157) closed indefinitely one day before Memorial Day because of cracks on its exterior and structural issues with the foundation. They expect more info after October 1, 2018
  • Due to a conflict between the land owner and tour company, the Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour (page 252) is not available. Though we expect this problem to be resolved at some point, at the moment it is considered trespassing to use the trail to the Kalaupapa peninsula, by mule or on foot. The sure-fire way to legally get to Kalaupapa is by plane through Father Damien Tours (808-349-3006). They can get you there but you will also need to secure a permit from a separate company, Damien Tours (808-567-6171), in order to visit and tour the settlement (Father Damien Tours may be able to facilitate getting the permit, but they are not the ones that issue it–clear as mud?) If you hope to hike the trail down to the settlement, you’ll need a permit from Damien Tours as well as permission from the land owner (the trail head is on private land). Contact R.W. Meyer Ltd. (808-375-9335) for more information.

General Information & Updates:

  • Diamond Head Harley (page 24) is closed.
  • Makani Kai Helicopters (page 175) is closed.
  • Pedal Power Bike Tours (page 179) is closed.
  • Wild Bunch (page 187) sadly had their boat sink.
  • Senator Fong’s Plantation & Gardens (page 225) is closed.

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have closed: 

  • Da Crawfish & Crab Shack
  • Luibueno’s
  • Wailana Coffee House

From the Where to Stay chapter:

  • The Waikiki Parc is closed for renovations until October of 2019. We will back to have a look after the dust settles.

Updates to 5th Edition

The updates below are for the 5th edition of Oahu RevealedNote: all pages numbers refer to the printed edition of the book.

Temporary Updates:

  • The USS Arizona Memorial (page 103, 219) closed indefinitely one day before Memorial Day because of cracks on its exterior and structural issues with the foundation.

General Information & Updates:

  • Island Air (page 22) has ceased operations in Hawaii.
  • Enterprise Rent a Car (page 23) now charges $25 per day extra for drivers aged 21-24.
  • Akamai Cab Company (page 23) is now Aloha Aina Cab. Their phone number is 808-944-3400.
  • Diamond Head Harley (page 24) is closed.
  • Hilo Hattie (page 40) has closed its main store on Nimitz Hwy. The Ala Moana location remains open.
  • Aloha Beach Services (page 47 & 190) has changed their extension to 42341.
  • Valley of the Temples (page 75) has increased their entrance fee to $5.
  • Sacred Falls State Park – aka Kaluanui State Park (page 80) has been closed since 1999. Since the inception of our first edition O‘ahu book, we have never stated that the park was open to visitors. The park remains closed with no plans to reopen it.
  • The 4WD road to Ka‘ena Point (page 92 and map on page 88) is currently closed to all vehicles.
  • Nanakuli Beach (page 117) has been renamed Kalanianaole Beach Park in honor of the late Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Piikoi.
  • Cabins at Malaekahana (page 149) are now called Malaekahana Beach Campground and the phone number is 808-674-7715. Kama‘aina Kids is no longer the concessionaire.
  • Hana Hou Air (page 151) has changed their name to Hawaii Glider & Sailplane Academy.
  • Makani Kai Helicopters (page 157) is closed.
  • Stearman Biplane (page 157) is no more.
  • Kaniakapupu Ruins/Luakaha Falls Hike (page 167) is closed and anyone caught trespassing in the area can be cited.
  • The Pali Puka Lookout hike (page 167) is also closed.
  • Mokulua Island and Flat Island (page 183) cannot be visited by commercial kayak or vessel on Sundays. That day is reserved for privately-owned vessels and kayaks.
  • Lyon Arboretum (page 187) phone number should be 808-988-0456.
  • Waikiki Beach Sailing (page 188) has changed their name to Holokai Catamaran.
  • Manu Kai (page 192) has changed their phone number to 808-386-7422.
  • Waikiki Beach Services (page 190) phone number should be 808-388-1510.
  • Ali‘i Kai Dinner Cruise (page 193) is suspended while the boat is undergoing maintenance.
  • Deep Ecology (page 195) is closed.
  • Senator Fong’s Plantation & Gardens (page 225) is closed.
  • The Groove Hawai‘i (page 229) is closed.

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants have closed: 

  • Agnes Portuguese Bake Shop
  • Blue Water Shrimp
  • Bubbies Ice Cream University Ave. location
  • Cha Cha Cha Salsaria
  • China Buffet
  • Chuck’s Steak House
  • Crouching Lion Bar & Grill
  • Eastern Food Center
  • Fine Ass Brand Chocolate
  • Grass Skirt Grill
  • Hula Dog (Haleiwa location)
  • I Love Country Café Queen St. location
  • Irifune
  • Ishimoto Market (in Oahu Market)
  • Jameson’s By The Sea
  • Just Tacos Mililani location
  • Kaneohe’s Boston Pizza
  • Keoni by Keo’s
  • Kiwami Ramen
  • Kua ‘Aina Sandwich Honolulu location. The Hale‘iwa location remains open.
  • Mabuhay Café
  • Macky’s Shrimp Truck
  • Molly’s Smokehouse
  • Ocean House
  • Oceanarium
  • Ola
  • Pacifico Pizza
  • Payao
  • Phuket Thai
  • Pineapple Room
  • Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill
  • Pizza Bob’s
  • Round Table Pizza Kaiulani Ave. location. The other locations remain open.
  • Schooners
  • Seafood Village
  • Serg’s Mexican Kitchen Waimanalo location. The Manoa location remains open.
  • Shore Bird Beach Broiler
  • Singha Thai
  • Soul de Cuba
  • Surf n Turf Tacos Monsarrat Ave. location. The Waikiki location on Kuhio Ave. remains open.
  • The Shack in Hawai‘i Kai. The other two locations remain open.
  • Todai Sushi & Seafood
  • Wailana Coffee House
  • Waioli Tea Room is closed and looking for new owners.
  • Wings & Things by Serg

From the Island Dining chapter, the following restaurants/lu‘au have changed:

  • Assaggio’s phone number in Hawaii Kai should be 808-396-0756.
  • Chief’s Lu‘au (page 283) has moved locations from Sea Life Park to Wet’n’Wild. We reviewed it for our 6th edition and app.
  • Coquito’s is at 85-773 Farrington Hwy.
  • Crêpes No Ka ‘Oi moved down the block to 143 Hekili St.
  • Happy’s Snack Bar at the Hale Koa is now called Happy’s Fast & Fresh.
  • Hula Dog in Waikiki has moved to 206 Kapuni St. at the corner of Kuhio Ave. their new phone number is 808-256-7008.
  • Kahuku Grill has changed their name to Seven Brothers at the Mill.
  • Lanikai Juice is at 600 Kailua Rd. in Kailua not 572.
  • Luibuenos has moved to 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy in Kapolei. Their new phone# is (808) 637-7717. We reviewed it for our 6th edition and app.
  • Ma‘ili Sunset Bar & Grill has changed it’s name to Da Crawfish & Crab Shack.
  • Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian the phone number is 808-923-7311.
  • Nobu has moved to Ward Village at 1118 Ala Moana Blvd.
  • North Shore Tacos the address is 54-296 Kamehameha Hwy.
  • Opal Thai closed in Hale‘iwa and moved to 1030 Smith St. in Chinatown. Their phone is 808-381-8091.
  • Pint & Jigger’s phone number is 808-744-9593.
  • Pronto Pickle is now called Wiki Wiki Market.
  • Royal Hawaiian’s ‘Aha‘aina Lu‘au has completely changed their menu. We reviewed it for our 6th edition and app.
  • Seven Brothers is at 55-510 Kamehameha Hwy.
  • Sweet E’s has moved a few doors down to 1006 Kapahulu Ave. at the corner of Kaimuki Ave.
  • Tacos & More is at 85-993 Farrington Hwy.
  • Te Moana Nui dinner show has moved to the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani at 120 Kaiulani Ave. The phone number is 808-921-4600.
  • Ted’s Bakery phone number is 808-638-8207.
  • Uncle Woody’s has a new owner and new name: Kai’s Island Korn. Their new phone number to 484-529-6307.
  • Waialua Bakery is at 66-200 Kamehameha Hwy.

From the Where To Stay chapter:

  • The toll free phone number for Aston is now: 855-747-0763.
  • Aqua Waikiki Wave underwent extensive renovations and is now called The Laylow Autograph Collection. We reviewed it here on our website and in our app.
  • Hokele Suites underwent renovations and is now called Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. We reviewed it here on our website and in our app.
  • Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber is now the Waikiki Beachcomber. We reviewed it here on our website and in our app.
  • Maile Sky Court is now Holiday Inn Express Honolulu-Waikiki. We reviewed it here on our website and in our app.
  • Ohana Waikiki West has reopened as Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach after extensive renovations. We reviewed it here on our website and in our app.
  • Waikiki Beachside Hotel is closed for renovations.
  • Waikiki Prince Hotel is now called Waikiki Central Hotel and is closed for renovations.