Sea Life Park, Maharaja, Nimtiz Zippy's

by Jaymee Takehiro, Isidro Dudulas Jr., and AnnMarie Asuncion

Stuck with nothing to do on the weekends? Here's the ultimate weekend filled with fun, relaxation, and partying till the wee hours of dawn. Three places you'll have to go to are Sea Life Park, Maharaja, Zippy's Nimitz. You'll be missing out on a lot of fun if you don't go.

The first place you'll want to go to is Sea Life Park. It is located on the east side of Oahu. To get there you take the H-1 freeway going eastbound. The freeway will end and you will be on Kalanianaole Highway. The highway will become a one-lane road, and there will be two beaches and two lookout points on the right side. The first beach is called Hanauma Bay, and the second one is called Sandy Beach. Sea Life Park is about a five minute drive past Sandy Beach, on the left side. The admis sion there is about twenty dollars. For about two dollars more you can get a guided tour. The admission fee includes a variety of things to do and see. There you will be able to see many native Hawaiian fish and plants. You will also be able to se e whales and dolphins shows. Turtle lagoons, sea lions and penguins are some of their sea life expeditions. This is the only place to see the unique "wholphin", which is a cross between the false killer whale and the Atlantic dolphin. Their aquarium is filled with many tropical fish such as sting rays, hammerhead shark, balloon fish, and the famous Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. These are just some of the many things to see. Also, Sea Life Park you can purchase souvenirs at many wonderful gift shops. If you love the marine life this is one place you can't afford to miss out on.

When you're ready for the night life the place I recommend is the dance club Maharaja. Its located in the heart of Waikiki, in the Trade Center, on Kalakaua Avenue. This dance club is rated four stars for its atmosphere, music, decor, food, and custo mer service. Celebrities, such as Magic Johnson, have said this club to be first class. For me, the best time to go to the club is around 10:30 pm, that's when the club gets live and happening. Most nights they have a disc-jockey that plays a variet y of music ranging from techno, R&B, some rock and roll, hip hop, and high energy. Some night the club may feature a live band for special attractions. Maharaja is not only a place for the twenty one and over crowd, its a club that features college nights on Sundays, which allows anyone eighteen and over to come and party, too. So if your ready to party, dance and drink (21 over) all night Maharaja is the place to be. But make sure you have a designated driver to bring you to your next destinat ion.

After the night life, you can cruise down the Ala Moana Boulevard until you end up on Nimitz Highway. You'll come to a local joint called Zippys Restaurant. This is the place to go when you want to relax and sober up from all that drinking and dancin g. There are many items to choose from on the menu. You have American and local dishes. Items such as loco moco, teriyaki mixed plate, breaded beef or pork cutlet, saimin, etc. You name it, I'm sure they've got it. If you love to eat sweets, Zippy s has plenty of it. Desserts like eclairs, jello pies, chocolate cakes, sundaes, naples, and the list goes on and on. Also, Zippys on Nimitz features laser karaoke. While eating you have the pleasure of being entertained by other patrons or you can sing yourself paying only $1.00 per song. So if your hungry and you want to relax and have a good time as well, I recommend you go to Zippys. Its open 24 hours, they have good customer service, great food, and its a popular place for the local people in Hawaii.

In closing, Sea Life Park, Maharaja, Zippys on Nimitz are the three spots in Oahu I recommend you visit first. You can get a close look on the Sea organism, have fun drinking and dancing, and also eat good food at reasonable prices.