Waimea Bay, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Track's

by Regina Nishimura, Frank Dekle, and Raven Mills

If you are a teenager visiting the island of Oahu for the first time, you will find out that there are many places to go and have fun. Waimea Bay Beach Park, Aloha Tower Marketplace, and Campbell Industrial Park are three in particular.

On the first day of your visit, it would be a great idea to start off your day at Waimea Bay Beach Park to catch some sun and swim in the beautiful ocean. Waimea Bay is located on the North Shore of the island and is about a 1 hour 30 minute drive fr om Waikiki. To get there from Kapahulu Avenue, take the H-1 freeway on-ramp heading west. Once there, you will immediately feel relaxed from the sounds of the ocean's shore break. Waimea Bay is famous internationally as the home of the biggest ridable surfing waves in the world. During the winter months, the waves provide some of the most dangerous surf imaginable. When there is a big surf, surfers and spectators from all over Oahu crowd the shoreline to watch the board riders. During the summer mon ths, Waimea Bay is calm as a swimming pool. Many swimmers, take advantage of this to swim laps. Many islanders drive to the North Shore on the weekend to see the peaceful country side of the island and sunbathe at Waimea Bay.

After a long day at Waimea Bay, Aloha Tower Marketplace would be ideal for the rest of the evening. To get to Aloha Tower Marketplace, head back east, take the Nimitz Highway off-ramp and follow the signs. If you like shopping, Aloha Tower Marketplace has nearly 100 shops, such as specialty boutiques, imaginative gift shops, galleries, and much more. They even have one-of-a-kind gifts, crafts, and jewelry available for souvenirs from the unique pushcarts. For a casual dinner, try the Kau Kau Korner F ood Lanai. It has quick over-the-counter meals with a 700 seat capacity lanai and features flavors to match Hawaii's diverse ethnic heritage. A great place for sunset watching! If you prefer seafood, steaks or island cuisine or even a micro-brewery, tr y dining at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Scott's Seafood, Big Island Steak House, or Sloppy Joe's. To cap the evening off , the "Lazer Tag" game, located in the game room at Aloha Tower Marketplace, is a must. You may also want to take the eleva tor to the top of Aloha Tower to see the breath-taking view of Honolulu's city lights.

For the second day of your visit on Oahu, Campbell Industrial Park is recommended if you enjoy street bike (motorcycle), dirt bike or stock car races. To get to Campbell Industrial Park, take the H-1 freeway in the Ewa direction, and then take the 3-A off-ramp and follow the road until you come upon a 76 ball. Motorcycle races are held at this site. These races are held every third Sunday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $5.00 a person. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver form before entering the race tracks. If you want to see stock car or dirt bike races, you need to go through Barber's Point Naval Air Station. Inform the sentry at the front gate that you will be attending the stock car and dirt bike races. These races are held every Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. A dmission is free and you will be asked to sign a liability waiver form as well. These race tracks are very noisy, so earplugs are recommended. The speed of the dirt bikes and stock cars are so thrilling, it makes you feel powerful and gives you a feelin g of getting behind the wheel to join in on the excitement.

As you can see, the island of Oahu has many different types of fun activities to do. This two day adventure is just the tip of the iceberg! 3