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CELEBRITY SPOTTING ON OAHU

OAHU – A thriving metropolitan city and resort location combined with breathtaking island scenery? No wonder Oahu has found its way into the hearts of Hollywood’s A-list. Only five hours from Los Angeles, Oahu is the place to enjoy being pampered and relaxing at oceanfront resorts.  With an impressive collection of world-class cuisine and fun-in-the-sun activities, Oahu has become the hot spot for elites to meet, eat, greet and sleep.  Here’s a sampling:

Star-Worthy Adventures

Celebrities have discovered ways to soak in Oahu’s beautiful landscape and ocean surroundings with outdoor activities. 

Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake are among the celebrities that count surfer Hans Hedemann as their mentor. Hans Hedemann Surf School has seven different locations on Oahu, with the most popular being in Waikiki.

Located on a floating office, Island Seaplane offers seaplane tours that give stars like Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore a birds eye view of Oahu’s famous landmarks such as Diamond Head Crater, Hanauma Bay and USS Arizona Memorial, to name a few.

Twogood Kayaks and Canoes, located on the Windward side of Oahu in Kailua, offers kayak rental services.  Drew Barrymore, David Spade, and Robin Williams have enjoyed kayaking off Kailua and Lanikai beaches, often paddling to offshore islands. 

Hawaii Shark Encounters considers itself one of Hawaii’s most thrilling adventures. Three miles off Oahu’s North Shore, Kelly Clarkson has come face to face with sharks, up to 30 at a time, in an underwater shark cage.

Dining Delights

Considering the vast array of culinary experiences Oahu has to offer, celebrities have plenty of delectable eateries to choose from.

Waikiki hotels are popular dining destinations.  Halekulani’s restaurants attract numerous celebrities.  Kristin Davis, Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman are among the guests of the beachfront Orchids.  At the Kahala Mandarin Oriental, Hawaii, Sandra Bullock, Jesse James, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore have dined at Hoku’s, while Janet Jackson and Will Smith have dined at Cabanas Seaside Grill.   Sandler and Barrymore have also dined at the newly renovated Plumeria Beach House.

Outrigger Reef on the Beach houses two restaurants favored by celebrities. The first is Ocean House, an open-air, beachfront restaurant boasting a spectacular view of the sunset and Diamond Head, where Cameron Diaz was spotted.  Mark McGrath and Rob Schneider have dined at Shore Bird.

The Hanohano Room, located on the 30th floor of the Sheraton Waikiki, is a Hawaiian regional dining experience preferred by the cast of “Lost.”  Even stars like The Rock and Clay Aiken love a luau, and were seen enjoying Waikiki’s only beachfront luau, The Royal Hawaiian Luau.  Legendary lady Elizabeth Taylor has been spotted at The Royal Hawaiian’s Mai Tai Bar.

Jimmy Buffett has treated lucky patrons at Duke’s at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach to surprise performances, and members of Pearl Jam were also spotted at the beachfront restaurant. Tiki’s Grill & Bar at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel has counted Wyclef Jean and Paul Walker among its guests.

Kyo-ya Restaurant offers the finest in traditional Japanese cuisine.  Designed to please the eye and the insatiable appetite, Kyo-ya has served guests such as Sean Penn, John Woo, Ryan Seacrest and Randy Jackson. 

Located at Ala Moana Center, Morton’s Steakhouse has attracted 3 Doors Down, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and Dominic Monaghan and Evangeline Lilly of “Lost.”  Tommy Lee and Laird Hamilton have stopped for a drink at the Mai Tai Bar.

Experiencing Hawaiian regional cuisine on Oahu is a must. Venture out of Waikiki to Alan Wong’s, one of Oahu’s most celebrated restaurants and a favorite of Kevin James. Jules Asner, Tia Carrere and golf phenom Michelle Wie have dined under the colorful umbrellas at L’Uraku. Head down the Kalanianaole Highway to Hawaii Kai, where Sandra Bullock, Norah Jones and Jimmy Kimmel have dined at Roy’s

Celebrity Hotels

When stars need a place to crash, Oahu’s hotels deliver.  There’s something for everyone, including the A-list, on Oahu. 

The Kahala has housed Will Smith, The Osbournes, Noah Wyle, Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake. The property features a gentle Asian décor, lush gardens, a dolphin lagoon and a secluded beach.  No stranger to filming and celebrities, the Kahala was the site of the “50 First Dates” press junket and often serves as a film location for “Lost.”

Cuba Gooding Jr., Matt Lauer, Bette Midler, J.J. Abrams and Diana Krall have given Halekulani their stamp of approval.  The hotel, a peaceful oasis in the heart of Waikiki, has gained a reputation for impeccable service, hospitality and cuisine.

Kate Bosworth cleaned rooms at the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa while filming “Blue Crush.” The beachfront hotel, one of the few properties on Oahu’s Leeward coast, also houses NFL players during the Pro Bowl. 

Cindy Crawford and Clint Eastwood have stayed at The Royal Hawaiian, one of Oahu’s historic hotels located in the heart of Waikiki, and the hotel has been used as a film location for “Punch Drunk Love” and “My Wife & Kids.”

Waikiki's biggest resort, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, is also Paris Hilton’s favorite hotel among those in her namesake chain.  The 22-acre property features tropical gardens, waterfalls, exotic wildlife, priceless artwork and more than 20 restaurants and lounges.

Renaissance Ilikai Waikiki Hotel, another one of Honolulu’s production-friendly hotels, has hosted film crews for movies such as “50 First Dates,” “Tears of the Sun,” “The Rundown” and “Windtalkers.”


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