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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Oahu

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Oahu is the most popular of the Hawaiian islands. But there might be a few things that may surprise you about this island paradise.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Oahu


1.   $5 Dollars Does Not Make a Footlong

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There are almost 100 Subways in Oahu

There are over 93 Subway restaurants in Oahu but you won’t find a $5 footlong in Oahu.

Footlongs at Oahu Subways are $9.

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2.  Your Tourist Dollars Pay for a College Education for Mormon Students

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Mormons own the Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center was built so students attending BYU Hawaii could work while going to school.

The Mormon Church owns the Polynesian Cultural Center and is considered part of the Brigham Young University Hawaii campus.

BYU Hawaii recruits students from the Pacific Islands, offering them a college education in exchange for working part time at the center to pay their tuition.

The students make up the majority of those employed by the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Pro-tip: Get a free dinner with admission and show ticket

Read: Reviews of Polynesian Cultural Center on TripAdvisor

3.  Bounty Hunters R Us – It’s Dog’s House

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Dog’s store

You can buy Dog the Bounty Hunter merchandise from the Da Kine Dog House.

The Dog the Bounty Hunter series was canceled, but you can watch Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.

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4.  Mastercard: It’s Not Accepted Everywhere

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Leave the plastic at home

You can bring your credit cards but they may not get as much use.

Many of the smaller, local only restaurants and shops on Oahu only accept cash.  Even some of the touristy spots like Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, only accept cash.

5.  You Can’t Wee for Free

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No where to go

There are few public restrooms in Oahu.

Some stores refuse to allow non-customers to use their restrooms while some even charge $10.

Hawaii state laws requires restaurants to provide restrooms for their employees but doesn’t require restaurants to provide public restrooms.

Pro-tip: Download a few apps like Where to Wee or Sit or Squat.

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There you have it. You’ll find lots of Subway restaurants in Oahu, but no $5 footlongs.

And if you thought those hard earned dollars of yours wouldn’t be enough to pay for a college education? You’ll be happy to know that when you visit the Polynesian Cultural Center you’re supporting a Mormon college student.

Being in the dog house won’t be so bad if it’s the Da Kine Dog House.

Remember to leave those credit cards at home because most places are cash only.

And be sure to download a few apps that locate bathrooms.

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