The Gathering Place
The most populous of the Hawaiian Islands, O'ahu is also the most diversified. Home to Waikiki Beach, (perhaps the most famous beach in the world), incredible hotels, and enough shopping options to satisfy a power-shopper, Oahu's major tourist destination is filled with excitement.
A short drive to the North Shore of the island - offers a completely different experience. With its jagged cliffs and long, green valleys, this more tropical side of paradise offers such attractions as Waimea Bay, the Bonzai Pipeline and the Polynesian Cultural Center. The cultural and economic center of the islands, Oahu must be experienced first-hand to appreciate its lure.
Museums & Wildlife
Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor: Open from 7:30am - 5:30pm. You can see a documentary film of the attack on Pearl Harbor followed by a tour of the Arizona Memorial.
Waikiki Aquarium: Located across from Kapiolani Park, this aquarium is one of the oldest in the country, dating from 1904, and has marine life, such as sharks, sea turtles and a rainbow of tropical fish.
Iolani Palace: The only royal palace in the U.S. It was built by King Kalakaua in 1882 and was the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning queen of Hawaii.
Bishop Museum: Open from gam - 5pm. Named after King Kamehameha's granddaughter, Bernice Bishop, the museum is filled with Hawaiian antiques and artifacts that she collected.
Honolulu Zoo: Open from 9am - 4:30pm, the zoo is located at the end of Waikiki across the street from Kapiolani Park, and features over 1,000 animals. There is also a children's petting zoo with over 100 animals.
Beaches & Parks
Hanauma Bay: This snorkeler's haven is a popular place for locals and tourists. The water is shallow and protected from the open sea and offers a sanctuary for small fish.There's likely to be a good crowd, so arrive early.
Kailua Beach Park: Located about 30 minutes from Waikiki via the Pali Highway.The beach is crescent shaped and is 4 miles long, and is considered by many to be Oahu's most beautiful beach park.
Kapiolani Park: A popular local hangout for jogging, playing soccer, softball, picnicking and tennis. There is also Hawaiian; pop and classical music on many evenings at the Waikiki Shell.
Ala Moana Beach Park: Also a local favorite at the opposite end of Waikiki from Kapiolani Park, it's a great place for picnics, hanging with the locals or jogging. This is the place for serious tennis players to find a game.
Hiking Trails & Scenic Views
Diamond Head Crater: There is a clearly marked trail beginning at the foot of the volcano.
Manoa Falls: Located above the UH campus, the trail to the falls begins at Paradise Park parking lot.
Makiki Valley: Take the Kanealole Trail, which turns into the Makiki Valley Trail and the Nahuina Trail that takes hikers to the Manoa Cliffs.The valley below is accessible via the Puu Ohia and Aihualama Trails.
The Pali Lookout: Take the Pali Highway to the top of the Koolau Mountains. Just before the tunnel there is an exit to the Pali Lookout. Lying below at the foot of the cliffs is Koolau Golf Club,the most difficult course in the U.S.There are various hiking trails along the Pali Highway.The trailheads can be noted by the cars parked along the road,
Shopping & Getting Around
Hilo Hattie Shopping Trolley: A free ride to the Hilo Hattie store and Ala Moana Shopping Center. Departs from the front of numerous hotels.