Things To Do in Oahu

Ala Moana Center: You can sample a mixed plate at the Poi Bowl and shop ‘til you drop in Neiman-Marcus. This used to be a local “mall”, but is now a world-class and international shopping experience for everyone. When your feet need respite, you’ll find local “Centertainment” in the Center Court. This open-air shopping extravaganza is located just west of Waikiki Beach.

Bishop Museum: Founded more than 120 years ago, to protect and preserve Hawaiian culture and artifacts, this museum is a delight to visit today. The institution is world-renowned for its natural and cultural collections as well as changing contemporary exhibitions. Your ticket price includes admission to Watumull Planetarium. Closed Tuesdays. Located just east of downtown Honolulu.

Diamond Head: Visit the website, and call before you go. Weather and necessary trail improvements can alter plans. But, what a view! Parts of the trail are steep, so be prepared with walking shoes, water and a hat. Bring your camera. Located east of Honolulu on the southern end of Oahu.

Hanauma Bay: This is a wonderful place to snorkel, especially if you are new to the sport. We suggest driving out early to enjoy the best water clarity-- and to find parking. Please, always keep track of your snorkeling companions. Located east of Diamond Head, on the south shore of Oahu.

Honolulu Zoo: With Hawaii’s temperate climate, the residents here are able to be outside. This makes for a more enriching experience for everyone. Near the aquarium at Waikiki Beach.

Iolani Palace: Did you know that Hawaiians once had a monarchy? Their National Historic Landmark palace is nearly 130 years old. Visit this beautifully restored residence and grounds in downtown Honolulu.

Matsumoto Shave Ice: Matsumoto’s isn’t the same little shack that local kids (the Matsumotos hid ice cream in their shave ice) used to frequent years ago. But, if you are nearby, stop in for 60 years of yummy and colorful Americana-- Hawaiian style. Located in the town of Haleiwa, on the north side of Oahu.

Pearl Harbor Memorial: The historical moment that launched the United States into WWII is fully documented here. You can tour the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine, the USS Missouri Battleship, the Pacific Aviation Museum and Visitors Center. Due to necessary security, please arrive without bags, purses and packs, although they can be secured in lockers on-site. Cameras are allowed. Dress respectfully. (no battle dress uniforms on USS Arizona Memorial or swim attire anywhere) Located west of downtown Honolulu, we suggest you have printed driving directions before you go.

Polynesian Cultural Center: Expect an idyllic history experience. Locals will tell you this is not an accurate portrayal of Polynesian culture, but it is colorful and entertaining. Adjoins the Brigham Young University HI campus on northeast Oahu.

Waikiki Aquarium: For kids of all ages who love underwater natural beauty, this is educational as well as a fun place to spend a few hours in tropical spendor. Near the zoo on Waikiki Beach.


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