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Oahu "The Heart of Hawaii"


On Oahu, Hawaii’s timeless beauty blends with the modern luxuries of today. Swim in the warm waters off the world-famous Waikiki beach, then enjoy the dramatic mountain views of the Nuuanu Pali Lookout another. Watch the surfers on the legendary North Shore by day, then dance the night away in vibrant nightlife spots around Honolulu. Get a taste of local flavors in Kapahulu one night, then dine at a Five Diamond Hawaii Regional Cuisine restaurant the next. From indulging in urban comforts to escaping to natural wonders, Oahu’s “town and country” experiences are unrivaled. With so much to see and do, you’re never far away from just what you’re looking for on Oahu. Visit the Heart of Hawaii and find the island paradise you’ve been searching for.

Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. It’s this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering Oahu so enjoyable.

The clear blue waters of Kailua Beach meet the metropolitan cityscapes of Honolulu. The historic architecture of Iolani Palace meets the timeless memorials of Pearl Harbor. The big city of Waikiki meets the small town of Haleiwa on the North Shore. Whether you’re hiking atop iconic Leahi (Diamond Head), enjoying some of Hawaii’s best shopping, or simply unwinding on the sands of the island’s beautiful beaches, you’ll find variety at every turn on Oahu.


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Duke Kahanamoku Memorial Statue
Pay tribute to the legendary
“Ambassador of Aloha” by
draping a fresh flower lei on the
outstretched arms of the Duke
Kahanamoku statue.

Honolulu Zoo
Visit the 40-acre Honolulu Zoo,
home to over 2,000 animals.

Leahi (Diamond Head)
Gain perspective on O‘ahu’s
geology and geography, grab
your hiking shoes and take an
early morning hike to the top of
Leahi (Diamond Head).

The Waikiki Aquarium
Gaze at more than 500 species
of aquatic animals and plants.

Aloha Tower
Located in the Aloha Tower
Marketplace, the Tower was
once the tallest building in the

Bishop Museum
This museum is respected as
the preeminent keeper of the
natural and cultural history of
the Pacific Islands.

Take a walking tour of this
historic area and browse
through open air markets,
noodle shops and lei stands.

Honolulu Academy of Arts
The Academy is recognized
for its vast collections of Asian,
American and European art.

Iolani Palace
Enjoy a guided tour of one
of Honolulu’s most honored

Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout
Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout offers
one of O‘ahu’s finest views of
the sheer Ko‘olau cliffs.
Ko ‘Olina Resort
The 43-acre Ko ‘Olina Marina,
playground under the sun,
features access to seven
magnificent lagoons, miles of
beautiful shoreline, picnic areas, golfing, sailing, sportfishing and snorkeling excursions.

Makaha Beach
About an hour’s drive from
Waikiki, Makaha is one of
Hawai‘i’s most popular surfing spots and host to international surfing championships.

Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
In addition to hosting events,
the Aloha Stadium is home to Hawai‘i’s largest flea market on Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dole Plantation
You’ll learn about the history
of pineapple and agriculture in Hawai‘i, hear the fascinating story of James Dole and see some of the most beautiful scenery in Central O‘ahu and the North Shore.

Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village
Escape the present day and
explore O‘ahu’s plantation
heritage and culture at Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village in Waipahu.

Pearl Harbor, World War II
Valor in the Pacific National

Pearl Harbor is a vivid
memorial to the events of
December 7, 1941. See
the USS Arizona Memorial,
which was constructed astride
the sunken battleship, the
Battleship Missouri Memorial,
the USS Bowfin Submarine
Museum & Park, the Pacific
Aviation Museum and the USS Oklahoma Memorial.

North Shore
Dillingham Airfield
Soar high above the Wai‘anae
Mountain Range on a glider
ride, arranged at the nearby
Dillingham Airfield and

Hale‘iwa Town
More than the laid-back surfing
center it seems, Hale‘iwa Town
is filled with local style and rustic
ambiance, as well as quaint
shops, understated restaurants
and charming art galleries.
Waimea Bay In the winter, ocean swells rising above the North Shore pound the Bay with 30-foot
waves. Summers find Waimea
Bay quiet and gentle, perfect
for swimming, snorkeling and

Waimea Valley
Wander through this 1,800-acre
rainforest and botanical garden
to a beautiful waterfall.

Halona Point
Enjoy the sights of the active
Halona Blowhole and charming
Halona Cove.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Enjoy a unique snorkeling
experience at one of
Hawai‘i’s premier sites.

Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden
This 400-acre nature
conservancy specializes
in fruits, flowers and trees
native to Hawaii.

Lanikai & Kailua Beach
Pack afternoon snacks and
enjoy a quiet stroll along the
soft white sand, or enjoy a
day of windsurfing, kayaking
and swimming in the beautiful
waters protected by a coral reef.

Makapu‘u Point & Lighthouse
Enjoy a leisurely hike to the
top of the Makapu‘u sea cliff
that overlooks the historic

Waimanalo Beach
Perhaps the prettiest stretch
of pristine white-sand beach
on O‘ahu, this shoreline fronts
majestic views of the Ko‘olau
Range and is ideal for families
and perfect for picnics.


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