The Bishop Museum
The Bishop museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family.
It houses an extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has one of the largest collections of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.
When traveling troughout polynesia one often gets to hear about local findings that they are at the Bishop Museum.
It's a pitty though that not all items are exhibited, but that's the case for most large museums these days.
Allow at least half a day if you want to see it all.Related to:
- Museum Visits
Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the most popular attractions on Oahu and a good place to visit while you're on the island, especially if you're traveling with children.
The PCC is spread over 42 acres in the northeastern section of Oahu. It's an easy drive or bus ride from Waikiki. At the PCC, you'll find replicas of 7 native villages of South Pacific islands. The cultures of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, the Marquesas and Hawaii are all represented.
In each village, BYU Hawaii students dressed as natives demonstrate crafts and skills of that particular culture. We particularly enjoyed the dancing demonstration at the Tahiti village and the coconut tree climbing at the Samoan village. Everything is interactive, so you have a chance to participate. It's fun for everyone, but especially for kids.
The PCC also shows IMAX films (we enjoyed "Dolphins" and "The Living Sea" very much) and hosts a canoe pageant in mid-afternoon. Be sure to see the pageant! You can also stay for "Horizons" a Polynesian-themed show that is presented at night or the PCC's own luau. There are tons of things to do at the PCC. You could easily spend all day here.
Prices for admission vary. Check the PCC's website for the package that suits you best. You can also call the PCC to arrange for a bus (or even a limo) to bring you there.Related to:
- Theme Park Trips
- Family Travel
Taveling to the other islands
When booking your trip to Oahu, DON'T book your trip to the other islands. Wait till your on Oahu, then visit a travel agent on oahu. You will probably save half of the price!!! I saved more than half the price by doing it this way.
Try to get a view from above Waikiki Beach
Any visitor to Oahu will surely spend at least part of the time at Waikiki Beach. Yes, it's very touristy, and very crowded, but there is no doubt, it is very beautiful. There is some great swimming, surfing, and sunbathing that can be done from here, and you have a marvelous view of Diamond Head.
However, for a different perspective, I highly recommend trying to go UP for a view of Waiki Beach from above. The color of the water is spectacular and it's fun to watch all of the activity on the beach from up there.
There are quite a few hotels and highrises lining the main street that skirts the beach (Kalakaua Avenue), so going up in one of the buildings should be possible. Easiest would be to go to the top floor of the parking lot used for the Hilton Hotel on Kalakaua Avenue. The best, if you are going to stay in Waikiki, is to spend the extra money to get an ocean front room. To wake up each day with that spectacular view is unforgettable.
World's largest maze
Get lost in the world's largest maze (2001 Guinness Book of World Records). Ride on the Pineapple Express train and learn about the history of pineapple and agriculture in Hawaii. Enjoy pineapple treats and find unique gifts at the country store.
Makani Kai Helicopters, Ltd.
Makani Kai Helicopters offers spectacular aerial tours of Oahu. The emphasis is on your comfort and safety: air-conditioned, jet turbine aircraft with the most experienced pilots around. Member of the Tour Operators Program of Safety.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center
Hawaii's favorite visitor attraction. Featuring 7 Pacific Island villages on 42 acres. Hawaii's most authentic luau, and "Horizons," Hawaii's largest evening show. Hawaii's only canoe pageant. Two heralded IMAX films.
Star of Honolulu
The 1,500 award-winning Star of Honolulu offers sightseeing cruises, whale watching in season, sunset dinners, weddings, receptions, and private charters. The Star was custom-built for smooth sailing in Hawaiian waters and is ADA approved charters.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Where WWII Ended with the Surrrender of the Japanese Forces. With over six decades of life at sea and 60,000 tons to explore, the Battleship Missouri Memorial is an interactive educational and inspirational monument.
Arizona Memorial Museum Association
A non-profit association cooperating with the National Park Service, the Association operates a bookstore at the USS Arizona Memorial that provides visitors with educational material about the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific.
If you have any interest in history whatsoever, you must make a trek over to Pearl Harbour. To experience this place makes you realize the magnitude of its historical significance. Here I am with the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial in the background.Related to:
- Historical Travel
One of the things about Hawai'i that is so cool....you can drive on the coast on any of the islands and see many diverse sceneries. It doesn't take long to get around any of the islands...except the Big Island. Here's a coastal shot near Diamond Head.Related to:
Well, as everyone knows, Waikiki is the most celebrated beach in the state. Here, you come to see and be seen. Waikiki is home to some of Hawaii's best resorts and restaurants. Here's a shot of the gorgeous ocean water on a stretch of Waikiki.Related to:
Waimea Bay, North Shore
Ah, the North Shore. Enjoy a quick trip to Haleiwa to pick up some food at Cholo's and a shaved ice and head to Waimea Bay. The waves are always cranking in the winter and someone is always whiping out/losing a swimsuit/eating sand. The waves can get so big here that people are sometimes restricted to hanging out behind the lifeguard stand. If you look at the picture of where we were on the beach - you can see how huge those waves get and we're still 40 feet from the water! Check the surf report here: http://www.surf-news.com/ and also read the warnings section I have posted.
Hanauma Bay State Underwater Park
One of the best snorkeling spots on the island, but everyone knows it. Get there early when marine life is more active or be prepared to wait in line for the educational video about the reef (park opens at 6am - closed on Tuesdays). Cost is now $5 to get into the park. Talk to to the people at the Info booth and ask about currents, best marine life spotting in the bay. You can swim through "The Slot" to get to outer reefs, but only if you're a great swimmer. Bring your underwater camera. Bring your own fins and snorkel to avoid rental fees, deposit, and wait to rent and return gear. Bring $1 if want to ride the tram back up (the Bay is in a volcanic crater) and you will be tired after snorkeling.
Fish come right up to you, you will see several schools of fish on the east side of the bay. Several people just come to lay in the sun, so even on a crowded beach day, they're aren't too many people in the water. We spotted a whale just outside the Bay during our visit.
Please feel free to tell fellow tourists to not stand on the rocks (they probably weren't paying attention to the video) as it kills the coral reef (which makes me mad).
For more info: http://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/hanauma_bay_beach.html
Hit the Halona Blowhole on your way back - it's just a little further up 72.
We stayed at this hotel with a 3 month old in December of 2011. We were the last one to check in...more
2417 Prince Edward Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, United States
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1277 Mokulua Drive, Kailua, Hawaii, United States
Good for: Families
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