Oahu Things to Do

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Oahu Things to Do

  • Pearl Harbor

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Pearl Harbour and especially its WWII plight is so famous that once in Honolulu there is practically no chance of skipping it. The area where the unsalvageable sunken ships were laying was turned into a memorial to the dead, still buried under the wreckage with an option for survivors to join their comrades at time of death. The whole complex...

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  • Beaches

    Waikiki Things to Do

    Never has a beach been as fabled as Waikiki. Since the 1950s, this beach has been a tourist destination extraordinaire. While much of it has been eroded, trampled by millions of feet, or encroached upon by towering skyscrapers, hints of its original beauty can still be seen in the crashing waves and the warm sand. Come night time, the hipsters...

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  • Pearl Harbour

    Oahu Things to Do

    The submarine is owned and operated by the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association, and is now part of the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park in Pearl Harbor, on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Visitors can tour the submarine with an audio narration of life in the vessel during World War II. During our tour of Pearl Harbour; we visited the USS...

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  • Diamond Head

    Honolulu Things to Do

    I've made this hike three times. The last two ascents it took me 24 minutes each time to make it to the top. Not bad for a Senior Citizen from Seattle. Good walking shoes are a must . Great view at the top. Take a camera and water.

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  • Diamond Head

    Waikiki Things to Do

    The Diamond Head Lighthouse is not open to public tours but relatively unobstructed views of the lighthouse can be found. This lighthouse has a great historical significance to many on the island. In 1825 British sailors climbed the crater at Diamond Head and found hard, clear calcite crystals among the black volcanic rocks. They believed these...

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  • North Shore

    Oahu Things to Do

    Stand-up paddle boarding is a variation on surfing that is becoming very popular in the islands and is one of the fastest-growing watersports. In stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) riders stand upright on wider, longer boards and use a paddle to maneuver. Great for a core muscle workout, SUP is often used for fitness rather than for riding waves....

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  • Hanauma Bay

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Hula Dance was originally a religious dance brought to Hawaii by the Polynesians. It was often used to entertain tribal chiefs of just to celebrate special occasions. Later versions of hula added musical instruments such as the ukulele or guitar. Hula dancing was banned in Hawaii when American Protestant missionaries arrived in force in the 1800s...

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  • Cruising Beyond Waikiki

    Waikiki Things to Do

    If you plan to drive around Honolulu traffic in a rental car, then beware.. you might spend more than half your time waiting in very slow moving traffic, getting lost in the maze of illogical road signs and confusing one way streets.. the laid back island nature of this place is a hassle when trying to get back to the hotel in time to dress for...

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  • Dole Pineapple Plantation

    Oahu Things to Do

    Not worth going to. The dole yogurt is available at a yogurt place in Manoa that has better toppings. The food line was horrendous. The train line was an hour and a half long. None of the speakers for the botanical garden tour worked. And by then I didn't want to do the maze. The gift shop has lots of cool items though, things like pineapple...

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  • Waikiki Beach

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Despite its size, Honolulu’s accommodations are geographically limited. Practically all the lodging is in the Waikiki area which can turn into blessing for some but a nightmare for others. Even those who find it repulsive should not shun it though – after all, this is the example of high efficiency tourism model where multitudes are being...

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  • Cultural Activities

    Waikiki Things to Do

    This place is amazing. I grew up in NZ (now living in Melbourne, Australia) and there are alot of polynesians here...however visiting this place is another experience altogether...you get to learn the history of all most of the polynesian islands as well as enjoy a pagent boat show, then a dinner of your choice (I would highly recommend the ali'i...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Oahu Things to Do

    This is a unique open air cultural museum and performing arts center. It features 7 mock villages representing 7 unique island cultures. Every hour each of these villages has a dance, music or craft demonstrations. Also at the center is an IMAX movie theatre and a nightly cultural show.

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  • Iolani Palace

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Iolani Palace is fabulous! It's the only royal palace in the United States, and King Kalakaua spared no expense when he had it built. Consider this: Iolani Palace, which was completed in 1882, had electricity five years before the White House and 17 years before Buckingham Palace. It also had telephones, flush toilets, and hot and cold running...

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  • Ships, boats & Subs

    Waikiki Things to Do

    If funds allow, and you find tickets greatly reduced to the Atlantis Sub tours, get them. Kamaaina's can get an annual pass. We were impressed with the tour and felt it was well worth the "sale priced ticket" (but no way worth the original asking price) The tours depart from the Hilton Hawaiian Village every hour. We went more than 100 feet under...

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  • Palaces / Temples

    Oahu Things to Do

    The Byodo-In Temple is a replica of a 900 year old temple in Uji Japan and it was built to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the island. The temple was built to resemble a phoenix which symbolizes hope and renewal. The main room is known as the Ho-o-do which houses the image of Amida, the Budha of...

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  • Dole Pineapple Plantation

    Honolulu Things to Do

    This is also the home of the world's largest maze as officially recognized in the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records. The maze covers more than two acres with 1.7 miles of paths planted with 11,400 colorful Hawaiian plants. The Dole Plantation is a renovated, working pineapple plantation that blends old and new. The Dole Plantation is dedicated...

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  • Honolulu Zoo

    Waikiki Things to Do

    It was a nice place to walk around. It's smaller than other zoos I've been to, but still nice. There was a huge kids area (play ground and petting zoo) but it was OVER RUN by kids...so we didn't go near there. I think unfortunetly we were there during a school field trip. Snack bar is of course expensive, but this is the only zoo that I know of...

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  • Touring / Exploration

    Oahu Things to Do

    Aloha. Oahu is more than Honolulu (Waikiki Beach) and Pearl Harbor. Your entire family will enjoy the excitement of Waikiki from the shopping to the soft rolling waves that almost anyone can surf. Great for watching or joining in on catamaran rides or outrigger canoe. The view of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach from beyond the waves is priceless....

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  • Bishop Museum

    Honolulu Things to Do

    The Bishop Museum is one of my favorite places in the world. It houses a wonderful collection of artifacts from old Hawaii and Polynesia, and also tells the story of the immigrant groups who have contributed to Hawaii's history. There are feather war gods, huge gourd bowls, clubs studded with sharks' teeth, a full-size grass hut, and things that...

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  • Whale watching

    Waikiki Things to Do

    Thursday February 13, 2003 Hans and I were picked up at 1:00 p.m. and brought to the Starlet for our WHALE WATCH TOUR. It was a cloudy but calm day -- good to see whales. The Starlet went close by Diamond Head as other boats were near by -- a good sign of a sighting and sure enough there were a pair of whales in the water. I tried to get a picture...

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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Things to Do

    It would have been better if the whales were there, but I didn't go at the correct time of year. This is a whale spotting area though and you don't even have to go half way up for that. The bad thing is if you are still walking it when it gets dark, there is no light anywhere to help you get down. it is an incline all the way up and even though it...

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  • Aloha Tower

    Honolulu Things to Do

    This 10 floor towers is located right on the oceanfront, You can enjoy a nice ocean views. Now the Aloha Tower Marketplace, is a popular shopping and dining complex fronting Honolulu Harbor. The Aloha Tower’s observation deck remains open to the public daily from 9:30 a.m. to sunset. Admission is free.

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  • Entertainment

    Waikiki Things to Do

    A great and cheap way to see a hula hula show is to go to the Waikiki shopping plaza. It´s really a remarkable show with both guys and girls. Don´t miss this. The Polynesian show is on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 7pm-9pm at the Waikiki shopping plaza (1st and 3rd floor).

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  • Diamond Head

    Oahu Things to Do

    Diamond Head, or Leahi is it is known by Hawaiian's, is Hawaii's most recognizable landmark, an iconic fixture where all roads are measured by it's distance (jsut ask a local for directions, they will refrence distance from Diamond Head) This volcanic cone was given it's English name by sailors who mistook its glitering calcite crystals for...

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  • Hula Dancing

    Honolulu Things to Do

    This can be real fun for some and seem like a tourist trap to others. The good news for either type is that the event is free. The show is held in the park and features anything from hula dancing to the Hawaiian grannies singing while playing their instruments. I did get the impression that the performers do enjoy doing the show, so that is a...

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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Things to Do

    Luxury Row is an area of shopping in Waikik located on Kalakua avenue that caters to high end retailers. Some of the stores we found were Tiffany & Co., Coach, Gucci, Chanel, YSL to name a few. My wife and I had a fun time checking out the merchandise in some of her favorite stores.

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  • Zoo

    Honolulu Things to Do

    The Honolulu Zoo is an inexpensive and fun outing for families. Children will enjoy seeing the elephants, crocodiles, exotic birds, Galapagos tortoises, and Komodo dragons. You can bring in a picnic lunch. Open daily, except for Christmas Day, 9:00-4:30.

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  • SeaLife Park

    Oahu Things to Do

    This is THE BEST protected cove if you are new to scuba diving or snorkeling with a diverse population of marine life and a large, rich coral reef. (The bay floor is actually the crater of an ancient volcano that flooded when the exterior wall collapsed and the ocean rushed in.) The curvature of the bay usually provides protection from large ocean...

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  • Shopping

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Hawaiian paintings show the invisible and they let you hear the sounds of silence. The mountains, the waterfalls cascading into the always changing moments of magical light and shadow have provided the endless source to creating them. Don't forget to visit at least one from the many galleries in Honolulu. You really don't get acquainted with the...

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  • Waimea Valley

    Oahu Things to Do

    A short drive from Haliewa you’ll find Waimea Valley Audubon Center and its famous waterfall. Ok, I’ll be honest here and say that if you’re interested in waterfalls then there are many better places and more beautiful falls, but the nature here is amazing (like everything else in Hawaii) and the hike will be one of your most pleasant...

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  • BlowHole - Halona Blowhole

    Honolulu Things to Do

    A blowhole is a lava tube under the water and at the perfect height for waves to be driven into it. The water is compressed as the lava tube becomes smaller and smaller causing the pressure to increase forcing a stream of water to shoot up to thirty-feet into the air. Just a short drive from the center of Honolulu, up towards the east coast of...

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  • Hiking

    Oahu Things to Do

    I tried following the map, but no matter which way I went I would come to a dead end. Granted I went on a trail when some trails were likely partially closed due to landslides, but I couldn't get anywhere without coming to a dead end with no trail in site.

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  • Punchbowl

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Inscribed on one of the entrance pillars is this poem From The Bivouac Of The Dead by Theodore O'Hara The muffled drums sad roll has beat The soldier's last tattoo; No more on life's parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame's eternal camping-ground Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the...

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  • Honolulu

    Oahu Things to Do

    I just love these trees! They are pretty unique, I would say. I see them everywhere in the islands. I found these trees when I went to Lanai and Maui. You can't miss them because they have huge trunk and the roots are hanging on its branches. I sometimes have the urge to grab one of its roots, wrap it around my waist and swing! Wouldn't be fun to...

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  • Ft DeRussy

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Fort DeRussy is the least fortified active Army fort that I have ever seen. It was built as an Army reservation in 1915 to protect Honolulu and Pearl Harbor in what was then the US territory of Hawaii. Initially large cannons were located in two battery locations within the fort. Later, the cannons were replaced with antiaircraft guns. The Coastal...

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  • Historical Sites

    Oahu Things to Do

    Beautifully maintained and there is even a building you can go into to find out where your loved ones are located in the cemetery. The drive on the way up is beautiful as well. Also, it is around the start of Round Top Drive for anyone interested in going there for the look out points.

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  • North Shore

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Waimea is a small community in the center of the surfing Mecca of the world. Just a few miles from the world famous Bonsai Pipeline and Sunset beach it also features the scenic Waimea Falls park. The small town feel and overwhelming desire to become a surfer come over you when visiting the area. Along with the small town feel, the traffic is...

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  • Memorials

    Oahu Things to Do

    When I saw the statue of Chester Nimitz bu the USS Missouri; I knew I had to get a pic with it. Chester Nimitz was a Fleet Admiral of the United States Navy. He held the dual command of Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, for U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces...

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  • Snorkeling

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Day or night snorkeling....thats right some fishies glow in the dark....why not go all day, see the sunset then snorkel some more? Locals and military get a discount with proof of residence....i.e. a state license, otherwise I think it's $5 dollar entry for all day, then you can bring snorkel equipment or rent it for a fee on the beach. Parking is...

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  • Museums/Art

    Oahu Things to Do

    Part of the Pacific Aviation Museum is Hangar 79. This is not only part of the museum but a working Restoration Hangar with pieces being restored daily. Inside the hangar is a collection of vintage aircraft, including a Cobra attack helicopter, a Soviet-designed MiG-15 and MiG Alley Exhibit, an F-14 Tomcat, F-15 Eagle, P-40 Warhawk, Flying Tigers...

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  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout

    Honolulu Things to Do

    The Nuuanu Pali Lookoutin Kaneohe is a perennial favorite stop among visitors to Oahu. The panoramic views of the Windward side of the island from this expansive cliff will blow you away. Nuʻuanu Pali is a section of the windward cliff (pali in Hawaiian) of the Koʻolau mountain located at the head of Nuʻuanu Valley on the island of...

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  • Family Actiivties

    Oahu Things to Do

    My 4 year old son was terrified of the pirates, I got bad motion sickness (as did 2 other people on board and they had nothing to give us for it not even a baggie), and my parents were bored. We got a Groupon deal, but I felt like they should be paying people to sit through that misery. It wasn't really a show on board like we thought it would be...

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  • Germaine's Luau

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Free Drinks included? I'm there! I looked a few different Luau options and this was by far the best. If I remember correctly, the price included 3 drinks- not something all offer. This, with the great food, an even better show and beautiful location made for one of the best nights in Honolulu! Make sure to look for their coupon in the...

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  • Luau's

    Oahu Things to Do

    My mom (in her 50s) has always wanted to go to a luau, so she loved it. I thought most of it was pretty boring. My son (4) went between very interested to digging in sand, it fluctuated depending on what was going on onstage. We ALL agreed that the food was awesome. And unlimited drinks was nice as well. The actors were nice and greeted everyone...

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  • Sea Life Park

    Honolulu Things to Do

    THIS IS A MUST SEE LOCATION!!!! TOTALLY FUN AND ENTERTAINING AND INFORMATIVE ABOUT SEA CREATURES.... THE PRICE WAS $30 FOR NON-HAWAII PEOPLE AND $15 FOR LOCALS WITH HAWAII ID. Sea Life Park, however, is more than just a visitor attraction displaying Hawaii’s ocean life. Marine education and conservation awareness are both integral parts of each...

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