Oahu Things to Do

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    Surfboards for rent, Ft. De Russy Beach
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Oahu Things to Do

  • Pearl Harbor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    There is so much to and see in and around Waikiki but you can't forget or avoid the beaches. They are right there in your face no matter where you go in Waikiki. And they are beautiful. Nothing compares to the beautiful blue waters of Hawaii and Waikiki has some wonderful beaches to high light them. There are eight sections to the beach at Waikiki...

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  • North Shore

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Diamond Head

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    I love taking photos of lighthouses and collect them whenever I travel. I have many lighthouse photos. But Diamond Head Lighthouse is one of my favorites. It is located on a steep cliff on the coast of Oahu below the now extinct Diamond Head Volcano. It is 55 feet tall and stands 147 feet above sea level. It's light can be seen 18 miles out into...

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  • Pearl Harbour

    Oahu Things to Do

    One of the Exhibit Galleries at PH was one that highlighted the events leading up to the attack and including the attack. Old black and white photos and film are used throughout the exhibit which makes going back in history even more vivid. Maps, replicas of ships, aircraft and bombs are seens throughout the exhibit.

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  • Waikiki Beach

    4 out of 5 stars

    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 a 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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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Things to Do

    There are so many beaches located along the 112 mile coastline of Oahu. The majority of the beaches are as diverse as the island. The beaches are mostly sandy with plenty of activities to please just about anyone. From snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, surfing or just relaxing on the beach, Oahu's coastline beaches are definitely a great way to...

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  • Iolani Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Honolulu Things to Do

    The 'Ilolani Palace in Honolulu is considered a national historic landmark today. It is the only official royal palace in the United States. It was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs. From 1882 until 1893 King Kalakaua and his sister and also the successor Queen Liliuokalani lived in the palace. After becoming a...

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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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  • Diamond Head

    Oahu Things to Do

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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dole Pineapple Plantation

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Oahu Things to Do

    This started as a fruit stand in the 1950's, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s "Pineapple Experience" in 1989. Today, It is Oahu’s most popular visitor attractions and welcomes more than one million visitors a year. Pineapple Express Train Tour Our two-mile, 20 minute fully narrated train tour is educational and informative. Along...

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  • Bishop Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Historical Sites

    Oahu Things to Do

    Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is owned by the State of Hawaii. The lagoon was part of the Henry J. Kaiser Hawaiian Village project which expanded the old Fort DeRussy Channel, creating the new beach and 14 foot deep lagoon. The lagoon was named after the surfer and Olympic swimmer Duke Kahanamoku. The lagoon is located...

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  • Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Hula Dancing

    Waikiki Things to Do

    There are several luau's you can attend on the island of Oahu. All are a little pricey. We did go to a luau and had a good time but if your on a budget you can still enjoy some music and hula dancing for free and it's just as good as what you will see at a luau. On the beach in Waikiki on Saturday nights there are free concerts with hula dancing,...

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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Things to Do

    Kalakaua Avenue is Waikiki's 2-mile long oceanfront street. The street is lined with hotels, restaurants, stores, shopping centers and is what I would call the center of Waikiki. The streets are always jammed packed with pedestrians either shopping or walking around looking for places to eat or drink. I enjoyed walking along Kalakaua Avenue,...

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  • BlowHole - Halona Blowhole

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Waimea Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Oahu Things to Do

    We arrived at Waimea Valley in the early afternoon and stopped first at their food venue to have big juicy hamburgers with all the fixings. They also had a gift shop, but we passed that by and went on to get our tickets. We were lucky that it was a military appreciation day, so between that and being seniors we got in for much less than the usual...

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  • Punchbowl

    Honolulu Things to Do

    The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is also known as The Punchbowl. As I mentioned in another Honolulu tip I love to research the original Hawaiian names of locations and see their meanings. The Punchbowl's Hawaiian name was Puowaina. The most common translation of this is "Hill of Sacrifice" The first known use of this area was as an...

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  • Touring / Exploration

    Oahu Things to Do

    A great way to see more of the island is to get out there and do some exploring. If you are based in Waikiki Beach, why not rent a car for the day, or take the bus to one of the other exciting places on the island. I've rented a car a few times during our many visits because we wanted the ease of being able to drive around at our own pace and...

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  • Aloha Tower

    Honolulu Things to Do

    Just below the Aloha Tower you will find a statue of a hula girl. This is the Aloha 'Oe memorial. The memorial and the song tell the tale of the bittersweet feeling of lover's departure from Hawaii. Written by Hawaiian Princess Liliʻuokalani the song is her memory of seeing a farewell embrace given by Colonel James Harbottle Boyd to a lover...

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  • SeaLife Park

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Kamehameha Statue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Honolulu Things to Do

    It was the last leg to visit in HI - the King Kamekameha Statue. i told my cousin who is touring me around Hawaii that it is a must that i will visit King Kamekameha Statue because i am an avid fan of the TV Series Hawaii 5-0. On May 22nd we can to visit and took a lot of pictures.

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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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  • 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 by 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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  • Paradise Cove Luau

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Honolulu Things to Do

    This luau is located next to Ko Olina beach resort and the sunset views over Paradise Cove was beautiful. There are several luau packages to choose from and we bought the package that included a la carte service although there is an option for self-serve buffet. We went on a Friday night and there were hundreds of guests there. The buffet line...

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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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  • Ft DeRussy

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • USS Arizona Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Honolulu Things to Do

    I never thought that hiking was very exciting and fulfilling. Diamond head was the second trail I have tried to hike after Pill box. The trail was steep though it is cemented, so it is makes the hiking a lot easier for me. The view is a lot different but you can see more of the view the city, less of the breathtaking view of the sea/ocean. This...

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  • Family Actiivties

    Oahu Things to Do

    Kapiolani Park is a 170 acre park that was dedicated by King Kalakaua to the people of Hawaii in 1877. The park is named after Queen Kapiolani who was King Kalakaua's wife. It was initially used as a military encampment for WWI but today it's full of activities with families enjoying picnics, festivals and music. The day we visited there was a...

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