Oahu Things to Do

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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

    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

    This is the reason we wanted to see Hawai'i, but wanted to see U.S.S. Arizona foremost. To board the memorial, you need to make sure you have a ticket which is free. You have to see a movie and from there you board a boat provided by the navy. Be aware, they can cancel the boat ride if the waters get too choppy. Best time to see the memorial is...

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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

    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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  • Historical Sites

    Oahu Things to Do

    Although this church was built in 1959, its orgins began in 1854 by Fr. Modestus Favens when the first temporary structure was made of simple beach cocnuts fronds and pieces of drift wood. Later a different site was selected and a second church was needed to accomodate more parishioners was built on Ohau Ave with old wood from wrecked sailing...

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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 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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  • 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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  • Beaches / Coastlines

    Oahu Things to Do

    We happened to stop here on our circle island tour. What a beautiful place to see. The circular-shaped shore of Hanauma Bay on the southeast tip of East Honolulu, you can imagine how this beautiful cove was once a volcanic crater. Today, this crater, and you can swim out into Hanauma Bay’s clear blue waters and explore the reefs full of colorful...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Iolani Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Things to Do

    These lovely murals are located near the front entrance of the Sheraton Waikiki and are by Solomon Enos and Carl Pao. The other two murals are located at the entrance into the Royal Hawaiin Center are painted by Solomon Enos. The mural in the Sheraton Waikiki are called "The Arrival", this piece honors the first inhabitents of the Hawaiian...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Palaces / Temples

    Oahu Things to Do

    As part of our Majestic Island Tour, we stopped here. What a beautiful peaceful place. The temple is a scaled replica of a temple in Uji Japan and made entirely without nails and Byodo-In was dedicated in 1968 as a centennial commemoration of the first Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. Famed Kyoto Landscaper Kiichi Toemon Sano planned the Japanese...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Memorials

    Oahu Things to Do

    The “Punchbowl” was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs which, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Although there are various translations of the Punchbowl’s Hawaiian name,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Family Actiivties

    Oahu Things to Do

    King Kalakaua created this park in the 1870's. It consists of 500-acres of lush green landscapes, Indian Banyan tree that date back over a 100 years. The park is listed on the State's Historic Register. Kapiolani Park is the site of historic Diamond Head, the Kodak Hula Show, the 42-acre Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Shell, home to many outdoor...

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  • USS Missouri

    Honolulu Things to Do

    USS MISSOURI This particular vist this time to Pearl Harbour was to visit the famous Iowa Class Battle ship the "USS Missouri". Memorial. I last was on this ship in Sydney Harbour at the 75th Anniversary of the RAN ( Royal Australian Navy) more than 25 years ago, The "USS Missouri" (BB 63) one of four IOWA Class Battleships built during the...

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