The third largest Hawaiian island, Oahu is home to two-thirds of Hawaii’s population. The capital city of Honolulu – with its legendary Waikiki Beach – gives the island energy and diversity, as well as fascinating royal history. Honolulu was the focal point for the Hawaiian Kingdom until 1898, when the islands became a territory of the United States.
Rich in classic Hawaiian beauty, Oahu promises days filled with designer shopping, urban attractions and natural adventures, topped by the best restaurants and glamorous nightlife. Find a number of things to do in Oahu from our list of attractions below.
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Things to do in Oahu
Top 7 Things to Do in Oahu
Home to Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu, the island of Oahu swells with historic landmarks and attractions, adventures, and only-on-Oahu experiences.
On Honolulu’s southern shore, Waikiki was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Beyond the lively beachfront, you’ll find designer shopping, Hawaiian crafts and stellar dining, as well as the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium.
PEARL HARBOR AND THE U.S.S. ARIZONA MEMORIAL
Beyond being Hawaii’s largest natural harbour, Pearl Harbor is home to the largest U.S. Pacific naval base. History comes to life in the museum and memorial depicting the most significant moment for the U.S. during World War II.
Adjacent to Four Seasons, this ten-acre (four-hectare) oceanfront nature preserve is literally “where heaven meets the earth”. Visit for a variety of cultural programs, including island music and dance. The grounds are available also for weddings and events.
The only royal palace in the United States, Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs from 1882 to 1893. Learn about the state’s royal legacy as you explore the richly decorated interiors.
POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
Enjoy an in-depth, entertaining look at various Polynesian cultures. Visit authentic villages and mingle with natives as they demonstrate their arts. Then join in a variety of Polynesian activities and games that will test your skill and courage.
Stretching more than seven miles (11 kilometres), Oahu’s North Shore is a legendary surfing mecca, attracting the world’s best surfers and premier competitions. Summer waves are gentler, while winter waves are best for the pros.
DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
A popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head is a towering volcanic crater formed more than 100,000 years ago. The peak was named by 19th-century British sailors who thought they’d found diamonds on the slopes.