TheBus , has some 80 routes that collectively cover most of Oʻahu; all fares are $2.
Just north of Wahiawa is the area known as Kukaniloko, which marks a group of royal birthstones where Hawaiian queens gave birth to generations of royalty. The stones date from the 12th century. Legend held that if a woman lay properly against the stones while giving birth, her child would be blessed by the gods, and indeed, many of O'ahu's great chiefs were born at this site.
About halfway between Wahiawa and Hale'iwa on the North Shore, the food empire behind the Dole Plantation is almost synonymous with Hawaii. What started out as a fruit stand in the heart of O'ahu's pineapple country is now a bustling gift shop with various kid-friendly activities.
Ahupua'a 'O Kahana State Park (formerly Kahana Valley State Park) is in an incredibly rainy and unspoiled valley. You can walk through the valley on either of two hiking trails. The orientation center provides a trail map, but it isn't always open to visitors; trails tend to be poorly maintained and conditions slippery.
Rarely is such a touristy attraction located in such a stunning location. Kualoa Ranch has a range of activities, from horseback riding to narrated nature tours, on its scenic property. Tour groups, especially Japanese, make up the bulk of visitors.
A sunny yellow truck parked nextdoor to Ching's is one of many roadside food attractions along this strip of highway. Deep-fried coconut shrimp and other plate lunches are devoured at shaded picnic tables overlooking the road and the ocean beyond.
The 153-acre Kualoa Regional Park on Kualoa Point provides an expansive vista of offshore islands and inland mountains. In ancient times Kualoa was once one of the most sacred places on O'ahu. When a chief stood on Kualoa Point, passing canoes lowered their sails in respect. There are picnic tables, rest rooms, showers and a lifeguard.
Hawaii's Plantation Village
The lives of the people who came to Hawaii to work on the sugarcane plantations are showcased by Hawaii's Plantation Village. The setting is particularly evocative, as Waipahu was one of O'ahu's last plantation towns, and its rusty sugar mill, which operated until 1995, still looms on a knoll directly above this site.
Windward Coast & Kailua
The legend goes like so: the rock is a demigod from Tahiti who was cemented to the mountain during a jealous struggle between the volcano goddess Pele and her sister Hiiaka. When he tried to free himself by crouching, he was turned to stone.
Walk to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park , poke around the WWII relics and clamber down into a retired submarine
One of the most significant WWII attractions in the USA, the USS Arizona Memorial presents the history of the Pearl Harbor attack and commemorates the fallen service members. Run by the National Park Service, the memorial comprises two sections: the mainland visitor center and offshore shrine.
The hangar-sized Pacific Aviation Museum is on Ford Island. .
The Valley of the Temples is an interdenominational cemetery in a stunning setting just off the Kahekili Hwy. For most visitors the main attraction is Byodo-In, the 'Temple of Equality.' Dedicated in 1968 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii, Byodo-In is a replica of the 950-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan.
Run by the Mormon Church, this is a Polynesian theme park (and all that implies) with villages, performances and luau buffets. Only Pearl Harbor draws more visitors.
Just north of the elementary school, this friendly hole-in-the-wall serves Hawaiian-sized breakfast and lunch, like sweet bread French toast, or roast pork, salad and rice.
He'eia State Park on Kealohi Point, just off Kamehameha Hwy, has a good view of He'eia Fishpond on the right and He'eia-Kea Harbor on the left. The fishpond, an impressive survivor from the days when stone walled ponds of fish raised for royalty were common on Hawaiian shores, remains largely intact despite the invasive mangroves.
Follow your nose to this mellow café serving fresh-roasted coffees (including local Hawaii beans), pastries and hearty sandwiches. Internet access is also available.
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