Must-see attractions in Oʻahu

  • Shangri La

    Shangri La

    Oʻahu

    In the shadow of Diamond Head, the former mansion of billionaire tobacco heiress Doris Duke is a sight to behold for art-lovers and celebrity hounds…

  • The Stones of Life - four stones on Waikiki Beach that were placed there as tribute to four legendary mahu.

    Stones of Life of Kapaemahu and Kapuni

    Waikiki

    Near the police substation at Waikiki Beach Center, four ordinary-looking volcanic basalt boulders are actually sacred and legendary Hawaiian symbols…

  • There is a fisherman about to cast his line in the water over a tall cliff. Spitting Caves Hawaii is a hidden gem of East Oahu.

    Spitting Cave

    Oʻahu

    This impressive, little-known viewpoint is at the end of Lumahai St in Portlock, makai (toward the sea) from the traffic lights at the Koko Marina Center…

  • The USS Arizona Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it.

    USS Arizona Memorial

    Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

    This somber memorial is one of the USA's most significant WWII sites, commemorating the Pearl Harbor attack and its fallen service members with an iconic…

  • Interior of Bishop Museum, main gallery with sperm whale hanging from ceiling.

    Bishop Museum

    Honolulu

    Hawaii’s version of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Bishop Museum showcases a remarkable array of cultural and natural history exhibits…

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    ʻIolani Palace

    Honolulu

    No other place evokes a more poignant sense of Hawaii’s history. The palace was built under King David Kalakaua in 1882. At that time, the Hawaiian…

  • The Honolulu Museum of Art

    Honolulu Museum of Art

    Honolulu

    This exceptional fine-arts museum is among the best of its kind anywhere. The collection is effectively a 'best of' summary of major art movements…

  • The USS Arizona Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship without touching it.

    Pearl Harbor National Memorial

    Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

    One of the USA’s most significant WWII sites, this National Park Service (NPS) monument narrates the history of the Pearl Harbor attack and commemorates…

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    Capitol Modern

    Honolulu

    With its vibrant, thought-provoking collections, this public art museum brings together traditional and contemporary art from Hawaii’s multiethnic…

  • Buddha Statue Daibutsu Replica The Great Buddha of Kamakura Foster Botanical Gardens Honolulu Oahu Hawaii. Oldest botanical garden in Hawaii established 1853.
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    Foster Botanical Garden

    Honolulu

    Tropical plants you’ve only ever read about can be spotted in all their glory at this spectacular botanic garden, which took root in 1850. Among its…

  • Popular snorkel beach Hanauma bay on island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA.
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    Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

    Oʻahu

    From an overlook you can peer into the translucent waters and see the outline of the 7000-year-old coral reef that stretches across the width of the bay…

  • Honolulu, Hawaii - January 1, 2022: View of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki.
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    Royal Hawaiian Hotel

    Waikiki

    With its Moorish-style turrets and archways, this gorgeously restored 1927 art deco landmark, dubbed the ‘Pink Palace,’ is a throwback to the era when…

  • Makaha Beach Park is a guarded Beach with beautiful water. The water is clear and clean and the bay has some gentle sloping areas with a sandy bottom.
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    Makaha Beach Park

    Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

    This beautifully arching beach invites you to spread out your towel and spend the day. Except for weekends and big surf days, you’ll likely have the place…

  • Enjoying the waves at Sandy Beach Park.

    Sandy Beach Park

    Oʻahu

    Here the ocean usually heaves and thrashes like a furious beast. This is one of Oʻahu’s most challenging beaches, with a punishing shore break, a powerful…

  • Honolulu, HI / USA - January 26, 2020: People explore Chinatown in Honolulu. The neighborhood is known for its market, great food, and cool nightlife.
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    Chinatown Markets

    Honolulu

    The commercial heart of Chinatown revolves around its markets and food shops. Noodle factories, pastry shops and produce stalls line the narrow sidewalks,…

  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Duke Kahanamoku Statue

    Waikiki

    On the waterfront on Kalakaua Ave, this imposing statue of Duke Kahanamoku is always draped in colorful lei. The Duke was a true Hawaiian hero, winning…

  • People walking along the walking path up and down to the top lookout of Diamond Head State Monument.

    Diamond Head State Monument

    Oʻahu

    The extinct crater of Diamond Head is now a state monument, with picnic tables and a spectacular hiking trail up to the 760ft-high summit. The trail was…

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    Kailua Beach Park

    Kailua

    A wide arc of sand drapes around the jewel-colored waters of Kailua Bay, bookended by formidable volcanic headlands and with interesting little islands…

  • View of the sand coast along Keawaula Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
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    Keawa'ula Beach

    Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

    Some say this is the best sunset spot on the island. It certainly has the right west-facing orientation and a blissfully scenic mile-long sandy beach. You…

  • Tourists and island visitors gaze at the view from lookout at Nu'uanu Pali State Wayside.

    Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside

    Windward Coast

    About 5 miles northeast of Honolulu, turn as indicated to the popular ridgetop lookout with a sweeping vista of Windward Oʻahu from a height of 1200ft. As…

  • Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA: beach and Fort DeRussy Boardwalk / Beach Park - Rainbow Tower in the center.
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    Fort DeRussy Beach

    Waikiki

    Less crowded than adjoining beaches, this often-overlooked beauty extends along the shore of its namesake military facility. The water is usually calm and…

  • Views along the shores of Kualoa Regional Park
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    Kualoa Regional Park

    Windward Coast

    Huge extended-family groups gather for weekend picnics on the wide, grassy field that fronts the narrow white-sand beach here. There’s good swimming, with…

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    Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden

    Windward Coast

    The dramatic ridged cliffs of the Koʻolau Range are arrayed in front of you like an Imax screen at Oʻahu’s largest botanical garden. It encompasses 400…

  • Ironwood trees lining up Waimanalo beach.

    Waimanalo Bay Beach Park

    Windward Coast

    Also known as Sherwood Forest, as a gang likening themselves to Robin Hood and his merry men operated here in the 1960s, this broad sandy beach backed by…

  • Waves crashing at La'ie Beach Park, aka Pounders Beach, on Oahu, Hawaii.

    Laʻie Beach Park

    Windward Coast

    A half-mile south of the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) main entrance, this is an excellent bodysurfing beach, but the shore break can be brutal, thus…

  • Halona Beach Cove, a small sandy beach surrounded by rocky cove at Oahu southeast.

    Halona Cove

    Oʻahu

    Take your lover down for a roll in the sand at this sweet pocket cove made famous in the legendary wave-tossed scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah…

  • Honolulu: Hawaii, Oahu, Honolulu, skyline view of downtown Honolulu, Diamond Head and Waikiki beach from Tantalus Lookout.  Oahu known as "The Gathering Place", is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to about two-thirds of the population of the U.S. state of Hawaii. The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu's southeast coast.
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    Puʻu ʻUalakaʻa State Wayside Park

    Honolulu

    The best free view in Honolulu! At this hillside park, sweeping views extend from Diamond Head on the left, across Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, to the…

  • Honolulu, Hawaii - December 27, 2022:  Tourists hiking on the Diamond Head lookout trail.
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    Diamond Head Lookout

    Oʻahu

    From this small parking area there are fine views over Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park and up the coast toward Kahala. On the east side of the parking area, look…

  • Queen's Surf Beach in Waikiki.

    Queen's Surf Beach

    Waikiki

    Just south of Kuhio Beach, the namesake beach for the famous surf break is a great place for families as the waves are rarely large when they reach shore…

  • Landscape photograph of Kukuiho'olua
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    Laʻie Point State Wayside

    Windward Coast

    Crashing surf, a lava arch and a slice of Hawaiian folk history await at Laʻie Point. The tiny offshore islands are said to be the surviving pieces of a…

  • Gyotaku by Naoki

    Windward Coast

    You'll probably have seen Naoki's magnificent gyotaku (Japanese-style fish prints) all over Oʻahu in galleries, restaurants and bars, but there's nothing…

  • The Lady Columbia statue, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    Honolulu

    Northeast of downtown Honolulu is a bowl-shaped crater, nicknamed the Punchbowl, formed by a long-extinct volcano. Hawaiians called the crater Puowaina (…

  • Lyon Arboretum botanical gardens inland of Honolulu, Hawaii.

    Lyon Arboretum

    Honolulu

    Beautiful walking trails wind through this highly regarded 200-acre arboretum managed by the University of Hawaiʻi. It was originally founded in 1918 by a…

  • American Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat Fighter of 1942 in Hangar 37 of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum of Hawaii.

    Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

    Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

    This military aircraft museum covers WWII and the conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and beyond. The first aircraft hangar, number 37, features exhibits on the…

  • Ulupo Heiau historic hawaiian religious site near Kailua on Oahu, Hawaii.

    Ulupo Heiau State Monument

    Kailua

    Rich in stream-fed agricultural land, fishing grounds and protected canoe landings, Kailua was an ancient economic center that supported at least three…

  • The USS Missouri battleship in Pearl Harbor.

    Battleship Missouri Memorial

    Pearl Harbor & Leeward O‘ahu

    The last battleship built by the US (it was launched in 1944), the USS Missouri provides a unique historical 'bookend' to the US campaign in the Pacific…

  • Waikiki Aquarium in Kapiolani Park.

    Waikiki Aquarium

    Waikiki

    Located on Waikiki’s shoreline, this university-run aquarium recreates diverse tropical Pacific reef habitats. You’ll see rare fish species from the…

  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Windward Coast

    A cultural park owned by the Mormon Church, the PCC revolves around Polynesian-themed ʻvillages’ representing Hawaii, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji,…

  • Visitors crowd beaches at Ala Moana Beach Park, Diamond Head background

    Ala Moana Regional Park

    Honolulu

    Opposite the Ala Moana Center mall, this city park boasts a broad, golden-sand beach nearly a mile long, buffered from passing traffic by shade trees. Ala…

  • Moana Surfrider Hotel in Waikiki, Honolulu.

    Moana Surfrider Hotel

    Waikiki

    Christened the Moana Hotel when it opened in 1901, this beaux-arts plantation-style inn was once the haunt of Hollywood movie stars, aristocrats and…