Oʻahu attractions

Top Choice Museum in Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial

One of the USA's most significant WWII sites, this somber monument commemorates the Pearl Harbor attack and its fallen service members with an offshore shrine reachable by boat.
Top Choice Museum in Honolulu

Bishop Museum

Like Hawaii’s version of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, the Bishop Museum showcases a remarkable array of cultural and natural history exhibits. It is often ranked as the finest Polynesian anthropologi…
Top Choice Palace in Honolulu

ʻIolani Palace

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 monarchy observed many of the diplomatic protocols of the Victorian…
Top Choice Historic Building in Kahala

Shangri La

Celebrity Doris Duke had a lifelong passion for Islamic art and architecture, inspired by a visit to the Taj Mahal during her honeymoon in India at the age of 23. During that same honeymoon in 1935, she stopped at O…
Top Choice Museum in Honolulu

Honolulu Museum of Art

This exceptional fine-arts museum may be the biggest surprise of your trip to Oʻahu. The museum, dating to 1927, has a classical facade that’s invitingly open and airy, with galleries branching off a series of garde…
Top Choice Park in Pearl Harbor

WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument

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 fallen service members. The monument is entirely wheelchair ac…
Top Choice Beach in Sunset Beach to Haleʻiwa

Waimea Bay Beach Park

It may be a beauty, but it’s certainly a moody one. Waimea Bay changes dramatically with the seasons: it can be tranquil and flat as a lake in summer, then savage in winter, with the island’s meanest rip currents. T…
Top Choice Museum in Honolulu

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

With its vibrant, thought-provoking collections, this public art museum brings together traditional and contemporary art from Hawaii’s multiethnic communities. The museum inhabits a grand 1928 Spanish Mission Reviva…
Top Choice Park in Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

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. You’re bound to see schools of glittering silver fish, the b…
Top Choice Beach in Makaha

Makaha Beach Park

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 to yourself. Snorkeling is good during the calmer summer mon…