Top things to do

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 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 Koko Head Regional Park

Sandy Beach Park

Here the ocean usually heaves and thrashes like a furious beast. This is one of Oʻahu’s most challenging beaches, with a punishing shorebreak, powerful backwash and strong rip currents. Expert bodysurfers and bodybo…
Top Choice State Park in Diamond Head

Diamond Head State Monument

The extinct crater of Diamond Head is now a state monument, with picnic tables and a spectacular hiking trail up to the 761ft-high summit. The trail was built in 1908 to service military observation stations located…
Top Choice Beach in Koko Head Regional Park

Halona Cove

Take your lover down for a roll in the sand at this sweet pocket cove made famous in the legendary wave-tossed love scene between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in the 1953 movie From Here to Eternity. You can peer…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Hawaiʻi Kai

Roy’s Hawaiʻi Kai

Roy Yamaguchi is one of the driving forces behind Hawaii Regional cuisine, emphasizing fresh local ingredients with artfully blended European, Asian and Pacific Rim influences. A pilgrimage to the chef’s original ou…
Top Choice Museum in Hanauma Bay

Marine Educational Center

Past the park's entrance ticket windows is an excellent educational center run by the University of Hawaiʻi. Interactive, family-friendly displays teach visitors about the unique geology and ecology of the bay. Ever…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Diamond Head

Diamond Head Lookout

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 for the Amelia Earhart Marker, which recalls her 1935 solo …
Top Choice Fusion in Kahala

Hoku's

Chef Wayne Hirabayashi is revered for his elegant East-West creations such as braised short ribs with avocado tempura and wok-fried market-fresh fish paired with a world-ranging wine list. The Sunday brunch buffet s…
Top Choice Market in Diamond Head

KCC Farmers Market

At Oʻahu’s premier gathering of farmers and their fans, everything sold is locally made or grown and has a loyal following, from Nalo greens to Kahuku shrimp and corn. Restaurants and vendors sell all kinds of tasty…