Home to the majority of Hawaii’s population and a wealth of activities and attractions, Oahu is separated into 5 distinct regions: Honolulu, the Windward Coast, Central Oahu, the Leeward Coast and the North Shore. World famous Waikiki is located on the south shore of Honolulu.
- Valley of the Temples, Oahu Valley of the Temples Memorial Park houses Byodo-in, a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple.
- Kailua Beach Park, Oahu Kailua Beach Park overlooks Kaneohe Bay and the Mokulua Islands and is a great spot for kayaking, windsurfing and other water sports.
- Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Oahu Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most popular scenic spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountain range.
- Makapuu Point Lighthouse, Oahu Hike to this scenic point on Oahu’s eastern most tip for incredible views and whale watching during the winter.
- Kailua, Oahu Kailua Town is a buzzing beach community on the Windward Coast of Oahu, Hawaii, and is known for its turquoise water, crescent beach, unique shopping and dining.
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- Aloha Tower, Oahu Aloha Tower is a historic Honolulu landmark and home to an outdoor shopping and dining marketplace.
- Kapahulu, Oahu Kapahulu is a small neighborhood right next to Waikiki where you can find unique shops and some of Honolulu’s best local food.
- Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu Hike to the top of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.
- Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu This Marine Life Conservation District is one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling destinations.
- Waikiki, Oahu Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki is now a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world.
- Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Oahu This iconic statue of “The father of modern surfing” welcomes visitors to Waikiki with open arms.
- Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown, Oahu Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown are Oahu’s historic centers for government, business and the arts.
- National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Oahu One of the nation’s prominent national cemeteries, the National Memorial of the Pacific honors the sacrifices of America’s Armed Forces.
- Kawaiahao Church, Oahu The historic Kawaiahao Church was the first Christian Church built on Oahu in 1842.
- King Kamehameha Statue, Oahu The most famous Kamehameha Statue stands in front of Aliiolani Hale in Downtown Honolulu.
- Honolulu Museum of Art and Shangri La, Oahu The Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawaii’s largest fine-arts museum. Shangri La is one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes.
- Bishop Museum, Oahu Bishop Museum houses the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the state and is a popular destination for the whole family.
- Iolani Palace, Oahu The only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.
- Washington Place, Oahu Visit Washington Place in Downtown Honolulu, the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. It is located in Hawaii’s Capital Historic District and is open for private tours.
- Queen Emma Summer Palace The summer retreat of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV.
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Driving Times From Waikiki To:
1: Honolulu International Airport (HNL): 30 minutes
2: Downtown Honolulu: 15 minutes
3: Nuuanu Pali Lookout: 30 minutes
4: Pearl Harbor: 30 minutes
5: Hanauma Bay: 30 minutes
6: Haleiwa Town: 1 hour
7: Waimea Bay: 1 hour, 15 minutes
8: Kualoa Ranch: 50 minutes
9: Polynesian Cultural Center: 1 hour, 15 minutes
10: Turtle Bay Resort: 1 hour, 15 minutes
11: Ko Olina Resort: 45 minutes