Oahu

Aloha!

As the Oahu Visitors Bureau, we pride ourselves in offering a diverse range of travel experiences that can meet the needs of today’s traveler.

The Island of Oahu is a natural fit for delegates with different lifestyles and interests. Oahu is truly all of Hawaii on one island. You will discover her contrasts from tropical island playground to urban island fantasy. Oahu is rich in Hawaiian culture and history, has outstanding resort areas, and features the exciting city of Honolulu with cosmopolitan shopping, multi-ethnic cuisine and entertainment. On the other side of Oahu is a stunning tropical island with breathtaking natural beauty, great year round weather, and an abundance of recreational activities on land, in the ocean, and by air.

Please take time to review all that the Island of Oahu has to offer.

Oahu Visitors Bureau

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Island Highlights

North Shore Beaches and Activities
The North Shore is legendary for its monumental and perfectly formed waves and it draws an awed crowd of spectators when the surf’s up. During the winter, Sunset, Ehukai, Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay draw surfers from around the world testing their skill in 20 to 30 foot waves. In the summer months, the breaks are tame enough for romantics and family snorkeling, and there’s plenty of other adventure nearby such as hiking, exploring, skydiving, horseback riding, golf and the Polynesian Cultural Center, featuring authentically recreated South Pacific Islands.

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Hananuma Bay
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve provides a unique snorkeling experience. This marine conservatory is sheltered in the curved bay of a breached volcanic crater.

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Waikiki
Known in Hawaiian as “spouting waters,” Waikiki was once the playground for Hawaiian royalty and today is a rich and complex blend of history, natural beauty, and contemporary comforts. Whether it’s shopping, dining, recreation, or relaxation you crave, Waikiki provides all these amenities in an ideal and convenient setting. During the day you can surf, sail, swim or dive in a submarine. Or stay high and dry at the Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo or atop Diamond Head Crater, a 760 foot extinct volcanic tuff cone. At night you can dine on Hawaii Regional Cuisine, step into a jazz bar or dance at one of the stylish nightclubs.

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Cosmopolitan Sparkle
Honolulu is a vibrant city that offers world-renowned cuisine, shopping from designer labels to one of a kind boutiques and local specialty stores, fine and performing arts, year-round events and an energizing night scene. The shopping is bountiful, food delicious and you’ll be kept occupied for hours on end.

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Honolulu
Experience Oahu’s colorful history in downtown Honolulu. Follow in the footsteps of kings and queens and explore Hawaii’s most revered sites. This cosmopolitan city is rich in history, culture and arts.

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Windward – Scenic Drive
One of the most scenic drives on Oahu yet only minutes from Waikiki and Honolulu, the picturesque Windward coast is characterized by rugged cliffs that meet deep blue waters. This drive will take you past Halona Cove, a beach known for its 15 minutes of motion picture fame in “From Here to Eternity”, and Makapuu Lookout. From here you can take a moderate 2 mile hike to the Makapuu Lighthouse or continue driving toward Kailua and Lanikai Beach. Both beaches located on the coast of the sleepy town of Kailua have earned the title, “Best Beach in America”. Here the sand is white and powdery, the gentle water ideal for kayaking and the tradewinds perfect for windsurfing and kite surfing.

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North Shore – Haleiwa Town
More than the laid back surfing center it seems, Haleiwa Town (“The Gateway” to Oahu’s famed North Shore) is filled with local style and rustic ambiance, as well as quaint shops, understated restaurants, and charming art galleries housed in plantation-era buildings. Don’t forget to enjoy a “shave ice” snack, served in a rainbow of refreshing flavors, before continuing a drive along the picturesque coast. Heading east will take you past roadside stands selling fresh produce from the area’s fertile land as well as delicious Kahuku prawns farmed then served hot from shrimp trucks.

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Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Drive along the Nuuanu Pali Highway and stop at the Nuuanu Pali Lookout for a birds eye view of the majestic and emerald green Koolau Mountains perched 3,000 feet above Oahu’s Windward Coast. This is the historic site of the battle of Nuuanu, where in 1795 Kamehameha I won the struggle that united the islands under one rule.

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Hawaiian History
A glimpse of the rich Hawaiian culture can be found at Hawaii Maritime Center, Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, Bishop Museum and Queen Emma’s Summer Palace to name a few. Take an educational journey to understand the significance of Polynesian navigation, the happiness and tragedy of the Hawaiian people and royalty, and the blend of cultural influences that has brought about a cultural “melting pot” of ethnicities. To perpetuate the wealth of Hawaii’s cultures, there are a multitude of museums, theaters, and tours that offer a glimpse of the past and how it has shaped the Hawaii of today.

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Pearl Harbor
At Pearl Harbor, four attractions impart the significance of WWII. The USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Battleship Missouri and the Pacific Aviation Museum showcase this popular and historically important area in the Pacific.