This island is packed with everything from glitzy shopping to mega waves.
As the most populous of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu lives up to its nickname of the “Gathering Place.” With its modern skyline, trendy shops and chef-driven eateries, Honolulu is the urban heart of Oahu, buzzing with activity day and night. The island’s North Shore is home to small, laid-back oceanfront towns that epitomize a tropical paradise. No matter where you go on the island, the aloha spirit is omnipresent, and Hawaiian culture is intertwined with everything — from the art and food to the language and lore.
- The North Shore
- Leeward Coast
The Hawaiian capital is a study in contrasts, with its high-rise-lined beaches and natural wonders like the volcanic Diamond Head mountain. On a visit to Honolulu, it’s possible to experience the scenic and buzzy Waikiki Beach, world-class boutiques, restaurants and historic sites like Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace, the former home of the Hawaiian monarchy and the only royal residence in the U.S.
Dining, Nightlife, Museums, Shopping
Geographically stunning and situated on the western side of the island, the Kapolei area is known for its golf courses. But it also boasts coastal parks with swimming beaches and so-called “mermaid caves” that fill with water.
Beaches, Golf , Parks
The North Shore
Home to some of the most famous surf breaks in the world — also known as the Seven Mile Miracle — the North Shore of Oahu attracts the best in the sport. And even if you are not catching waves, the North Shore's many beaches, charming small towns and hiking trails will keep you busy.
Beaches, Gardens, Surfing
Located at the foot of the dramatic Waianae mountain range, the Leeward Coast of Oahu offers picturesque beaches, prime dive spots and world-class golf facilities. Home to the sacred Kaena Point, this area is also steeped in history and Hawaiian lore.
Beaches, Golf, Water Sports
Stay in The Center of it All
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Embrace Local Culture on Oahu, Hawaii
Explore Hawaiian History
From living history museums to royal palaces, Oahu has a central role in Hawaii’s past and culture. During the day, take a trip back in time and explore the many historic and cultural landmarks in Honolulu. At night, enjoy the best nightlife the island has to offer at the Hideout at the Laylow, a stylish lanai with great cocktails and live music.
Hiking to the top of Diamond Head and trying your hand at outrigger canoeing are the best ways to explore the island and learn about unique aspects of Hawaiian culture. Plus, get another dose of history today with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Dive Into Surf Culture
Surfing is not just a sport in Hawaii — it's an essential part of the local history and culture. Nowhere is this more evident than the North Shore. Explore this area's small towns and natural wonders, catch a few waves, have an açai bowl and watch the sunset.