Top 10 Things to Do on Oahu
Known as the “gathering place,” the island of Oahu is the third largest island of the Hawaiian chain. It certainly lives up to its nickname since majority of Hawaii’s population resides here and the island is visited by travelers from around the world. Hawaii is also a melting pot of diverse ethnicities evident in the island's culinary traditions, entertainment, art and even languages. Enjoying fun in the sun on Oahu can mean admiring Mother Nature, hanging 10 in the Pacific Ocean or hiking old train tracks on top of a mountain. In no specific order, here are 10 things that travelers should do while on Oahu.
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What’s cool: You can buy locally made food products such as jams, coffees, and more to take home with you as souvenirs.
- 4303 Diamond Head Road
- Honolulu, HI 96816 US
2. Go to a Luau
What’s cool: There is a real imu, or Hawaiian underground oven, on the premises. The staff demonstrates how they use the imu to prepare meals.
- 92-1089 Alii Nui Dr
- Kapolei, HI 96707 US
What’s cool: There is a live DJ and interactive activities such as a life-size jenga for the whole family.
- 555 South Street
- Honolulu, HI 96813 US
What’s cool: See the Imprisonment Room where Queen Liliuokalani was held under house arrest for 5 months and the quilt that she sewed during that time.
- 364 South King Street
- Honolulu, HI 96813 US
What’s cool: If want to see the sunrise on the island's Windward side but would like an aerial view of the event, you could hike Lanikai Pillboxes.
- Honolulu, HI 96815 US
What’s cool: Gone Surfing Hawaii believes in giving back to the community and donates 1% of its gross profit to organizations that help the environment.
- 330 Saratoga Road
- Honolulu, HI 96830 US
What’s cool: Take a picture next to the famous surfing Haliewa sign on the Kamehameha Highway. There are 2 signs, 1 going in each direction so you won’t miss it.
- Kamehameha Highway
- Kahuku, HI 96731 US
What’s cool: Drink ice-cold coconut water straight from the coconut while shopping from booth to booth.
- 99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard
- Aiea, HI 96701 US
9. Koko Head Stairs
What's cool: From Waimanalo to the edge of Diamond Head, you are able to see a 360-degree view of Oahu's East side.
- 423 Kaumakani St.
- Honolulu, HI 96825 US
What's cool: As you are driving around the island, try and stop by the Pali Lookout for the scenic view; Byodo-In Temple for the peaceful and Zen atmosphere; and Dole Plantation for their Pineapple Whip and Pineapple Garden Maze.
- 1687 Kalauokalani Way #A-303
- Honolulu, HI 96814 US