Discover the Non-Stop Excitement of Oahu

Oahu is at the heart of the island chain, and is a delicious blend of modern luxuries and unspoiled beauty. Bustling Honolulu and laid back North Shore. Hawaii Regional Cuisine and plate lunches.

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Art on Oahu

The Honolulu Museum of Art and The Contemporary Museum feature enviable collections from around the world. On the First Friday of every month, the Chinatown district of Honolulu explodes into an urban block party with niche galleries and art shows practically on every corner.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel

What's a pink Spanish-Moorish hotel doing in Waikiki? The answer: stealing your breath away. The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927 when the era of luxury travel to Hawaii was just beginning. After a five-day sea voyage, passengers would move into the "Pink Palace of the Pacific," bringing with them steamer trunks, servants, and even their Rolls Royce vehicles. In 2008, this classic gem underwent an extensive restoration to become the Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort.

Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor

A trip to Pearl Harbor will fill you with pride and also humility. The Arizona Memorial is dedicated to the USS Arizona's 1,102 sailors who were killed when Japanese Imperial forces attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Nearby, the USS Battleship Missouri Memorial honors the battleship where Japan's Emperor Hirohito surrendered to end World War II. A bit of trivia: the Missouri's bow is placed to convey that the battleship now watches over the Arizona so that her sailors may rest in peace.

Shopping on Oahu

Oahu is a shopper's paradise. Where else can you find Hawaiian-style coffee mugs in a big box store, hand-carved tikis made by those who understand the meaning of each groove, the latest designer brands, or warehouse outlets with summer styles 365 days a year? Plus, you can attend swap meets and farmers' markets that offer foods and gifts you might not find anywhere else.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, the Ambassador of Aloha

What's the best place to surf on Waikiki Beach? Just ask the "Duke." Duke Paoa Kahanamoku was Waikiki's best known beach boy, the "Ambassador of Aloha" who introduced surfing to the world, and always, the consummate gentleman. He was also an Olympic champion who won multiple medals (three gold, two silver and one bronze). Today, residents and visitors alike drape leis on his statue as a gesture of aloha. And if you're searching for Waikiki's most perfect waves, Duke marks the spot.

Waikiki Nightlife

There's an indescribable something special about Waikiki Beach when the sun goes down. It's an energy, an undercurrent of nightlife that's about to unfold. Sophisticated nightspots. Island music scenes. Mai tais with flavors like lychee, li hing and mango. This is Waikiki Beach--the one and only.

Waikiki Surfing

If you can stand on two feet, you can surf. Perhaps not well at first, but that's half the fun. Waikiki beach boys will show you how, starting with a lesson on the sand followed by a gentle push in the waves, and off you go. If you're serious, start early in the morning before the crowd shows up. After your lesson, you can rent a board and keep practicing. Watch out. It's addicting.

Haleiwa Town

Haleiwa Town on Oahu's North Shore is part country, part chic, and all fun. It started as a beach town on the outskirts of the cane and pineapple fields and has retained its rustic roots. It's a must-stop for shaved ice, shopping, art galleries and crafts, and of course, good eats. It's also the perfect excuse to move a little slower and linger a little longer. Whether you're on your way to Pipeline and Waimea, or heading back to your hotel, Haleiwa is a "no hurry, no worry" kind of place.

Outrigger Canoe Tours

"One paddle, two paddle, three paddle. Four to take me home." These famous song lyrics are synonymous with outrigger canoes and paddling on Waikiki Beach. Hop in and you'll feel the thrill as your canoe glides out to sea. The best part of the ride is when you turn back toward shore and ride the waves in. It's like surfing while sitting down. In paddling there are two words you won't want to mix up: "hui" means to switch paddling to the other side, while 'huli' means to turn over. Fun, but wet.

Kailua Beach

Ask anyone who lives on Oahu's Windward side where the best beach is located, and they'll say "Kailua." It's a thriving beach town where you can wear your pareo (wrap around) into the grocery store and flip flops (we call them "slippers") are the only locally-approved footwear. And the beach, let's just say that it's the second-most photographed stretch of sand on the island. Kailua has several kayak rental and surf stores. If you're into kite boarding, this is also the beach of choice.