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Oahu – Things To Do and Places To Go









Battleship Missouri Memorial – The USS Missouri, America’s last battleship, served her country through three wars and is best known as the site of the signing of the Formal Instrument of Surrender, marking the end of World War II.

Bishop Musuem – A 120-year-old institution housing the largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts in the world, Bishop Museum is a must-visit.

Blaisdell Center – If it’s big, it’s gonna happen at Honolulu’s Neil S. Blaisdell Center. The Blaisdell concert hall hosts performances such as opera, ballet and the symphony; the larger exhibition hall and arena open up for major rock concerts, dog shows, festivals, expos and more.

Dole Plantation – Pineapple was once a major Hawaii agricultural export, and Dole was the pineapple king.

Hawaii State Art Museum – Located in a historic building in downtown Honolulu, the free Hawaii State Art Museum is a forum to display segments of the state’s large collection of works from nearly 1,400 Island artists.

Hawaii Theatre – Built nearly a century ago, downtown Honolulu’s art deco Hawaii Theatre has been beautifully restored and today hosts mostly live performances ranging from Hawaiian music legends to Chinese acrobats and touring Broadway shows.

Honolulu Museum of Art  For decades known as Honolulu Academy of Arts, the newly named Honolulu Museum of Art now encompasses two museums, an art school center, a downtown gallery and more, plus oversees tours to Shangri La museum.

Iolani Palace State Monument A National Historic Landmark and perhaps Hawaii’s most venerated building, Iolani Palace was once the home of the Hawaiian kingdom’s royal leaders. Built in the Victorian era, the palace was a progressive marvel that featured electricity even before the White House.

Germaine’s Luau – Located “35 minutes and 100 years away from Waikiki,” Germaine’s offers a fun-filled, authentic luau experience with the magic and romance of Old Hawaii.

Paradise Cove Luau – Held on the beachfront at the beautiful Ko Olina Resort on Oahu’s southwestern coast, Paradise Cove Luau is one of the largest and most respected luau shows in Hawaii.

Polynesia Cultural Center – Experience Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Easter Island and French Polynesia all in one day at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Each village showcases its unique heritage, offering visitors a deeper understanding of each culture through dance, storytelling and demonstrations.

Shangri La – Formerly the home of tobacco heiress Doris Duke, today’s Shangri La is an exquisite museum housing one of America’s largest collections of Islamic art, amassed by Duke herself over 60 years.

USS Arizona Memorial – One of Oahu’s most visited attractions, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is a moving experience.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park – The USS Bowfin is a real-life World War II submarine that once housed about 100 men and sank 44 enemy ships.








Blue Hawaiian Helicopters – Now celebrating its 28th year, Blue Hawaiian is the most successful aerial tour company in Hawaii, and the only one that serves all of Hawaii: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. National Geographic calls Blue, “Hawaii’s premiere helicopter tour company,” and Frommer’s Hawaii recommends them as, “The Cadillac of helicopter tour companies.”

Makani Kai Helicopters – Experience Oahu like never before with a helicopter tour from Makani Kai. Look out over Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, the North Shore and more, plus enjoy views of hidden Island treasures such as Sacred Falls.

Mr. Bill’s Original Glider Rides – Soar on the wind above the glorious North Shore in a real glider plane with Mr. Bill’s Original Glider Rides, in business since 1970. Sail over big-surf beaches,

Paradise Air Hawaii – Fly light as a bird over the North Shore with Paradise Air Hawaii, specializing in powered hang-gliding, or ultralight, adventures.








Dolphin Quest – Meet Atlantic bottlenose dolphins face to face in a 26,000-square-foot lagoon at the prestigious Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Hawaii Kai Golf Course – Hawaii Kai Golf Course features a par-72, 123-slope championship course designed by William Bell and a par-54 executive course with no slope designed by Robert Trent Jones.

Hawaii Prince Golf Club – Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, the Hawaii Prince Golf Club boasts 270 acres and an incredible 27 holes—the only golf course of its kind in Hawaii.

Hawaii’s Plantation Village Many of today’s Hawaii residents descend from—or themselves once were—agricultural plantation workers and picture brides who came to the Islands from faraway places such as the Philippines, China, Japan, Puerto Rico, Portugal and Korea.

Kawamoto Orchid – Take home a living piece of paradise from Kawamoto Orchid Nursery, one of Oahu’s premier orchid growers.

Ko Olina Golf Club – Step into the sunshine at Ko Olina Golf Club, on the sunny leeward side of Oahu.

Koolau Golf Club – Considered by many to be the toughest golf course in America, Koolau Golf Club is a must-play for any serious golfer.

Misson Houses Museum – Part of the newly named Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, the Mission Houses Museum illustrates a pivotal and controversial era in Hawaii’s history.

Olomana Orchids – Imagine the pleasure of a live orchid from Hawaii in the living room back home—and what an original gift to bring back for friends! Olomana Orchids is a family operated, certified Hawaii orchid nursery with more than 30 years of experience in the development of new dendrobium hybrids,

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor – Located on historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, the new Pacific Aviation Museum features two World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of attack.

Queen Emma Summer Palace – Once the home of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha IV and his wife, Queen Emma, the Summer Palace invites visitors to view the royal lifestyle in its most private, personal setting.

Sea Life Park Hawaii – Families love Sea Life Park, where sea critters of every kind are celebrated.

The Honolulu Zoo –  Open every day except Christmas and located right in Waikiki, the 42-acre Honolulu Zoo is a must-visit. More than 1,200 mostly temperate-zone mammals, birds and reptiles live here, ranging from chimps, elephants and tigers to orangutans and komodo dragons to the rare and endangered gharial crocodilians

Turtle Bay Golf – For an upscale golf experience on Oahu’s pristine North Shore, visit Turtle Bay Resort.

Waikiki Aquarium – Set right on the oceanfront in a parkland area of Waikiki, the petite Waikiki Aquarium is a true gem.

Waimea Valley – A true North Shore cultural and environmental treasure, Waimea Valley is a protected haven for rare native plants; it also is home to numerous ancient Native Hawaiian archeological sites, including remnants of temple mounds and settlements.

Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii – Island families love Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii, a year-round, 29-acre water park in hot and sunny Kapolei.








Atlantis Submarines Waikiki – Fascinated by the ocean but not wanting to get wet feet? Atlantis Submarines might be the solution.

Diamond Head Parasail – Ever dream of floating on the wind like a bird? Diamond Head Parasail can make it come true.

Dolphin Excursions Hawaii – Enjoy the scenic west shore of Oahu and experience wild spinner dolphins in their natural habitat.

Haunama Bay Nature PreserveOne of Oahu’s most spectacular ocean settings also happens to be its most popular snorkeling destination.

Hawaii Water Sports CenterLocated right on the water at Koko Marina, near Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Water Sports Center offers visitors the chance to take part in a variety of thrilling water sports.

Ko Olina Ocean Adventures Join Ko Olina Ocean Adventures on a snorkel excursion that raises the bar.

North Shore Catamaran Charters Join North Shore Catamaran Charters aboard a 40-foot catamaran for a memorable North Shore ocean adventure.

Snorkel Bob’sA visitor-industry staple for top-quality masks, fins and snorkels at great prices, Snorkel Bob’s also offers a host of beach and ocean accessories, books and videos about Hawaii’s undersea world, and rental gear from wetsuits to snorkel vests.

Surf N SeaThe landmark Surf N Sea is the North Shore’s definitive destination for anything related to the ocean.

Twogood Kayaks- Just 1 hour of paddling takes you to a secluded island where you’ll snorkel in Turtle habitat, visit a seabird sanctuary, relax in tide pools, trek to a secret cove, catch a wave with your guide, and enjoy sunning yourself on world famous Lanikai Beach.

Xtreme Parasail Experience an adventure that is as easy as it is amazing: parasailing up to 1,000 feet above the Pacific with Xtreme Parasail.






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