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Your guide to O‘ahu


Home to the state capital of Honolulu, the iconic stretch of Waikiki Beach, the somber history of the Pearl Harbor Memorial, and the awe-inspiring power of North Shore breaks, Oahu remains a popular destination on the Hawaiian Islands. The most populated of the islands, Oahu still retains much of Hawaii’s traditional culture and iconic tropical beauty while also being the epicenter of new local talent and culture. Shopping options are numerous, the dining scene perpetually evolving. Oahu’s diversity, combined with the island’s laid-back attitude and more than enough majestic natural beauty, makes this a getaway destination where you can still feel connected to the world.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in O‘ahu

Most of Oahu is graced with pleasant temperatures that have made the Hawaiian Islands the definition of paradise, typically hovering between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, so there isn’t a bad time to book one of the island’s vacation rentals. The western Leeward Coast is drier, while the greener Windward Coast on the eastern side receives more precipitation. Waikiki is mostly dry and sunny, but the sudden appearance of intermittent drizzle or light rain is not uncommon, so bringing a lightweight jacket while exploring the island is never a bad idea.

Top things to do in O‘ahu

Diamond Head State Monument

Besides the highly developed strip of Waikiki Beach, there’s no more iconic site on Oahu than the 300,000-year-old Diamond Head volcanic cone standing over the city. The park’s small fee (for Hawaii nonresidents) allows visitors to trek up scenic trails and a series of stairs along the exterior slope of the crater, rising to a panoramic view of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean below. The journey up can become crowded, so plan to arrive early before the tour buses, and remember to bring cash for the walk-in entry fee.

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

A short boat ride brings visitors from the shore right up to the remnants of the USS Arizona, the site where 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This place of solemn remembrance which includes the USS Arizona Memorial program, the visitor center, and museums, is free to all visitors.

Banzai Pipeline

In winter the Banzai Pipeline (or Pipe, as it’s colloquially known) along the island’s North Shore regularly produces titanic waves that break to form equally epic tubes for surfers to brave. Even if you’re not a fan of surfing, the majestic power of these waves is sure to impress.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in O‘ahu?

    O‘ahu typically enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures averaging between 71°F to 80°F (22°C to 27°C) throughout the year. The island experiences two main seasons: 'Kau' (summer) from May to October, and 'Hooilo' (winter) from November to April. Rainfall is common, but usually brief and often occurs overnight.

  • What are some of the best things to do in O‘ahu?

    Visitors to O‘ahu often explore historic sites like the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, hike scenic trails like Diamond Head and Koko Crater, or spend the day at beaches such as Waikiki or Kailua. Other popular activities include surfing, experiencing local cuisine at a Luau, or shopping at Ala Moana Center.

  • What is the best time of year to visit O‘ahu?

    O‘ahu is a year-round destination, but the most popular time to visit is during the summer months, especially June to August. During this time, the island hosts events like the King Kamehameha Day Parade and the Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, both in June. The Aloha Festivals, another local event, takes place in September.

  • What are the best places to stay in O‘ahu?

    Frequent travelers often suggest staying in areas such as Waikiki, a beachfront neighborhood known for its bustling nightlife and shopping, or Kailua, admired for its beautiful beaches. Other popular areas include Haleiwa in the North Shore, renowned for its surf culture, and Ko Olina, appreciated for its luxurious resorts and lagoons.

  • What are the best places to visit in O‘ahu?

    There are numerous appealing places to explore in O‘ahu. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Iolani Palace, and the Bishop Museum are rich in history. For nature enthusiasts, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Waimea Valley, and Byodo-In Temple are often recommended. Waikiki Beach and Sunset Beach are popular for beach lovers.

  • What are some hiking trails in O‘ahu?

    O‘ahu is home to many scenic hiking trails. A popular one is Diamond Head State Monument, a 1.6 miles (2.6 km) trail that offers panoramic views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean. Koko Crater Trail, a challenging 1.8 miles (2.9 km) trail, is also frequently recommended for its stunning views. For a family-friendly hike, consider the 2.5 miles (4 km) Manoa Falls Trail.

  • What are some family activities to do in O‘ahu?

    Families can explore the Waikiki Aquarium, admire wildlife at the Honolulu Zoo, or check out interactive exhibits at the Bishop Museum. The Polynesian Cultural Center provides an engaging look into Pacific Island cultures, while a Hawaiian Fire Surf School lesson is a fun way for the family to learn surfing.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in O‘ahu?

    Day trips in O‘ahu can vary, from exploring the Dole Plantation and its pineapple fields, to visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, to snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Other ideas include hiking up Diamond Head or touring the Kualoa Ranch where many Hollywood blockbusters were filmed.

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