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Sightseeing and landmarks in O‘ahu

Art museums

Art Museum
“The Honolulu Museum if Art is an art museum in Honolulu. The museum was founded in 1922 by Anne Rice Cooke. The museum has one of the the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the United States. Since 1927 its collections have grown to more than 50,000 works of art. ”
  • 75 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Free admission, located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building”
  • 13 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Contemporary​ art, stunning gardens, and a yummy cafe...what's​ not to love?”
  • 11 locals recommend
Art Museum
“30 galleries surrounded by 6 garden courtyards. This fabulous museum has a lovely cafe for lunch too. Closed on Mondays.”
  • 5 locals recommend

History museums

Cultural Center
“It’s the closest luau to Hibiscus Studio. Hukilau Market has lots of cool shops to check out and different places to eat at. If you’ve ever had interest in the Polynesian Culture this is the perfect place to experience. ”
  • 192 locals recommend
Museum
“Discover Hawai‘i’s history and living culture, learn about Polynesian wayfinding, and experience the thrill of an erupting volcano—only at Bishop Museum.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“This is the only palace in the USA, housing the Hawaiian Monarchy. Close proximity and walking distance to your Hotel.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A trip to Oahu is not complete without visiting the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Book your tickets in advance!”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
“ WWII-focused museum presents historical aircraft, exhibits & even a simulated flight experience.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“ Historic battleship, which was the site of the official Japanese surrender in WWII, offers tours.”
  • 5 locals recommend
History Museum
“Queen Emma Summer Palace or Hanaiakamalama (The Southern Cross), served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawai'i from 1857 to 1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward. It is a now a historic landmark and educational museum preserved and operated by Daughters of Hawai'i. Admission to the Palace: General: $10 Kama'aina & Seniors: $8 Children 5-17 $1. Open Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM, Mondays through Saturdays from 9 AM to 4 PM. Closed on major holidays. Because the Palace was built in the nineteenth century, access may not be available for visitors who have difficulties climbing stairs.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is a great museum to visit that's within walking distance. These were the first mission houses in Hawaii. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Lookout
“The place to hike for tourists and sightseeing! Beautiful views! Very affordable entrance!”
  • 60 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Waimea Valley, the valley of the kings. So much Hawaiian culture, a nice place and garden, and a waterfall and pond to swim in.”
  • 71 locals recommend
Volcano
“Short hike up a dormant volcano that provides spectacular views of Waikiki and Honolulu.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Trail
“Fun hike for all able bodied. It's a shorter hike (about 30 minutes to the first look out) but leads to one of the most beautiful sights overlooking Lanikai Beach”
  • 48 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“I've done this hike with kids and adults. The views at the top are breathtaking and you can go at your own pace. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Trail
“Great hike for families that has a stunning view of Lanikai Beach at the top!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Great look-out and theres a path on the right of lot that leads down to an amazing cove beach”
  • 21 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Short, but intense, hike straight up the side of a historic crater. Views of the ocean, city, and mountains make it well worth the climb. Tip: Pack a snack and hang out up top, then hike down the opposite side to end up in the botanical gardens, and catch an Uber back to town. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Historic sites

Historic Site
“A trip to Oahu is not complete without visiting the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Book your tickets in advance!”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
“ WWII-focused museum presents historical aircraft, exhibits & even a simulated flight experience.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Historic Site
“ Historic battleship, which was the site of the official Japanese surrender in WWII, offers tours.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This is a great museum to visit that's within walking distance. These were the first mission houses in Hawaii. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Military Base
“If you're a history person, this is pretty incredible. My husbands father was laying on the beach in Waikiki and saw Japanese pilots flying so low he could see their faces. They were getting bombed and the island was forever changed. I'd recommend going, you won't forget it.”
  • 34 locals recommend
History Museum
“Look for the USS BOWFIN inside the Pearl Harbor exhibit. there's also a drive”
  • 3 locals recommend
Historic Site
  • 1 local recommends

Libraries

Historic Site
“This is a great museum to visit that's within walking distance. These were the first mission houses in Hawaii. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“This is the state's main library. It is the largest. There's meter parking in the front and along the side down Punchbowl. Right next to it is Iolani Palace.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“Because they have a small archive of books that show the history of Kailua in photographs. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
  • 1 local recommends
Library
  • 1 local recommends
Library
“Public library card which can be used throughout Hawaii can be purchased by visitors for 3 months and includes wi fi access. ”
  • 1 local recommends