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By: - at January 1, 2014

Top 10 Things to do on Oʻahu

O'ahu is the third largest island of  Hawaii’s main eight islands and it's rich in natural sites that feature volcanic rock as well as lush tropical vegetation.

O'ahu is the third largest island of  Hawaii’s main eight islands and it's rich in natural sites that feature volcanic rock as well as lush tropical vegetation. This island is home to the world famous Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor and the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. Needless to say, you’ll find plenty of exciting sights to see and things to do when you visit this Hawaiian retreat.


10)  Chinaman’s Hat, Oʻahu
Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokoliʻi, is a popular spot for taking pictures of Oʻahu’s windward coast. It's a great place to visit if you are adventurous and actually want to enjoy some time to yourself. The outcropping resembles a Chinese peasant’s hat and it once was attached to Oʻahu. This mini island features two sea caves and two small beaches to relax on. Most people know Chinaman's hat from postcards but the real charm and beauty of the place can only be experienced if you visit it. The beautiful basalt island is located at the north end of Kaneohe Bay and is only 450 meters offshore from Kualoa Regional Beach Park.

Chinaman’s Hat, also known as Mokoliʻi, is a popular spot for taking pictures of Oʻahu’s windward coast.


9)  The Hawaii State Art Museum
The Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM) is an excellent place to go to better understand the art and culture of Hawaii. The museum is comprised of three spacious galleries, a 70 seat multipurpose room, a volunteer resources center and an outdoor tiled lanai.

The Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM) is an excellent place to go to better understand the art and culture of Hawaii. The museum is comprised of three spacious galleries, a 70 seat multipurpose room, a volunteer resources center and an outdoor tiled lanai.


8)  The Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum is a must see for visitors who want to learn more about Hawaii’s cultural past. This beautiful museum, which houses the world’s largest exhibit of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts, was originally built to showcase the Royal Princess Bernice Pauahi and the Bishop’s vast heirloom collection. Daily programs at the museum allow visitors to learn more about the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures.

The Bishop Museum is a must see for visitors who want to learn more about Hawaii’s cultural past. This beautiful museum, which houses the world’s largest exhibit of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts, was originally built to showcase the Royal Princess Bernice Pauahi and the Bishop’s vast heirloom collection.


7)  Diamond Head - Honolulu
One of the top tourist destinations in Honolulu, Diamond Head is an idyllic spot for people who like to hike or yearn for adventure. The volcanic promontory offers stunning views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean.

One of the top tourist destinations in Honolulu, Diamond Head is an idyllic spot for people who like to hike or yearn for adventure.
By Brian Snelson, via Wikimedia Commons


6)  The Hawaii Plantation Village
Located on Central Oʻahu, the Hawaii Plantation Village in Waipahu allows you to explore Oʻahu’s plantation heritage and culture. More than 400,000 immigrants who arrived in Oʻahu between 1852 and 1947 worked on Oʻahu plantations.

Located on Central Oʻahu, the Hawaii Plantation Village in Waipahu allows you to explore Oʻahu’s plantation heritage and culture.
By MECU, via Wikimedia Commons





5)  Waikiki Beach
The best known beach in Honolulu is Waikiki and it sits on the south shore of Oʻahu. Home to resort hotels and properties, the white sand beach is in close proximity to such attractions as the Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head and the Honolulu Zoo.

The best known beach in Honolulu is Waikiki and it sits on the south shore of Oʻahu. Home to resort hotels and properties, the white sand beach is in close proximity to such attractions as the Waikiki Aquarium, Diamond Head and the Honolulu Zoo.
By Cristo Vlahos, via Wikimedia Commons


4)  The Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oʻahu’s north shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a must see attraction for visitors who want to learn about the culture and history of the people of Polynesia. Founded in 1963, the Center features 8 villages depicting the Polynesian way of life.

Located on Oʻahu’s north shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a must see attraction for visitors who want to learn about the culture and history of the people of Polynesia. Founded in 1963, the Center features 8 villages depicting the Polynesian way of life.


3)  The Lolani Palace
The Iolani Palace was the last residence of the Hawaiian monarchy or King Kalakaua and Queen Lili`uokalani of Hawaii. Built in 1882, the structure is the only royal palace on American soil. The recently renovated palace is in close proximity to other notable Hawaiian tourist attractions, including the State of Hawaii Capitol Building and the Mission Houses Museum.

The Iolani Palace was the last residence of the Hawaiian monarchy or King Kalakaua and Queen Lili`uokalani of Hawaii. Built in 1882, the structure is the only royal palace on American soil.


2)  The Aloha Tower
Serving as welcoming landmark for a wide variety of vessels, the 10 story Aloha Tower is listed on both the Hawaii and National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1926, the tower offers stunning views of Honolulu Harbor from its tenth floor observation deck. A small vintage elevator transports visitors up to the top and no admission is charged to access the deck.

Serving as welcoming landmark for a wide variety of vessels, the 10 story Aloha Tower is listed on both the Hawaii and National Register of Historic Places.


1)  Pearl Harbor
The location of a Japanese attack during World War II, Pearl Harbor is located in the Ewa District of central Oʻahu. The largest natural harbor in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is also the only naval base in the U.S. that has been designated as National Historic Landmark. The harbor was so named because of the pearl oysters that once were harvested there. The Pacific Historic Parks in the area feature a number of related attractions, including:  the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

The location of a Japanese attack during World War II, Pearl Harbor is located in the Ewa District of central Oʻahu.


Conclusion
While Hawaii features eight major islands, Oʻahu is considered the main island when it comes to seeing some of the state’s most famous sites and museums. Anyone interested in learning more about the Hawaiian or Polynesian culture will find Oʻahu to be a fascinating place.


 

 

 

 

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