Polynesian Cultural Center
The famous Polynesian Cultural Center is located on the North Shore of Oahu. There you can experience cultures from the Polynesian Triangle’s islands that are tracing their roots to the same ancestral homeland, traditions and language. There, you can explore some of the eight island village exhibitions, experience the breath of life, also known as “Ha”, enjoy the thrilling canoe tours, and, also stay for an evening luau.
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
The Pali Lookout is located on the Windward side of Oahu and is one of the more popular scenic points on Oahu, if not the most popular scenic point on Oahu. One thing to note… the Pali Lookout is very windy, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and make sure you hang on tight to your belongings or they will be gone in a second. Most Oahu’s first time visitors and island tour companies have it in their checklist. On a clear day, the windy perch offers stunning views of the blue Pacific Ocean lying beyond the green Ko‘olau Mountains. It also overlooks Kaneohe, Kaneohe Bay, Kailua, and the island of Mokoli‘i.
Located at the very tip of the North Shore of Oahu is Mokuleia Beach and hiking area. There are a couple of different was to experience the area, both of which will make for an amazing day out on the tip of Oahu’s North Shore. Besides being one of the most beautiful and scenic beaches on Oahu, the Mokuleia area also offers a fantastic hike; one that will take you to the tip of Oahu and allow for bird viewing and monk seal viewing. So the hike at the right time of the year and you will be able to see humpback whales as well.
Kualoa Ranch is one of Hawaii’s favorite meeting points, located in the ever-sunny Oahu region. With more than 1600 hectares, its 4,000 acres and a wide variety of fauna and flora growing freely in the area, make this ranch one of the most charming places on the island. The estate stretches from the Koolau mountains to the tropical sea, giving its visitors spectacular views where they can take beautiful photographs for souvenirs.
Honolulu Museum of Art
Honolulu Museum of Art is a great way to escape the scorching city heat, large crowds and dive into Hawaii’s finest art museum. It hosts some amazing collections and will also take you across the world and through a range of cultures.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
The Dole Plantation, located in central Oahu, had humble origins. It began as a fruit stand located in pineapple fields and dates back from the 1950s. However, the plantation grew in popularity and has become one of Hawaii’s top attractions. This sprawling attraction gives visitors an look into the history of the pineapple and the role it played in the local economy.
USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
The WWII Arizona Memorial located at Pearl harbor on Oahu is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, war memorials in the entire nation. This is a definite “must do and see” if you ever have the chance. The Memorial is dedicated to all those who lost their lives on the battleship Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The memorial is breathtaking, and culminates with a ride out to the area where the sunken ship still sits.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and want to get away from the crowds of busy Waikiki make a trip to Byodo-In Temple. the temple is located in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park at the base of the Ko-olau Mountains, this temple was established on June 7, 1968. It was created as a commemoration of the Japanese immigration to Hawaii to celebrate the 100th anniversary of this event. The Byodo-In may appear to be from Japan and with good reason. It is a replica of a temple in Kyoto that dates back 1,000 years.