The Gathering Place is Oahu’s nickname and there is a reason for that. For one thing, this was the main island in the old Hawaiian days. It was considered the gathering place for everyone when something important was happening. I guess you can still think that way today. Oahu has more residents on it than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined.
The total population of Hawaii is right around 1.3 million. Almost 1 million being located on the island of Oahu. Despite being a bit more crowded than the other islands, Oahu still has a number of amazing scenic attraction and activities to enjoy.
Honolulu – the capital of Oahu
Honolulu, which is the capital of Hawaii, is also located on Oahu. Waikiki, which is the the destination for most tourists is also on the island. It caters to almost 5 million visitors per year and offers a great number of tours and attraction for visitors. We could say that the island of Oahu is a melting pot of culture. For someone looking to experience a ton of different things in one place Oahu is for you.
You also have some of the most well know sites in Hawaii on Oahu. Here is a list of the most popular places you have to see:
- Polynesian Cultural Center
- USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
- Byodo-In Temple and the Valley of Temples
- Dole Pineapple plantation
- Diamond Head Crater
- Hanauma Bay
- Kualoa Ranch
Oahu offers some of the best Hawaii weather, as you may get some rainfall, but it will quickly subside and leave you with gleaming sunshine and perfect weather.
Beaches on the island of Oahu
While other islands in the Hawaiian chain have amazing beaches, Oahu also has great beaches of its own. This includes the most famous beach in the world Waikiki and the most famous surfing spot in the world – Banzai Pipeline. Find more about the beaches of Oahu.
There is also a lot to see and do on the North Shore of Oahu. Old Haleiwa town offers up some great food and a ton of little ma and pa stores, all of which are sure to please. Keep driving further out and you will hit Mokuleia Beach and hiking area. While not a steep hike, you will find one of the best views on Oahu at the end of the hike, complete with a bird and seal sanctuary.