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Things to do in Oahu

Honolulu and Kapiolani Park

Shopping

International Market Place

Now Open! The new International Market Place

Known for its iconic banyan tree and lush Hawaiian landscaping, the International Market Place will offer unique open-air shopping & dining with a “Hawaiian Sense of Place” in the heart of Waikiki. It’s sure to be among Oahu’s top places to visit, and we’re just one short block away! Your shopping adventure awaits.

  • Mon - Sun
    10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Restaurant and department store hours may vary.
  • 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu

Ala Moana Center

Shop at Ala Moana Center

Visitors and locals flock to this indoor/outdoor shopping mall, home to over 290 shops and restaurants. Ala Moana Center is open every day, is close to Waikiki, and the convenient shuttle will take you right there. Within walking distance are popular stores including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Ross.

  • (808) 955-9517
  • Mon-Sat 9:30am-9pm; Sun 10am-7pm
  • 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu

Ward Village Shops

Ward Village Shops

Check out discount stores like Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx that carry brand name designers for a whole lot less! Ward Center also houses Marukai Market Place with a large selection of groceries, Japanese products, gifts, and prepared food.

  • (808) 591-8411
  • 1142 Auahi St Honolulu

Kahala Mall

Shopping at Kahala Mall

Located just a short drive from Waikiki, this fun neighborhood mall offers a wide variety of boutiques, specialty food shops, restaurants, a movie theatre, and flagship stores such as Whole Foods, Apple Store and Ross.

  • (808) 732-7736
  • Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-6pm
  • 4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu

Dining

Paina Lanai Food Court

Located in the Royal Hawaiian Center is a large food court with lots of options! Try a steak at Champion’s Steak & Seafood, smoked Hayashi curry at Curry Café, ramen at Ezogiku, or a burger at the local burger shop Mahaloha Burgers. There are other favorites like Maui Tacos, Subways, and Sbarro.

  • (808) 922-2299
  • 9am-10pm; Daily
  • (Royal Hawaiian Center) 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Bldg B, 2nd-floor Honolulu
  • Price range $10-20

Rainbow Drive-In

Rainbow Drive-In

This order-at-the-counter spot for Hawaiian plate lunches is popular among locals and visitors alike. Plate lunches feature BBQ chicken, fried chicken, mahi mahi, chilidogs, loco moco, burgers & more local dishes.

  • 3308 Kanaina Ave Honolulu
  • Mostly Under $10

The Cheesecake Factory

Located a short walk from the Aqua Waikiki Pearl is this iconic American sit-down restaurant. Featuring salads, sandwiches, pastas, seafood, and steaks. The menu is large, but save room for dessert: their cheesecake is a must-try!

  • 2301 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu
  • Price range $11-30

Outdoor Activities

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

Hawaii’s most iconic landmark is known for its historic hiking trail with stunning views of the Pacific and Oahu’s south coast. The 0.8-mile hike from trailhead to summit offers quite a workout as you gain 560 feet from the crater floor. The trail also offers a glimpse into the crater’s extensive military history.

  • (808) 587-0300
  • 6am-6pm; Last entrance to the trail at 4:30pm
  • Entrance located on Diamond Head Road, Honolulu
  • $5 per car; $1 per person for pedestrians. Cash only

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay snorkling

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve boasts some of the best snorkeling in the world, while also being a protected marine life conservation area. This is the most popular destination for snorkelers to see colorful fish and vibrant coral reefs. Don’t forget to bring your underwater camera!

  • (808) 768-3003
  • Daily 6am-6pm (Winter)/6am-7pm (Summer)
  • 100 Hanauma Bay Road, Honolulu
  • $7.50 per person

Surf and SUP Lessons

Learn how to surf in the waters outside of Waikiki

Hawaii has a unique and extensive surf history and culture. Take part in it by signing up for a lesson right on Waikiki Beach where Duke Kahanamoku modernized the Hawaiian sport. If you’re not into surfing, try your hand at Stand Up Paddling, a great experience for all ages and activity levels.

Catamaran Cruise

Join in on a catamaran cruise

One of the best ways to see views of the majestic Diamond Head is from a catamaran. A sunset cruise is a great way for couples and groups to relax, enjoy each other’s company, and take in the spectacular scenery of Waikiki.

Nature

Honolulu Zoo

Explore Honolulu Zoo

Located in Waikiki is an unexpected 42 acres of land that is home to 905 animals and numerous native and non-native plant species. A trip to the zoo is perfect for families and animal lovers who want to experience wildlife in Hawaii.

  • (808) 971-7171
  • Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu
  • $14 Adults; $6 Children (3-12 yrs); Discounts for kamaaina and military

Waikiki Aquarium

Explore Waikiki Aquarium

Want to venture under the sea without getting wet? The Waikiki Aquarium, located on the Waikiki shoreline, gives you a front row view to exotic marine life. The aquarium also has yearly events, like the International Koi Show, Season and the Sea, and Family Night.

  • (808) 923-9741
  • Daily 9am to 4:30pm
  • 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • $12 Adults; $5 Children (4-12 yrs) and Seniors; $8 Kamaaina and Military

Manoa Falls

Explore Manoa Falls

Located in nearby lush Manoa Valley, is Manoa Falls trail. A popular hike for families and avid hikers alike, it’s an adventurous way to explore the Hawaiian rainforest and enjoy views of the 150ft waterfall in a tropical setting.

Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park

Explore Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park

Located across the street from the Ala Moana Center is a beloved beach park with a manmade peninsula called “Magic Island.” This grassy lawn on the shore is a great spot to have a picnic, take a casual swim, play a game of Frisbee, or watch July 4th fireworks!

Culture and History

Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Take a tour of U.S. history when you visit Pearl Harbor, the largest natural harbor in Hawaii and the number one visitor destination on Oahu. You’ll learn about the fascinating history of the politics, people, and events that started World War II. The Aqua Waikiki Pearl will be happy to help you to book your tour.

  • (808) 423-7300
  • Visitor Center: Daily 7am-5pm; Tours: Daily 8am-3pm
  • 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu
  • Free (Tickets are limited)

Iolani Palace

Explore the Iolani Palace

Located in historic downtown Honolulu is the former official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. Built in 1882, the palace and grounds have a sacred history. Purchase tickets in the Iolani Barracks on the Palace Grounds, or call ahead to make a reservation. Chlidren under 5 are not admitted.

  • 808-522-0832
  • 9am-4pm, Closed Sundays
  • 364 South King Street, Honolulu
  • Docent-led Tours: $21.75; Self-guided Tours: $14.75; Discounts for kamaaina, military, and children

Waimea Valley

Explore Waimea Valley

Deeply rooted in Hawaiian history, Waimea Valley is a wonderland of historical sites, cultural activities and native wildlife. From hiking and traditional games to scavenger hunts and storytelling, Waimea Valley offers fun for the entire family.

  • (808) 638-7766
  • Daily 7am-5pm
  • 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa
  • $16 Adults; Discounts for seniors, children, kamaaina and military

Bishop Museum

Explore Bishop Museum

There is no better place to discover the comprehensive and complex history, arts and culture of the Hawaiian people. The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is recognized throughout the world for scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections which give voice to the stories of Hawaii and the broader Pacific. The Museum has large lawn spaces that are ideal for picnics.

  • (808) 847-3511
  • 9am-5pm, Closed Tuesdays
  • 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu
  • $19.95 Adults; Discounts for seniors, children, kamaaina and military

Polynesian Cultural Center

Explore Polynesian Cultural Center

A day trip to the North Shore isn’t complete without a stop in the city of Laie, where the PCC stands on 12 acres of land that had been previously used to plant taro. You’ll learn about Polynesian cultures through food, activities, storytelling, and entertainment. For an unforgettable cultural experience, perfect for the entire family, purchase tickets in advance.

  • (808) 293-3333
  • 12:30pm-9pm, Closed Sundays
  • 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie
  • $49.95 Adults; $39.96 Children (5-11 yrs); Tour and dinner show packages available