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Oahu Adventures

Things to do on Oahu

Honolulu and Kapiolani Park


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 and close to Waikiki by bus or rideshare. 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

Royal Hawaiian Center

Shopping in Waikiki at the Royal Hawaiian Center

Some of Hawaii’s best shopping is just steps from your hotel lobby! The Royal Hawaiian Center, comprised of 310,000 square feet of trendy shops and restaurants, is situated on Kalakaua Avenue. Take a stroll further down the street and you’ll find Luxury Row, which houses all of your favorite exclusive boutiques.

  • (808) 922-7555
  • Mon-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 9am-5pm
  • Royal Hawaiian Center: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu

Ward Village Shops

Ward Village Shops

Looking for something unique or local only to Hawaii? Visit Ward Village, rows of boutique shops that sell a variety of gifts and apparel including locally made art, crafts, and artisanal food items. Grab a bite to eat or a refreshing drink at one of the casual to-go cafes or opt for atmospheric diners and bistros.

  • (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

Culture and History

Honolulu Museum of Art

Honolulu Museum of Art

Want to catch an artsy film, new exhibit, or take an art class? The Honolulu Museum of Art is more than just a museum. They are dedicated to the ethnically diverse arts community in Hawaii, offering visual arts, arts education, performing arts, films and videos, and public programs that focus on the museum’s unique location in the Pacific.

  • (808) 532-8700
  • Tue-Sat, 10am-4:30pm; Sun, 1-5pm
  • 900 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu

Waikiki Shell

Waikiki Shell

With magnificent Diamond Head as a backdrop, the Waikiki Shell is a unique venue for outdoor concerts and events conveniently located just outside of Waikiki. This magnificent shell-shaped facility features an acoustically sophisticated stage and is ideal location for twilight concerts.

  • (808) 768-5400
  • 2805 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu

Pearl Harbor / USS Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial

Book a tour to Oahu’s most popular attraction. From Pearl Harbor, you’ll board a ferry which will take you to the USS Arizona Memorial, a Pacific National Monument. The tour tells the stories of the Pacific War, including the events at Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese-Americans, the battles in the Aleutians, and the occupation of Japan.

  • (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

Before statehood, the Iolani Palace was the official home of Hawaiian royalty. Built in 1882 and located in the art and business district of Honolulu, this National Historic Landmark features immaculate grounds perfect for afternoon picnics. Purchase tickets for a guided tour and see what’s inside the palace walls. Children 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

Bishop Museum

Explore Bishop Museum

The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum is known for providing visitors with a broad and multifaceted view of the history, arts, and culture of the Native Hawaiian people. The museum, founded in 1889, is the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, offering exhibitions, a planetarium, and an expansive lawn that’s 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

The Polynesian Cultural Center, or known simply as the PCC, offers a variety of shows and events throughout this cultural village. Located in Laie, a beautiful country town situated on the North Shore, the PCC teaches while entertaining. Learn about Polynesian cultures through song, dance, food, and the popular evening show,Ha, Breath of Life.

  • (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

Outdoor Activities

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head 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

Catamaran Cruise

Join in on a catamaran cruise

Things look different, perhaps even more beautiful, from the ocean. Gain a new perspective on Waikiki offshore from the deep blue waters of the Pacific. Catamaran cruises are fun for the whole family, offering food and drinks, views of inspiring Diamond Head, and extraordinary pink and orange sunset hues.

Dole Pineapple Plantation

Dole plantation a must experience

Known for its famous Garden Maze, the Dole Plantation is much more than rows of pineapples. Here you’ll board a train and learn about the interesting history of this fruit in Hawaii. Don’t forget to indulge in DoleWhip ice cream after lunch at Plantation Grille. Located on the way to Hawaii’s famed North Shore.

  • (808) 621-8408
  • Daily 9:30am-5pm
  • 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa
  • Free; Garden Tour, Maze, and Train Tour: $5-$8.50 each

Waimea Valley

Explore Waimea Valley

Nestled on Oahu’s famous North Shore, Waimea Valley offers a fun and educational glimpse into life in ancient Hawaii. While the park is known particularly for its gorgeous 45-foot waterfall, you can also spend the day enjoying hiking trails, scavenger hunts, traditional games, storytelling, and much more!

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

Surf and SUP Lessons

Learn how to surf in the waters outside of Waikiki

Duke Kahanamoku famously modernized the Hawaiian sport of surfing. You can even see his statue in Waikiki Beach, usually adorned with leis. Try to catch your own waves by taking a surf lesson, or, if you’d rather glide on a board, try stand up paddling, known as SUP, which relies on the boarder’s ability to balance.

Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay snorkling

Hanauma Bay is a picturesque nature preserve dedicated to conservation, but also to educating visitors about the ocean. Located on the eastern side of the island, Hanauma Bay offers world-renowned snorkeling. You’ll capture unique marine life after a short video that will show you what you can expect to see, and how to responsibly enjoy the water. Don’t forget your underwater camera!

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

Parasailing in Waikiki

Parasailing in Waikiki

Fly through the Hawaiian skies on a parasailing adventure! You’ll soar over the ocean, and take in views of Diamond Head and the majestic Koolau Mountains. Land in the water or stay dry—it’s your choice. Either way, you’re in for an exciting adventure!


Honolulu Zoo

Explore Honolulu Zoo

Calling all animals lovers! Honolulu isn’t just clear water and sandy beaches. Check out the 902 animals that call the Honolulu Zoo home. With over 42 acres to explore, the zoo offers both animal and plant exhibits, a café, and educational programs. Your whole family will love the wild side of Waikiki.

  • (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

Ever wonder what lurks beneath the sea? Check out the mysterious marine life at the Waikiki Aquarium, located right on Waikiki beach. Glowing jellyfish, vibrant fish, and intricate corals are just some of the beautiful displays you’ll find inside while at the aquarium.

  • (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

Kapiolani Park

Explore Kapiolani Park

Hawaiian royalty used to watch horse races at this park, located at the quiet corner of Waikiki near the Honolulu Zoo. These days, people love this park because it’s a fantastic place for morning yoga, an afternoon picnic, or a starlit evening run. People also love to take their dogs for walks along the perimeter of the park.

Sea Life Park

Explore Sea Life Park

Set against the ocean and mountain vistas on the eastern shore of Oahu is Sea Life Park, a great activity for all ages! Visit the new Hawaiian Shark Tank, a 300,000-gallon aquarium, or swim with the dolphins, feed the sea lions and sea turtles, and check out the seabird sanctuary. Complete the day with a visit to the gift shop and lunch at the Sea Lion Café.

  • (808) 259-2500
  • Daily 10:30am-5pm
  • 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway, Waimanalo
  • $29.99 Adults; $19.99 Children (3-12 yrs)

Kahuku Farms

Explore Kahuku Farms

Take an amazing tractor-pulled wagon ride through one of Oahu’s most delicious and lovely farms in the country town of Kahuku. You’ll learn about the history, people, and crops of this special place on the North Shore. Stop at the farm café for goodies like lilikoi butter, fresh papayas, and their popular “farm pizza.”

  • (808) 628-0639
  • Call for availability and rates
  • 56-800 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku