Your Destination Guide to Oahu

Destination Guide Oahu - Your Destination Guide to Oahu, HI

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Honolulu is not a place where you'll grow easily bored. Whether scouting the royal palaces of downtown, hiking Diamond Head, gazing in awe at Manoa Falls, or enjoying the peacefulness of the many religious temples dotting the island, you'll find plenty of picture-perfect shots for making your friends wish they had made the trip with you.

Oahu | Sights

Aliiolani Hale
  • Aliiolani Hale
  • A gold leaf-trimmed statue of King Kamehameha V dominates the palm tree-laden courtyard of this National Historic Landmark.
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Byodo-In Temple
  • Byodo-In Temple
  • The Byodo-In Temple and the surrounding grounds form the centerpiece of the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park.
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Diamond Head
  • Diamond Head
  • Diamond Head Crater is Oahu's most famous natural landmark and is recognized around the world as a symbol of Hawai'i.
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Haleiwa Beach
  • Haleiwa Beach
  • The North Shore of O'ahu is a surfer's dream, especially in the winter when the waves are breaking big and perfect on every single beach. World Championship surf competitions take place on these beaches, and Hale'iwa Beach hosts the women's events in the Triple Crown of Surfing.
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Iolani, Hawai'i's Royal Palace
  • Iolani, Hawai'i's Royal Palace
  • With all the natural beauty Hawai'i has to offer—exquisite beaches, lush rainforests, pristine waterfalls, and the like — it may come as a surprise that it is also home to the only royal palace in the United States used as an official residence.
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Laie Mormon Temple
  • Laie Mormon Temple
  • Looming on high amidst an immaculately maintained garden, the pillared Mormon Temple in Laie is the first Mormon temple built in the Pacific and at 11,000 square feet, it is also the smallest built by the Mormons.
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Manoa Falls
  • Manoa Falls
  • The Hawaiian Islands generally evoke images of sand, surf and bikinis, but one of Oahu's most magnificent attractions cannot be found on any beach, but instead deep within the mountains of Honolulu in Manoa Valley.
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Moana Hotel
  • Moana Hotel
  • The First Lady of Waikiki, commonly known as the Moana Hotel, marked the beginning of tourism in Waikiki, becoming the first hotel ever constructed in the area.
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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
  • Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
  • If you're a suspicious person, stay away from Nu'uanu Pali Lookout. Perhaps the curses that haunt the lookout are in payment for the vibrant view one sees from the top of the Nu'uanu Valley.
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Pineapple Plantation and Maze
  • Pineapple Plantation and Maze
  • Dole Plantation Hawai'i is the complete pineapple experience. Located in central Oahu in the town of Wahiawa, it is the perfect rest stop before driving toward the beaches on the North Shore. The first thing to do is jump aboard the Pineapple Express.
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  • Punchbowl
  • The Hawaiian word for the volcanic crater in Honolulu is "Puowaina" meaning "hill of sacrifice." It seems somehow appropriate then that the former "hill of sacrifice" is now the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, an area dedicated to American soldiers who sacrificed their lives.
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Sunset Beach
  • Sunset Beach
  • If you are looking for a walk along a white sandy beach of Hawai'i, Sunset beach is over two miles of pristine sand, warm, clear water, and yes, tropical Hawaiian sunsets. In the summer, Sunset is crowded with sun worshippers playing in the calm waves, or collecting shells in the tide pools.
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  • Tantalus
  • As you make your way up the twisting road to Tantalus Lookout, you can peer down at the commotion of the city below and marvel at the short time it took to go from the confines of urban Honolulu to...
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Waikiki Aquarium
  • Waikiki Aquarium
  • Ask anyone who grew up in Hawai'i about tide pools, and you can bet that tide pool play and exploration was a favorite childhood pastime.
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Waikiki Beach
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Once a vast swampland, Waikiki is now a Mecca for Hawai'i travelers. World-class hotels, the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, and the International Market Place have replaced the rivers and...
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