Your Destination Guide to Oahu

Destination Guide Oahu - Your Destination Guide to Oahu, HI

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Free in Oahu

Free in Oahu
Free in Oahu

© Daniel Ramirez

A tropical island is the best and easiest place to enjoy oneself on a tight budget. There is no charge to hike among the lush rainforest to a number of cascading waterfalls; it costs exactly zero dollars to visit many historic monuments throughout the island; and guess what? -the charge is for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing at the beaches surrounding the island—free!

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Arizona Memorial
  • Arizona Memorial
  • A trip to the U.S.S Arizona is a somber reminder of the Pearl Harbor Attack on December 7, 1941. When the U.S.S.
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Barbers Point Lighthouse
  • Barbers Point Lighthouse
  • In October of 1796, Captain Henry Barber arrived in the waters of Hawai`i aboard his ship the Arthur. Unfortunately, as he passed the entrance to Pearl Harbor, the ship capsized on a reef. Barber and his crew took to smaller boats, eventually arriving at the southwest tip of Oahu.
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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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Duke Kahanamoku Statue
  • Duke Kahanamoku Statue
  • All hail "The Big Kahuna"! This is just one of the many nicknames for Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, known across the globe as the "Father of Modern International Surfing." Surfing is a central part of ...
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Haleiwa Surf Museum
  • Haleiwa Surf Museum
  • Throughout time, most seafarers of the world never considered harnessing the power of a breaking wave and riding it to shore. Today, the north shore attracts an international following to its numerous surf competitions.
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Halona Blowhole
  • Halona Blowhole
  • In Hawai'ian, the word halona means "peering place; lookout," and one would be hard pressed to find a more spectacular lookout than that of Halona Blowhole.
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Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
King Kamehameha Statue
  • King Kamehameha Statue
  • King Kamehameha I, considered by some the "Napolean of the Pacific," is best remembered for uniting all eight islands under one rule and formally establishing the Hawaiian Kingdom. His warrior strength and regal presence still radiate from the statues erected in his honor.
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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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Makapu'u Lighthouse
  • Makapu'u Lighthouse
  • Even with GPS systems, radio communications, satellite maps and the general array of other navigational technology, sometimes ships just need a little light to see where they are going.
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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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  • 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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Royal Mausoleum
  • Royal Mausoleum
  • The Royal Mausoleum—or Mauna 'Ala, as it is known in Hawai'ian—houses the remains of many individuals who have figured significantly in Hawai'i's history.
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Wahiawa Botanical Garden
  • Wahiawa Botanical Garden
  • Covering 27 lush acres in Central Oahu, Wahiawa Botanical Garden houses many different tropical floras, many of which require a relatively cold environment. There is also a developing collection of Native Hawaiian plants.
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Waikiki Historic Trail
  • Waikiki Historic Trail
  • Amidst the modern concrete and tourist sunscreen of Waikiki lives the very different world of the past—housing the rich and fascinating history of the Hawaiian Islands.
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Washington Place
  • Washington Place
  • Washington Place in downtown Honolulu appears a bit peculiar amid the towering office buildings and bustling businesses.
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