Honolulu is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. It is the capital of Hawaii and the largest city in the islands. The city is diverse with a blend of American and Asian influences. The Island of Oahu has it all. You will find tropical breezes, rain forests, bamboo forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, big waves, calm beaches, sea turtles, coral reefs, street art, culture and history. The area is popular and busy. I suggest staying on Waikiki Beach due to the central location and using the hop on trolley to explore the area. Consider renting a car to visit Pearl Harbor, the North Shore and the East Shore. Hanauma Bay is especially popular and the parking closes very early; take a shuttle to ensure entry. There is so much to experience, plan your time wisely.

East Shore Oahu HawaiiWhat to See in Downtown Honolulu

Pay respect at Pearl Harbor Memorial and the USS Bowfin Submarine

Visit the Izumo Taishakyo Mission in Chinatown

Head up to the observation deck of the Aloha Tower

See the statue of King Kamehameha

King Kamehameha Statue Honolulu Oahu Hawaii

Tour the Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US

Explore Honolulu’s street art

Things to do on Waikiki Beach

Splash around in the water along Waikiki’s 1.5 mile beach

Take a Hulu lesson at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center

Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii

Hang out on the porch of the historic Mona Surfrider

Shop for souvenirs at the International Marketplace

Stop by the Duke Kahanamoku Statue

Take a surfing lesson

Oahu Hawaii North Shore

Eat a Cheeseburger in Paradise

Check out the pavement stamps and high-end shops along Kalakaua Ave

Watch the Friday night fireworks at the Hilton

Drink a Mai Tai on the beach

Watch the sunrise from Magic Island

Honolulu Oahu Hawaii

Shop at Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping center

Walk out on the Waikiki Wall for a photo of the beach

Enjoy a sunset sail

Points of Interest Near Honolulu

Visit the colorful Mu Ryang Sa Buddhist Temple

Mu Ryang Sa Buddhist Temple Oahu Hawaii

Hike through a rain forest to Manoa Falls

Take the Pu’u Ohia Trail through a bamboo forest

Drive up to Tantalus Viewpoint for a unique look down onto Waikiki

Things to do on Oahu’s East Shore

Climb to the rim of Diamond Head

Hike the 1,100 steps to Koko Head Crater

Snorkel Hanauma Bay’s coral reef of colorful fish

Walk down to Halona Cove

Halona Cove Oahu Hawaii

Watch the Halona Blowhole erupt

Relax on Sandy Beach

Check out the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse

Go for a swim at Makapu’u Beach

Take the Pillbox Hike

Walk along Lanikai Beach

Visit the Byodo-In Temple

Byodo-In Temple Oahu Hawaii

Take photos at the Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout

Things to do on Oahu’s North Shore

Have lunch in the surf town of Haleiwa

Look for turtles on Laniakea Beach

Take the plunge off Jump Rock on Waimea Bay

Waimea Bay Jump Rock

Wander the botanical garden and waterfall in Waimea Falls Park

Watch the surfers at Banzai Pipeline

Relax on Sunset Beach

Have a Dole Whip at the Dole Plantation

Visit the Hawaii Office of Tourism at Go Hawaii for a calendar of events and travel planner

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Oahu Hawaii has it all: tropical breezes, rain forests, bamboo forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, big waves, sea turtles, coral reefs, street art, culture and history.