The United States' slice of the South Pacific, the island of Oahu serves as the most common entry point to the 50th state. As it stands, its local culture is a blend of Americana and island tradition -- Polynesian temples and mai tais on buzzy Waikiki Beach. Oahu travel most often begins in Honolulu, Hawaii's capital city, President Barack Obama's birthplace and home to Pearl Harbor. There's plenty more to see, however, along the dirt roads that lead toward the island's inland valleys and its coastline of pristine, secluded beaches. Let Travel + Leisure's Oahu travel guide help you leave no stone unturned during your stay.
Things Not to Miss in Oahu
• Catch a wave on bathwater-warm Pacific waters along a myriad of white-sand beaches
• View an icon of American history at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor
• Attend a luau and get a taste of local culture via hula dancing and roasted pig
• Hike to the top of the volcanic Diamond Head for a panoramic view of the island
When to Go to Oahu
Travel to Oahu is sure to please no matter the season. Near its coastline, temperatures average 90 degrees during the summertime, and even in the rainy winter months it rarely dips below 75 degrees. At higher, inland points the climate is slightly cooler and more misty.