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Things to do in Oahu

From the peak of Diamond Head to a coastline of pristine beaches, the list of what to do on Oahu is an especially colorful one.

Most travelers choose Oahu for its white-sand shores and warm Pacific waters, and aside from the famed, tourist-packed Waikiki Beach, there are plenty of more secluded havens for surfers and sunbathers alike.

Many of the most popular things to do on Oahu can also be found in the city of Honolulu itself. Tour the historic 'Iolani Palace, or learn about the island's cultural and natural history at the Bishop Museum. Honolulu is also home to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Further off the beaten path, travelers can find things to do on Oahu along the dirt roads that lead to forested inland valleys; toward secluded beaches and the local-populated North Shore. Visitors can also hike to the top of the volcanic Diamond Head--its defining skyline trait--for a panoramic view of the island.

For quintessential island experiences, be sure to include a luau on your the list of what to do on Oahu. The festivities include, traditional dishes like Kalua pork and poi, live music, dancing performances and more.

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  • Alii Antiques I & II

    Charles Yee Hoy and staff have been selling antiques at a pair of shops in downtown Kailua for over 25 years. Their first store draws from the main... More
  • Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

    The largest open-air flea market in Hawaii, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet takes place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in the parking lot surrou... More
  • Bailey's Antiques and Aloha Shirts

    Hawaiian shirts sell for as little as $4, but vintage varieties from the 1930s will set you back thousands of dollars. More
  • Bar 35

    This slightly off-the-beaten-path bar in Chinatown is known among locals for its impressive selection of beers — more than 150 from around the worl... More
  • Barnfield's Raging Isle Surf & Cycle

    A local institution, the shop for surf gear, mountain bikes, and Franko's Oahu Surfing Map, a vital guide to the legendary surf breaks of the North... More
  • Bishop Museum

    Probably the best museum complex in the world for everything Polynesian (as well as Melanesian and Micronesian), the Bishop is Hawaii’s most famous... More
  • Bob's Ukulele

    Bob’s sells one product mainly, the evocative and characteristically Hawaiian four-string guitar. There are ukes of ribbon-grained koa that cost hu... More
  • Dee-Lite Bakery

    Located in a non-touristy part of town, the Dee Lite Bakery is best known for their guava chiffon cake made from a secret recipe since the bakery's... More
  • Garakuta-Do

    This shop offers a vast treasure trove of Japanese antiques, from lacquered 19th-century chests to small combs. More
  • Hanaiakamalama

    Hanaiakamalama was the summer retreat of Queen Emma, the consort of King Kamehamena IV, and their son Prince Albert Edward. It is situated in the N... More
  • Hans Hedemann Surf School

    With its protected beach, this is one of the North Shore's safest places to learn the sport. The school also runs classes in Waikiki. More
  • Hina Adventures Eco-tour

    Two native Oahu women lead hiking and driving adventures that focus on the local cultural heritage, sacred sites, and the fragile environment. More
  • Honolulu Museum of Art

    The Honolulu Museum of Art is home to a 60,000-piece collection of art, with an emphasis on Asian works, including Buddhist and Shinto sculptures a... More
  • Honolulu Zoo

    Make the trip to the zoo, pausing to inspect a massive immobile tortoise taking a dust bath, then gawping at the unlikely spectacle of an ambulatin... More
  • Indigo, Honolulu

    Opened in 1994, this eatery has been at the forefront of Chinatown’s trendy renaissance. Island-born chef Glenn Chu channels his grandmother’s reci... More

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