Things to Do in Oahu

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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 mainland... Read More

The largest open-air flea market in Hawaii, the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet takes place every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday in the parking lot surrounding... Read More

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

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... Read More

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 Shore. Read More

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

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

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... Read More

Near the base of Diamond Head—the extinct volcanic crater about three miles west of Waikiki—a steady stream of surfers and hikers make their way down a... Read More

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 Nu... Read More

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. Read More

The largest museum in the state, downtown’s Honolulu Museum of Art was founded in 1922 and is now home to 50,000 pieces, including one of the biggest ... Read More

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 ambulating... Read More

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

Henry Adaniya might be the city’s most improbable new restaurateur. He closed his acclaimed Chicago restaurant Trio—where chefs Rick... Read More

Hawaii is the only state that was once a monarchy (before it was overthrown and annexed by the U.S. in 1893), and the best place to get a sense of how... Read More

A visit to Kailua, an upscale beach town on the southeast side of the island—about a 30-minute drive from Waikiki—makes a perfect day trip: both Kailua... Read More

Located at the east end of Waikiki, Kapiolani Park is home to Hawaii’s famous Diamond Head (a volcanic crater), as well as the Honolulu Zoo. The... Read More

This is the biggest and best of Oahu’s many farmer’s markets, which happens every Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings near Diamond Head at the... Read More

Owned by the Kona Brewing Company, the Koko Marina Pub is located on the docks of the Koko Marina Center and provides diners with expansive views of the... Read More

Located in Chinatown, this Honolulu department store is easily recognizable by the words “LAI FONG” written in large red letters across the... Read More

Established in 1952 by the grandson of Portuguese immigrants, Leonard’s is best known for its malasadas, traditional Portuguese pastries made of... Read More

Located in the Halekulani Hotel, Lewers Lounge evokes the feel of New York’s swankiest cocktail bars with a touch of Hawaiian hospitality. The... Read More

Located in the hills high above Honolulu on Tantalus Mountain—overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean—the Liljestrand House is the finest example of... Read More

Fresh flowers and good prices are the norm at the M. P. Lei Shop, on Maunakea Street, in Honolulu’s Chinatown. Look for the storefront with sky... Read More

On the southeastern tip of the island, the summit of the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail is known as one of the best places to watch the sun rise over the... Read More

Located in Honolulu’s Chinatown, this marketplace features a wide range of Asian and Hawaiian foods and merchandise, including meat, seafood,... Read More

This three-and-half mile, three-hour hike winds through dense jungle under a canopy of monkeypod trees, and while it’s not an expert hike by any means,... Read More

Mokuleia is a popular destination for water activities including kite- and wind-surfing in south winds, snorkeling, camping, and hiking. Located on the... Read More

Part Irish pub and part local Hawaiian eatery, Murphy’s Bar and Grill is a casual neighborhood gathering spot for local businesspeople and... Read More

A must for any music lover visiting Hawaii, Next Door is known as one of the premier music venues in Honolulu. The combination bar and performance venue... Read More

Located in the Ala Moana shopping center, Panya Bistro is an offshoot of the Panya Bakery, a Japanese bakery founded by Alice and Annie Yeung. The... Read More

In the mall next to the iconic Aloha Tower, this shop has hundreds of unique pieces of island jewelry in sterling silver and 14-karat gold, Chinese jade... Read More

Sit under a pink umbrella while drifting off to the island melodies of slack-key guitarist Ledward Ka’apana. Later, sip Hawaiian rum at the... Read More

Segway of Hawaii provides tours of the island of Oahu on wheeled, human gliders. A number of excursions are available, including the Diamond Head and... Read More

Tobacco heiress Doris Duke stipulated in her will that her opulent and fanciful home (called Shangri La) on the shores of Diamond Head be turned into a... Read More

What: This family-owned shop in Sunset Beach is splashed with a deep-sea graffiti mural. ... Read More

Located at the Moana Surfrider Hotel, the Beach Bar faces famous Waikiki Beach and provides customers with unparalleled views of the sand and water from... Read More

The Veranda at the Kahala Hotel & Resort transports guests to a bygone era in Hawaii’s history. This plantation-inspired lounge overlooks the... Read More

Ride TheBus, and stop at historic Diamond Head Lighthouse, on the Eastern end of Waikiki Beach. Read More

Founded with the purpose of promoting Hawaii as a bastion of the arts and fostering artistic relations between the east and west, thirtyninehotel is... Read More

On the rural North Shore, a former sugar factory has been converted into a marketplace that’s home to a number of local businesses. There’s a small but... Read More

Framed by Diamond Head, one of the world’s most climbed (extinct) volcanoes, and with nearly two miles of continuous white sand and palm trees, this... Read More

In the 1990’s the project committed $585 million in public and private funds to transform eight acres of dive bars and budget hotels within an... Read More

The beach at this bay on Oahu’s North Shore was made world famous in 1957, when a group of surfers braved the winter swells (which reach heights up to... Read More

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