Hawaii offers more than sun and beaches. Oahu is an island full of extraordinary history, culture, and food you won’t want to miss during your visit—and there’s a little bit for every kind of traveler. For those interested in learning about Honolulu history and why Oahu is so famous, visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial to learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the U.S.’s entry into World War II. See the memorials for fallen soldiers and learn about how the war changed the island forever. As you travel back in time, you won’t want to miss visiting Iolani Palace, a gorgeous palace built in 1882 that was once the home to Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs. There, you can learn about Hawaiian traditions and culture, and leave with a keepsake pair of white gloves at the end of your tour.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a trip to Honolulu unless you spend some time on the crystalline beaches of Oahu and make the most of the enjoyable climate while you’re out exploring. Native wildlife and tropical fruits and flora abound on the island, which makes it easy to feast your eyes and your belly. Visit Waikiki Beach and learn how to catch a wave while you surf, then take a trip to Diamond Head, a volcanic tuff cone and one of Honolulu’s most renowned national parks. If you enjoy spending more time on foot than splashing in the water, take a trip to Makapuu Point Lighthouse Trail, located on the easternmost point of Oahu. Hikers can enjoy a variety of trails all while walking alongside one of the most scenic shorelines on the island. And after a day full of activities, take some time to visit the local Kakaako Farmer’s Market for delicious foods from local vendors. Try Hawaii’s popular malasada, a delicious doughnut rolled in sugar, or omakase, a sushi-lover’s dream.
Get ready to experience Hawaii’s capital, boasting a beautiful modern city on white sandy shores. Your dream island getaway awaits. Let the waves wash away your worries, and may the malasadas awaken your taste buds. Honolulu is one of a kind.