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The Ten Most Popular Sights on Oahu

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If you have only a few days to live it up on the island of Oahu, then bring this list with you. It highlights not only the best hotel, restaurant, and sights on the island, but will give you the best sense of what this beautiful, metropolitan island has to offer by way of sand, sea, and history. read more about The Ten Most Popular Sights on Oahu

Halekulani

Halekulani

  • 2199 Kalia Rd
  • At the ocean end of Lewers St
  • tel:800/367-2343
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815
Duke's Restaurant & Barefoot Bar

Duke's Restaurant & Barefoot Bar

  • 2335 Kalakaua Avenue
  • (Outrigger Waikiki Hotel)
  • tel:808 922 2268
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815
International Marketplace

International Marketplace

  • 2330 Kalakaua Ave # 200
  • tel:(808) 971-2080
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815

The International Marketplace has been an island shopping tradition for tourists and kama'aina (locals) alike. Most of the market sits under a huge, century-old banyan tree in the heart of Waikiki. Over one hundred shopping stalls, artisan stands, and mainstream shops sell special gifts and souvenirs. There is also a pleasant food court tucked in the center of the market that offers a variety of local and international cuisine. read more about International Marketplace

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

  • Diamond Head Road and 18th Avenue
  • tel:(808)587-0300
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96815

One of the most famous volcanic craters in the world, Diamond Head overlooks Oahu's southeastern shores. The crater was originally named "Laeahi" because its silhouette resembles the "brow of the tuna." British sailors gave it its current name upon arrival on Oahu's shores because the calcite crystals on the crater glistened in the sunlight from a distance. They mistakenly thought there might be diamonds in the mountain. The crater is over 3,500 feet in diameter, and visitors can climb to the 760-foot summit. The observation deck was constructed at the summit in 1910 to provide military target sightings. The trail is paved almost the entire way but can be steep in spots. Be sure to wear sunscreen and bring water on the hike, as there is no fountain up top. read more about Diamond Head State Monument

Alan Wong's Restaurant

Alan Wong's Restaurant

  • 1857 South King Street, third floor
  • (Between Punahou and McCully streets)
  • tel:+1 808 949 2526
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96826
Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

  • 7455 Kalanianaole Highway
  • (Kalanianaole Highway at the Hanauma Bay turnoff)
  • tel:+1 808 396 4229 / +1 808 397 5840 (Education Program)
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96825

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is one of the most spectacular natural resources in the state of Hawaii. For over a decade, efforts have been made to maintain this pristine marine ecosystem. With over three million visitors annually, restorations made to Hanauma have successfully made this place both an educational and memorable recreational experience. A short video welcomes visitors, encouraging them to serve as stewards to Hanauma's living yet fragile reef. read more about Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve

Lanikai Beach (Mokulua's)

Lanikai Beach (Mokulua's)

  • Mokulua Drive
  • Kailua, 96734

'Lanikai' means "heavenly sea," and the name is fitting for this small neighborhood in Kailua. Lanikai Beach, which consistently ranks among the world's top beaches, is known for its clear, turquoise water and expanse of soft white sand. This is one of the island's best beaches for tranquil waters and swimming. The two small islands sitting offshore are the Mokuluas, and are protected bird sanctuaries. North Mokulua is open to the public during the day and accessible by kayak, making for a perfect day trip. read more about Lanikai Beach (Mokulua's)

Ehukai Beach Park

Ehukai Beach Park

  • 59-337 Ke-Nui Road
  • Haleiwa, 96712

Typically regarded as the most famous and terrifying wave in the world, the Banzai Pipeline breaks over a shallow coral reef and frequently tosses riders over its thick, neck-breaking lip during the winter months. "Pipe," as it is known to locals, provides an extremely dangerous yet entertaining spectacle when the swell is just right. Indeed, there is a very real and very dangerous aspect to surfing Pipe, but it is also the site of the last of three events in the Triple Crown of Surfing, which should not be missed if you are visiting the North Shore in December. read more about Ehukai Beach Park

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

  • 1 Arizona Memorial Rd
  • Pearl Harbor
  • tel:808/422-0561 (recorded info)
  • Visit website
  • Honolulu, 96818
La Mariana

La Mariana

  • 50 Sand Island Rd
  • tel:808/848-2800
  • Honolulu, 96813