Say “Aloha!” to the big city on Oahu’s South Shore: Honolulu. This sunny capital city is the main portal to the larger Hawaiian archipelago, and the perfect base for exploring Oahu. Drinking in all the breathtaking scenery is just one part of the Honolulu experience — there’s so much more: Waikiki’s crescent beach, plus its shopping and dining; the 350-acre volcanic crater Diamond Head (climb to the top for amazing views); and Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
Be sure to take a scenic drive from the South Shore to the North Shore, and experience the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Dole Plantation (think pineapples!), as well as world-class snorkeling, shrimp carts, and shaved ice stands.
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PEARL HARBOR NATIONAL MEMORIAL
Commemorating the December 7, 1941 attack on U.S. forces and one of America's darkest days during World War II, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial is an essential stop on any trip to Honolulu. This historically-significant site includes an in-depth museum and is situated near the wreckage of USS Arizona, sunk by Japanese torpedoes.
This iconic Hawaiian beach is an absolute paradise. Lined with palm trees, warm sand, and glittering cerulean water, Waikiki Beach will surely captivate you with its natural beauty.
One of Honolulu's most famous geographical features, Diamond Head volcano is a popular hiking destination and offers stunning panoramic views of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Just north of Honolulu, this splendid hike among the lush greenery of Hawaii's forests will lead you to Manoa Falls, whose cascading waters reach nearly 150 feet in height.
A vestige of the former Kingdom of Hawaii, this 19th-century palace was once home to the island's reigning monarchs, the last being Queen Liliʻuokalani. Now a museum, Iolani Palace invites you to explore Honolulu's royal history.