Things To Do In Hawaii




Discover the sights, sounds, tastes, art, culture, history, nature and adventure of the island of O`ahu.

O`ahu is an affordable, family friendly tropical destination with over a hundred things to do, see and experience for FREE, or for $10 or under per person.

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  • Listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band at Iolani Palace on Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Relax harbor-side at Aloha Tower Marketplace and listen to the island’s most popular entertainers from the marketplace’s waterfront stage as boats, barges and cruise ships float past.
  • Listen to Hawaii’s best local entertainers performing in the hotels and on the streets of Waikiki.
  • Enjoy “Sunset on the Beach” as Queen’s surf in beautiful Waikiki Beach is transformed into and outdoor movie theater, with live entertainment, food booths, and free Hollywood movies.
  • Enjoy a quick snack in Haleiwa, on Oahu’s North Shore.*
  • Walk through Chinatown for a fascinating look at noodle factories, herbal shops, markets and gift shops or take a guided walking tour hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
  • Attend one of the many arts and craft fairs held at Thomas Square, Kapiolani Park and Ala Moana Beach Park.
  • Witness the culture and beauty of the islands as you watch a traditional torch lighting and hula performance on the beach of Waikiki near the Duke Kahanamoku statue at sunset.
  • Race through the “World’s Largest Maze” at Dole Plantation on the way to the North Shore and afterward enjoy their signature Dole Whip.*
  • Keep your eyes open for humpback whales off Makapu’u on Oahu’s South Shore or Kaena Point on the northwest side of the island from November through April.
  • Boogie board at the local favorite spot in Waikiki called “The Wall” or at Waimanalo Beachon the Windward side of the island.
  • Wear reef shoes and in low tide walk to Goat Island to explore the tide pools teeming with life.
  • Hike the Maunawili Trail on the Pali trail.
  • Pick wild ginger, hibiscus and plumeria along the side of the road and wear them in your hair.
  • Watch the Friday night sail boat races from Magic Island at Ala Moana Beach Park.
  • Feel the awesome power of Waimea Bay in the winter months as you watch the magnificent winter waves, and in the summer as you swim in the calm turquoise waters.
  • Explore the knee-deep tide pools and the wonders of the snorkeling of Shark’s Cove, named for its shape not its inhabitants.
  • Build sand castles for fun family competition or watch as the University of Manoa’s School of Architecture hold their sand castle building contest in February.
  • View world-class surfing competitions at Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach or Waimea Bayon the North Shore.
  • Watch the sunset from high atop Tantalus as Honolulu city lights begin to twinkle in the dusk.
  • Watch the windsurfers at Kailua Beach or Diamond Head look out.
  • Enjoy views from Magic Island of boats and outrigger canoes with Diamond Head and Waikiki as the backdrop.
  • Feel the sea spray from the blast of the Halona Blow Hole, just around the bend fromSandy Beach.
  • Watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa wildlife specialists feed the animals, including the hotel’s very own penguins and flamingos.
  • Take a walk along the beach at sunrise and see the ocean come to life with early morning surfers and swimmers.
  • Hike or picnic at St. Louis Heights (Waahila State) Park.
  • See the daredevil hang gliders make their way off Makapu’u Point.
  • Hike along the many trails through the bright green scalloped cliffs of the Pali.
  • Trek up to the summit of Koko Head at sunset for sweeping views of the South Shore.
  • Keep your eyes and ears out for Hawaii’s colorful birds in Kapiolani Park, Moanalua Gardens and other parks throughout the island of Oahu.
  • Drive into the heart of Manoa Valley and hike along the trails of the Lyon Arboretum.
  • Catch a ride on an outrigger canoe with the Waikiki beach boys.*
  • See Oahu from the ocean aboard a catamaran sunset cruise off the beach of Waikiki.*
  • Hike above the leeward side along the Aiea Heights Loop Trail overlooking Pearl Harbor.
  • Learn about the different varieties of pineapple at the Dole Varietal Garden located outside of Wahiawa.
  • Find the four Wizard Stones on Waikiki Beach and learn about the legend behind them.
  • Pick plumeria or gardenia flowers for your hair off the side of the road.

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