Tue, Nov 12
Honolulu HI
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  • Good morning, Oahu!
  • Take an early morning stroll to Kaimana Beach.
  • The windward side is blue, blue, blue!
  • Venture up the coast to Kualoa.
  • Pageantry at the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Honu nap on some North Shore beaches.
  • Enjoy beautiful hula at Kuhio Beach.
  • We love sunset from the Barefoot Beach Cafe,

Today Is a Great Day

Friends of ours are leaving Hawaii, returning to upstate New York. Now they live in Kualoa, right across the shallow bay... More


100 Things to Do in Oahu


Kualoa

One of the most sacred sites on the island, Kualoa remains a land of undeveloped splendor, often used by Hollywood moviemakers... More

Windward Oahu

Helicopter Tours, Deluxe

Locally owned Makani Kai and its sister company, Magnum, are generally regarded as No. 1 in Hawaii’s helicopter industry. They... More

Waikiki

Children’s Discovery Center

Appropriate and captivating for children from infancy into tween-hood, this former children’s museum is a three-story indoor world of interactive play... More

Downtown Honolulu

Japanese • Sushi Sasabune

Fabulous sushi worth every penny of the many, many pennies you’ll spend here.  Chef Seiji Kumagawa’s 13-course omakase menu is varied... More

Downtown Honolulu

Diamond Head Grill

This is our go-to spot for take-out, but we equally enjoy settling down at an outside picnic table and diving into... More

Waikiki

Kailua Beach

Kailua Beach is famous for its soft white sand, gentle surf, crystal blue water and cooling tradewinds. Located on the Windward... More

Windward Oahu

Pacific Skydiving

Skydiving in Hawaii is a bucket-list item, for sure, and you can check it off with the best. With over 42... More

North Shore

Orchids

While Halekulani’s Sunday brunch buffet is deservedly famous, any day that begins with breakfast at this elegant seaside venue is off... More

Waikiki

Chinese • Seafood Village

Looking for delicious Chinese food in Waikiki? At Seafood Village you’ll find more than 30 items at dim sum alone, and... More

Waikiki
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Roy’s

A pioneer of Pacific rim cuisine, Hawaii’s own Roy Yamaguchi continues his quest to coax forth the very best flavors in... More

Waikiki

d.k. Steakhouse

d.k. battles it out annually with very few other places for the title of ‘Best Steakhouse in Honolulu.’ Customers rave about... More

Waikiki

Kelley O’Neil’s

There is live music every single night at this Waikiki watering hole. A true Irish pub, O’Neil’s serves Irish beers, whiskeys... More

Waikiki

The Pig & The Lady

The Pig & The Lady gets rave reviews for a playful, modern take on Vietnamese cuisine. Incredibly flavorful sauces, meat so... More

Downtown Honolulu

Lorna Jane Active Living

Lorna Jane is a leading Australian-based women's activewear brand that has been at the forefront of fitness and fashion for more... More

Waikiki

Waikiki Historic Trail

This walking trail through Waikiki presents the history of the area and its cultural significance to ancient Hawaii. Markers shaped like... More

Waikiki

Homecoming

Hipsters, let us hear a “hallelujah!” Skaters, sing its praise. Echo Park, CA meets Honolulu, HI at a fun Chinatown shop... More

Downtown Honolulu

Il Lupino

Respected local food critics lavish praise upon this classic trattoria and wine bar offering traditional Italian dishes in a sophisticated though... More

Waikiki

Ko Olina

On the west side of Oahu, Ko Olina Beach Park is located within the Ko Olina Resort and comprises a series... More

Leeward Oahu

Mai Tai Bar

At The Royal Hawaiian, Waikiki's most elegant beachfront bar is also a perfect perch for ocean sunsets. Even the Blue Hawaii... More

Waikiki

Japanese • Jimbo

This cozy Japanese restaurant specializing in fresh, homemade udon is a local favorite known for generous portions and quick service. Choose... More

Waikiki

Peace Café

Here’s a vegan place that even a committed carnivore can enjoy. We’re hooked on the tofu-peanut “Hanoi” plate and the chewy... More

Downtown Honolulu

Germaine’s Luau

In the tradition of a true backyard, family-style luau, Germaine’s serves up a bounty of food and hosts a marvelous Polynesian... More

Leeward Oahu

Rainbow Drive-In

It’s local grinds “to da max” at Rainbow Drive-In, where President Obama drops in now and again.  Plate lunch is the... More

Waikiki

Nohea Gallery

Walking out of Nohea Gallery with a smile on your face is pretty much guaranteed. We've done it umpteen times! This welcoming... More

Waikiki

Mokoli‘i

You'll likely hear this called "Chinaman's Hat" for its shape, but the tiny, pointy islet 1/3 mile out into Kaneohe Bay... More

Windward Oahu

Golf, North Shore

Golfing on the North Shore is nearly always a day-long commitment, and it can be a terrific day. Turtle Bay Resort... More

North Shore
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Laie Point

Quite off the beaten path, beyond a humble residential neighborhood on Oahu's north shore, Laie Point is a hidden gem. While... More

North Shore

Yard House

An upbeat vibe complements this beer-centric eatery’s astonishing selection of brews, and there’s much to like on the extensive menu. It... More

Waikiki

Ko Olina

Once upon a time not so long ago, Ko Olina was miles of scrubland dominated by prickly keawe trees. Only fishermen... More

Leeward Oahu

Thai • Chiang Mai

Tucked away in Moiliili, this corner restaurant is welcoming and lovely.  Through the years, excellent service has been paired nicely with... More

Waikiki

Lanikai

Quite possibly Oahu’s most picturesque beach! Powder-soft white sand, calm azure water, and the Mokulua (Twin) Islands about a half-mile offshore.... More

Windward Oahu

Chart House

The mellow Chart House has been a local favorite for years. Seafood dishes abound, but steaks are exceptional as well. You... More

Waikiki

Battleship Missouri

The last battleship ever made, the Mighty Mo also is the most formidable. Larger than the ill-fated Titanic, its nine 16-inch... More

Central Oahu
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Helicopter Tours, Deluxe

Locally owned Makani Kai and its sister company, Magnum, are generally regarded as No. 1 in Hawaii’s helicopter industry. They... More

East Oahu

Hau Tree Lanai

If you succumb to the temptation to vault the little wall onto Kaimana Beach, stride across the sand and wade into... More

Waikiki

Te Moana Nui

Oahu’s newest stage production tells the stories of marvelous adventures through the songs and dances of Hawaii and the South Pacific.... More

Waikiki

Lucky Belly

Lucky Belly specializes in ramen, but they put a sophisticated spin on the Asian noodle soup that surprises and comforts at... More

Downtown Honolulu

Azure

Azure has done an outstanding job living up to the legacy of its legendary predecessor, the Surf Room. A commitment to... More

Waikiki

Koko Head Café

Chef Lee Anne Wong has fashioned a delightfully choice breakfast/lunch menu that only gets better with imaginative daily specials. One daring... More

Waikiki

Olive Tree Café

This super-popular Kahala restaurant is a cute, fun and comfortable place with wonderful people and equally wonderful Greek fare. Ask about... More

Waikiki

Ha: Breath of Life

The venerable Polynesian Cultural Center, now more than 50 years young, draws rave reviews for both its Ali‘i Luau and its... More

North Shore

Sedona

We always feel welcome at Sedona. It’s a place of happiness and healing filled with people and items whose mission is... More

Downtown Honolulu

Helicopter Tours, Deluxe

Locally owned Makani Kai and its sister company, Magnum, are generally regarded as No. 1 in Hawaii’s helicopter industry. They... More

Windward Oahu

Honolulu Zoo

On the eastern edge of Waikiki, down by Diamond Head, our modest zoo is divided into three sections: African Savannah, Asian... More

Waikiki

Kaneohe Bay

This is the largest protected bay in Hawaii and provides an abundance of ocean activities as well as postcard-worthy surroundings. Although... More

Windward Oahu

Beach Bar

Sitting beneath the nigh legendary banyan tree at the Moana Surfrider and listening to a steel guitar embellish a favorite Hawaiian... More

Waikiki

J.J. Dolan’s

J.J. Dolan’s is a popular Irish pub serving New York pizza in downtown Honolulu. Their handmade, thin crust offerings have a dedicated... More

Downtown Honolulu

Waikiki Beach Walk

Spanning the length of Lewers St. from Kalakaua Avenue to Kalia Road, Waikiki Beach Walk is a genuinely delightful place to... More

Waikiki

La Muse

Artist Julia Chen curates this fascinating boutique, filling it with handmade Danish baby toys, crazy beautiful swimwear, refined clothing, home goods... More

Downtown Honolulu

Fishcake

This treasure trove is a collaborative space for artists and collectors. We find it very difficult to leave empty-handed, but easy... More

Downtown Honolulu

The Royal Hawaiian’s Aha Aina

Waikiki’s only beachfront show is located on the lawn at the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel. An elegant, pricey affair, the evening... More

Waikiki

Hau Tree Lanai

Walk down the stairs into the Hau Tree Lanai and you’ll be thinking, “Holy moley, I love it,” even before you... More

Waikiki

Germaine’s Luau

In the tradition of a true backyard, family-style luau, Germaine’s serves up a bounty of food and hosts a marvelous Polynesian... More

Leeward Oahu

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Down at the Aston Waikiki Beach, this massive lanai overlooking the ocean gets lit up with torches and smiles every evening.... More

Waikiki

Likelike Drive Inn

Serving local-style American cuisine since 1953, this is a Honolulu landmark and favorite late-night diner. The menu offers hot and cold... More

Downtown Honolulu

Roy’s

Chef Roy Yamaguchi helped to kickstart Hawaii Regional Cuisine, blending locally sourced ingredients with European and Asian flavors. The Beach Walk... More

Waikiki

Makapu‘u

In a delightful cove bordered by rocky sea cliffs, Makapu‘u is a dramatically scenic beach. It is a prime boogie-boarding and... More

East Oahu

Kayaking • Twogood Kayaks

Yelp and TripAdvisor consistently praise this small, family-owned company, which has provided fun and adventure in Kailua for over 30 years.... More

Windward Oahu
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Polynesian Cultural Center

Enjoy the world’s premier Polynesian encounter — an authentic day-long adventure featuring experiences like canoe races, Samoan cooking, Tahitian spear-throwing and... More

North Shore
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Giovanni’s Original White Shrimp Truck

It’s amazing how tasty these simple shrimp plates can be, especially after a good swim or stroll on a North Shore... More

North Shore

Dolphin Star

Oahu’s west side offers some of the island’s very best ocean experiences. Cruising alongside leaping dolphins off a vast, mountainous coastline... More

Leeward Oahu
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Taormina

Namesake of a coastal village in Sicily, this stylish eatery honors classic Sicilian preparations indoors and out. Heavy sauces are shunned.... More

Waikiki

Chinese • Little Village

For over a decade, Little Village has been a go-to Chinese restaurant for those of us who live here. Portions are... More

Downtown Honolulu

Aloha Tower

This Honolulu Harbor beacon has been welcoming cruise ships since they first began arriving here. Today it is dwarfed by Honolulu... More

Downtown Honolulu
Samoan fireknife performer

Waikiki Starlight Luau

Colorful entertainment and an island feast under the stars await you at Waikiki’s premier outdoor luau at Hilton Hawaiian Village. Experience... More

Waikiki

Ala Moana Beach Park

Located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana is popular with locals because of the ample parking, long sandy beach, showers,... More

Waikiki

Mission Houses Museum

The first Christian missionaries to Hawaii arrived in 1820, and their presence significantly impacted Hawaii’s native culture. The Mission Houses, the... More

Downtown Honolulu

Mahaloha Burger

With a name that blends two of Hawaii’s most famous words and cherished values – mahalo and aloha – a burger... More

Waikiki

Torchlighting and Hula Show

Three days a week, a special hour-long torchlighting ceremony and hula show are presented in the heart of Waikiki, right on... More

Waikiki

Friday Night Fireworks

We're a bit spoiled where fireworks are concerned. Growing up, watching them was an annual event. Now it's weekly, thanks to... More

Waikiki

Golf, East Oahu

East Oahu golf is limited to one course, but that's enough. The Hawaii Kai Championship Course is where many of us... More

East Oahu
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Hoku’s

Whether for dinner or Sunday brunch, come to Hoku’s if you want to spoil someone, including yourself. Located at The Kahala,... More

Waikiki

Orchids

Oceanside at the renowned Halekulani, Orchids is a special treat in every possible way. The casual yet upscale venue celebrates the... More

Waikiki

Rix Island Wear

We all wear aloha shirts. It’s a uniform, almost, a badge of Hawaiian-ness that sets us apart. Our closets are lined... More

Waikiki

Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama makes you feel good. We’re reluctant to say that the clothing is “yummy,” but think about it: It is.... More

Waikiki

Bills Sydney

Happy hour sets a fine pace nightly at Bills, the only resort eatery by noted Australian chef Bill Granger. The pairing... More

Waikiki

Bishop Museum

This is THE place to learn abut Hawaiian history and have a whole lot of fun doing so. Like many museums,... More

Downtown Honolulu

Kualoa

Through the years, the Morgan family has remained steadfast in its efforts to retain the wild, open character of this marvelous... More

Windward Oahu

Uncle’s Fish Market

Look no further for fresh Oahu seafood: This is THE place. Owned by Fresh Island Fish, the state's largest seafood supplier,... More

Downtown Honolulu

Helicopter Tour, Doors Off

A doors-off helicopter tour isn’t easily compared to anything else. It’s the marvelous thrill of a standard helicopter tour, times two... More

Windward Oahu

Diamond Head

The distinctive silhouette of Leahi, or Diamond Head, heralds your arrival in Waikiki. In the winter, this extinct volcano is covered... More

Waikiki

La Mer

Ensconced in the prestigious Halekulani, La Mer features elegant French cuisine incorporating locally-sourced ingredients and tropical flavors. The three- and four... More

Waikiki

Haleiwa

Though changing rapidly with new developments, rustic Haleiwa will maintain its slow pace and bohemian vibe as long as it is... More

North Shore

Yard House

Yard House serves upwards of 100 seasonal, craft and international draft beers in the heart of Waikiki. Combine that with a... More

Waikiki

Waialua

Waialua is a residential community to the west of Haleiwa. The sleepy North Shore town once revolved around a sugar plantation... More

North Shore

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

A longtime favorite here and elsewhere, Ruth's Chris features exceptional steaks selected from the top 2% of the country’s beef and served sizzling hot... More

Waikiki

Dole Plantation

The perfect stop on the way to the North Shore (we recommend going early to avoid lines), this large attraction is... More

Central Oahu

Yanagi Sushi

Known for super-fresh ingredients and perfect technique with sushi and sashimi, Yanagi Sushi is a favorite among locals and visiting celebrities.... More

Downtown Honolulu

Fighting Eel

Sumptuously soft and comfortable women’s wear in standout prints as well as subdued solids is the calling card of this growing... More

Waikiki

Town

Guided by the philosophy “Local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always,” this welcoming Kaimuki restaurant impresses with deliciously simple dishes... More

Waikiki

Bishop Museum

Established in 1889, Bishop Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawaii and the Pacific. Home to over a million... More

Downtown Honolulu

Highway Inn

If you don’t know Hawaiian food, this is where you can learn. If you do, you’re gonna love this place. Beginners... More

Downtown Honolulu

Sunset

Yes, it seems silly to point out that this is a great family time of day, but too often we miss... More

Waikiki

Hanauma Bay

Oahu’s best snorkeling is about 30 minutes from Waikiki. This marine life preserve is an excellent place for beginners and children... More

East Oahu

Stand-up Paddle

Invigorating, peaceful and downright life-changing, stand-up paddle is the fastest-growing sport in the world. Learning is easy, but it helps to... More

Waikiki
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Atlantis Seafood & Steak

In the heart of Waikiki, Atlantis Seafood & Steak serves up a range of favorites in an inviting atmosphere, where aloha... More

Waikiki
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Barefoot Beach Cafe

Cute as can be with a setting to die for, this is a fun place well worth the walk from Waikiki... More

Waikiki

Helicopter Tour, Doors Off

A doors-off helicopter tour isn’t easily compared to anything else. It’s the marvelous thrill of a standard helicopter tour, times two... More

East Oahu

Chinatown

Honolulu’s Chinatown is an eclectic area bustling with markets that sell exotic produce, fish, meat, groceries and goods from across Asia.... More

Downtown Honolulu

House Without a Key

At the venerable Halekulani, mai tais and music on the open-air lanai are still going strong. This is lovely and old-school,... More

Waikiki