Oahu, HI

E Komo Mai, Welcome to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, truly the Heart of Hawaii! Of the six visit-able Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is branded as the “energized” island.  There are more outdoor activities, more dining & nightlife, more cultural events, festivals and so much more Hawaii all on one island.

Home to Honolulu, the state Capitol as well as the legendary North Shore, and iconic Waikiki, Oahu is a superb mix of the traditional and the contemporary, urban and country, Hawaiian and American. From the host Hawaiian culture to the multi-ethnic blend of people from around the world, the Island of Oahu reflects this fascinating melting pot of experiences.  As part of the 50th State, guests enjoy the unique experiences that only Hawaii can offer, but with the luxuries and comfort of the US.  No passports required, English is the official language and the US dollar is the official currency.

Top Activities

Pearl Harbor World WarII Valor in the Pacific National Monument: Pearl Harbor, named for the pearl oysters once harvested there, is the largest natural harbor in Hawaii, a World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the only naval base in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark.

‘Iolani Palace: A national historic landmark and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States, Downtown Honolulu’s Iolani Palace was the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs from 1882 to 1893: King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani.

Polynesian Cultural Center: Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, with villages and exhibits representing the island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa, Samoa, Tahiti, Marquesas, Tonga, and Easter Island. Set on 42 acres of Oahu’s North Shore, the Center has a lagoon that hosts canoe tours and an exciting Canoe Pageant.

Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head): The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head (Lē‘ahi) State Monument sits along the Honolulu skyline just beyond Waikīkī. Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head) is a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Waikīkī and O‘ahu’s south shore.

Kualoa Ranch: Have a fun play day with horseback riding, traditional Hawaiian fishpond tours, ATV rides, ocean voyaging, jungle expedition, and a movie set tour.

Special Events

“HULA PELE” WORKSHOP SERIES WITH KUMU AB VALENCIA

There are many oli and mele hula for Pelehonuamea. Kumu Ab will teach a hula Pele that pays homage to Pelehonuamea and her home at Kilauea. Learn basic hula steps and hand motions that tell the story of Pele. In this workshop, you’ll learn appropriate costuming and how to make na lei wehiwehi hula (hula adornments). On the last day of class the haumana (students) will make a traditional hula presentation to Pele at her home at Kilauea. Cost for this four-session workshop is $200 and includes all plant materials for hula adornments. Students may be responsible for pau hula (hula skirt for men and women). Please bring a notebook and pen. No experience is necessary! Visitors and kamaaina alike will delight in this hands-on series of hula classes suitable for anyone ages 15 and up who have a curiosity about Kilauea, and the indigenous cultural practices of kanaka maoli with respect to Pelehonuamea, goddess of the Volcano.


HONOLULU BIENNIAL AT THE MUSEUM

In February, a crane will deposit on the museum’s front lawn Artificial Rock #133 by Zhan Wang. The work is part of the Honolulu Biennial: Middle of Now | Here , presented by Honolulu Biennial Foundation and The Howard Hughes Corporation, which is based at the former Sports Authority space in Ward Village and includes installations at locations throughout the city. Beijing-born Zhan Wang, one of China’s superstar Conceptual sculptors, has taken the fantastically eroded rocks revered by Chinese scholars since the eighth century and updated it for the 21st century by re-creating the scholar’s rock in an industrial medium—stainless steel. Artificial Rock #133 comprises the real rock alongside Zhan’s cast. The artist molds sheets of the metal around the surface of a traditional scholar’s rock (also known as “strange stone”), removes the sheets, welds them together, and burnishes the surface. Directly playing off the 17th-century scholar’s stone on view in our China Gallery, Zhan’s Artificial Rock #133 challenges us to think about tradition—and how our notions of it continues to evolve in the contemporary world. Don’t miss this chance to see important art from Hawaii, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand from March 8 to May 8. The artists were selected by Biennial curatorial director Fumio Nanjo, director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, and Biennial curator Ngahiraka Mason, former curator of Indigenous art at Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

 


SHAHZIA SIKANDER: PARALLAX

The Honolulu Museum of Art presents internationally recognized artist Shahzia Sikander’s immersive 15-minute, 45-foot-wide video animation melding her signature contemporary take on Indo-Persian miniature painting with 21st-century digital technology that she created for the Sharjah Biennial in 2013. The multichannel installation, composed of hundreds of digitally animated images taken from Sikander’s watercolor, gouache and ink paintings, and featuring atmospheric music and sound by Du Yun, will fill the entire Henry R. Luce Gallery. Visitors can take a seat in front of the wide, arced screen and let mesmerizing imagery flow over them, as it builds in intensity.

Local Transportation

Polynesian Adventure Tours: Customized charter, tour and transportation services.


Roberts Hawaii: Full service company that delivers Transportation, personalized Sightseeing Tours and Excursions, and an exciting variety of Attractions and Activities.


Speedi Shuttle: Offering complete shared and exclusive shuttle, sedan, SUV, and limousine service, including traditional lei greetings on arrival at the Honolulu International Airport.


Elite Limousine Service: Personalized Exclusive Limousine Service For Business Clients, FITSs, VIPs, Meeting planners, conventioneers, and incentive groups.


Distance from Major Airports

  • Honolulu International Airport (to downtown Honolulu) – 8 miles

Local Tour Guides

Polynesian Adventure Tours: Customized charter, tour and transportation services. Operate luxury, big window, motorcoaches and minicoaches. Contact: sales@polyad.com

Discover Hawaii Tours: Discover Hawaii Tours specializes in Pearl Harbor, Eco Adventures, Island Tours and Excursion in O‘ahu.Ensure their tours embrace the Hawaiian concept of malama ika aina or respect fragility of the environment the culture of our local communities and the need to use resources in a sustainable way. Contact: sales@discoverhawaiitours.com

Roberts Hawaii: A full service company that will deliver first class Transportation, personalized Sightseeing Tours and Excursions, and an exciting variety of Attractions and Activities. Contact: groupsales@robertshawaii.com