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Oahu Quick Facts

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Island Name:
Oahu

Oahu Highlights:

Waikiki
: Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, this historic hot spot is now a gathering place for the world.
Pearl Harbor
: This National Historical Landmark features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack.
North Shore
: During the winter months, this legendary surf mecca attracts the best surfers in the world.
Iolani Palace
: The only official state residence of royalty in the United States and home to the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine on Oahu
: Get a taste of some of Hawaii’s most famous Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs on Oahu.

Airports:
Oahu’s main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors.

Oahu Resort Areas:
Waikiki
, east Honolulu, Ko Olina, North Shore

Capital City:
Honolulu

Population:
905,266

Time Zone:

Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Languages:
English
Hawaiian

Currency:
US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler’s checks are accepted at many businesses.

Climate:

Average temperature: 75˚-85˚ F. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Area Code/Cell Phones:
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States.

Internet Access:
Internet access is readily available on Oahu and at many hotels.

Accommodations:
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.

Transportation:
Rent a car at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis or city buses.

Clothing:

Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Tipping:
U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.