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Island Name:

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.

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:


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).


US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques are accepted at many businesses.

Average temperature: 24 - 29 C. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Area Code/Mobile 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.

Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos (apartments) are located throughout the island.

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

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

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