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Oahu Regions

Home to the majority of Hawaii’s population plus a wealth of activities and attractions, the island of Oahu is carved into five distinct and dynamic regions: Honolulu, the Windward Coast, Central Oahu, the Leeward Coast and the North Shore. While most visitors spend the majority of their time in Honolulu and Waikiki, there are hidden treasures of Hawaii’s past and present waiting to be discovered throughout the island. From the laid-back surfer culture of Haleiwa and the North Shore to the lush valleys and scenic panoramas of the Windward Coast. 

Regions of Oahu

Statue of Duke Kahanamoku, father of modern surfing, on Kuhio Beach, Waikiki


The state capital and largest city in Hawaii, Honolulu is a unique combination of tropical glamour and buzzing international metropolis, where sandy shores meet city streets.

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites on Oahu

Central Oahu

Gain a unique perspective on World War II with a visit to Pearl Harbor, or explore the island's agricultural traditions at the Dole pineapple plantation.

Leeward Coast of Oahu

Leeward Coast

This area on Oahu's west side is home to rural towns, off-the-beaten-path beaches and one luxurious resort area, Ko Olina.

Oahu's North Shore is a popular surf destination

North Shore

Rub shoulders with champion surfers and laid-back locals on Oahu’s North Shore, the big wave surfing capital of the world.

Windward Coast of Oahu

Windward Coast

It’s only a short drive from Honolulu to enjoy the highlights of Oahu’s lush Windward Coast, including the peaceful Byodo-in Temple and adventurous Kualoa Ranch.


Driving Around Oahu

Driving Times From Waikiki To:

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL): 30 minutes
  • Downtown Honolulu: 15 minutes
  • Pearl Harbor: 30 minutes
  • Haleiwa Town: 1 hour
  • Waimea Bay: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Ko Olina Resort: 45 minutes

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