Oahu Regions

Home to the majority of Hawaii’s population and a wealth of activities and attractions, Oahu is separated into 5 distinct regions: Honolulu, the Windward Coast, Central Oahu, the Leeward Coast and the North Shore. World famous Waikiki is located on the south shore of Honolulu.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Oahu

Windward Coast, Oahu

Kailua Beach Park, Oahu Kailua Beach Park overlooks Kaneohe Bay and the Mokulua Islands and is a great spot for kayaking, windsurfing and other water sports.

Makapuu Point Lighthouse, Oahu Hike to this scenic point on Oahu’s eastern most tip for incredible views and whale watching during the winter.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Oahu Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most popular scenic spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountain range.

Valley of the Temples, Oahu Valley of the Temples Memorial Park houses Byodo-in, a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple.

Kailua, Oahu Kailua Town is a buzzing beach community on the Windward Coast of Oahu, Hawaii, and is known for its turquoise water, crescent beach, unique shopping and dining.


Leeward Coast

Leeward Coast, Oahu

Kaena Point, Oahu Kaena Point is a sacred spot at the western most tip of Oahu accessible only by hike.

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Haleiwa, North Shore

North Shore, Oahu

Haleiwa, Oahu This historic surf town is the gateway to the legendary North Shore.

Waimea Bay, Oahu Waimea Bay is a legendary surf spot influential in the birth of big wave surfing.

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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park

Central Oahu

Pearl Harbor, Oahu Five Pearl Harbor Historic Sites honor this National Historic Landmark where World War II both began and ended.

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Aloha Tower, Oahu

Honolulu, Oahu

Waikiki, Oahu Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki is now a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world.

Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu Hike to the top of the iconic Diamond Head State Monument for panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.

Aloha Tower, Oahu Aloha Tower is a historic Honolulu landmark and home to an outdoor shopping and dining marketplace.

Bishop Museum, Oahu Bishop Museum houses the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in the state and is a popular destination for the whole family.

Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown, Oahu Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown are Oahu’s historic centers for government, business and the arts.

Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Oahu This iconic statue of “The father of modern surfing” welcomes visitors to Waikiki with open arms.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu This Marine Life Conservation District is one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling destinations.

Honolulu Museum of Art and Shangri La, Oahu The Honolulu Museum of Art is Hawaii’s largest fine-arts museum. Shangri La is one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes.

Iolani Palace, Oahu The only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.

Kapahulu, Oahu Kapahulu is a small neighborhood right next to Waikiki where you can find unique shops and some of Honolulu’s best local food.

Kawaiahao Church, Oahu The historic Kawaiahao Church was the first Christian Church built on Oahu in 1842.

King Kamehameha Statue, Oahu The most famous Kamehameha Statue stands in front of Aliiolani Hale in Downtown Honolulu.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Oahu One of the nation’s prominent national cemeteries, the National Memorial of the Pacific honors the sacrifices of America’s Armed Forces.

Queen Emma Summer Palace The summer retreat of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV.

Washington Place, Oahu Visit Washington Place in Downtown Honolulu, the residence of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last reigning monarch. It is located in Hawaii’s Capital Historic District and is open for private tours.

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Driving Times From Waikiki To:

1: Honolulu International Airport (HNL): 30 minutes
2: Downtown Honolulu: 15 minutes
3: Nuuanu Pali Lookout: 30 minutes
4: Pearl Harbor: 30 minutes
5: Hanauma Bay: 30 minutes
6: Haleiwa Town: 1 hour
7: Waimea Bay: 1 hour, 15 minutes
8: Kualoa Ranch: 50 minutes
9: Polynesian Cultural Center: 1 hour, 15 minutes
10: Turtle Bay Resort: 1 hour, 15 minutes
11: Ko Olina Resort: 45 minutes

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Driving times from Waikiki Map