Oahu Travel Guide

by | Apr 3, 2022

Oahu is the second oldest and the third-largest island of the Hawaiian Island chain. Home to Honolulu, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, and TV series like Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I., Oahu is the most urban of all the Hawaiian Islands and home to about 68% of Hawaii’s population. Oahu can feel less relaxed and more fast-paced than the other islands (well as fast-paced as you can get on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), with tall condominium and offices towers, busy shopping centers, crowded beaches, and…traffic, but there are also many historic sites, hiking trails, and out-in-the-country locales too. Basically, if you’re looking for an island with the conveniences of 24-hour grocery stores, late-night eateries, and vibrant urban life while still experiencing the tropical sunsets, lush hiking trails, and beautiful beaches, Oahu might be the place for you.

Fun Fact: In addition to the current Magnum P.I. series (2018–present), Oahu is also the location for a number of TV shows and films including but not limited to: Magnum P.I. (1980–1988), Hawaii Five-0 (1968–1980) and (2010–2020), Jurassic Park (1993), Baywatch Hawaii (1999–2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), 50 First Dates (2004), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008), Lost (2004–2010), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and many others.

Growing up on Oahu, then living on the mainland for over 15 years, followed by moving back with my family, made me realize that although a lot of things have changed (um, wrinkles, anyone?), I really missed all the sights and sounds that makeup Oahu while I was away. As a result, we spent the first few months playing tourist when we first moved back to Oahu. Later, we ended up playing “tour guide” to the many friends and family members who decided to visit us now that we had moved to Oahu. (Which makes me wonder…Why did no one visit us in Minnesota for the 15 plus years we were there?!!! LOL 😅)

Oahu has one main airport located right outside of downtown Honolulu – the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Oahu does have a few other airfields but they are either for small aircraft use or located on a military base.

For geographical and weather purposes, Oahu can be divided into five regions: Honolulu and surrounding the area, Windward Side, Leeward Side, North Shore, and Central Oahu.

First off, Honolulu is both a city and the county for all of Oahu – i.e. you might see signs for the “City and County of Honolulu” around the island. Because of this, while trying to search for places on Oahu, please be aware that many Google Maps and GPS navigation systems may  list restaurants, tourist spots, and other locations under “Honolulu,” even though they may be known by different town or city names by local residents.

Honolulu and the surrounding area: The city of Honolulu is on the southeastern part of Oahu. It encompasses several famous neighborhoods including Waikiki, Diamond Head, and Downtown Honolulu. Waikiki is famous as a favorite and primary tourist hub, housing most of the hotels, convenient shopping and dining areas, and the world-famous Waikiki Beach. Diamond Head is the name of Oahu’s famous volcanic crater – and a well-known hiking spot – as well as home to a variety of boutique hotels, residences, and shops. Downtown Honolulu is mostly a working district and, as a result, mostly busy during the weekdays. However, the Chinatown area of downtown Honolulu has a lot of restaurants, small shops, and even an open market area.

Windward Side: The Windward side or eastern side of Oahu is usually known as the rainier, lush, and green side of the island – this doesn’t mean that the other parts of the island are not pretty or green, but this area is really green, like Jurassic Park green. 😉 Kailua and Kaneohe are the two main towns on the Windward side. Kailua is probably most famous for Kailua Beach Park and Lanikai Beach (in local opinion, it’s also a little less rainy than Kaneohe), and the Lanikai Pillbox Hike. Kaneohe is known for the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay and the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar.

Leeward Side: The Leeward side or the western side of the island is typically sunnier and drier than the Windward side. In the last twenty years or so, the Leeward side has seen an explosion of residential and commercial development, with an emphasis on building the city of Kapolei as another strong urban center, second to Honolulu. Currently, the Leeward side is the primary focus for the development of the Light Rail, a mass transit system being built to connect Kapolei to Honolulu. In addition to Kapolei, the Leeward side also includes the resort area of Ko’olina — which houses Mariott’s Ko’Olina Beach Club, Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa, and Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – and the residential areas of Makaha, Ewa Beach, Nanakuli, and Waianae.

North Shore: The North Shore of Oahu is probably the most rural and agricultural region of Oahu. It is home to a number of beaches that host some of the most internationally recognized surfing competitions including Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Waimea Bay, the Banzai Pipeline, and Sunset Beach. These beaches become extremely crowded during the winter months when both locals and tourists flock to the North Shore to watch the pros surf 20+ foot waves – be warned these beaches are often too rough for the everyday beach-goer during this time. In addition to the surfing competitions, the primary tourist attractions on the North Shore are Turtle Bay Resort, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the historic town of Haleiwa. Otherwise, the North Shore has become almost like an anti-Waikiki, where tourists may choose to rent an entire vacation home near small communities of local farmers, visit the less crowded beaches, and enjoy a more low-key style vacation.

Central Oahu: The central region of Oahu is mostly suburban residential communities for local residents on Oahu. On the northern end lies Dole Pineapple Plantation and the towns of Wahiawa and Mililani, followed by Waipio, Waikele – home to the Waikele Outlet Mall –, and Waipahu and the Hawaii Plantation Village. The cities of Aiea and Pearl City are on the southern end of Central Oahu as it gets closer to Honolulu, as well as historic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial.

 

 

Weather:

There are basically two main seasons throughout most of the Hawaiian Islands: a warm, drier “summer” season which usually lasts from April to November, and a “winter” season which has slightly cooler temperatures and wetter weather. There is no “monsoon” season like in many tropical climates even though it tends to rain a little more in the winter, however, there is a Hurricane Season which is between June through November, with August and September being the most active months.

A bit more on hurricane season: Please note that although some years, it may seem like possible hurricanes keep coming too close to the Hawaiian Islands, we actually have not been hit with a hurricane very often. In fact, since the 1950s, only five hurricanes have caused serious damage to the Hawaiian Islands: Hurricane Nina in 1957, Hurricane Dot in 1959, Hurricane Iwa in 1982, Hurricane Estelle in 1986, and Hurricane Iniki in 1992. It should also be mentioned that sometimes before hurricanes reach the Hawaiian Islands they downgrade to tropical storms or depressions but these storms may still cause a lot of rain or flooding.

For Oahu, almost anytime is a good time to visit. This is not only because Waikiki is magical and it hardly rains there — I’m not kidding! I remember being less than 10 minutes away from Waikiki where it was pouring, then driving to Waikiki where it was a little overcast, with the sun peeking out behind the clouds and zero rain. It was crazy! –, but also, even if it’s raining on one part of the island, it’s dry and sunny somewhere else. That being said, there are definitely cheaper times to visit, and that might also be helpful when planning a visit to the Hawaiian Islands too. Typically, the cheaper accommodations and flights are during off-seasons, so after spring break but before school gets out (April to May) and after school starts but before the holiday season (September to October). As you can imagine, when I was going to college, if I wanted to fly home, it was usually for my summer and winter breaks so I always ended up needing tickets during peak seasons (i.e. expensive time!), at least I could stay with my parents and didn’t need to get accommodations too!

 

Oahu Average Temperature Ranges in Fahrenheit

  JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
TEMP 66-80 66-80 68-81 69-83 71-85 73-87 74-88 75-89 74-89 73-87 71-84 68-81

 

Other Things About Oahu:

Oahu volcanoes: Oahu has two mountain ranges – Koolaus in the east and Waianae in the west – which were once active volcanoes; however, they have been inactive for over 100,000 years!

Tourism: On average, there are well over 100,000 visitors via plane coming into Oahu daily; in fact, in 2019, the total number of visitors to all Hawaiian Islands was 10.4 million people! In 2020, due to the pandemic, there was a noticeable drop-off in daily visitors to Oahu, sometimes averaging less than 10,000 per day; and in 2020, the total number of visitors to all the Hawaiian Islands dropped to 2.7 million. Currently, though, it looks like people are ready to travel again as visitor numbers are back on the rise.

Waikiki: Waikiki, the biggest tourist hub of the Hawaiian Islands with over 100 hotels and 5 beaches, brings in over half the tourists visiting the entire Hawaiian Island chain. But before Waikiki was a world-famous destination, it was actually swampy wetlands. This changed when the Ala Wai Canal was built and completed in the 1920s, which redirected the waters flowing from inland streams to the ocean and drained the area which is now Waikiki.

Transportation: Depending on where you are staying and what you plan to do, there are a variety of options for transportation on Oahu: car rentals, riding The Bus, taking a taxi/Uber/Lyft, trolleys, rental bikes or scooters, airport shuttles, or tour-guided excursions all have a place on the itinerary depending on what you’re planning to do. With Oahu’s more urban, densely populated environment it’s definitely possible to pick one or mix and match options as needed.

Please note: It is highly recommended to rent any vehicles in advance of your vacation; between vacation travelers, conventions held on the island (there are often more than one at a time), and even visitors from neighboring islands, rental cars, and other transportation services may be completely booked out if you wait until the last minute.

Car Rental: This option offers the most flexibility if you want to explore Oahu on your own terms. It also might be easier if you’re traveling with children or senior citizens as it can give you more control over your schedule. However, it’s important to keep in mind that if you’re planning to stay in Waikiki, you may not need a car for your entire trip. Also, many of the hotels charge fees for parking, so even if you don’t use the vehicle, you’d still be paying for the rental and the parking space. You may also want to ask yourself if you want to drive in traffic while on vacation. Oahu often has horrendous traffic, especially during the morning and evening commuting times. If there is an accident or situation on the road, it can heavily impact all vehicles traveling in and out of Honolulu, and sometimes, it’s just nice to let someone else do the stop-and-go traffic driving instead of you 😉.  Therefore, it may make sense to rent a car for portions of your trip, keeping in mind that many famous tourist locations offer shuttle service as part of the tour, Waikiki has a trolley service within the Waikiki area, and taxis/Lyft/Uber is quite common and easily accessible on Oahu.

TheBus: The Oahu public transportation system, TheBus, consists of 103 routes and 4200 bus stops. Adult one-way fare is $2.75 per ride and a day pass is $5.50. In addition, there are also monthly passes for $70.00 and Holo Cards which offer discounted fares and the ability to pre-load funds as well. For more information about transit time and purchasing monthly passes please visit: http://www.thebus.org/default.asp?f=y&m=main or https://www.holocard.net/for-visitors/ for Holo cards.

*Be aware that although TheBus is convenient within Honolulu and the surrounding areas, it is subject to the traffic conditions of the island so make sure you give yourself enough time in case TheBus is running late. (I have been late to work – not frequently, but enough to find it a bother.) Also, although TheBus does go to the more rural parts of the island, they don’t pass through as frequently so make sure you check all your transit stops in advance so that you don’t find yourself stuck on some rural bus stop on the North Shore, Windward or Leeward coasts. (IF that happened Uber or Lyft would probably be your best bet if you find yourself stranded, but it will probably be expensive since the driver would have to drive all the way out there and back to your hotel. Plus, your options may be limited if it’s late at night or during a high-traffic time).

Airport Shuttles: Often, hotels have shuttles running regularly between the airport and hotels. Please contact your hotel for more information about their to/from airport shuttle service. There are also shuttle services that you can schedule in advance – they are not connected to a specific hotel but will take a number of people to different hotels in the same area.

Waikiki Trolleys: If you’re looking to just hop around the Waikiki area, this may be a fun option. There are three routes with different stops allowing you to hop on and off throughout the day – it’s best to check their current schedule for the most up-to-date route information. You’ll need to buy tickets in advance; the drivers do not sell trolley tickets.

Taxis/Lyft/Uber: Usually taxis are more expensive. In addition, most of the time, you usually need to go to a Taxi stand at a shopping center or business area to catch a taxi (vs. waving one down). Still, within Honolulu and the surrounding areas, they are readily available. Of course, Lyft and Uber services are also easily available however if you’re thinking of taking an Uber from Waikiki to outside Honolulu and the surrounding area, you might want to book something in advance because while you might be able to easily get an Uber or Lyft from Waikiki, it may be more difficult to catch an Uber or Lyft back from an out-of-town area.

Bike Sharing, Electric Scooters, and Moped Rentals: This sort of squishes three different kinds of rentals under one umbrella but basically these are all options available for short-term rental and all easily available in the Waikiki and Honolulu area. I added the moped rentals to this category because many mopeds are not allowed to go on the freeways and some are required to stay in bike lanes if they are available, so you may need to take that into consideration when renting a moped. Please check with the rental company for all the current laws and requirements.

 

Basic things about the Hawaiian Islands:

The Basics: Hawaii is the 50th state in the United States. We use the US dollar, we are American citizens, and English is the most commonly spoken language in the Hawaiian Islands. We follow Hawaii Standard Time (GMT -10 hours); Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Hawaii has a very ethnically diverse population with 22.9% White, 37.2% Asian, 10% Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander, 1.6% Black, and 25.3% who classify as multi-racial.

Fun Fact: Hawaii is the only state with two official languages: English and Hawaiian. While the Hawaiian language is not as commonly spoken as English, be ready to see a large number of local street names, towns, restaurants, historic sites, and more with Hawaiian names.

Travel: When visiting Hawaii from another state or country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires a declaration form from each person arriving in Hawaii to comply with rules regarding uninspected plants and animals. There are also restrictions for carry-on luggage for certain fruits and vegetables, plants, and flowers between islands. Please check before boarding.

Please note: The primary reason for this is to protect the local ecosystems which are not always built to protect themselves from invasive pests, plants, and animals. At a minimum, the invasive pests are annoying and costly to remove, and in more severe cases, they can harm or destroy plants and animals native to the Hawaiian Islands. To date, hundreds of plant and animal species have gone extinct with hundreds more on Endangered Species lists.

Best Hotels

REGION: HONOLULU AND SURROUNDING AREAS

WAIKIKI

Royal Hawaiian Hotel – 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, Ph: (808) 923-7311

The iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel, famously nicknamed the “Pink Palace of the Pacific,” opened in 1927 as one of the first hotels to open in Waikiki and quickly became a symbol of luxury for prominent and wealthy tourists around the world. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a member of The Luxury Collection. The 528-room resort boasts elegant rooms and suites, two pools, exclusive events, award-winning dining, and a luxury spa.

 

Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani

Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani

Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani – 2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 921-7272

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa – 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, Ph: (808) 923-1234

Prince Waikiki – 100 Holomoana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (855) 622-7558

Sheraton Waikiki – 2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 922-4422

The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach – 383 Kalaimoku Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 922-8111

Espacio the Jewel of Waikiki – 2452 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 377-2246

 

Halekulani Hotel

Halekulani Hotel – 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 923-2311

Kaimana Beach Hotel – 2863 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 923-1555

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort – 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 949-4321

The Laylow, Autograph Collection – 2299 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 922-6600

Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach – 400 Royal Hawaiian Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 954-4000

Ewa Hotel Waikiki – 2555 Cartwright Road, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 922-1677

Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites – 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 949-3811

Club Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki – 440 ‘Olohana Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 943-0202

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club – 412 Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 923-8882

EAST HONOLULU

Kahala Hotel & Resort – 5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816, Ph: (808) 369-9471

 

REGION: LEEWARD SIDE

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina – 92-1001 Olani Street, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 679-0079

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa – 92-1185 Aliinui Drive, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (866) 443-4763

Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club – 92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 679-4700

Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort – 92-104 Waialii Place, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 468-2468

Hampton Inn & Suites Kapolei – 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway Suite 900, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 628-4900

Embassy Suites by Hilton Kapolei – 725 Manawai Street, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 674-8222

Residence Inn by Marriott Kapolei – 731 Kunehi Street, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 674-4480

REGION: NORTH SHORE

Turtle Bay Resort – 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731, Ph: (808) 293-6000

Best Restaurants

REGION: HONOLULU

Merriman’s Honolulu – 1108 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 215-0022

Scratch Kitchen – 1170 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 569-1669

Sushi Sasabune – 1417 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 947-3800

Bernini Honolulu – 1218 Waimanu Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 591-8400

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813, Ph: (808) 599-3860

Chef Chai – 1009 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 585-0011

Livestock Tavern – 49 North Hotel Street, Honolulu, HI 96817, Ph: (808) 537-2577

Blind Ox – 829 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816, Ph: (808) 254-6369

Ichifuji – 2334 South King Street 2nd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96826, Ph: (808) 367-0012

MW Restaurant – 888 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96813, Ph: (808) 955-6505

12th Avenue Grille and Delicafe – 1120 12th Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816, Ph: (808) 732-9469

Feast – 2970 E. Manoa Road, Honolulu, HI 96822, Ph: (808) 840-0488

 

 

REGION: WINDWARD SIDE

GOEN Dining + Bar by Roy Yamaguchi – 573 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI 96734, Ph: (808) 263-4636

Kalapawai Cafe & Deli – 750 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI 96734, Ph: (808) 262-3354

The Hibachi – 515 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI 96734, Ph: (808) 263-7980

 

REGION: LEEWARD SIDE

Mahi’ai Table – 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Suite 1704, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 670-2778

Longhi’s Ko Olina – 92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 671-8887

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – 4450 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 492-1392

 

REGION: NORTH SHORE

Haleiwa Beach House – 62-540 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712, Ph: (808) 637-3435

Banzai Sushi Bar – 66-246 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712, Ph: (808) 637-4404

Uncle Bo’s Haleiwa – 66-111 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712, Ph: (808) 797-9649

Best Things to Do

 

Outside of getting your beach on, there are lots of things to do on Oahu and it just depends on what you (and/or your family) enjoy doing – want to go hiking? Shopping? Visit cultural or historic sites? Go on a foodie tour? Oahu has a little bit of everything and below is a list to get you started, but you can also see our article “Top Things to Do on Oahu” for more ideas!

REGION: HONOLULU AND THE SURROUNDING AREA

Hanauma Bay – 7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96825, Ph: (808) 768-3003

Starting December 1, 2021, all non-Hawaii residents will be required to pay an entrance fee of $25 per person ages 13 and up and MUST make an online reservation for the day to visit Hanauma Bay. There are a few other regulations, including a limited number of people per day (even if you make a reservation) so please check for more information on the link below to make reservations and learn about the new requirements: https://www.honolulu.gov/parks-hbay/home.html

Sea Life Park Hawaii – 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96795, Ph: (808) 259-2500

Pearl Harbor National Memorial – 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, HI 96818, Ph: (808) 422-3399

Honolulu Zoo – 151 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, Ph: (808) 926-3191

Waikiki Aquarium – 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 923-9741

Diamond Head Crater Hike – Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: 808-587-0300

https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/hiking/oahu/diamond-head-summit-trail/

Bishop Museum – 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, HI 96817, Ph: (808) 847-3511


Iolani Palace – 364 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96813, Ph: (808) 522-0822

Honolulu Museum of Art – 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 532-8700

REGION: WINDWARD SIDE

Queen Emma Summer Palace – 2913 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96817, Ph: (808) 595-3167

The Byodo-In Temple – 47-200 Kahekili Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Ph: (808) 239-8811

Lanikai Pillbox Hike – 265 Kaelepulu Drive, Kailua, HI 96734

This is a great hike, but do not park in the “No Parking” areas, and please be respectful of the homes in the area. It is highly likely your car will get towed if it is parked in the wrong area.

 

 

REGION: LEEWARD SIDE

Ewa Train Ride, Hawaiian Railway – 91-1001 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI 96706, Ph: (808) 681-5461

 

REGION: NORTH SHORE

Dole Plantation – 64-1550 Kamehameha Highway, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786, Ph: (808) 621-8408

Polynesian Cultural Center – 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, HI 96762, Ph: (808) 367-7060

Waimea Valley – 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712, Ph: (808) 638-7766

Best Shopping

 

REGION: HONOLULU AND SURROUNDING AREAS

Ala Moana Center – 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 955-9517

Royal Hawaiian Center – 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 922-2299

 

Ala Moana Center

Address: 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 955-9517
Website

With more than 300 shops and 160 dining options from casual to fine dining, Ala Moana is the largest open-air shopping mall in the world. Stores include Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom as well as specialty shops of all kinds.

Royal Hawaiian Center

Address: 2201 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: (808) 922-2299
Website

Located in the heart of Waikiki near the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, the indoor-outdoor center features restaurants and more than 100 retailers in fashion, jewelry, gifts, and more. In addition, cultural events and classes like lei making, lauhala weaving, hula, and ukulele playing are presented.

Waikiki Beach Walk – 227 Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 931-3591

International Market Place – 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 931-6105

Ukulele Puapua  – 2255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, Ph: (808) 371-9514

Ward Village Shops – 1030 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, Ph: (808) 591-8411

Kahala Mall – 4211 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816, Ph: (808) 732-7736Aloha Stadium Swap Meet – 99-500 Salt Lake Boulevard, Honolulu, HI 96818, Ph: 808-486,6704

 

REGION: WINDWARD SIDE

Windward Mall – 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, HI 96744, Ph: (808) 235-1143

 

REGION: LEEWARD SIDE

Ka Makana Ali’I – 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707, Ph: (808) 628-4800

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