Oahu is an island of magnificent panoramas, ringed with white sand beaches, capped by towering volcanic peaks, and in between the mountains and the ocean lies the playground of the Pacific.
Aloha Tower, Honolulu's familiar landmark, is open to visitors and offers an excellent view of the harbor area. It also serves as the centerpiece for an exciting, vibrant shopping experience.
The Waikiki Aquarium on Kalakaua Avenue across from Kapiolani Park in Waikiki, contains a world-famous collection of brilliantly colored tropical fish.
Bishop Museum and Planetarium houses the world's foremost collection of Hawaiiana and Polynesian antiquities.
The Blowhole, near Koko Head, is where nature playfully forces the mighty sea through a tiny hole in a lava ledge and blows miniature geysers high into the air.
Byodo-in Temple is Japan's 900-year-old architectural treasure. It is duplicated in exact detail at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, beneath the majestic cliffs of the Koolau mountains.
Diamond Head, the world-renowned landmark, bounds Waikiki Beach on the south.
The Honolulu Academy Of Arts is a registered national and state historic place, renowned for an extensive collection of Asian and Western art and the beauty of its grounds and buildings.
Iolani Palace contains the only throne room under the American flag, where Hawaii's last two monarchs lived and ruled. Completed in 1882, the building has been entirely renovated, displaying a magnificent interior.
The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is called Punchbowl or Puowaina, literally translated "Hill of Sacrifice". It is the final resting place of thousands of U.S. World War II, Korean and Vietnam War veterans.
Nuuanu Pali is Oahu's scenic masterpiece, at the head of Nuuanu Valley. This is where Kamehameha the Great defeated the Oahuans in a bloody battle in 1795 by forcing thousands of warriors over the precipice, to meet death on the jagged rocks below, thus adding Oahu to his realm.
Pearl Harbor is where the USS Arizona Memorial, above the sunken battleship, is a tribute to American fighting men killed during the attack on December 7, 1941. The USS Bowfin, a restored World War II submarine, is on exhibit next to the Arizona Memorial ground facility.
The Polynesian Cultural Center at Laie is located on the north shore of Oahu. The center is made up of native villages representative of those in Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Tahiti, Samoa, Marquesas, and Hawaii.
The Queen Emma Summer Palace, a charming home located in Nuuanu Valley, has been restored to its original appearance and houses a fine collection of Hawaiiana.
Sea Life Park is ocean-side on east Oahu. It features an outstanding display of Hawaii's exotic marine life in a truly beautiful setting. The 300,000-gallon Hawaiian Reef Tank is one of America's finest aquariums, housing 2,000 island specimens: sharks, rays, moray eels, turtles, and exotic reef fish. Whales, dolphins, sea lions, penguins and sea birds can also be enjoyed.
Waimea Bay lies between Haleiwa and Kahuku on the north shore. The beach is fine for picnicking but the bay is dangerous for swimming when surf is six feet or more.
Waimea Falls Park is a narrow canyon extending into the Koolau mountains. It was once a heavily populated Hawaiian village. Today the 1,800-acre site between Haleiwa and Kahuku is a dwelling for Nature's lovely, unspoiled environment of tropical plant life, birds, hiking trails and a truly beautiful waterfall.