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Best things to do in O‘ahu

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Cultural Center
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“A wonderful way to “see” all of Polynesia. Don’t miss the incredible Night Show!”
201 locals recommend
Trail
“Great short hike with amazing views! Also where most rescues occur. Wear hiking or tennis shoes, hat, sunscreen, bring a lot of water, and go in the afternoon to avoid the hot sun and lack of breeze in the mountains. Crowded hike, but afternoons are less crowded. $5 fee for cars, $1 for pedestrians. ”
168 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The famous outdoor mall in Honolulu which is the 7th largest outdoor mall in the country. You can spend a day here easily, then take a sunset sail from the yacht harbor across the street.”
180 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A must see location for being a beach and swimming location that is well-preserved. You can sunbathe on the beach, and snorkel with the fish. ”
199 locals recommend
Zoo
“Compact but lovely zoo with Diamond Head backdrop. Can be seen in a few hours. Feedings of the animals are scheduled each day. Nice gift shop and usual food outlet.”
104 locals recommend
Hawaiian Restaurant
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“Good Food not to far away from the building with nice views of the ocean with good service ”
100 locals recommend
Museum
“Beautiful building and grounds, housing Hawaiian and Pacific Rim artifacts.”
140 locals recommend
Beach
“Hike up to the Lanikai Pillboxes for a 360degree view of the windward side. ”
143 locals recommend
General Travel
“At the Visitor's Center they offer Ranch grown saltwater shrimp, oysters, grass-fed beef and typically some local fruit and vegetables. You can also pre-order as supplies sometimes run out. ”
95 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Great for Shopping very close from Waikiki only 15 minutes to drive Great Food lots of Shops like Ross &Burberry Chanel Armani and Very good dinner at Tanaka of Tokyo .”
134 locals recommend
Park
“One of the best beaches on the island. Lots of water activities, like kayaking, surfing, canoeing...”
96 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Cute small mall with all the essentials for food, shopping and entertainment. ”
86 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“This is the spot where "The Eddie" Aikau Big Wave Surfing Tournament is held. This invitation only contest is the most prestigious surfing contest in the world. Ocean conditions need to be suitable with wave height at a minimum of 20 feet and both must occur within a certain window of time (December 1 - last day of February) for the competition to be held.”
52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Actually not my favorite, but lots of people love it. It is very close to the cottage, offers fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, plate lunches, salads and more. The layout is awful, you have to wait in line to order while people have to squeeze by you to get into the shop to get their drinks and other items before squeezing back past you to get to the back of the line. Still it is like a right of passage on the North Shore and their malsadas are delicious.”
96 locals recommend
Beach
“Famous Waikiki Beaches, surf lessons, and chair and umbrella rentals. Park in the parking garages or by the Honolulu Zoo.”
107 locals recommend
Grocery Store
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“Open 24/7, and very near my house (2 blocks away). Please use my Membership number to save you money; 808 220 0979”
65 locals recommend