Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki
Kalakaua Avenue is known to have some of the most luxurious shops and restaurants in all of the world. Beginning in downtown Honolulu and ending in Kapiolani Park, Kalakaua Avenue boasts a unique international shopping experience with oceanfront views. Whether you’re looking for designer brands or spunky souvenirs, you’ll find all of that and more on Kalakaua Avenue! Take a quick walk from Marina Hawaii Vacations and experience the urban, Honolulu culture.
Hanauma Bay, Honolulu
Drawing more visitors than any other Hawawian island, O’ahu is a place of colorful contrasts: It is home to the nation’s 11th largest metropolitan area, Honolulu, while still being ringed by more than 100 world-renowned beaches. The island is usually divided into four areas, each reflecting its own unique history, geography and identity: Honolulu, the Leeward Side, the Windward Side and the North Shore. Once the royal playground of Kamehameha, Honolulu and environs are now places to be enjoyed by everyone. And of course, just a few minutes from downtown Honolulu is the world-famous resort, Waikiki. With its attractions such as the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, activities from golf and outrigger canoe rides to historical walking tours, and people who share the Aloha spirit, Waikiki is truly life’s greatest beach.
Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Honolulu
The Leeward Coast roughly takes in the area west of Honolulu, from Pearl Harbor to Ka’ena Point. Island trade winds drop their moisture on Oahu’s interior, leaving this part of the island somewhat drier. Visitors can make a trip to historic Pearl Harbor and see the Arizona Memorial, which was erected after the attack on the U.S. fleet in 1941. Makaha Beach, with its international surfing competitions, is also a popular attraction further up the Sunset Coast.
Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie
One-third of the State’s best surfing beaches are on O’ahu, and no place in Hawaii can lay claim to more pulse-quickening rides than the North Shore. Here visitors can watch the world’s top surfers take on nature’s most powerful waterworks at spots such as Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline. Other noteworthy places to visit include idyllic Waimea Valley and the Polynesian Cultural Center, where the traditions of the Pacific Island peoples are brought to life.
Local Hawaiian Foods
Hawaii is known for its amazing local foods and quick service. you don’t have to make a reservation at a fine-dining establishment to sample some of the best the state has to offer. Zippy's is Hawaii's diner of choice, where all the locals go to satisfy their island-sized appetite. Stop by at Leonard's Bakery to pick up a dozen of their world famous Malasadas. Pioneer Saloon offers an extensive menu of local plate lunches with a Japanese twist. And lastly, visit Rainbow Drive-In, home of Honolulu Magazine's best of the best loco moco!
For more information, visit the Oahu Official Travel Site.
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