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As you might expect, O'ahu has great deal to offer the visitor, no matter where that person's interests might lie. We have listed O'ahu's attractions here, along with some that you might otherwise never have heard of. Sometimes the "secret ones" are the most fun!

O’ahu Sightseeing Tours- Land

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You’ve come too far to sit by the pool ALL day long.  Sure, that’s fun, but you just have to see the rest of the island…it’s beautiful!  So get off the couch, get into the car and circualte a little and see the most beautiful state in the Union.  You might consider calling one of …

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Hawai’i Theater

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Proclaimed as the “Pride of the Pacific,” the beautiful Hawaii Theatre, built by the Consolidated Amusement Company, opened its doors September 6, 1922 in downtown Honolulu. The Hawaii Theatre operated as a showplace for vaudeville, plays, musicals and silent films until it fell into disrepair and the land lease was abandoned by Consolidated in 1984. In …

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O’ahu Sea Life Park

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Located to the east, opposite Makapuu Beach, Sea Life Park is a great place to take the children for a day.  They’ve got it all, including a very entertaining porpoise show that will amuse kids of all ages.  I think you’ll like it! (808) 259-7933 www.sealifeparkhawaii.com

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Honolulu Zoo

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Around 600,000 people visit the Honolulu Zoo annually. It is the largest zoo within a radius of 2,300 miles and unique in that it is the only zoo in the United States originating from a King’s grant of royal lands to the people. King David Kalakaua, Monarch of Hawai`i from 1874 to 1891, made lands …

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Pacific Aviation Museum

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  The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on historic Ford Island occupies World War II-era hangars that still bear the scars of our nation’s first aviation battlefield. It’s the newest attraction among the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and a must visit for aviation and history enthusiasts. The son of a naval aviator (who flew the type of …

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (also Punchbowl National Cemetery) serves a memorial to those men andwomen who served in the United States Armed Forces. It is administered by the National Cemetery Administration of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thousands of visitors …

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Dole Plantation Exhibit

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Dole Plantation – Located in Wahiawa in the center of the island, the Dole Plantation exhibit is really interesting!  Somehow, in all the years we lived on O’ahu we never actually visited the exhibit, but during a recent visit, we just had to!  And we’re glad we did.  Not only is the building interesting and informative, …

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Aloha Tower

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The Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that is considered one of the great landmarks of the state.  Opened on September 11, 1926, the Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor. It has and continues to be a guiding beacon welcoming vessels to the City and County of Honolulu. Just as the Statue of …

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The Royal Mausoleum of Hawai’i

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The Royal Mausoleum of Hawai’i, known as Mauna ʻAla (Fragrant Hills) in the Hawaiian language, is the final resting place of Hawaii’s two prominent royal families: the Kamehameha Dynasty and the Kalākaua Dynasty.

The site is located at 2261 Nuʻuanu Avenue in Honolulu. The grounds…

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The Bishop Museum

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The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, designated the Hawaiʻi State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a museum ofhistory and science in the historic Kalihi district of Honolulu. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai’i and is home to the world’s largest collection of Polynesian cultural and scientific artifacts. Besides the comprehensive exhibits of Hawaiiana, the Bishop Museum…

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Getting Around Honolulu

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TheBus is the public transportation service on O’ahu. TheBus has a ridership of approximately 71.7 million boarding annually on its fleet of 531 buses, providing daily service on 107 routes. TheBus is privately managed by Oʻahu Transit Services Inc.,which operates the system under a public-private partnership with the City and County of Honolulu Department …

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Honolulu Neighborhoods

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Downtown Honolulu is the financial, commercial, and governmental center of Hawai’i. On the waterfront is Aloha Tower, which for many years was the tallest building in Hawai’i. Currently the tallest building is the 438-foot (134 m)-tall …

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Honolulu

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Honolulu is my favorite city in the entire world.

Yep, I have visited and very much like London, Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Sydney and a bunch of others, but as I am quick to tell people, “my heart and soul…

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Second Palace

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King Kamehameha V envisioned a royal palace befitting of the sovereignty of a modern state. He commissioned the construction of  Ali’iōlani Hale to be the official palace of the Hawaiian monarchy. The building was constructed across the street from the original ʻIolani Palace structure. It was named after himself (his full name was Lot Kapuaiwa …

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‘Iolani Palace

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‘Iolani Palace, in downtown Honolulu, is the only royal palace used as an official residence by a reigning monarch in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two monarchs governed from ʻIolani Palace: King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. After the monarchy was overthrown in 1893, the …

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Ala Moana

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Ala Moana (meaning path to the sea in Hawaiian) is the name of a commercial, retail and residential district of Honolulu, nestled between Waikīkī to the east and Kaka’ako and Honolulu Harbor to the west. King Street, to the north, marks the border with the neighborhood of Makiki. Ala Moana is situated along the southern shores of the island of Oʻahu and features a vast stretch of reef-protected white sandy…

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Polynesian Cultural Center

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The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is a living museum located in Laie, on the northern part of the island.  Dedicated on October 12, 1963, the PCC is located on 42 acres of land owned by nearby Brigham Young University–Hawai’i, where most of the 700 employees are enrolled as students. Although it is largely a …

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Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor, or Pu’uloa, is a harbor on the O’ahu’s south central coast, west of Honolulu. Much of the harbor and surrounding lands is a United States Navy deep-water naval base. It is also the headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan on December 7, 1941, brought …

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Waikīkī

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Waikīkī is a neighborhood of eastern Honolulu and is one of the most famous places in the entire world. The name Waikīkī means “spouting fresh water” in Hawaiian, reminiscent of the springs and streams that once fed the wetlands that separated Waikīkī from the island’s interior. Renowned for its beautiful beach and magnificient hotels, all in the shadow of Diamond Head volcano, Waikīkī has…

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USS MISSOURI (BB-63)

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The USS Missouri (BB-63) (“Mighty Mo” or “Big Mo”) is a United States Navy Iowa-class battleship, and was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state of Missouri. Missouri was the last battleship built by the United States, and was the site of the surrender of the …

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U.S.S. ARIZONA Memorial

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The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed onthe USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the eventsof that day. The attack on Pearl Harbor and the island of Oʻahu was the action that led …

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The North Shore – O’ahu

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Ahhhhh, we’ve all heard about it and seen it in many TV shows and movies.  We know it’s the center of the Hawaiian surf scene and that it’s a really cool place; it’s also the home of “Matsumoto’s,” a great place to get “gen-u-whine” Hawaiian “Shave Ice.” (Please note that it is “shave” ice, not …

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Valley of the Temples

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Valley of the Temples Memorial Park is a memorial park located on the Windward (eastern) side of the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu. It is a vast area of lush, rolling green hills at the foot of the Koʻolau mountains, overlooking the sleepy town of Kāneʻohe. Thousands of Buddhist, Shinto, Protestant and Catholic residents of Hawaiʻi are …

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Diamond Head

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Diamond Head is the name of a volcanic cone just east of Honolulu, and and for my money is one of the most famous visages in the world.  Hawaiians know the mountatin as Lēʻahi, most likely from “lae” meaning brown-ridged promontory plus ʻahi ‘tuna’ because the shape of the ridgeline resembles the shape of a tuna’s dorsal fin. Its …

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