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Things to do in Oahu?

Asked by Caravanfan (4798points) January 7th, 2019

I’m going to Honolulu for a work thing in March and I thought I would take a couple of extra days. I’ll definitely spend a day at Pearl Harbor, but then I’ll have one or two extra days. I won’t have a car. What else should I do?

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Zaku's avatar

Go to beaches and swim and see humpback whales leaping out of the water. March is a great time for that, at least on Maui.

Caravanfan's avatar

@Zaku Thanks. I’m more a hikey person than a beachy person but I may just hand out at the beach.

JLeslie's avatar

I’ve never been, but my mom loved taking the helicopter ride over the islands.

If you like hiking maybe you can do one of the hikes that includes a waterfall. I guess volcano hikes are an obvious search also.

I don’t have specific helicopter or hiking trails to recommend, just giving ideas that might be google worthy. I found this link.

Kardamom's avatar

You should figure out how you will get around. Can you rent a car? Hire an Uber? Here is a site that explains The Bus System Also check to see if your hotel has shuttles to places you might like to visit.

There are so many fun things to do in Oahu. I have only been there once, but we crammed in as many things as we could.

Here is a list of Free Things to do on Oahu

If you like to eat, make sure you book a Luau

The International Market Place is a great place to shop, and eat. A lot of the shops are outdoors, sort of like the Farmers Market in Los Angeles.

The Honolulu Museum of Art

Visit Chinatown

The Dole Pineapple Tour

Make sure you eat a Traditional Hawaiian Plate Lunch

Visit the Pali Lookout

Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center

Go on a Walking Tour

Dutchess_III's avatar

^^^^ You could get Shell Answer Man to be your taxi! Oh wait. He’s below me. Do I have a down carrot?

Dutchess_III's avatar

I think hiking through the jungle would be a very cool experience…as long as you don’t get bitten by a deadly SPIDER!!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Iolani Palace is my favorite place to take visitors and easily accessible by bus. While there, it’s right across the street from the free State Art Museum, and St. Andrew’s Cathedral with spectacular stained glass windows is only a block away.

My favorite beach is Kaimana Beach at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki just past the Waikiki Aquarium which is also fun.

The Honolulu Museum of Art has many lovely exhibits and is reasonably priced.

There is one important note. The USS Arizona Memorial is closed due to needed repairs at the dock to enter. It is scheduled to reopen some time in March. There is still an extremely good movie to view at the site where you get on the boat to take a little tour around the area where the ship rests on the floor of the harbor. It shouldn’t be missed.

Our bus system is very good. When you get on the first bus of the day, you pay $5.50 and ask for a 1-day pass, which you then use all day for as many rides as you want. The bus drivers are very helpful and will tell you what you need to know to get to your destination.

@Kardamom has given some good information. There’s one change. The International Marketplace has been completely rebuilt and is now a high-end mall of sorts. You can sometimes watch hula there, but it is not the simple market is was once. It is anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I spent two weeks there on my honeymoon and did not get to see a quarter of what I wanted to.
If you have time and can take a ferry to Kauai that island is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

There are no ferries from Oahu to Kauai. One must fly. The only ferries between any Hawaiian islands are from Maui to the nearby smaller islands of Lanai and Molokai.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

That sucks, we got there by cruise.

@Caravanfan if you can take time and go on a cruise it was a relatively inexpensive way to see the whole place, albeit abreviated.

Caravanfan's avatar

Thanks guys.
I’ve been to Hawaii lots, just not Oahu—we usually go to Kauai or Big Island. I’ll just be staying in Oahu. The conference is at some random resort on Waikiki. Not sure which one.

Thanks to the locals! I won’t have a car but I can Uber if I need to.

@Hawaii_Jake Thanks for the info on Arizona Memorial. Hopefully it’ll be open by the time I get there as I’m going mid March.

Kardamom's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake What a bummer that they turned the International Market Place into a mall : (

Great to see you here, though : )

I can’t recall where I read it, it was a few years back, but somewhere in a fairly remote area of Oahu, there is supposedly a throwback “Hawaiian Style” restaurant that is similar to the Polynesian restaurants that were popular in the 50’s and 60’s like Trader Vic’s. Do you have any idea where that might be? You know, with the bamboo thatched ceilings, glass fishing floats hanging from the ceiling, tiki cocktails and such.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Kardamom I honestly don’t know of a place like that.

Caravanfan's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake BTW, just so you know, I was Benny Mattson on Wis

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Caravanfan I don’t know what “Wis” is.

Dutchess_III's avatar

When you first joined here I asked if you were Shell Answer Man on You said you were..?

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

@Caravanfan ^^^ you’ll need a translator.

When you get off the plane while waiting foryour luggage get a copy of “101 Things to do on Oahu” or go here !!

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