Oahu, HI

Dreamy warm water, tropical gardens, island music carried in the soft air, jagged misty mountains, and drives past glorious vistas.

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Halekulani Boardwalk on the ocean, Waikiki Beach

A partially paved path directly on the water that takes you in front of the grand hotels.

Fort DeRussy Beach, Boardwalk, and Park, Waikiki

Whitest white sand, clear sparkling water, spacious green lawns with large shade trees, tropical flowers, a wide half-mile boardwalk, and a huge park full of tropical plants.

Foster Botanical Garden

A lush paradise in the middle of downtown Honolulu!

Hale Koa Hotel grounds, Waikiki

Tropical wonderland! Stroll through and enjoy the gorgeous trees and flowers.

Pua'ena Point Beach Park, Haleiwa

Lovely secluded cove with lots of shade and cool breezes.

Turtle Bay Resort Beach, North Shore

Magical beaches and ironwood forest make for some great exploring around this hotel.

Hau Tree Beach, Waikiki

One of the best swims in Waikiki- clear calm water with a soft sandy bottom, and tons of shade!

University Avenue Park or Kamanele Park

An older playground, tucked at the bottom of a hill, with huge wonderful trees.

Manoa town

There's a wonderful feel in Manoa town.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach, Waikiki

A beautiful, spacious, open part of Waikiki Beach, and tons for kids to do!

Children's Discovery Museum

A museum with an amazing amount of fun things for kids to explore!

Duke Kahanamoku Statue Beach, Waikiki

Fantastic place to swim. Also, stand under a webcam here and wave to family back home!

Royal Hawaiian Beach, Waikiki

Great swim! A magical place at sunset and late into the night.

La'ie Point Sea Arch

A stunning area you must see!

Waimanalo Beach

Long, white sand beach with lots of shade and aquamarine waters. Best beginner bodyboarding spot.

Turtle Beach, or Laniakea Beach

Pretty beach popular with surfers and nice for a warm, calm swim. Turtles are often seen here.

Aweoweo Beach Park and Playground, Waialua

Sweet little beach with steep golden sand, shallow calm water, and a great playground and park full of people!

Sea Life Park

The Sea World of Hawaii, but smaller- a fantastic, yet expensive, place to take kids.

Lanikai Beach

Paradise on earth!

Byodo-In Temple

Stunning replica of the same-named temple in Kyoto, Japan. Glorious high mountains and tropical vegetation- a must do!

Bellows Beach

Shady white sand beach with aquamarine waters and ironwood forests.

Eternity Beach and Halona Blowhole

One of my favorite swims ever!

Waimea Bay, North Shore

A blissful swim in the summer!

Honolulu Zoo

Stunning lush lawns shaded by massive tree canopies, tropical flowers, winding paths, intimate exhibits, a space-age playground, and petting zoo.

Pipeline (Ehukai) Beach, North Shore

Beautiful yellow-sanded beach with LOTS of sand and huge waves in winter.

Kaneohe Bay

Great views of pristine mountains and multi-hued blue waters below.

Hawaii Pacific University, Kaneohe

If heaven were situated at a place of higher learning, this is where it would be!

Southeast Oahu Scenic Drive

A stunning drive on lava rock cliffs that winds past gorgeous beaches.

Hard Rock Cafe, Waikiki

Awesome huge venue with wonderful breeze blowing through balcony, wood floors, guitars on high ceiling, and pink wave wall.

Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market

A heaven of tropical fruits, plants, flowers, coconut drinks, and hot foods. Plus the college's world-class cactus garden!

Doris Duke Beach and Rock Walls

An idyllic cove that you may have all to yourself! Official name: Ka'alawai Beach.

Spitting Cave

A spitting cave, great sunsets, and amazing geological features!

Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike

Hike along the top of a forested ridge, taking in sweeping views of ocean and valleys. Only for Hawaii residents and military personnel unfortunately.

Kahala Resort and Beach

Romantic place to walk at night, a quiet beach by day, and a lagoon with dolphins!

Lanikai Bunkers Hike

Spectacular views of Lanikai Beach from this steep, short hike.

Lost Set, Mokuleia

Camp Erdman is the setting for the home of the Others in the TV show "Lost." It's great fun to see it!

Ko Olina Boardwalk, Kapolei

It's wonderful to walk 1.5 miles on the boardwalk past the four lagoons at Ko Olina Resort.

Doris Duke Shangri-la

The exquisite home of Doris Duke, wealthy Duke family heiress, in the exclusive area of Black Point.

International Marketplace, Waikiki

An outdoor mall under a huge banyan tree hung with lanterns. Beautiful flowers by a stream, rock-like seats kids love, and rain fountain.

Haleiwa Alii Beach, North Shore

Great beach to learn to surf or to go for a long stroll.

North Shore Marketplace, Haleiwa

Shopping plaza with large trees and colorful architecture. Nice cafes and shops.

Haleiwa Town

Old plantation town with surf shops, art galleries, and restaurants.

KMA Mall, Kapolei

Fantastic outdoor mall with many good places to eat.

Waialua Sugar Mill Shops, North Shore

Super fun place to visit, with handmade soap factory and chocolate/coffee growers. Do personal tours, enjoy samples, and stamp your own soap!

Pupukea Road Trail, North Shore

Beautiful, fun hike along an old abandoned highway!

Manoa Valley District Park

A beautiful park with playground, fields, trees and mountains all around.

Dole Plantation

Delicious pineapple whip cones, train ride, garden tour, and world's largest maze!

Diamond Head Road Overlooks

Gorgeous ocean views and an attractive lighthouse. Watch the surfers below!

Waikiki Beach, near Kapahulu Avenue

Great bodyboarding! And a 30-foot movie screen on the beach!

Kapiolani Park

Huge park in Waikiki across from the beach where groups gather to play ball and fly kites.

Kahuku Beach

Idyllic lonely beach.

UH Manoa Japanese gardens and campus

Stroll around the University of Hawaii campus and find some treasures!

Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai

A marina and shopping center with romantic views and places to eat.

Hahaione Neighborhood Park, Hawaii Kai

There's an enchanting feeling in the valleys of Oahu, where the green mountains loom above you- Hahaione Park at dusk feels this way!

Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Hawaii Kai

Paradise of plumeria trees and bright bougainvillea in summer.

Hanauma Bay

Very popular beach in an old volcanic crater.

Iolani Palace and Downtown Capitol District

Ornate palace with lawns, banyan tree, and barracks that look like a medieval fort. Other historical buildings and museums as well- plenty to see and do!

Waikiki Aquarium

Small and manageable aquarium for little kids, and lovely area of Waikiki.

Waimea Valley botanical garden, North Shore

Gorgeous botanical garden with paved one mile walk to a waterfall.

Lyon Arboretum

Jungle, only a few minutes from Honolulu!

Waikiki Beach Ocean Swimming Pool

A rock wall protects this area of Waikiki Beach from waves, making it a swimming pool right there at the beach!

H3 Freeway and Tunnel

Birdseye views over the windward side from a freeway tucked into the Koolau mountains.

Brigham Young University campus, La'ie

A nice walk past palms, flowers, and mountains.

Mokuleia Beach, North Shore

Incredible high mountains rise above this pretty beach.

Sunset Beach Neighborhood Park

A gorgeous spot to play, with views of the forest-covered mountains behind and Pipeline (Ehukai Beach) across the street!

Portlock Point or China Wall

Sit on the rock ledge and watch the water swirl and spray below you!

Police Beach, Haleiwa

Tide pools, rock spires, sandy beach, and part of the set from Lost!

Makapuu Beach

Drive to Makapuu Beach and you'll be stunned by the view!

Kahala Beach

Secluded, thin strip of beach with shallow clear waters.

Three Tables Beach, North Shore

Small shady beach with clear water that's great for swimming in summer.

Shark's Cove, North Shore

A great place to see tropical fish of all varieties!

North Shore Bike Path

Shady bike path which winds past the famous surfing beaches.

Nico's, Pier 38 Fishing Village

It's lovely to sit outside by the water and eat yummy and easy counter-service food.

Ka'ena Point, North Shore

A mysterious place with huge mountains that loom above you!

Sunset Beach, North Shore

Golden sands and a nice, deep dropoff for summertime swimming.

Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki

Main street in Waikiki where you can shop for tropical treats.

Makua Beach, Makaha

Blissful swim with amazing mountain views.

Hawaiian Princess Beach, Makaha

Beautiful, uncrowded beach with steep dropoff and large waves.

Aki's Beach, Makaha

Cute little cove with shade by the rocks.

Pali Lookout

Grand views of haunted mountain ranges and Kaneohe below.

St. Louis Heights forest

Forest of Cook pines, with picnic tables and hiking trail.

Hawaii Kai Places to Eat

On your way to Hanauma Bay or Sandy Beach, stop at one of these places for something delicious to eat!

Ala Moana Center

Luxurious outdoor mall with romantic third level restaurant area overlooking Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.

Kailua town

Beach town with a classy yet relaxed shopping plaza.

Cultural Gardens at Honolulu Airport

Japanese, Chinese, and Hawaiian gardens where you can wait peacefully for your flight!

Aikahi Playground, Kailua

Imaginative, wooden playground- a very rare thing on Oahu.

Diamond Head National Monument Hike

Strenuous, short hike to the top of a volcanic crater, with breathtaking beach views from a WWII bunker.

Makapuu Lighthouse Hike

Stunning view from the top, and a chance to see humpback whales along the way!

USS Arizona Memorial

The Arizona memorial is situated over the remains of the USS Arizona, a warship that was attacked and sunk by the Japanese in 1941 at Pearl Harbor.

USS Missouri or Mighty Mo

The Mighty Mo is a warship that served from World War II in 1945 to the first Gulf war where it fired tomahawk missles into Iraq.

Malaekahana Beach

Remote, rugged beach.

Aloha Tower, downtown Honolulu

Listen to live music and eat by torchlight at the water, go up the tower, or come for lunch with the businesspeople from downtown Honolulu. There is not much else here.

Ko Olina Beach Lagoons, Kapolei

Four manmade perfect-looking beaches with calm water where kids can swim and play.

Kahala Mall

Indoor mall that is a lot of fun for kids.

Patsy T. Mink Regional Park, Waipahu

Lively park with long winding walking paths, tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds, archery range, and aquatic center.

Tonggs Beach, Waikiki

A tiny wall and walkway by the sea.

Monsarrat Ave cafes, Diamond Head

A row of cafes and coffee shops, within walking distance of Waikiki!

Food Trucks, Kahuku

Magical little spot with grassy hills, strung lights, picnic tables, and food trucks.

Ala Wai Canal Walk, Waikiki

Beautiful mountains views. You can walk for miles along the Ala Wai canal!

Manoa Falls Hike

A lovely high waterfall after a hike through lush forest.

Ka'ena Point, Makaha

A hiking trail along the ocean connecting two dead end roads. Lovely views!

Coast drive up to La'ie

A winding road past pretty beaches, ending in La'ie, site of the Mormon temple.

Waialua Beach Rd Bike Path, North Shore

Solid bike path that runs along Waialua Beach Road for 1.4 miles with views of the mountains and flowers.

Tantalus Lookout

Limousines bring tourists up to Tantalus Lookout for panoramic views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and Manoa.

Punahou School

The prestigious private school where President Barack Obama went to high school.

Chinaman's Hat Beach and Kualoa Ranch

Cute view of Chinaman's Hat Island, which really does look like a Chinaman's hat!

Baby Makapuu Beach

A great place to learn to surf! Plus sparkling shallow tide pools for little kids.

Pokai Beach Park, Makaha

Calm swimming area with rock wall that blocks waves.

Bettini Gardens, Makaha

Tropical garden with short trails and ocean views.

Yokohama Bay, Makaha

Beautiful beach in the countryside backed by high mountains.

Makaha Beach

Popular beach with nice summer swimming, good winter surfing, and a lifeguard.

Waialae Beach Park, Kahala

Corally beach with gorgeous views of Koko Head, Koko Crater, and Kahala Resort; plus an expansive lawn and bridge over a stream.

Sandy Beach

A gorgeous and "happening" beach to stroll along.

Kailua Beach

Very pretty, though windy, beach. Best place on the island to windsurf!

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, Kaneohe

Setting below the incredible Ko'olau mountain range.

Ala Moana Beach Park

Calm beach that's great for kids and for early morning laps. Views of Waikiki skyline from the water.

Magic Island

Grassy spot with coconut trees, manmade cove, and great views of Diamond Head.

Kawaikui Beach Park

Small waterfront park with views of Koko Head and Koko Crater.

Kuliouou Beach Park and Paiko Lagoon

Favorite picnic and party spot for local families. Nice at sunset.

Kamiloiki Neighborhood Park

Small playground tucked away in a pretty valley.

Kalama Valley Playground

A simple playground surrounded by nice mountains.

Haleiwa Playground and Beach

A playground, large lawn with picnic tables, and small beach.

Na Pali Haweo Lookout Park

A lookout park with views of Koko Crater and the ocean.

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