By far the most popular destinations in Oahu, Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial are moving tributes to important historic events. Experience the serenity of the Punchbowl National Cemetery, featuring the "Courts of the Missing." And visit the chapel and the detailed mosaic maps of the Pacific theaters in World War II and Korea.
Fun Things to Do
- Drive along Ala Moana Boulevard to view the hulking dormant volcanoes Diamond Head and Koko Head.
- Visit the world-famous beaches of Waikiki. Enjoy the sun while you watch the surfers and the paddlers in their outrigger canoes.
- Go for a swim at Hanauma Bay. Formed during Oahu's last eruption, the area is now a marine preserve with extensive underwater life.
- Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, the only place in the world where you can experience all the islands of Polynesia in one place.
- Dive deep beneath the waves in the Atlantis Submarine, and see the exotic aquatic life that dwells 110 feet below the waves in the colorful reefs.
Honolulu has a large Japanese population and is one of the best places outside Japan to find Japanese cuisine. You'll also find all kinds of restaurants in all price ranges. Among the most popular choices are ramen noodle houses, where you can buy a delicious, steaming bowl of noodles for just a few dollars.
The official currency of Hawaii is the U.S. Dollar (USD).