June 26, 2017

OAHU: MAP + LIST :: outdoor travel + culture travel :: oahu hawaii

Oahu: Honolulu flight into Oahu Airport, Hawaii. ALOHA! E komo mai!

On this page you’ll find lots of budget-friendly things to do in Oahu. With the exception of a couple of the activities, the vast majority of things to do listed on this page are free.

That’s because almost all of Oahu’s hikes and beaches are FREE!

This list focuses on outdoor travel and culture travel. So if you’re an outdoor enthusiast with an interest in learning about Hawaiian culture, there’s a good chance you’ll find things on this list that you’ll want to do!

Of course, this is not an extensive list in any way! But with so many things to do in Oahu, it can give you a starting point in your research. Use it as a guide for planning the best Hawaii vacation ever!

A note about the locations on this Oahu list

The locations are listed as a general reference only. They are meant to serve as a guide to give you a general idea of where a point of interest is located. For example, on this list, Diamond Head is listed as Waikiki, but it isn’t actually located in Waikiki. But as a first-time visitor to Oahu who knows nothing about where anything is located ;), it’s meant to give reference to a more recognized general area to help choose a place to visit based on location.

ALOHA!


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OAHU MAP INDEX

The Oahu map below is an index of planning tips you can find on this website.

You’ll find the following categories on the map:

  • Oahu hikes
  • Oahu beaches
  • Hawaiian culture on Oahu
  • Directions for Oahu by bus

So click on an icon to find out what’s there, and you’ll also find a link to take you to more planning details! Give it a try!

If the map isn’t showing up below, or you want to explore it in Google maps, see OAHU MAP. If you’re on mobile, be sure to explore it from a desktop or laptop too!

If you prefer a Oahu list index instead of a map index, see this list for Oahu.



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OAHU HIKES

Oahu: Hikes in Oahu with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: MAP + LIST

What to wear hiking in Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Trail, Waikiki
Koko Head Hike, East Oahu
Lanikai Pillbox Hike, East Oahu
Puu Maelieli Trail, East Oahu
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, East Oahu
Manoa Falls Trail, Honolulu

Oahu: Map of Oahu hikes, Hawaii


Tips for hiking in Hawaii
Read this before heading out for any hiking trails in Oahu!

Hawaii State Parks
See the official Hawaii State Parks website for more ideas on where to go hiking in Oahu and also for picnic sites. This is a list of state parks and state historic sites.

Hawaii Trail and Access System
If you’re an experienced hiker looking for longer trails, have a look here for more trails with a map and list maintained by the State of Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife.


Oahu: Diamond Head Trail is an Oahu hike near Waikiki, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: Diamond Head Crater Trail, Waikiki


Oahu: Koko Head Hike an Oahu hike in windward east Oahu, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: Koko Head Hike, East Oahu

Koko Head by bus

Nearby: Hanauma Bay


Oahu: Lanikai Pillbox Hike is an Oahu hike in Kailua, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: Lanikai Pillbox Hike, East Oahu

Nearby: Lanikai Beach | Mokulua Islands


Oahu: Puu Maelieli Trail is an Oahu hike in Kaneohe, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: Puu Maelieli Trail, East Oahu

Nearby: Byodo-In Temple


Oahu: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is an Oahu hike on windward east Oahu, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, East Oahu


Oahu: Manoa Falls Trail is an Oahu hike near Honolulu, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: Manoa Falls Trail, Honolulu


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OAHU BEACHES

Oahu: Beaches in Oahu with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: MAP + LIST

What to wear snorkeling in Hawaii

Do you need to know how to swim to snorkel?

Queens Beach, Waikiki
Lanikai Beach, East Oahu
Sharks Cove, North Shore
Laniakea Beach | Turtle Beach, North Shore
Hanauma Bay, East Oahu
Kuhio Beach, Waikiki

Oahu: Map of Oahu beaches, Hawaii


Oahu beaches: Queen's Beach for Waikiki snorkeling, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: Queens Beach, Waikiki


Oahu: Lanikai Beach is an Oahu beach in Kailua, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: Lanikai Beach, East Oahu

Nearby: Lanikai Pillbox Hike | Mokulua Islands


Oahu: Sharks Cove is an Oahu beach for snorkeling on the North Shore, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: Sharks Cove, North Shore

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Waimea Bay


Oahu: Laniakea Beach aka Turtle Beach is an Oahu beach on the North Shore, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: Laniakea Beach | Turtle Beach, North Shore

Nearby: Sharks Cove | Waimea Bay


Oahu: Hanauma Bay is an Oahu beach with snorkeling in windward east Oahu, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: Hanauma Bay, East Oahu

Hanauma Bay by bus

Nearby: Koko Head Hike


Oahu: Kuhio Beach is an Oahu beach that's a part of Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: Kuhio Beach, Waikiki

Nearby: Duke Kahanamoku Statue


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OAHU CULTURE

Oahu: Hawaiian culture activities in Oahu with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: MAP

Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore
Waikiki Hula Show, Waikiki
Keaiwa Heiau, Central Oahu
Puu O Mahuka Heiau, North Shore
Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki
Kauhale Ancient Living Site, North Shore
Kukaniloko Birthstones, Central Oahu
Byodo-In Temple, East Oahu

A heiau is an ancient Hawaiian temple

Oahu: Map of Hawaiian Culture in Oahu, Hawaii


Oahu: With tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center, you will travel from Waikiki to learn about Hawaiian culture in Laie on the North Shore, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore


Oahu: The free Waikiki Beach hula show celebrates Hawaiian culture with music, dance, torch lighting ceremony, and blowing of the conch shell in Waikiki, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: Waikiki Hula Show, Waikiki


Oahu: Keaiwa Heiau is located at a Hawaii State Park with remnants of an ancient Hawaiian Temple representing Hawaiian culture in Aiea, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: Keaiwa Heiau, Central Oahu

Nearby: Aiea Loop Trail | Pearl Harbor


Oahu: Puu O Mahuka Heiau is a Hawaii State Historic Site with remnants of an ancient Hawaiian Temple representing Hawaiian culture near Waimea on the North Shore, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: Puu O Mahuka Heiau, North Shore

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Sharks Cove


Oahu: Duke Kahanamoku Statue represents the Father of International Surfing and Ambassador of Aloha and Hawaiian culture in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki


Oahu: At Waimea Valley is the Kauhale ancient Hawaiian living site where you can learn about Hawaiian culture in Waimea on the North Shore, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: Kauhale Ancient Living Site, North Shore

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Sharks Cove


Oahu: Kukaniloko Birthstones in central Oahu is a Hawaii state historic site and marks the birthplace of an important chief in Hawaiian history. The site has also been thought of as the Stonehenge of Hawaii.

OAHU CULTURE: Kukaniloko Birthstones, Central Oahu

Nearby: Dole Plantation


Oahu: Byodo-In Temple is symbolic of Japanese culture in Hawaii and is in Kaneohe

OAHU CULTURE: Byodo-In Temple, East Oahu

Nearby: Puu Maelieli Trail


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OAHU CIRCLE ISLAND DRIVING TOUR

Oahu: Circle island tour for driving tour with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU CIRCLE ISLAND DRIVING TOUR: MAP + LIST


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HAWAII PACKING LIST

Oahu: Hawaii packing list and what to pack for Hawaii

Hawaii Packing List: What to pack for Hawaii
Not your ordinary packing list!

What to wear hiking in Hawaii

What to wear snorkeling in Hawaii

What to pack when snorkeling with kids


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HAPPY OAHU VACATION PLANNING!

Pin this page to reference later!

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What is GOA? Goa is a beach state in India, much like Hawaii is to the United States. And just as Hawaii is seen as a vacation destination, Goa is a popular vacation destination too! There is talk between the Hawaii state government and the Goa state government to become sister states. This means that the two states will work together to promote common goals for purposes of economic and cultural exchanges. You can read more about these efforts from Hawaii’s U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s office HERE and HERE. You can read more about what it means to be sister states HERE. ALOHA!

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