June 28, 2017

Hawaiian culture activities on Oahu :: map + list

Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian traditions

Here are some pictures (and a little bit of information!) to show different parts of Hawaiian culture! Many of these sites are symbolic of native Hawaiian traditions.

So, let’s have a look at some sites in Hawaii that represent Hawaiian culture and traditions!

Below is a list of Hawaiian culture sites to visit in Oahu. Most of these places are good things to do alongside a nearby activity, since a site visit may not take up too much time. And since it won’t take up much time, it’s also a good reason to make that little bit of extra effort for that side trip!

One of the types of these cultural sites that you can find across the state of Hawaii is an ancient Hawaiian temple, called a heiau. There’s also an ancient Hawaiian living site in Oahu, as well as free Hawaiian entertainment shows with traditional Hawaiian music and hula dance that you can attend.

Hawaiian culture activities at the Royal Hawaiian Center

If learning about Hawaiian culture is at the top of your list of things to do in Oahu, be sure to have a look at the free classes offered at the Royal Hawaiian Center. There’s a whole bunch of different aspects of Hawaiian culture to learn: hula dance (a special class just for kids too!), lomilomi Hawaiian massage, how to make a lei, how to play the ukulele, Hawaiian quilting, Hawaiian weaving… and MORE! Just have a look! These make for good rainy day activities in Waikiki too!

Hawaiian culture activities in Oahu

This list also includes some aspects of Hawaiian culture that aren’t specific to Native Hawaiian traditions.

Map of Hawaiian culture on Oahu

Native Hawaiian culture

Other Hawaiian culture

Map of Hawaiian culture on Oahu

It’s an interactive Oahu map of Hawaiian culture on Google Maps, so go ahead and explore!

Do you like maps? On the Oahu map index, you can find Oahu attractions on a single map for easier planning! 

Hawaiian culture: Oahu map of Hawaiian culture, Hawaii


Hawaiian culture: Keaiwa Heiau, ancient Hawaiian temple at a Hawaii state park in Aiea, Central Oahu, Hawaii

Keaiwa Heiau, Central Oahu

Nearby: Aiea Loop Trail | Pearl Harbor

Hawaiian culture: Puu O Mahuka Heiau, an ancient Hawaiian temple that's a Hawaii state historic site, near Waimea Bay on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Puu O Mahuka Heiau, North Shore

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Sharks Cove

Hawaiian culture: Kukaniloko birth stones state monument in Central Oahu, Hawaii

Kukaniloko Birthstones, Central Oahu

Getting there: How to get to nearby Dole Plantation by bus

Nearby: Dole Plantation

Hawaiian culture: Kauhale ancient Hawaiian living site in Waimea Valley on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Kauhale Ancient Living Site, North Shore

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Sharks Cove

Hawaiian culture: Free hula show on Waikiki beach with Hawaiian music and dance, Hawaii

Waikiki Hula Show, Waikiki

Hawaiian culture: Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii

Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore

Getting there: How to get to the Polynesian Cultural Center

Hawaiian culture: Hukilau Marketplace for best Hawaii souvenirs at Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu, Hawaii

Hukilau Marketplace, North Shore


Hawaiian culture: Duke Kahanamoku statue to represent the father of international surfing, olympic swimmer, and ambassador of Aloha, in Waikiki, Hawaii

Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki

Hawaiian culture: Byodo-in Temple to represent Japanese culture in Hawaii

Byodo-In Temple, East Oahu

Getting there: How to get to Byodo-In Temple by bus

Nearby: Puu Maelieli Trail

Hawaiian culture: Dole plantation to represent the symbol of pineapple in Hawaii

Dole Plantation, Central Oahu

Getting there: How to get to Dole Plantation by bus

Nearby: Kukaniloko Birthstones



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