Top 5 Ways to Explore Oahu in 2021

12/19/2020

From iconic surf breaks to breathtaking nature, there's no shortage of things to do and see on Oahu. Hawaii's third-largest island captivates visitors and locals alike with a mix of history, culture, and nature that's begging to be explored.

Take a surf lesson

Oahu’s laidback lifestyle and iconic surf breaks make the island a paradise for experienced surfers as well as first-timers. While the pros head to Waimea Bay on the North Shore, there’s no better place to learn than Waikiki, where it all started. Honolulu native Tammy Moniz co-founded Faith Surf School on Waikiki Beach to offer surf lessons infused with the historic ‘aloha’ spirit. After discovering your surf stoke, treat yourself to a celebratory Hula Pie at Duke’s Waikiki.

Get in touch with nature

While Oahu's best beaches beckon, there are plenty of activities to enjoy back on land. Trek up to the top of Diamond Head, a 350-acre volcano crater, for terrific views of Waikiki. Beyond the coast, Oahu’s lush rainforests reveal their many secrets to intrepid hikers. Hit the trails around Waimea Valley to find hidden waterfalls and freshwater swimming pools.

Listen to live Hawaiian music

Hawaii’s music roots run deep. Today’s traditional Hawaiian music draws inspiration from a thousand years of vocal chants and percussion instruments – but you'll also recognize modern rock, jazz, and reggae beats. Live music is back at Waikiki hotspots like Duke's Waikiki, Hula Grill Waikiki, Maui Brewing Co., and Blue Note Hawaii.

Explore Hawaiian culture and heritage

Built in 1882, Iolani Palace was the home of Hawaii’s monarchy —and remains the only royal residence built on U.S. soil. Tours of the palace and grounds offer a glimpse into Hawaii's past through the stories of its last reigning monarchs, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. Other places to learn about local heritage include the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Polynesian Cultural Center, reopening in January 2021. 

Volunteer and give back to Oahu

For a deeper understanding of Hawaiian culture, visitors can embrace Malama ka Aina, or "care for the land," through only-in-Hawaii volunteer experiences. The new Malama Hawaii Experience gives guests the chance to give back to Oahu through an enriching eco-tour. Explore the natural beauty of Kualoa Ranch, then enjoy a third night free at resorts like Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger.

Experience Oahu’s natural beauty and culture for yourself. Book your stay at one of Oahu's favorite resorts today.

 

 

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