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When to Travel Anytime of year is a good time to visit Oahu.
Weather:The average temperature here is between 75˚-85˚ F. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side and wetter on the eastern (windward) side.
One of the best-known landmarks in the Pacific, Diamond Head is familiar to every visitor to O'ahu as the backdrop to Waikiki. The 228m (760ft) mountain is a tuff cone and crater formed by a violent steam explosion deep beneath the surface long after most of O'ahu's volcanic activity had stopped.
The crater is the site of Diamond Head State Monument, a visitor facility with picnic tables and a hiking trail up to the crater summit.
The trail to Diamond Head summit was built in 1910 to service the military observation stations located along the crater rim. Today it's a popular hike. Don't expect a walk in the park, as it's a fairly steep hike that takes about one hour return. For your efforts you're rewarded with a fantastic 360-degree view that takes in the southeastern coast to Koko Head and the leeward coast to Barbers Point, with Kapi'olani Park below.
At the Diamond Head end of Waikiki is Hawaii's first public park, the nearly 200-acre Kapi'olani Park, a gift from King Kalakaua to the people of Honolulu in 1877. The king dedicated the park to his wife, Queen Kapi'olani. The park is the city's communal backyard, hosting sports games and family picnics under shady banyan trees. The park's tourist attractions include the Kapi'olani Beach Park, Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo.
Outdoor musical events are also held at the park.
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Activities & Attractions
For sheer variety of things to do, the Island of Oahu is unparalleled.Outdoor activities range from the sedentary (a cool moonlight walk along Waikiki Beach), to the heart-stopping (hang-gliding off a thousand foot cliff in Waimanalo) .
Oahu is the sun and fun capital of the Hawaiian islands with an array of sea, land and sporting activities from which to choose. Visitors will enjoy hiking through rainforests, biking along mountain ranges and swimming in the azure blue waters of the Pacific. These activities are excellent vehicles to explore the environment, history and experience the culture of the island.
The Koolau mountains tower in your sightline. Palm trees line the green. The white of your golf ball pops against the deep blue sky. Even a bad game of golf on Oahu is still pretty darn good.
With more golf courses than any other island, golfers of every skill level from around the world head to Oahu. Choose from 40 public and private courses, ranging from casual municipal links to elegant resort courses. Spectacular scenery awaits you no matter which course you choose. If you prefer to watch the pros play, Oahu hosts the PGA TOUR’s Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club every January.
You may also want to make a few adjustments to your game in the islands. Most notably, Hawaii’s trade winds can exaggerate mistakes in your swing on a windy day. Luckily, most Oahu courses have wide, forgiving fairways. Bermuda greens can also be harder to read than traditional bentgrass greens. All these factors help make for some fun and challenging rounds on the golfer’s heaven of Oahu.
The waves at Waimea Bay roar. From the safety of the shore you watch as surfers shoot out of the barrels of these collapsing walls of pounding surf. One thing’s for sure: these surfers are fearless.
From watching the harrowing winter waves of the North Shore to taking your own surf lesson in the calm waters of Waikiki, adventure on Oahu begins at sea. Oahu’s 112 linear miles of shoreline create endless possibilities for world-class water activities. Every sea adventure you can think of is a possibility on Oahu: boating, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, whale watching and more.
On land, feel the exhilaration of riding down a trail on a mountain bike, off-roading on an ATV, or hiking one of Oahu’s thirty-five trails. For the truly fearless, take a 17,000 foot skydive and marvel at a North Shore view few have seen. On Oahu, you can explore a variety of adventures by land, air or sea.
Located on Oahu’s North Shore, Kahuku’s shrimp trucks don’t look like much. But watching the blissful customers walk away from these humble road-side restaurants with heaping plates of fresh, garlic shrimp scampi and your mouth can’t help but water. The locally raised, jumbo prawns sold at about a half dozen shrimp trucks in Kahuku are just one example of the hidden gems Oahu has to offer beyond the bright lights of Waikiki.
Travel to the eastern tip of Oahu and hike the Makapuu Lighthouse trail for breathtaking ocean views. Eat like a local at small neighborhoods like Kapahulu or have a picnic at Oahu beaches beyond Waikiki like Kailua Beach. Discover local artists at the First Friday celebration in Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. Or transport yourself to another world at beautiful spots like the Valley of the Temples. With a little exploration, you’ll discover Waikiki is just the beginning of your travels on Oahu.
An important value for Native Hawaiians and Hawaii locals is the idea of “malama aina” or to care for the land. On Oahu there are a variety of activities visitors can explore to see how Hawaiians of the past worked the land and how locals today are keeping Hawaii more sustainable for generations to come.
Take an Oahu farm tour and learn about the farm-to-table process that is such a vital part of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Explore one of Oahu’s botanical gardens featuring native Hawaiian plants and tropical flowers. The Honolulu Botanical Gardens feature five diverse sites on Oahu to explore. During winter, from December through May, you can also go on a whale watching tour off of Oahu’s southern coast to learn about humpback whales and their annual visit back to Hawaii’s warm waters.
Make room in the family photo album. On Oahu there’s a wealth of activities that will create indelible family memories. Sure your kids can always build a sand castle on Oahu’s beautiful beaches, but how about taking them inside a real submarine at Pearl Harbor or letting them pet a dolphin at Sea Life Park?
You’ll find family fun everywhere on Oahu. Take your kids to see the fish at the Waikiki Aquarium or get a bird’s eye view of a giraffe at the Honolulu Zoo. Explore Hawaiian artifacts in the Bishop Museum or get lost together in the 1.7-mile garden maze at Dole Plantation. Or play authentic Hawaiian games and eat at a luau at venues like the Polynesian Cultural Center. Many of Oahu’s resorts even offer fun programs for the keiki (kids).
On Oahu you’ll find something here to charm any child, from surfing lessons in Waikiki to horseback rides at Kualoa Ranch. Whatever you choose to do, just don’t forget to bring your camera.