Pull back the curtain of O‘ahu’s urban landscape and there is a natural backdrop that makes up the ebb and flow of island style and tropical living. Thanks to its 112 miles of coastline, beaches and ocean activities are the cornerstone of daily life here. For pastimes from fishing and diving to surfing and kayaking, there are myriad beaches and locales that are just right. The powerful waves of the North Shore draw the world’s best surfers. The ledges off the leeward coast attract big game fish. Waikiki’s calm water is the ultimate playground for the outrigger canoe. Kailua’s fine, white sand rivals the most beautiful beaches in the world. And with two mountain ranges that span the island from north to south, valleys, ridges, and cliffs offer ample hiking and lush open space.
From the Polynesian roots of its first settlers and the gifts of surfing and the spirit of aloha to O‘ahu’s strategic role for the United States during World War II and its importance as an international agricultural hub, the breadth of the island’s history and evolution is tangible from the leeward to the windward side.
For every budget and every taste, for every tourist, visitor, backpacker, traveler, and globe-trotter seeking adventure or leisure, town or country, fine dining or food truck, mountains or beaches—O‘ahu has it all.
Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon O’ahu.