Panorama photo of the rolling greens of the Kapolei Golf Course studded with palm trees and with large clouds hanging in the sky.

Golfing in Central and Suburban O‘ahu

In the master-planned communities of central and suburban O‘ahu, golf courses take center stage, and there are a plethora of public courses—especially on the ‘Ewa Plain. Read on to plan your tour of O‘ahu’s greens.

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Hiking, Biking, and Bird-Watching in Leeward O‘ahu

Expert Kevin Whitton points you toward the best trails for hiking and biking, as well as the top spot for bird-watching, in leeward O‘ahu. Here’s where to go and what to bring to best enjoy these activities in and around the Ka‘ena Point State Park.

Two surfers carrying their boards are silhouetted against an orange sky as the setting sun reflects off the water.

Snorkeling vs. Surfing in O‘ahu: The Importance of Weather

During Hawai‘i’s winter, from October to April, and sometimes into spring, storms in the North Pacific create very large, open ocean swells. Big waves are great news for surfers, but they’re a worst-case scenario for snorkelers and divers. Learn more about the best times to visit O‘ahu for both surfers and snorkelers.

View from a highrise of the Pacific ocean and the crescent of Waikiki beach.

Beaches in Waikiki

Waikiki’s narrow beaches are generally packed for most of the day. Author Kevin Whitton gives an overview of the area’s beaches, including when to go and where to park.

A plate of ahi poke.

See the Best of O‘ahu in Seven Days

The average stay on O‘ahu is about seven days. With sights and activities on all sides of the island, planning your days will help you take full advantage of your holiday. Let this suggested itinerary to the must-see locales and establishments be a jumping-off point for your travels.

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A Day at Diamond Head

Today, the profile of Diamond Head as seen from Waikiki has become an iconic image, but there’s more to do at this natural wonder than just take a picture for posterity’s sake. Author Kevin Whitton shares some great ways to explore Diamond Head.

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O‘ahu: Military History and Pearl Harbor Sights

In addition to a state park and a sugar plantation museum, Pearl Harbor is home to four historic sites related to the United States’s involvement in World War II. Learn more about the history of the military’s presence in O‘ahu and which sights not to miss if you’re visiting Pearl Harbor.