Hawaii, a U.S. state, is an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. Its islands are renowned for their rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls, tropical foliage and beaches with gold, red, black and even green sands. Of the 6 main islands, Oahu has Hawaii’s biggest city and capital, Honolulu, home to crescent Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor’s WWII memorials.
WHERE TO STAY
Set on a lush 32-acre property overlooking Pauoa Bay, this upscale oceanfront resort is a 13-minute walk from Holoholokai Beach Park and 20.6 miles from Waimea-Kohala Airport.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
This oceanfront resort is 2 miles from historic Keauhou Bay, the 1814 birthplace of King Kamehameha III, and 7 miles from Hawaiian history at the Hulihee Palace museum.
Royal Kona Resort
Set in 3 oceanfront buildings, this casual resort is 5 miles from Honokōhau Settlement and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park and a 12-minute walk from Hulihee Palace.
Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel
This beachfront hotel is adjacent to Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark and a 4-minute walk from Hulihee Palace.
THINGS TO DO
Pearl Harbor / WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
At World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, home of the USS Arizona Memorial, learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history: the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. The monument preserves and interprets the stories of the Pacific War, from the internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.
Diamond Head State Monument
Hikers rejoice! Diamond Head State Monument offers breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. In fact the view is so good, it was used by the US military as a post for preventing attacks against Honolulu.
Ala Moana Center
Ala Moana Center, commonly known simply as Ala Moana, is the largest shopping mall in Hawaii. It is also the seventh largest shopping mall in the United States, the largest open-air shopping center in the world.
Oahu Shark Dive
Venture in for a very personal, extremely up close encounter with the most feared and misunderstood predators on the planet. Immerse yourself among native Hawaiian sharks, up to three different species in nearly 300,000 gallons of tropical water.
WHERE TO DINE
Alan Wong’s Honolulu