TRAVEL IN HAWAII
There are six major islands to visit in Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the island of Hawaii! Each has its own distinct personality, adventures, activities and sights. The diverse culture of Hawaii is expressed in language, music, art, theater, dance, film, cuisine and a multitude of festivals. At the core of each is the spirit of aloha, in the fluid arc of a hula dancer’s hands or in the soft rhythm of a slack-key guitar. The "Aloha Spirit" is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. In the contemplation and presence of life force.
WELCOME TO OAHU
Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of East and West cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. It’s this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering Oahu — from bustling city life to laidback surf towns — so enjoyable. You'll find plenty of different options for exploring Oahu's different regions, the island's many activities, its eclectic restaurants and accommodations.Take a look below at some of the best places in Oahu explore.
1.) DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
The most recognized landmark in Hawaii which has been shaped by a dynamic geological history. The creation of the island of Oahu began about 2.5 to 4 million years ago with volcanic eruptions from 2 shield volcanoes. The area was inactive for 1.3 million years and then the southeastern end of the Ko’olau range erupted, resulting in the formation of rock called tuff cones such as Diamond Head. The crater has been extinct for 150,000 years and covers 350 acres. Diamond Head was selected as a fortification because the crater walls are a natural defense from the summit, and ships can be seen from Koko Head to Pearl Harbor. From Fort Ruger to the Fire Control Station, Diamond Head is dotted with bunkers that were built to defend Oahu from attack leading up to WWI and WWII.
2.) WAIKIKI BEACH
One of the most well-known beaches on the planet, this 2-mile stretch of white sand and calm turquoise blue ocean fringed by towering high-rises and boutique resorts is located on the South Shore of Oahu. The ocean is relatively calm year-round, but it's quite shallow with numerous rocks.Many resorts are just a few steps away from the shore, and every year there are myriad events such as surf competitions, outdoor music events, hula dancing, and outrigger canoe races.
3.) POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a Polynesian-themed theme park and living museum located in Laie, on the northern shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The PCC is one of the most frequently visited tourist destinations in Hawaii, attracting nearly 1,000,000 visitors annually. Within eight simulated tropical villages, performers demonstrate various arts and crafts from throughout Polynesia.