33 Fun Things to Do and See on Oahu

I really love Hawaii! Warm tropical breezes, beaches, sunshine and Aloha. Kauai is my favorite Island so far but, I haven’t been to Molokai yet so I’m reserving final judgment. A couple of weeks ago we took a family vacation to Oahu. With 70% of Hawaii’s total population, it’s a busy place with a lot to enjoy. We really got around the island and found wonderful things to do, see and eat every day. Here’s a list for your next visit. The list was supposed to have 28 things in honor of the month of February but what a silly reason to leave out the other 5! So here you go…



Spaulding House (Family Sundays are the 3rd Sunday of the month)


Yanagi Sushi

Pow! Wow! Murals in Kaka’ako district

Honolulu Night Market

Honolulu Museum of Art

Waikiki Beach

Leonard’s Bakery (malasadas)

Manoa Falls Hike

WW II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (home of the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. A must do!)

Diamond Head

North Shore

Taqueria El Rancho (in Wahaiwa on the way to the North Shore)

Dole Plantation

Haleiwa town and beach

Matsumoto’s Shave Ice (prepare to wait in line)

Ehukai Beach Park/Banzai Pipeline (to watch big wave surfers)

Turtle Bay (the public beach at TB Resort has nice amenities.)

Food Trucks in Kahuku

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge

Polynesian Cultrural Center

East Oahu

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Beach

Tropical Farms (macadamia nuts)

Buzz’s Restaurant at Kailua Beach

Lanikai Beach

Waimanalo Beach (4 beautiful miles of uncrowded beach)

Waimanalo Market Co-op (for locally made foods and crafts)

Sushi from 7 Eleven (beach snacks)

Makapuu Point Lighthouse hike

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (get their early for snorkeling. It gets packed.)

West Oahu

Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii (nothing fancy but seriously fun!)

Ko Olina Lagoons

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (top choice for resort vacation on Oahu)