Oahu Arts & Culture

If you’re looking to meet the people of Hawaii, Oahu is a good place to start - here you’ll discover a true melting pot of diverse ethnicity, cultures and lifestyles that have blended the island’s traditions, bound together by the spirit of aloha.

The history and majesty of the native Hawaiian people are evident throughout the historic places of Oahu. Significant landmarks like Iolani Palace, the King Kamehameha I statue across the street, the Duke Kahanamoku statue on Waikiki beach, and the Bishop Museum celebrate the accomplishments of the people of Hawaii.

Today, Oahu has diverse cultures that have blended and transformed the island’s traditions, festivals and foods. As agriculture boomed in the late 19th century, workers from China, Japan, Russia, Korea, Puerto Rico, Portugal and the Philippines were brought to the islands to work and live on plantations. Today, you can experience this blend of cultures by enjoying Oahu’s local food or attending the island’s many festivals during your stay. To learn even more about Hawaii’s multicultural roots, take an educational tour through venues like the Hawaii Plantation Village or visit Oahu’s many fine museums.

Tour Map of Oahu Island

Explore Oahu by region: HonoluluWindward CoastNorth ShoreLeeward CoastCentral Oahu.

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Island Highlights

- Waikiki: Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, this historic hot spot is now a gathering place for the world.
- Pearl Harbor: This National Historical Landmark features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack.
- North Shore: During the winter months, this legendary surf mecca attracts the best surfers in the world.
- Iolani Palace: The only official state residence of royalty in the United States and home to the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs.
- Hawaii Regional Cuisine on Oahu: Get a taste of some of Hawaii’s most famous Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs on Oahu.


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Memberships and Certification

 Hawaii Tourism Authority

Certified Hawaii Tourism Authority 'Destination Expert'.

A member of Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

 Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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