FAQs Oahu

When you are planning your vacation to the Oahu Island we are sure you have many questions to ask. 

We have answered the most common questions asked about the Islands of Hawaii.

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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.


Meaning of Hawaii What does Hawaii mean?
Hawaii is the name of the largest of the Hawaiian islands (also known as the Big Island) and is the name of the 50th State in the USA which is a collection of 8 islands – Hawai’i, Maui, Lana’i, Moloka’i, Koho’olawe, O’ahu, Kaua’i, and Ni'ihau. Many believe the name Hawai’i was adapted from the name Hawaiki, the name for a mythical homeland of all Polynesians. Others believe it is a variation of a South Pacific island Raiatea, which was called Havaii at the time of migration.

Time difference in Hawaii What is the time difference from the continental US?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is 5 hours behind Eastern Standard Time and 2 hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Savings Time so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).

Airports in Hawaii Where is the main airport on Oahu Island?
Oahu’s main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors.

Hawaii car rental Do I need a car to get around Oahu Island?
If you’re planning to stay in Waikiki, you can get around by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or Hawaii’s excellent public transportation system. But to really experience Oahu outside of Waikiki, you should consider renting a car.

Hotels and resorts in Hawaii Where are the major hotel and resort areas on Oahu Island?
Most Oahu resorts and hotels can be found in Waikiki. You can also find one luxury resort in east Honolulu, one on the North Shore including one on the Leeward Coast in the Ko Olina Resort area.

Passport requirements Hawaii Do I need my passport to get to Oahu Island?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.

Dress for Hawaii What should I pack on my trip to Oahu Island?
It’s warm on Oahu, so pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Oahu’s nightlife. You can buy an Aloha Shirt and flip-flops (or slippers, as the locals call them) when you get here. Suits and ties are rarely worn here.

Travelers checks in Hawaii Must I take traveler's checks?
Traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are everywhere. Don’t worry if you forget something. Stores and malls have everything you need, including plenty of sunscreen.

When to visit Hawaii When is a good time to visit Oahu Island?
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Oahu. The average temperature here is between 75˚- 85˚ F. Summer, between April and November is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. Winter is big wave surf season on Oahu’s North Shore with major competitions in November and December. Whale watching season begins in December and ends in May. Peak whale watching months are between January and early April.

Kona Airport distances How far is it from Waikiki to Oahu’s attractions?:
From Honolulu International Airport to Waikiki 9 miles / 30 minutes
From Waikiki to Pearl Harbor 11 miles / 30 minutes
From Waikiki to Downtown Honolulu 4 miles / 15 minutes
From Waikiki to Polynesian Cultural Center 35 miles / 75 minutes
From Waikiki to Haleiwa Town (North Shore) 32 miles / 60 minutes
From Waikiki to Nuuanu Pali Lookout 11 miles / 30 minutes
From Waikiki to Ko Olina 26 miles / 45 minutes


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Memberships and Certification

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