Oahu Quick Facts

Enjoy some of Hawaii’s best shopping, or simply unwinding on the sands of the island’s beautiful and amazing beaches, you’ll find variety at every turn on Oahu.

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.

Island Facts

Airports: Oahu’s main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point and inter-island transfers for most of Hawaii’s visitors.

Hawaii Island Resort Areas: Waikiki, East Honolulu, Ko Olina and North Shore.

Capital City: Honolulu

Population: 905,266

Time Zone: Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Languages: English, Hawaiian

Currency: US Dollar. Credit cards and Traveler's checks are widely accepted at many local businesses.

Climate: Average temperature: 75˚ - 85˚ F. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Area Code/Cell Phones: Area code for Hawaii is (808) and applies to all Islands. Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you are coming from the continental United States.

Internet Access: Internet access is readily available on Oahu Island and at many hotels.

Accommodations: Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.

Transportation: Rent a car at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis or city buses.

Clothing: Dress casually, bring a jacket for nights and rain forests, warmer clothes for higher elevations. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Tipping: U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.

Customs: For details regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection, consult your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, or U.S. Customs (www.cbp.gov). You cannot take home fresh fruit, plants, or seeds (including some leis) unless they are sealed and you cannot seal and pack them yourself.

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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.

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