The word “paradise” has many synonyms, including xanadu, heaven, bliss, and utopia. One you may have overlooked, though, is Honolulu. This seaside city on Hawaii’s Oahu Island, is rich in culture, and features a wealth of attractions sure to entertain all members of the family. Often a popular summer getaway destination, Honolulu is just as bustling during the fall and winter months. Plan your next visit to Oahu and see for yourself.
Because of its idyllic tropical setting, Oahu and Honolulu can yield full days of exploring indoors and out, no matter the season. Be sure you check out some of the truly must-see sites like the U.S.S. Arizona National Memorial, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and Diamond Head State Monument.
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Hike to the Top of Diamond Head
Located in the Ko'olau Mountain Range, Diamond Head is a volcanic cone and is Hawaii's most prominent and defining landmark. Take the one-mile hike to the top and check out breathtaking views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. Diamond Head State Monument Park is made up of 475 acres surrounding the volcano and is located along the azure waters of Waikiki.
Honor Fallen Sailors at the USS Arizona National Memorial
Visit Pearl Harbor and take a boat ride out the USS Arizona National Memorial site that honors the sailors who lost their lives during the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack. The memorial sits above the sunken USS Arizona and includes a shrine showcasing the names of every sailor who died aboard the ship. Visitors to the monument are encouraged to stop by the visitor center where you can see exhibits and displays relative to the memorial.
Take a Tour of the Polynesian Cultural Center
Learn the traditions, customs, and culture of the Polynesian people at the Polynesian Culture Center, located on the northeastern shore of Oahu. Spread out over 42 acres in Laʻie, the center features native dancers, musicians, fresh flower leis for every guest that walks through the doors. If you choose, you can participate in the show filled with Tongan spear throwing, war dancing, and many other cultural practices.