For the first time visitor

   Hawai‘i's Official Tourism Site - Contains information about upcoming events and activities, sightseeing, accommodations, and more (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Spanish language versions available as well).

   Visit Oahu - Information specifically about O'ahu including sample itineraries, activity ideas, events, and more (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Spanish language versions available as well).

   Get in some quality beach time - Hanauma Bay (snorkel in an extinct volcanic crater), North Shore (famous "pipeline" surfing beaches), Waikiki Beach, and more await all around the island.

Culture and Nature
   We have many museums featuring Asian and Pacific art, such as the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Bishop Museum (which has the largest collection of Hawaiiana in the world as well as exhibits for children).

   Iolani Palace - The official residence of Hawai'i's monarchy is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls. Reservations required.

   Paradise Cove Luau - Experience Hawaiian crafts, arts, food, music, and dance at a luau in the Ko'olina resort area in Western O'ahu.

  •    Waikiki Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo are both conveniently located in Kapiolani Park, a popular leisure area for locals and tourists alike.           

Off the Beaten Path (other activity ideas for frequent island visitors)

   Visit Shangri La (Doris Duke's Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures) - A tour of Shangri La is a unique and memorable experience designed to introduce the visitor to the world of Islamic art and architecture as interpreted through the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art's collection and the architectural elements found throughout Shangri La. Tours originate at the Honolulu Museum of Art where visitors begin their experience with a tour of the museum's Arts of the Islamic World Gallery and a ten minute introductory video on the history of Shangri La. The entire tour experience lasts approximately two and a half hours with one and a half hours on site at Shangri La. Tours are offered regularly Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9am, 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

   Go take a hike! - O'ahu has many lovely places to hike such as the Makapu‘u LighthouseDiamond Head (panoramic view of Honolulu), and Mānoa Falls (near UH's Lyon Arboretum). Don't forget to bring water, appropriate clothing, sunscreen and potential insect repellant, and please tale necessary cautions to have a safe hike.                                                                     

   First Fridays in Chinatown - Join local folks and visitors alike on the first Friday of every month for Chinatown's First Friday evening festival. Chinatown and downtown galleries, museums and studios are open to the public for this popular event that provides an opportunity to experience the artistic and cultural resources of Honolulu. Festivities include live music, street entertainment, open cafes and bistros, antique stores and even tattoo parlor. A free gallery walking map is available at all participating sites. 

Glimpses of Local Culture

   Hawaiian Culture and Language - Learn about Hawai'i's history, culture, arts, and language.

   Hawai‘i Creole English ('Pidgin') - An introduction to Hawai'i Creole English ('Pidgin').

Useful Hawai'i Links


   Hawai‘i Weather and Surf - For current weather and surf conditions.

   The Honolulu Star-Advertiser - The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is Oahu's daily newspaper, containing local, national, and international news and features, sports, business, editorial, and travel sections, plus a wide assortment of online resources.

   Hawai‘i News Now - Website for one of Hawai'i's news channels.

   Hawaii Public Radio (KHPR - 88.1 FM, KIPO - 89.3 FM) - The mission of Hawai'i Public Radio is to educate, inform and entertain by providing services to Hawai'i, the nation and the international community that would not otherwise be available.


   University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Homepage - Everything you wanted to know about UH Manoa and more.

   University of Hawai‘i System Website - Find out about the entire UH system with its 3 universities and 7 community colleges.


   Hawai‘i State Government Homepage - Everything you wanted to know about Hawai'i and more.