Referred to as “The Gathering Place”, it serves as home to about 1 million people, making it as the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Oahu’s state capital is Honolulu and is located in its southeast coast. Measuring about 44 miles long and 30 miles wide, its shoreline stretches an estimated 227 miles. Oahu composes of two separate volcanoes, Wai‘anae, and Koʻolau Ranges. The highest point in this island can be found in the Wai‘anae Range, the Kaʻala, reaching for the sky at 4, 003 feet above sea level.
Because of its topographic characteristics, Oahu is considered to have one of the best waves in Hawaii. Many people who come to the island experience world-class surf and beaches. The view from its mountain peaks are incomparable to the rest of the world; hikes that greet you with the most amazing views of the ocean, fun water activities for the adventurous spirit, as well as sandy pristine beaches, to lay your back on and catch some tan. Oahu will not disappoint foodies as the island is littered with hip restaurants and authentic Hawaiian cuisine in its hole in the wall eateries.
As the island houses its state capital, Honolulu, tourists can discover its rich and colorful history. It's captivating how their culture and tradition has thrived for thousands of years, without changing much, Its people learned how to value their deep history while accepting new changes in human civilization. All these boiled into the cultural cauldron of Oahu- fun, diverse, and ever-changing but never forgetting its past.
When visiting the island, its better to start from the center of it all- Honolulu. Stay clear away from all the touristy sites like five-star seafood restaurants and luxury hotels to really get to know the authentic Oahu life. Learn more about the Polynesian culture which helps flourish some of the great nations in the world like Easter Island and New Zealand. Visit some of the museums in the city to learn more about the conflict surrounding Hawaii and its wartime history.
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
First opened in 1946, Helena’s Hawaiian Food hasn’t changed much, which makes it great if you want a taste of local cuisine. Eat like a local and don’t miss out visiting this place. What sets this place apart from other restaurants is that locals gather in here to sit, eat, and talk about their community. It’s like eating in a common room with superb food while having a great local immersion.
As the largest museum in the state, Bishop Museum houses the biggest collection of the cultural and natural history of their race on display. You can see the royal capes of the greatest kings and leaders of the Polynesian culture woven from thousands of feathers. They even have the deck of Hokulea, the largest voyaging vessel ever made that sailed across all the continents of the world. Don’t miss their show at their planetarium, where you can learn the ancient technique of voyaging that surpassed even the latest technology we have today.
Then after all that trip, you may want to relax in Hanauma Bay and see the colorful fish and spot some centennial turtles along the way. Hailed as one of the best places on earth to swim and fish their world-renowned waters was even made popular by Elvis in “Blue Hawaii”. Just take note of their opening days, as they are closed during Tuesday to give their precious reefs a rest.