Sights To See
Sights To See
The Duke is recognized as the “Hawaiian Ambassador of Aloha”. Also known as the Father of International Surfing, he was full-blooded Hawaiian, Olympic champion, master of swimming, and outrigger canoe paddling. Duke was one of the world’s greatest watermen. Many honor him by placing leis on his staute where he welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms.
Cemetery of the Pacific Known as “Punchbowl” it serves as memorial to those men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.28,788 names of military personnel who are MIA or were lost or buried at sea in the Pacific are on marble slabs in the ten “Courts of the Missing”.
From 1882 – 1893 this National Historic Landmark was the official residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs. It is the only official residence of royalty in the United States.
The first Christian Church to be built on Oahu and is known as “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific”. The Tower Clock and the Kawaiaha‘o Fountain are other landmarks on the Kawaiaha’o grounds. The church and grounds became a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
The tallest building on the island for four decades it was built in 1926. Since travel was done only by sea itstood as a welcome beacon for visitors. The clock was one of the largest in the United States.
Makapu’u Point Lighthouse
On the eastern most point of Oahu sits the a shining beacon built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuu Beach.
Sights To See
One of the oldest cultural sites on O`ahu and is the second-largest existing heiau on this island dating around the 1400’s. Oral history that survives says that the heiau was constructed by the menehune.
A popular yet steep hike, Olomana Peak is sometimes referred to asthe “Matterhorn of Hawaii” as it’sshape resembles the famous Swiss peak.
Also called Chinaman’s Hat because of its cone shape, which resembles the peasant’s hat worn in rural China. A small island located off Kualoa Regional Park. During low tide, it is possible to wade over. There are sea caves, two small beaches, and the peak has amazing views.
This 400 acre garden is nestled at the base of the majestic Ko`olau Mountains. Plants from aroundthe world are presented with an emphasis on Polynesian plants and palms.
Historical landmark of the Battle of Nuuanu, where King Kamehameha I finally united Oahu under his rule.Also a scenic spot with panoramic views overlooking the Koolau cliffs.
The Byodo-In Temple is a non-practicing Buddhist temple welcoming people of all faiths to meditate, worship or simply appreciate its beauty. The temple was established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple in O’ahu is a smaller-scale replica of the 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan, and is a United Nations World Heritage Site.
Sights To See
Ko Olina Lagoons
The resort has a series of four man-made lagoons with public beach access and is one of the best beach spots on the island for small kids.
The largest natural harbor in Hawaii, it was named for the pearl oystersthat were once harvested there. It is the only naval base in the U.S. to be designated a National Historical Landmark.
A lava cavern hundred feet high and four hundred and fifty feet deep. It is dark and wet (do bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes). At the back of the cave there is a slimy stone where the shark man was said to leave his victims until he was ready to eat them.
A living museum that tells the story of life in Hawaii’s Sugar Plantation era, 1850-1950. The village includesoriginal and replicated buildings, that are authentically furnished including a Japanese shrine, sumoring, saimin stand, Chinese social hall, and living quarters.
This heiau was built between the 11th and 12th century as a place of refuge. The heiau is 150 feet long and 35 feet wide. There are three platforms that are surrounded on three side by the ocean. Located at Kaneilio Point on theWai’anae coast
Situated in the lush Makaka Valley this is the best preserved Heiau on Oahu. In use for over 245 years beginning in A.D. 1545.