Things to Do
Head out on a highway (in this case King Kamehameha Highway to the North Shore) from Honolulu to see more of Oahu's attractions.
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Byodo-In temple, Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI
The Byodo-In Buddhist temple is spectacularly situated in the Valley of the Temples, O'ahu, and reeks of authenticity but is actually a relatively recent, half-size replica of a 900 year old structure in Kyoto, Japan. The building houses a 9 ft tall lacquered gold Buddha and is encircled by perfectly manicured Japanese gardens, Koi ponds and the Ko'olau mountains. More.
(Nu'uanu) Pali lookout, northeast O'ahu, with Kaneohe town in the distance.
Photo by Chuck Painter (HTA)
Pali lookout is a must-do with Japanese tour groups.
Nu'uanu Pali mountain pass connects the leeward side of the island - such as Honolulu - to the windward side of the island, and wind is the operative word here!
Get to this panoramic viewpoint via Pali Highway (Highway 61) from Honolulu to Kaneohe.
A Polynesian dance show performed by students of the University of Hawaii at the Polynesian Cultural Center on December 24th, Oahu.
Hula and other Polynesian dance routines are pretty high on the list of things to do in Hawaii as this is an important - not to mention attractive - ethnic element of Hawaiian tradition. The Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) near the North Shore is the epicentre of Polynesian action - not just Hawaii's - as it represents 12 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean including Samoa, Maori New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Easter Island, Tahiti, Moorea and the Marquesas islands in French Polynesia. PCC is an hour's drive from Honolulu on Kamehameha Highway in Lie; it's commercial but still more authentic than any Waikiki Hula show. There are many tour packages or shows to choose from. More.
Paddle boarding in Waimea; the North Shore is not all about beaches!
Photo by Tor Johnson (HTA)
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Waimea Valley historic nature park.
Also known as the Waimea Valley Audubon Center, this is a beautifully arranged collection of botanic gardens displaying the best flora (6,000 plant species) of the Hawaiian Islands, along with some fauna, especially birds. The environment is magnificent, with some historic buildings, and with a small waterfall (Waihi Falls) and swimming hole. Waimea Valley is open daily (except December 25th and January 1st) from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., for a smallish fee. It's located near Haleiwa town, North Shore; get there via Kamehameha Highway.
Some inland housing options in Oahu. Nothing to do there unless you're shopping for a home! Next, pictures of Maui Hawaii.
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