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Oahu - The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place
Oahu, the third-largest island in the Hawaiian chain, is a wondrous blend of urban, rural, small-town and natural environments. With a population of about a million people, its nickname, "The Gathering Place," is very fitting.

The millions of people from around the world who visit Oahu each year discover everything from deserted beaches and misty valleys to world-class shopping malls and bustling centers of business.

One of the best things about Oahu's natural splendor is how simple it is to enjoy. Renting a car is fun, and it's nearly impossible to get lost! Tour companies also offer a variety of itineraries in convenient, air-conditioned comfort.

Oahu's scenery should be just the beginning of all you plan to enjoy. During the last two centuries, new residents from many lands have woven a marvelous multicultural web encompassing everything from cultural heritage to rich cuisines.

From the grace and the beauty of traditional hula to the joy of lei making, savoring traditional Hawaiian culture is a natural place for every visitor to start exploring the Islands. Many attractions offer hands-on activities that introduce you to our host culture, and the museums tell the story of our Islands in incomparable fashion.

If you were born to shop, you've come to the right place. From modern, cosmopolitan malls to quaint boutiques, Oahu is a shopper's paradise. Hawaiian fashions, jewelry, wood products, and even produce and flowers all make welcome, appreciated gifts. Trendy, high-fashion goods also occupy center stage here. Treasures of all sorts await you on lovely Oahu. Don't be shy-- go ahead and explore!

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Points of interest:

Diamond Head
Diamond Head Waikiki's most famous landmark, Diamond Head standing at the eastern end of Waikiki, is an extinct volcano and Hawaii's state monument and a national natural landmark. Visitors are welcomed to hike its 760 feet inside wall to the rim of its seaside peak where the view of Waikiki and Oahu's south coast is one of the most memorable on the island.

Bishop Museum
State museum of natural and cultural history featuring the world's largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific artifacts and antiquities including feather cloaks, weapons, clothing, koa calabashes and jewelry. Hula performances are held weekly and Hawaiian craft demonstrations are presented daily. With your Aloha Book coupon, receive $2 OFF general adult admission.
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 5 pm

Good food and unique stores selling fresh vegetables and beautiful Hawaiian flower leis.

Hanauma Bay
Hanauma BayHanauma Bay is an emerald blue cul-de-sac chockfull of protected Hawaiian fishes which boldly swim up and kiss your face mask. This Bay is an extinct volcanic crater which was eroded by the sea into a vast aquarium. This number one snorkeling spot on the island and marine sanctuary, its calm conditions and myriad of tropical fish, coral and marine life creates an ideal environment for even the novice snorkeler.
Hours of Operation: Wed - Mon 6 am to 6 pm; closed on Tuesdays

Hawaii Children's Discovery Center
One of the best attractions on the island of Oahu for the entire family! Located right in front of the Kakaako Waterfront Park, 10 minutes walking distance away from Ward Warehouse. Children develop their creativity through playing "make believe" with center's instruments, and much more! Admission fee: $8 for adults, $6.75 for children age 2 to 17, $5 for seniors, and free for under 2 years old. Free parking available at Kakaako Waterfront Park. Closed on Mondays.
Hours of Operation: Tues - Fri 9 am to 1 pm; Sat - Sun 10 am to 3 pm

Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, one of Hawaii's newest water attractions, is located in Oahu's second city, Kapolei, approximately 35 minutes west of Waikiki. Featuring 4 & 7 story high slide complexes, mega-wavepool, lazy river kiddy and group function areas and much more! There is food available as well as a picnic area. Be prepared to get wet, stay wet, and get wet some more. ResortQuest Kids receive one FREE children's admission for one PAID adult admission!
Hours of Operation: 10:30 am to 6 pm

Historic Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace is a Hawaiian national treasure and the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. The palace had been the official residence of King Kalakaua & Queen Liliuokalani, the last monarchs of Hawaii. Located 10 minutes from Waikiki.
Hours of Operation: Tue - Sat 9 am to 4 pm

Honolulu Academy of Arts
As Hawaii's only general art museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts has extensive art collections almost equally divided between Western and Asian art. In 30 galleries, the Academy presents an overall collection of 34,000 pieces internationally recognized for its quality and diversity. The Asian collection is one of the most important assemblages of its kind in an American museum. This includes the James A. Michener Collection of 5,400 Japanese prints, Chinese jade, Japanese bronze, and Korean celadon bowls. The Western collection includes Cycladic, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian pieces from as early as the third millennium, and the Kress Collection of Italian Renaissance paintings. Also included are artists from Gauguim to Homer, from Picasso to Flemish masters. The Honolulu Academy of Arts is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. In addition to the galleries, there is a library, theater, gift shop, and the Garden Cafe.
Hours of Operation: Tue - Sat 10 am to 4 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm

Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo is a welcome respite from the "zoo out there." After concrete and crowds, the zoo takes you to another world. There are benches and shade everywhere, and the flora and fauna are definitely different from the temperate United States. Must do and see if you are traveling with children. Enjoy the call of the wild!
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 4:30 pm

Dole Plantation
Dole Plantation Get lost in the "World's Largest Maze." See 21 pineapple varieties; take a 2 mile train ride on the Pineapple Express; enjoy a self-guided tour through Dole's Plantation Garden; take home fresh pineapple; relax with cool pineapple treats. Check out unique souvenirs.
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 5 pm

International Marketplace
With more than 275 gift shops, kiosks and souvenir stands, one will find an array of Hawaiian print clothing, Hawaiian t-shirts, trinkets of all sorts and items one wouldn't find anywhere else but at this open-air marketplace at bargain prices. Centrally located in Waikiki, this marketplace is close in proximity to ResortQuest Hawaii properties in Waikiki.

Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center celebrates the people and cultures of vast and varied Polynesia, gathering together much of their individual music, dance, foods, clothing, shelter, arts & crafts, and their belief systems, and showcasing them in a delightful, inspiring, and educational way. The center helps paint a bigger picture of Hawaii and her relatives in the Pacific, and the images will remain with you for a lifetime! In addition to samples of traditional island foods available in the villages, the Center also offers the Ali'i Luau. The Gateway Restaurant features an all you can eat dinner or the Ambassador Fine Dining menu. Light meals and treats can also be found at the Banyan Tree snack bar and at the Maori and Tahitian villages. Located on a beautifully landscaped 42-acre parcel on Oahu's North Shore, and has entertained and educated over 26 million visitors since its inception in 1963.
Hours of Operation: 12 noon to 6:30 pm; closed on Sundays

Sea Life Park
The Sea Life Park features an outstanding display of Hawaii's exotic marine life in a truly beautiful oceanside setting. Daily shows feature performing dolphins, killer whales, sea lions, penguins and unique marine life including the world's only "wolphin (half killer whale, half dolphin). A 300,000 gallon Hawaiian Reef tank allows visitors to see thousands of reef fish, rays, moray eels and exotic creatures native to Hawaiian and Pacific waters. With your Aloha Book coupon, receive a 10% discount on your food & beverage purchase. ResortQuest Kids receive one FREE children's admission for one PAID adult admission.
Hours of Operation: 9:30 am to 5 pm

U.S.S. Missouri Museum
U.S.S. Arizona and Missouri Resting at the Pearl Harbor is the USS Missouri, nicknamed "Mighty Mo," a battleship involved in the Japanese surrender ending World War II. With your Aloha Book coupon, receive a FREE Chief's Tour when you purchase another at equal or greater value. ResortQuest Kids receive one FREE children's admission for one PAID adult admission.

U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
As a visitor to the Arizona, the memorial for those who perished that fateful morning, you cannot help but be moved. Displayed are not words in a high school history book, but the actual ghostly hulk of the Arizona. As you leave, you reach out and touch the huge anchor at the entrance to the Visitor Center, and you realize that you didn't just tour a memorial today, you touched a memory.

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
Tour the historic World War II submarine USS Bowfin and visit the submarine museum and waterfront memorial. Enjoy the numerous outdoor exhibits and gift shops. With your Aloha Book coupon, receive one FREE tour admission when you purchase another. ResortQuest Kids receive one FREE children's admission for one PAID adult.
Hours of Operation: 8 am to 5 pm

Waikiki Aquarium
Situated next to a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline and is well placed to serve the people of Hawaii as well as visitors from around the world. Home to 2,000 animals representing 350 species, this aquarium is especially proud of its reputation of excellence in coral reef exhibitory. Other unique attractions include the Hunters on the Reef, a 35,000 gallon exhibit which houses Hawaiian sharks and jacks, predators who have a vital role in the balance of reef life. The Aquarium is only five minutes from Waikiki opposite Kapiolani Park, remains an inexpensive, educational, and rewarding way to spend part of a day on Oahu. Walking distance from the ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Hotel and the ResortQuest Waikiki Sunset. Receive $1 OFF general adult admission with your Aloha Book coupon.
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 5 pm

Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach World renowned, our playground of the Pacific with shimmering blue seascapes can be found all along our 3-mile stretch of Waikiki. With generally calm waters and a sandy bottom, this gold coast is always dotted with swimmers, surfers, suntanners, beach-goers and picnickers.

Waimea Valley Adventure Park
Waimea Valley Adventure Park is a fantastic potpourri of botanical nirvana, cultural stimulation, historical education and spine-tingling adventure. Located on 1,800 acres on the scenic North Shore of Oahu, the park boasts its own spectacular sites, such as the waterfall, a world class arboretum and botanical garden that has 36 gardens and 6,000 species, the famous Acapulco style cliff divers, an array of hands-on cultural activities, and optional adventures that take visitors into seldom seen parts of Waimea Valley.
Hours of Operation: 10 am to 5:30 pm

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Top 5 Things To Do on Your First Trip to Oahu:

5.   Hike to the top of Diamond Head (Leahi) Crater .
4.   Take a surfing lesson in Waikiki.
3.   Visit the USS Arizona and USS Missouri memorials at Pearl Harbor.
2.   Take a drive to Haleiwa and the North Shore.
1.   Eat at a luau and watch a traditional hula.


Victoria Ward Center
Victoria Ward Center An exciting shopping, dining, and entertainment destination! Explore four city blocks with 120 one-of-a-kind shops and big-value retailers, 23 restaurants, a 16-screen cinema theatre, and even a Farmers Market.

Ala Moana Shopping Center
The largest open-air shopping center in the United States, located in the heart of Honolulu with lush landscaping, fishponds, and unique open architecture, boasts over 200 shops and over 56 million shoppers each year; located minutes from Waikiki.

Aloha Tower Marketplace
Visit historic Aloha Tower for waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment at Honolulu Harbor. Trolley service available. 10 minutes from Waikiki.
Hours of Operation: 9 am to 9 pm

International Marketplace
A true island tradition and a unique shopping experience, the International Marketplace offers a variety of products that have been Island favorites such as personalized Hawaiian Heirloom jewelry, hand sewn seed leis, and many other items that are unique to our Islands. Centrally located in Waikiki.

Shopping Secrets
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet - Located in the parking lot of the Aloha Stadium, open every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can find everything from souvenirs to collectibles. www.alohastadium.hawaii.gov


Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach World-famous Waikiki Beach, one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world! In Waikiki, dip into world-famous Waikiki Beach, a calm haven amid Waikiki's swirling crowds, stretching over a mile of glistening, golden sandy beach. Great beach for swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, canoe paddling, and beginner-level surfing.

Waimea Bay
Beyond Kahuku on Oahu's north shore, you will find Oahu's famed surfing beach, famous for its enormous waves during the winter months. During the summer months, however, Waimea Bay is calm and glassy and offers crystal clear, blue waters.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve When venturing outside of Waikiki, in east Oahu, Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, a snorkeler's paradise, is a haven with its sheltered shoreline and coral reefs populated by colorful fish.

Ko'olina Lagoons
In west Oahu, Ko'olina Lagoons offer 4 magnificent lagoons, ideal for swimming and sunbathing.

Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach
Located on the windward side; consistently voted one of U.S.'s Best Beaches is perfect for swimming, sailing, and windsurfing.