Sharing is caring!

Oahu is an island in the mid-Pacific, part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital, Honolulu. If you’re military and PCSing to Hawaii (more specifically, Oahu) be prepared with a list of things you want to do while you’re there.

Check out this list of the most popular things to do when you’re visiting Hawaii/Oahu or you’re stationed there because of the military.

The Best Things to Do in Hawaii

USS Arizona Memorial/Pearl Harbor/Battleship Missouri Museum
A memorial honoring the 2,388 Americans who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Diamond Head State Monument
A dormant volcano crater that you can hike up and see views of Oahu and the Pacific ocean
Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
A famous snorkeling spot
Beaches
Waikiki, Kailua, Ala Moana, Sandy’s there’s plenty to choose from! The Ko Olina Resort and Marina has 4 manmade lagoons.
Hiking
Oahu is famous for its hiking, there’s trails for all levels
Waterfalls
Speaking of hiking, there are some waterfalls around the island such as Moana, Waimea, Maunawili, etc.
Dole Plantation
Most famous pineapple farm
Luaus
Some hotels offer them on site but for a better experience, the ones that are on the west side of the island are better.
Polynesian cultural center
A great day trip with some food and a show
North shore
Famous for its surfing and shrimp truck
Iolani Palace
The home of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani in the 19th century, this palace is open on a limited basis to the public. Reservations recommended.
Byodo-Inn temple
Beautiful and gardens
Shopping
Ala Moana Center, Waikiki, Aloha Swap Meet are popular (especially for souvenirs)
Island Hop
There’s plenty of inter-island flights to visit the Big Island, Maui, Kauai.
Golf
Hawaii has golf courses that have some spectacular views.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Hawaii?