Island Name: Oahu

Oahu Highlights:

  • Waikiki : Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, this historic hot spot is now a gathering place for the world.
  • Pearl Harbor: This National Historical Landmark features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack.
  • North Shore: During the winter months, this legendary surf mecca attracts the best surfers in the world.
  • Iolani Palace: The only official state residence of royalty in the United States and home to the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs.
  • Hawaii Regional Cuisine on Oahu: Get a taste of some of Hawaii's most famous Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs on Oahu.

Airports:
Oahu's main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors.

Oahu Resort Areas:
Waikiki, east Honolulu, Ko Olina, North Shore

Capital City : Honolulu

Population : 905,266

Time Zone : Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), 5 hours behind the US East Coast, 6 hours behind during Daylight Saving Time (Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time).

Languages :
English
Hawaiian

Currency :
US dollar. Credit cards are widely accepted. Traveler's checks are accepted at many businesses.

Climate :
Average temperature: 75°-85° F. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, wetter on the eastern (windward) side.

Area Code/Cell Phones :
The area code for all of Hawaii is (808). Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you're coming from the continental United States.

Internet Access :
Internet access is readily available on Oahu and at many hotels.

Accommodations :
Luxury resorts, hotels, bed and breakfasts, rental cottages and condos are located throughout the island.

Transportation :
Rent a car at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to explore the island. Other options include tour buses, shuttles, trolleys, taxis or city buses.

Clothing :
Dress casually. Bring a light jacket for nights. Semi-casual dress clothes for restaurants and nightlife. Suits and ties are rarely worn.

Tipping:
U.S. standards apply: 15-20% on meals, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping.