Hawaii is famous for her winter waves and there is no other place in the world like the North Shore of Oahu,
Hawaii. Surfers from all parts of the world gather in Hawaii each year to ride the BIG waves at Sunset Beach,
Pipeline and Waimea. Spectators, photographers and locals alike swarm the beaches during the winter
swells that Mother Nature brings to Hawaii each year, just to get a glimpse of the magnificent waves found
no where else in the world. When the waves are really rolling they can reach heights of 20 to 30
feet, providing the challenge that Professional surfers seem to live for, the BIG waves.
But that's not all, be sure to visit Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona and Honolulu, the only major city in Hawaii.
Oahu is the main island and Honolulu International Airport is where most inbound flights arrive.
When people think of Hawaii, it is often Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor and Sunset beach that
come to mind. Enjoy your
As seen in the photo below, taken by local photographer Jenny W. of Honolulu,
Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is one of the nicest beaches in all of Hawaii. The backdrop to Waikiki is
scenic Diamond Head, the mountain on the left in the photograph. Diamond Head
is so dominant that the Islander's refer to head east as, "go Diamond Head".
Once Hawaii's only visitors' destination
Waikiki is now among the top places to visit in the entire world. Waikiki doesn't get the
waves that the North Shore does but that's okay, because there is plenty to do in Waikiki.
Whether you soak up the sun, take a walk on her white sandy beach, go shopping, or indulge in
the fine food and spirits, there is always something going on in Waikiki.
Places Of Interest:
Waikiki Beach Top destination in Hawaii.
Nu'uanu Pali Lookout Historical turn of events.
Pipeline Big waves, lots of photo-ops.
Waimea Bay Real BIG waves, lots of action.
Diamond Head Scenic Landmark on Oahu.
Authentic, exciting Luau's Germaine's and Chief's Luau
Honolulu Capital of Hawaii.
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii - Photo by Jenny W. Local
photographer and web designer Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sunset Beach North Shore, Oahu.
Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial.
Hanauma Bay Coral reefs, full of marine life.
Hawaii Cultural Center Discover ancient villages.
Sea Life Park Hawaii's marine life park.
Wet-n-Wild Hawaii Hawaii's only water park.
Waimea Falls Park Botanical Gardens.
Surfing in Hawaii is a way of life.
Surf's Up - Locals on their way to another day at the beach.
Don't expect many shops to be open on the North Shore of Oahu
during the winter, if there's a swell in. "Life is a beach" in Hawaii. Photo by Ann J.
Pool at Ko Olina, Honolulu Hawaii
Honolulu attracts many visitors each year and for good reason.
Considered by many travelers to be the ultimate playground in the
pacific, Honolulu has something for everyone. Photo by Jenny W.
Very few people visit Hawaii without running their feet through the golden sand
beaches along Waikiki. There's surf, sand, scenery and shops galore. Hotels,
restaurants and nightclubs line the strip for more enjoyment. If you like the
action of nightlife then you will like Waikiki. What better way to spend a day or
evening mingling with folks from different parts of the world, than in Waikiki?
Whether you like to relax, soak up the sun, partake in the many activities or enjoy
the action, this strand of land has something for everyone, even world-class resorts.
Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
A bit of history lies atop the Koolau Mountain Range on the southeast side of the island.
It was here in 1795 at Nu'uanu Pali Lookout that King Kamehameha and his warriors
battled in victory with opposing Hawaiian warriors of O'hau for control over the island,
which ultimately led to unification of the Hawaiian Islands. An estimated 800 Hawaiian
Warriors jumped from these cliffs to their death, rather than surrender to King Kamehameha
and his warriors. From Nu'uanu Pali Lookout you can see Kaneohe Bay, Kailua and all the way up the
Windward coast. If you make the drive, be prepared for very windy conditions along the cliffs.
Surfing has been around since the beginning of time and is one of the fastest growing spectator
sports in the world. When the Big waves land on the North Shore of Oahu, spectators flock in
groves just to get a glimpse of Mother Nature at work. Pipeline is known for Big - Big waves
that seem to break almost on shore. This is the perfect place for spectators and photographers,
because one can almost feel like you're in the lineup. No need to surf to feel the pound.
North Shore Oahu
Moving on to the world famous Waimea Bay, this IS the real deal, not the
longest wave, THE biggest. Waimea generates the largest surfing waves on the
North Shore 25-30 feet and the veterans don't consider Waimea to be in her own
until she pumps out the 20 footers. When it starts breaking the pro's hit Waimea
like no tomorrow and this is when you'll see the big wave legends in the water.
Like all of the North Shore, Waimea doesn't even think about breaking till winter,
so if you're here in the summer you won't see any waves, you'll want to come back
in winter. In wintertime, Waimea is home for the famous Eddie Aikau Big wave classic.
Diamond Head Crater
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean along the southeast shore of Oahu is Diamond Head Crater,
the most famous volcanic crater in the world. Originally named Laeahi meaning "brow of the tuna"
by the ancient Hawaiians, the crater was later given it's name in the 1800's by British sailors who from a
distance and at first sight, mistakenly thought the calcite crystals in the lava rock were diamonds. Diamond Head
Crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a summit height of 760 feet and has been extinct for about 150,000 years.
Honolulu is the only major city in Hawaii. Honolulu has been the capital of
Hawaii since 1945, has a population of nearly 400,000 and is the state's center of
business, culture and politics. Honolulu Harbor and Honolulu International Airport are
the two busiest gateways. Hawaii has highest concentration of historic buildings located in downtown
Honolulu. While in Honolulu visit Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Admission
to Iolani Palace is $15 per adult. Children (5-12) $5 and children under 5 not admitted. Also a MUST SEE is the
Hawaii State Art Museum. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm. Closed Sunday, Monday,
and all state and federal holidays. Admission to the museum is free.
North Shore Oahu
If you like Big Waves then you will like Sunset Beach. No need to get wet to enjoy.
During the winter months, typically January through March waves rock this side of
the island and watching the waves pound off shore is enough to get the adrenaline
going for most. Get your camera ready, put your flip-flops on and head for Sunset,
because this is where the action is. Watch the Pro's ride this big right that breaks
off the reef and barrels inside. On a good day, like 15ft plus it is not uncommon to
see some of the Top professionals in the world dropping in at Sunset.
Central Oahu, Honolulu Area
While you're in Hawaii be sure to visit Pearl Harbor. The events of December 7, 1941
are forever etched in history and signify the beginning and the end of World War II.
Managed by the National Park Service (NPS), the USS Arizona Memorial (USAR)
is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, the final resting place
for many of the crewmen who were surprised on December 7, 1941 when Japanese Naval Forces
invaded Pearl Harbor. The Memorial is accessible only by the NPS from the visitor center.
General Admission is free; tours begin about every 15 minutes from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm,
on a first-come, first-served basis or reserve your tickets here.
Hanauma Bay is one of the most frequented places on the island. The shallow turquoise waters
and nice beach are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. The coral reefs are full of
marine life, which adds to the attraction. This is some of the best snorkeling so close to
shore anywhere in the islands. It is best to go early morning mid-week to beat the big crowds.
If you like snorkeling, check out Hanauma Bay. Admission is $5 per person and $1 per car.
Polynesian Cultural Center
This is one of the top attractions on the islands. If you are interested in learning about
the culture of Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga, The Marquesas and New Zealand, then you
should like this attraction. On display, are seven unique authentic villages representing the
cultures, in dance, song, lifestyle, costumes and architecture. Explore the villages as you
walk through the center or by using the waterways that meander through the grounds. In addition
to enjoying and sharing in this learning experience, the PCC also features
the The Ali'i Luau. The Ali'i Luau is one of Hawaii’s most authentic traditional Luau’s. Open Mon–Sat (closed Sundays, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays).
Sea Life Park / Wet-n-Wild HI
South Shore / Southwest Oahu
This is Hawaii's only marine park. Here you can interact with dolphins, if the
dolphins are in a good mood and they do have moods, you may even get to swim with them.
During your visit at the park, you'll learn about the anatomy, physiology and training of
these dolphins. Due to the nature of this attraction, the park does not guarantee interaction
with the dolphins. Visit Sea Life Park for more details.
For more family fun visit, Wet-n-Wild Hawaii, Hawaii’s only water park.
Also check out Germaine’s Luau. or Chief’s Luau for excellent luau’s in Kapolei, HI.
Waimea Falls Park
Located in the Waimea Valley on Oahu's north shore, Waimea Falls Park is a culmination of Arboretum and Botanical
Gardens with the emphasis on rare and endangered tropical plant species. The Arboretum boasts the finest collection
of gingers and heliconias found anywhere in the world. Named for the 45-foot waterfall, Waimea Falls Park has over 30
different botanical collections. The park encompasses approximately 1,800 acres of which 150 acres are open to the public.
Traditional hula dancing, Hawaiian games and professional cliff diving demonstrations are held during the day. Waimea Falls
Park is open daily from 10am to 5:30pm. Check with the park for current admission fees.