South Oahu Visitor Attractions
Information about visitor attractions on the south side of the island
of Oahu in Hawaii, from downtown Honolulu to Makapuu Point.
Beaches of South Oahu
The most visited beach on Oahu. Includes
Kuhio Beach, Queens Surf Beach, Duke Kahanamoku Beach,
San Souci Beach, and others.
Ala Moana Beach Park
Family beach park across the street from Ala Moana Shopping
Center, between Waikiki and the Aloha Tower.
Most popular snorkeling spot on Oahu. Sometimes the
parking lot fills up by noon.
Popular spot for bodysurfing and skimboarding.
Surf is typically very rough. Located east
of Waikiki on the southeast coast of Oahu.
Another popular bodysurfing beach with rough surf.
Located east of Waikiki on the southeast coast of Oahu.
Hiking Trails and Scenic Lookouts
Diamond Head Crater Trail
Hike to the top of diamond Head Crater for a beautiful
view over Waikiki and Southwest Oahu.
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Located at Makapuu Point on the southeast coast of Oahu.
Manoa Falls Trail
A hiking trail through a tropical rain forest in the Manoa
Valley that leads to the Moanoa Waterfall.
Panoramic views of Kaneohe Bay, Kailua Town, the cliffs
of the Koolau Mountains, and other parts of the windward
side of Oahu.
Halona Blow Hole
The Halona Blowhole is a spot on the southeast
coast of Oahu where the ocean waves are pushed
forcibly through an underground tube, causing
the water to spurt up to thirty feet into the air.
Located next to Sandy Beach, on the Waikiki side.
Historic Sites and Museums in South Oahu
Waikiki Historic Trail
A self-guided walking tour of Waikiki that includes the
twenty-three sites on the Waikiki Historic Trail.
Nineteen of those sites are marked with six foot tall
surfboard monuments. Each surfboard marker is printed
with photos and historic information.
Historic Downtown Honolulu
Photos and information about historic sites in the downtown
capitol district of Honolulu. That district is located
on the Waikiki side of the Downtown Honolulu financial district
and a few blocks inland from the Aloha Tower.
The largest museum in Hawaii is located in the Kalihi
District of Honolulu. It has a large collection of ancient Polynesian
and Hawaiian artifacts as well as exhibits featuring the Hawaiian
Monarchy, Hawaii's missionary, plantation, and whaling history, and
the history of Hawaii's many different ethnic groups.
Hawaii Army Museum
Located in Fort DeRussy Park, on the Ala Moana end
of Waikiki, between the Waikiki Shore Condominiums
and the Hale Koa Military Hotel.
Hawaii Maritime Center
Located on Ala Moana Boulevard, next to the Aloha Tower,
on the Waikiki side of the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Other South Oahu Attractions
Located at the corner of Kalakaua Avenue and Kapahulu Avenue
on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki.
Located on Kalakaua Avenue, on the Diamond Head side
of the Honolulu Zoo, across the street from Kapiolani Park.
A large city park on the Diamond head end of Waikiki.
Often festivals, concerts and other special events
take place in Kapiolani Park.
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