A Little Bit of HistorySee all 101 Things To Do on O‘ahu!

Visit the Pacific’s Premier Museum

For more than a century, the BISHOP MUSEUM has been the keeper of Hawai‘i’s vast store of natural and cultural history. Founded in 1889, it is the largest museum in Hawai‘i and boasts the world’s largest collection of Polynesian artifacts. Charles Reed Bishop built the sprawling museum at 1525 Bernice St. in Honolulu in honor… Continue »

Escape to Shangri-La

The late tobacco heiress and philanthropist DORIS DUKE devoted many years of her life to collecting Islamic art, which she housed in her Diamond Head estate on O‘ahu. When she died, Duke willed a large share of her estate to the study of MIDDLE EASTERN ART AND CULTURE, and SHANGRI LA, her 5-acre residence, was… Continue »

See an Old Plantation Village

Hawai‘i has a complex past many visitors don’t learn about on the beach. The most diverse state in the U.S., the islands have a LONG PLANTATION HISTORY that contributes to the rich cultural character—and controversy—of the land. Soon after Western missionaries arrived from the mainland to convert native Hawaiians, they discovered the land’s potential to… Continue »

Dive for WWII Wrecks

O‘ahu’s coastal waters serve as the final resting place for a number of shipwrecked Navy vessels and downed fighter planes. The MAHI WAI‘ANAE, a 165-foot U.S. Navy minesweeper, was built in 1939 for WWII service. It can be found 90 feet underwater, a short distance away from WAI‘ANAE HARBOR. It was sunk in 1982 to… Continue »

Visit a Sacred Peninsula

The tiny community of Kalaupapa on the island of Moloka‘i is widely known as the site of Hawai‘i’s former leprosy colony. The first leprosy patients were shipped to Kalaupapa in early 1866; seven years later, in 1873, a Catholic missionary priest from Belgium by the name of Father Damien de Veuster arrived and served the… Continue »

Discover Ancient Fishponds

ANCIENT HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS are a good example of aquaculture at its finest. Hawaiians are the only Polynesians known to harness the ocean’s bounty using brackish-water ponds near the ocean for stocking and harvesting fish. The system allowed Hawaiians to control algae, a major food source for fish. During ancient times when the ponds were controlled… Continue »

Board a Combat Submarine

Not a lot of people know what it’s like to live underwater in a “steel pipe,” particularly with a heavily armed enemy on your tail. To get a glimpse of combat submarine life, visit the USS BOWFIN SUBMARINE MUSEUM AND PARK. The museum and park are dedicated to the sacrifice of more than 3,500 submarine… Continue »

Fly Over Historic Fields

For the ultimate PEARL HARBOR experience, why not take a personalized guided tour back in time to the days immediately following the attacks of December 7, 1941? PACIFIC WARBIRDS offers one of Hawai‘i’s best adventure tours, putting guests in the pilot’s seat (literally!) in a photo survey mission that assesses battle damage over Pearl Harbor… Continue »

Pay Tribute to Heroes

Its striking black granite walls symbolize the massive hull of the formidable battleship it memorializes. The white marble standards represent the heroes who manned the USS OKLAHOMA and are dedicated to the 429 sailors and Marines who lost their lives when the ship sank during the 1941 strike on PEARL HARBOR. Located on Ford Island,… Continue »

Learn About an Aviation Pioneer

Seeing as Hawai‘i is a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it follows that Hawai‘i would be greatly affected by the advent of aviation. Legendary aviator AMELIA EARHART made two trips to Hawai‘i that are now immortalized in an intriguing exhibit at the PACIFIC AVIATION MUSEUM. The exhibit displays exclusive photos… Continue »