Honolulu is the center of activity on Oahu and you’ll find plenty of Honolulu activities to fill your itinerary. Start in Waikiki, the epicenter of hospitality on Oahu. Take a surfing lesson on Waikiki beach, go to your first luau, or shop along the main strips of Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues. Then visit the historic places of Downtown Honolulu, including Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church, and the King Kamehameha Statue.
Hawaii’s museum of natural and cultural history. Experience daily exhibits, garden tours, planetarium shows, interactive exhibits, live hula, and Hawaiian music. Shop for authentic Hawaiian and Pacific gifts. Discover the history of the Hawaii! Bishop Museum—the premier place to experience the history, arts, and culture of the Hawaiian people.
The museum is recognized throughout the world for their scientific research, educational programs, and extensive collections, which give voice to the stories of Hawaiʻi and the broader Pacific.
Discover all the wonderful activities Honolulu has to offer.
There are many spa options in Honolulu and throughout the islands. After a day at meetings, we encourage you to “hideaway” for the day in “old Hawaii”—a full-spa facility including steam room, hydrotherapy, and wet room. Contact your hotel concierge and they will provide you with an array of services including, massages, facials, body scrubs, herbal wraps, manicures, pedicures, hair, and make-up.
Hawaii is world renowned for its surfing opportunities. Individuals of all ages can take advantage of new surfing options to enjoy the sun and waves. Many local purveyors provide high-quality surf lesson activity on Oahu. Extend your time in Hawaii and enjoy the un-crowded surf locations, you will not only enjoy the time, but really learn the sport of surfing.
Many tour operators are happy to take you on the most popular tour, a 120-mile sightseeing adventure around the island of Oahu. Your air conditioned motor coach will travel along spectacular shorelines and surfing beaches, stopping at the Pali Lookout and the Byodo-In Temple. On the North Shore, visit the Dole Plantation and receive free admission to the pineapple gardens. From the Dole Plantation, you will proceed to amazing Kualoa Ranch in Kualoa which has been considered from ancient times to be one of the most sacred places on Oahu. Here you will enjoy their “Legends and Legacy Tram Tour.”
Proclaimed as the “Pride of the Pacific,” the beautiful Hawaii Theatre has been entertaining Hawaii’s audiences for more than 90 years. From vaudevilles and plays to silent films, musicals, ballets, and concerts, the theatre’s popularity has grown and continues to charm eager show goers and curious audiences alike. We invite you to take a step back in time and experience the best of both worlds in today’s beautifully restored multipurpose arts center.
Take a helicopter flight to get a bird’s eye view of the Keehi Lagoon, Punchbowl Crater, downtown Honolulu, Magic Island, Waikiki, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Makapuu lighthouse & Coastline, the gorgeous coral formations of Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman’s Hat, awe-inspiring Sacred Falls (only visible by air) and the primitive valley where many major motion pictures are filmed. You’ll also see the famous North Shore surfing spots, the world’s largest agricultural maze at Dole Pineapple Plantation, panoramic vistas of Pearl Harbor, and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty.
On the north side of the island is Nu'uanu Pali scenic drive “Lost and Movie Locations.” Continue along the Windward side of the island with a drive along Kaneohe Bay, making a stop at He'eia Park “Lost and Movie Location.” Continue along the scenic coast and make a stop at Waihe’e Park “Karate Kid II” filming location. A short drive up the road and make a stop at Waikane Pier “Lost and Movie Locations.” While here you will visit movie locations for 50 First Dates, Along Came Polly, Godzilla, and numerous scenes from Lost. Now you’re off to the Historical Moli'i Fish Pond/Kualoa Gardens “Lost and Movie Locations.” While here, you will visit movie locations and many from Lost including the Submarine Pier, Korean Fishing Pier, Korean House, Nigerian Cantina, a Dominican Republic School, and the Hydra Island Submarine Pier. You can also visit the set from Last Resort if they are not currently filming. Finish up the drive to Kualoa Ranch. After a short break, we will venture into Ka'a'awa Valley and visit the Kualoa Sugar Mill ruins and Cooper Battery (a WWII Coastal Defense Gun Battery). We will enter Cooper battery, which has been turned into a Movie Museum and used as the hatch “Tempest” on Lost and as a Korean Prison in Hawaii Five-0. We'll make a short stop for photos at a recreated Hawaiian Village. One of the huts was turned into “Richard's house” on Lost. As you drive through Ka'a'awa valley you will visit countless Lost locations and some Hawaii Five-0 locations. Also visit the following Movie Locations: Jurassic Park, Mighty Joe Young, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, You, Me and Dupree, Windtalkers, Godzilla, Very Brady Sequel, Snakes on a Plane, Krippendorf’s Tribe, Tears of the Sun, George of the Jungle, Journey 2, Battleship, and others.
Discover the heart of Mission Houses Museum. In three historic buildings guests can see and feel the dramatic changes the New England Missionaries brought to Hawaii starting in 1820.
The Hawaiian Mission Children’s Society, a nonprofit educational institution and genealogical society, exists to promote an understanding of the social history of nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi and its critical role in the formation of modern Hawaiʻi. The Society operates the Mission Houses Museum, comprised of three historic houses, and a research library. The Society also compiles the genealogical records of the American Protestant missionaries in Hawaiʻi and promotes the participation of missionary descendants in the Society’s activities. Through the Museum, the Society collects and preserves the documents, artifacts, and other records of the “missionary period” of Hawaiʻi’s history (1820–1863); makes these collections available for research and educational purposes; and interprets the historic site and collections to reflect the social history of nineteenth century Hawaiʻi and America. Thus, the Society offers residents and visitors to the islands direct access to the people, ideas, and forces that helped to shape Hawaiʻi.
This is the former residence of Queen Emma and King Kamehameha IV. The museum is listed on the National Historic Registry and operated by Daughters of Hawaiʻi.
Hānaiakamalama served as a summer retreat for Queen Emma of Hawaii from 1857–1885, as well as for her husband King Kamehameha IV, and their son, Prince Albert Edward.