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Oahu Destinations

Long known as “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is the 3rd largest island in the Hawaiian chain.

It offers something for everyone, including history, nature, nightlife, culture, fine dining and entertainment. Here’s a look at Hawaii’s most metropolitan island (Don’t miss our Oahu maps):

Honolulu is the state’s capital and largest county in the world. If you go by borders, Honolulu (“protected bay”) is the largest county in the world, stretching about 1,500 miles long (that’s more than halfway across the 48 contiguous U.S. states). That’s because the City & County of Honolulu legally includes most Northwestern Hawaiian islands up to Kure Atoll. As Hawaii’s capital city, Honolulu is the state’s government seat, principal port, and business and financial center. Honolulu is the 11th largest city in the U.S. Read More ↓

Popular Destinations on Oahu

Fast Facts:

  • Encompassing 597 square miles, the island of Oahu is just slightly larger than the city of Houston.
  • The island’s official flower is the yellow ilima. The flower resembles a small hibiscus (the state flower), with five petals and a group of stamens at the center. The ilima is prized as a lei flower, and early Hawaiians used the flower as a medicinal source to cure general debilities.
  • Oahu’s official color is yellow.

Did You Know?

  • Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu is the only royal palace standing on American soil.
  • Honolulu has one of the nation’s most efficient bus systems, traveling 21.5 million miles annually on 93 routes. There are approximately 4,200 bus stops on Oahu.
  • With more than 500 rounds of golf played daily, the Ala Wai Golf Course, set on the edge of Waikiki, claims to be the busiest municipal course in the U.S.
  • Located in Central Oahu, Aiea is the only town in the U.S. that doesn’t have a consonant in its name.
  • Men’s Fitness Online rated Honolulu as the “Fittest City” in the U.S.
  • City Crime Rankings lists Honolulu as the third-safest among U.S. cities with populations of 500,000 or more. You might want to keep your eye on your valuables, though: Honolulu had the highest rate of theft in the country in 2002.


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