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Oahu — The third-largest Hawaiian island (after the Big Island and Maui, respectively), Oahu is the state’s most cosmopolitan destination, with a mix of skyscrapers, shops, and restaurants competing for attention with tropical rainforests and more than 100 miles of beaches. For information on Waikiki and the rest of the Hawaiian capital, see our Honolulu destination guide.

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For creature comforts in Honolulu, surf-worthy beaches, and immersive Polynesian cultural experiences.

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37,370 Steps Around the World for Travelers to Climb

April 17, 2014 by Alex Schechter

Barcelona has its Sagrada Familia. Sydney has its white-hooded Opera House. And other places? Well, they’ve got steps – lots and lots of them. As the examples ... Read More »


A Guide to Honolulu's Surprising Art Scene

April 14, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

Honolulu isn't all beaches and paper umbrella-adorned cocktails. There's a fresh and youthful creative movement happening in the city, too. Here's where to get a ... Read More »


5 O'ahu Hikes, from Effortless to Exhausting

April 08, 2014 by Karen Gardiner Dion

When on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu, you just have to get outdoors. But if sunning yourself on a beach all day isn't challenging enough, you can choose from the ... Read More »


Snap Up These 8 Hawaii Hotel Deals Before They're Gone

March 13, 2014 by Christine Wei

Between the killer waves, unbeatable seafood, and lush landscapes, the amazing islands of Hawaii manage to captivate pretty much every traveler who visits. If ... Read More »


The Four-Hour Layover: Honolulu

July 22, 2013 by Karen Gardiner Dion

With Hawaiian Airlines adding to its list of routes, such as the recent launch of its New York to Auckland service, chances are increasing that you might find ... Read More »


“If you're traveling in the fall or spring, be aware of Daylight Savings time, which can impact flight itineraries.”

Alex Schechter Assistant Editor

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