South Shore Oahu
The South Shore is the area surrounding Oahu’s “central hub,” Honolulu. The city of Honolulu is home to one-third of the residents in the entire state of Hawai’i! Honolulu boasts a downtown district that is full of interesting historic and cultural sights, and it serves as the seat of government for the state. The South Shore of Oahu is also the location of the world’s best-known beach – Waikiki! This beachfront area of Honolulu offers visitors a myriad of fun options, including exciting nightlife, great shopping venues, beautiful beaches with a view of Diamond Head, and family attractions like the zoo and aquarium! Like any big city, Honolulu is also an excellent place to see plays, visit art galleries, and tour museums such as Iolani, the United States’ only royal palace. The South Shore of Oahu is the perfect combination of city and beach, all rolled into one!
Sights To See
Called Le’ahi in Hawaiian, Diamond Head is Hawaii’s most recognizable landmark. With stunning panoramic coastal views, it is known for its historic hiking trail and military history. Named a National Natural Landmark in 1968, it encompasses over 475 acres.
The Duke is recognized as the “Hawaiian Ambassador of Aloha”. Also known as the Father of International Surfing, he was a full-blooded Hawaiian who was an Olympic champion swimmer and a master of outrigger canoe paddling. Duke was one of the world’s greatest watermen. Many honor him by placing leis on his statue, where he welcomes you to Waikiki with open arms.
Cemetery of the Pacific. Known as “Punchbowl,” it serves as a memorial to those men and women who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. 28,788 names of military personnel who are MIA or were lost or buried at sea in the Pacific are on marble slabs in the ten “Courts of the Missing.”
From 1882 – 1893, this National Historic Landmark was the official residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani , the last two monarchs of the Hawaiian Kingdom. It is the only official royal residence in the United States.
The first Christian Church to be built on Oahu, it is known as “Westminster Abbey of the Pacific.” The Tower Clock and the Kawaiaha‘o Fountain are other landmarks on the Kawaiaha’o grounds. The church and grounds became a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
Built in 1926, it was the tallest building on the island for four decades. In an era when all travel in Hawaii was done by sea, it stood as a welcome beacon for visitors. The clock was one of the largest in the United States.
Makapu’u Point Lighthouse
Located on the easternmost point of Oahu, the shining beacon was built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapu’u Beach.