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Oahu FAQ

Here you’ll find a list of answers to practical questions you may have about your vacation to Oahu. For additional information, email [email protected] and we’ll reply as soon as possible.
Where is the main airport on Oahu?
The main airport is Honolulu International Airport (HNL). HNL is also Hawaii’s major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors.
Do I need a car to get around Oahu?
If you’re planning to stay in Waikiki, you can get around by shuttle, tour bus, taxi or Hawaii’s excellent public transportation system. But to really experience Oahu outside of Waikiki, you should consider renting a car at Honolulu International Airport.
Where are the major accommodation areas on Oahu?
Most resorts and hotels can be found in Waikiki. You can also find one luxury resort in east Honolulu (The Kahala Hotel & Resort), one on the North Shore (Turtle Bay Resort) and one on the Leeward Coast in the Ko Olina Resort area (Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa). However, there are hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, rental cottages and condos located throughout the island.
How far is it from Waikiki to Oahu’s attractions?
  • Honolulu International Airport to: 30 min
  • Pearl Harbor: 30 min
  • Downtown Honolulu: 15 min
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 1 hour, 15 min
  • Haleiwa Town (North Shore): 60 min
  • Nuuanu Pali Lookout: 30 min
  • Ko Olina 26 miles: 45 min 

When is a good time to visit Oahu?
Any time of year is a good time to visit Oahu. The average temperature ranges from 75˚–85˚F. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round. It is generally drier on the western (leeward) side of the island, and wetter on the eastern (windward) side.
Winter is big-wave surf season on Oahu’s North Shore, with major competitions in November and December. Whale-watching season begins in December and ends in May, with peak whale-watching months between January and early April.
What is the time difference from the continental U.S.?
Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time (GMT-10 hours), which is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time and two hours behind Pacific Standard Time. Hawaii does not observe Daylight Saving Time, so add one extra hour to the time difference during this period (March through November).
Do I need my passport to get to Oahu?
Since Hawaii is the 50th state, you won’t need to bring your passport unless you’re visiting from outside the United States or traveling to another country after Hawaii.
What should I pack on my trip to Oahu?
Generally warm weather means you should pack your summer attire. You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings. Suits and ties are rarely worn here. Bring some casual dress clothes or resort wear if you plan on experiencing Oahu’s nightlife.
Traveler’s checks aren’t necessary since credit cards are widely accepted and ATM machines are everywhere.
Is there cell phone and internet access on Oahu?
Cell phone coverage is readily available in most places if you’re coming from the continental United States. The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808). Internet access is also plentiful.
What are the highlights on Oahu?
  • Waikiki: Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, this historic hot spot is now a gathering place for the world.
  • Pearl Harbor: A National Historical Landmark that features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack.
  • North Shore: During the winter months, this legendary surf mecca attracts the best surfers in the world.
  • Iolani Palace: The only official state residence of royalty in the United States and home to the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs.
  • Cuisine: Get a taste of famous Hawaii Regional Cuisine from celebrated chefs on Oahu.

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