Oahu is the Hawaiian island that has it all—untouched tropical landscapes as well as a stimulating urban vibe. You can explore the beaches and gentle waves of Kailua, or take in nightlife in buzzing Honolulu (the state's capital), home to a vibrant Chinatown and burgeoning arts scene. Life is still appealingly slow-paced on the northern and eastern shores, where razor-edged mountains descend to spectacular beaches. A thriving traditional culture, plus top-notch historic sites such as the royal Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor, spice up the mix here as well.
Before you go to Hawaii, contact the Oahu Visitors Bureau (OVB) for a free vacation planner and map. The OVB website has an online listing of accommodations, activities and sports, attractions, dining venues, services, transportation, travel professionals, and wedding information. For general information on all the Islands, contact the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. The HVCB website has a calendar of local events that will be taking place during your stay.
Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. 800/464–2924; www.gohawaii.com.
Oahu Visitors Bureau. 877/525–6248; www.gohawaii.com/oahu.
Hawaii Beach Safety. hawaiibeachsafety.com.
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. dlnr.hawaii.gov.
Hawaii Tourism Authority. www.travelsmarthawaii.com.