Oahu, Hawaii is Just a Click Away

  • Population

    950,000 people

  • Location

    Oahu is a U.S. island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian island chain and home to the state capital, Honolulu.

  • Shopping

    While Oahu boasts several large shopping malls and hundreds of specialized boutiques and shops all over the island, the mecca for shopping has long been Ala Moana Center. It’s the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, with nearly 300 stores and 70 dining options ranging from award-winning restaurants to fast-food eateries.

An Oahu vacation will be an amazing vacation. Oahu boasts 600 square miles of mountains and beaches. That’s three-quarters of the state’s population! Almost half inhabit the bustling city of Honolulu and nearby resort town of Waikiki. Oahu is also the most visited of all the Hawaiian islands, at approximately 4.5 to 4.7 million visitors annually or half of all the visitors to the state each year.

Great Flights

Flying these days is simple. If your local airport is an international airport and you’re flying internationally, that will most likely save you some time. If your local airport isn’t an international airport, be prepared for the travel time to be a bit longer.

Extra Luggage

Think carefully when packing. You might not need so much, many of your days will be spent relaxing in the sun. Depending on which airline you fly, extra fees might apply for additional suitcases.

Cancellation Policies

Make sure to ask us about trip insurance. You might not think it’s worth it, sometimes things come up that are inevitable. The small investment could save you a huge headache as well as a saved expense!

About Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is primarily defined by the state capital of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the famous beach known as Waikiki. These areas absorb tourists by thousands daily. Oahu boasts a fantastic climate, inexpensive accommodations, a large variety of shopping options, and world renown beaches – it’s fair to say the island lures in visitors from around the world. Though this may be the one fault of the island, as many are discouraged by the large crowds of Oahu and thus dismiss the island, instead visiting one of the other, less visited, islands in the chain. After all, chances are if you are staying on Oahu you too will book a room in Waikiki or Honolulu yourself. Nearly all of the island’s resorts are crammed into this small area. Honolulu is the state’s capital and major financial center. It is also home to the main campus of the University of Hawaii. Honolulu wasn’t always the main seat. Until 1845 the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom was located on the island of Maui. King Kamehameha III ordered the move and the Iolani Palace was built later.

Passport & Visa Information

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.

Learn more about passports here.

The Language

Hawai’i is also the only American state to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English. However, a 3rd unofficial language is also widely spoken, Pidgin which is a slang combining words from many aspects of island life and culture. A pidgin or creole language spoken in Hawaiʻi is Hawaiian Pidgin (or Hawaii Creole English, HCE). It should not be mistaken for the Hawaiian language nor for a dialect of English. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters: five vowels (long and short) and seven consonants.

Odds & Ends

Time Zone: Hawaii-Aleutian Time Zone UCT -10 hours. No Daylight Savings Time is used in Maui

World Clock

Currency: The official currency in Maui is the dollar (USD).  US currency is accepted everywhere and other major currencies can be exchanged at banks.  ATMs in Maui accept credit and debit cards.

Electricity: Electric current in Maui is 120 volts, 60Hz.  Flat two- and three-pin plugs are standard.