Oahu Fun Facts and Information
Most visitors that travel to the Hawaiian Islands head to the island of Oahu, the most populated island and easily the most visited. With plenty to do and see, Oahu is a traveler’s dream, with access to beaches, shopping, restaurants and plenty of activities to choose from.
Before you depart for the island, there are plenty of fun facts and useful information to know, helping you to better understand your destination and give you insight into the island’s history before your trip.
Here are fun facts about Oahu that you should know before your vacation starts:
- Oahu is most populated of all Hawaiian Islands, with about 75% of the state’s population residing here. Of that 75%, approximately 80% call Honolulu home, creating a bustling cityscape in paradise.
- Honolulu is the state capital, and a drive down King St. and the surrounding area shows off architecture that dates back to the days of Hawaiian monarchy.
- Waikiki is the tourism hub of the islands, located on the island’s southwestern shore.
- In total, there are approximately 100 hotels throughout Waikiki.
- There are 3 main freeways on Oahu, the H1, H2, and H3.
- The North Shore is where the surf is among the best in the world, but only during the winter months. Surf swells can reach dizzying heights.
- The NFL’s Pro Bowl was played at Aloha Stadium from 1980-2009, and again from 2011-2015.
- Aloha Stadium hosts many local events, including University of Hawaii football games, high school football games, and huge concerts, in addition to the weekly Flea Market.
- Pearl Harbor is located on Oahu, just a few miles from the airport. This is the site of the tragic attacks that struck the island, prompting the United States to enter World War II.
- Kualoa Ranch is a popular film location, located on Oahu’s eastern shore.
- The iconic Diamond Head Crater overlooks Waikiki, and can be seen from almost anywhere on the island’s south and west facing shores.
- More than 8 million visitors vacation to Oahu each year.
- Hawaii 5-0 films largely on Oahu, it is common to see filming of the show around the island.
Oahu is an amazing destination and whether it’s your first visit or 10th, there is so much to discover and enjoy. The island has something to offer for everyone, and a visit will make you fall in love with Hawaii.